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Indigenous Women in Industry

Join us in Aotearoa, New Zealand for an immersive indigenous industry experience of a lifetime.

Feb 4 - Feb 10, 2024

New Zealand

Sphere on Spiral Stairs

The Speakers


Heeni Hoterene

Connection and Knowledge Exchange

Heeni is one of our amazing speakers, set to ignite the IWI stage with her contemporary story of indigenous innovation, climate education, and centuries of industry knowledge rooted in Maramataka Māori. Her insights will open up new horizons and inspire change.

Dr Simone Bill

The Economics of History

Before a policy career in Māori Affairs, she taught University students, wrote journal articles, chapters in textbooks and co- authored a book. Her academic leanings found a new outlet in Police, where she worked in many different areas - from Policy to Road Policing to District Operations.


Kaye-Maree Dunn

Technology and Innovation

Managing director Kaye-Maree Dunn, along with brother Mita, created MEA in 2010 . Described by various media as a ‘wahine Māori tech entrepreneur’ who has made her mark in the digitech industry, she says she loves what she does within MEA and aspires to ‘use our influence for social and collective impact and to help transform the lives of others.’

Sphere on Spiral Stairs

IWI 2024

February 4 - 10

Day One

4 Feb Sunday - An evening of manaaki or hospitality from Peter Gordon and the team at Homeland 

Day Two

5 Feb Monday - Official Pōwhiri or welcome in Auckland for international guests and sponsors, followed by a Pacific Kava ceremony in the afternoon

Day Three

6 Feb Tuesday - Commemorating Waitangi Day and the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Auckland, followed by industry visits

Day Four

7 Feb Wednesday - Hosted in Hamilton, with a focus on Māori and Pacific women in industry and governance. Moving to Rotorua for a VIP event at Wai Ariki Spa.

Day Five

8 Feb Thursday - Day 1 of economic summit

Day Six

9 Feb Friday - Day 2 of economic summit + Gala evening event

Day Seven

10 Feb Saturday - A traditional farewell breakfast event for international guests

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A warm welcome from our Co-Founders

A warm welcome to our guests from Aotearoa NZ, our visitors from the Pacific, and the rest of the world. As the co-founders of IWI we are so excited to host 500+ Indigenous women and showcase industry excellence in Aotearoa.

Our number one priority is your safety and to ensure you feel the manaaki of IWI and our amazing island paradise in the Pacific.

For Māori to show manaaki is to take care of and ensure you have everything you need on your journey through Aotearoa. Whether you join us for a week, or the 2 day summit and gala only, we know how important connection to people, place and planet is for Indigenous women and our communities.

The team have curated two exclusive and inspiring experiences for you. Join 200 Indigenous women for a week travelling through Auckland, Hamilton and Rotorua. Or join 500+ in Rotorua only for our 2 day summit and gala evening event.

Our exclusive partnership with Soleil Sutherland of NZ Travelbrokers will help you choose the best travel deals to Aotearoa. IWI will take care of the rest when you arrive.

Ngaa mihi aroha Rachel & Rosa

The Venue
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