OUR MĀORI ADVISORY GROUP

Our Māori Advisory Group provides guidance on protocols, language and content development to ensure that New Zealand’s storytelling reflects and connects to Te Ao Māori with authenticity.

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Andrew Baker Cultural Strategist
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Andrew Baker

Cultural Strategist

Andrew Baker (Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa) is Managing Director of Tika Learning Ltd, a strategic cultural consultancy helping businesses in their journey to discover the value in authentically embracing Māori culture. He was previously Cultural Development Manager for Air New Zealand where he designed and oversaw the implementation of Air New Zealand’s Māori strategy.

Andrew has vast experience in building Māori culture within mainstream businesses and has also been instrumental in establishing New Zealand Story’s Māori Advisory Group, which ensures a strong Māori lens in all stakeholder engagements and external campaigns.

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Stacey Morrison TV and Radio Broadcaster, Author
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Stacey Morrison

TV and Radio Broadcaster, Author

Stacey Morrison (Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu) is a radio and TV broadcaster and author whose projects have spanned 25 years. She is an author of several Māori language learning and storybooks on kaupapa Māori, and is active in promoting Māori language, culture and health.

As a winner of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Champion Award in 2016, and the winner of Waipunarangi – Te Reo and Tikanga Award 2021, as well as a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo (the Institute of Excellence in Māori Language), Stacey loves encouraging the learning and use of our country’s beautiful native language.

 

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Rachel Taulelei Business Leader
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Rachel Taulelei

Business Leader

Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua, Ngati Koata.

Rachel is a prominent business leader and a strong advocate for the Māori economy and sustainability in the food and beverage sector.

Her commitment to kaitiakitanga has been evident throughout her career, from founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, to her time as chief executive officer of Māori-owned food and beverage company Kono, and now in her current role as co-founder of business design and brand strategy firm Oho.

Rachel presently chairs Moana and the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (better known as Sky Stadium). She is a director for The Warehouse Group, Sealord, and ANZCO Foods, and acts as an adviser to venture capital firm Movac. She is also a member of the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council and Chaired through our 2021 hosting year.

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Karl Wixon Māori Creative Leader
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Karl Wixon

Māori Creative Leader
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Sir Ian Taylor Entrepreneur
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Sir Ian Taylor

Entrepreneur

Ian’s back story is a fascinating journey, from growing up in a house without electricity in the 1950s, to being part of a company recognised globally as being at the leading edge of technology and innovation.

A former television presenter for TVNZ children’s programmes like Play School, Spot On, and New Zealand’s Funniest Home Videos, his very public life started when he joined the band Kal-Q-Lated Risk in 1967 as lead singer. After a stint in the army in the 1970s Ian went on to complete an LLB degree from the University of Otago before setting up Taylor made Media, a television production company in 1989.

The following year he established Animation Research Limited, which quickly became one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work, particularly in television advertising and sports graphics.

At personal level. Taylor was inducted into the New Zealand Technology Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named North & South Magazine’s 2010 New Zealander of the Year. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of IT Professionals (HFIITP) in 2010 (under its former name New Zealand Computer Society), the top honour of the tech sector in New Zealand. On 13 February 2019, Taylor was named Innovator of the Year at the annual New Zealander of the Year Awards. Awards organisers cited Taylor's business intuition and expertise as an exemplar of innovation in New Zealand.

In the 2012 New Year Honours, Taylor was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and business. In 2013 Taylor was named Outstanding Māori Business Leader of the Year. In the 2021 New Year Honours, Taylor was appointed to be Knight Companion of the said Order for services to broadcasting, business and the community.

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Cliff Curtis Actor
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Cliff Curtis

Actor

Cliff Curtis has appeared in and produced many of New Zealand’s most celebrated movies – including The Piano, Once Were Warriors, Whale Rider, Boy, The Dar Horse.  

Curtis is of Māori (Te Arawa and Ngati Hauiti) descent and was born in Paraparaumu NZ.  

In 2004 Curtis formed Māori film production company Whenua Films with cousin, Ainsley Gardiner. The pair produced Taika Waititi's WWII short film Tama Tū (2005), debut feature Eagle vs Shark (2007), and Boy, inspired by Waititi's Oscar-nominated short Two Cars, One Night. Accumulating a cache of local and international acclaim and awards for each project it was Boy that became the highest grossing local film in New Zealand's history in 2010. Whenua Films also ran a NZFC Short Film scheme executive producing a number of successful short films, including Hawaikii, Coffee & Allah and Taua. 

In 2013 Curtis created production company Arama Pictures to continue his commitment to indigenous storytelling inspired by the work of mentors Merata Mita, Don Selwyn & Barry Barclay. Arama Pictures has executive produced feature The Dark Horse and short Ahi Ka, a story about Curtis's grandmother as a child. In 2014 Arama Pictures is set to produce a documentary feature about filmmaker Merata Mita. 

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Karl Burrows General Manager, Pou Ārahi Māori - Tourism New Zealand
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Karl Burrows

General Manager, Pou Ārahi Māori - Tourism New Zealand

Karl Burrows (Ngāti Maru (Taranaki), Te Āti Awa) is the General Manager - Pou Ārahi Māori at Tourism New Zealand. Karl has recently returned to Aotearoa from the UK. Based in London he cofounded and ran a professional kapa haka - Manaia, and founded a team building and leadership consultancy Haka Works, utilising tools from Māori culture to help build unity and purpose in professional teams. He has facilitated hundreds of leadership and culture workshops worldwide. Prior to this, Karl practiced as a lawyer specialising in property and Māori land law in Taranaki and commercial law in London. He was appointed a board member for his iwi Ngāti Maru and a negotiator to help settle their claim against the Crown for Treaty breaches. Karl has an LLB from Otago University and an MBA from Cranfield University in the UK. He is a speaker of te reo Māori. 

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Jessica Smith Regional Director – Te Puni Kōkiri
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Jessica Smith

Regional Director – Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Atihaunui a Paparangi, Ngāti Tamakopiri, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa

A fierce advocate for progress and change and creating space for the next generation.  Jessica is a thought leader and change maker who is unapologetically curious about culture, connection and kōrero.

Her background stems from grass roots Aotearoa working with Māori businesses to grow indigenous food and fibre opportunities with their narrative, on their whenua, in their way.  She is an advocate for indigenous food systems and transitioning to a circular economy and as such is actively working across indigenous economies on kaupapa such as indigenous agribusiness development and increasing indigenous business access to finance for a more inclusive recovery.