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Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit - Mon 20 Feb - Tue 21 Feb

20th January, 2017

Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit - Mon 20 Feb - Tue 21 Feb

 A Kahungunu-led initiative supported by Te Matatini

Mon 20 Feb - Tue 21 Feb



Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 February 2017
Cultural Excellence and Commercial Autonomy
Club Hastings, Hastings


Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi is hosting the Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit that will provide an opportunity to highlight successful relationships, while also providing an opportunity for new relationships to be formed.

The format for the summit will be a café type conference conversation with 250 people in attendance.  We will be bringing together Maori, Hawkes Bay businesses and their Chinese partners to discuss growing relationships, confidence in the markets and the social spin‑offs that accrue through these evolving partnerships.

The summit will be held over 2 days and we will be showcasing Chinese, Maori, New Zealand and Pacific relationships throughout and across a whole spectrum of business arrangements and joint ventures to give confidence to Maori organisations to do more business with Asia. 


We have suggested a list of high-viz, highly innovative speakers who will be able to share and inspire across the various sector groups including speakers from Shanghai Cred, Shanghai Pengxin and the Hansen group.




Sunday, 19 February


Light dinner & Entertainment

Day 1

Whakatau & Opening Comments - Ngahiwi Tomoana


Keynote Speaker:  Minister of Maori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell (TBC)

“What he is doing as the Minister to contribute to Maori success”


Carl Worker: Former NZ Ambassador to China


Panel Discussion with Agria Corp & Tā Mark Solomon 

“Hot or not?  What are the opportunities with China”

Session:  “Partnering with Maori”


Keynote Speaker:  Jack Ma/John O’Loughlin from Alibaba (TBC)

Session:   “Partnering with China”


Sector Bus Tour

– Visits & tours to local wineries & producers.


Networking Drinks & Dinner

Day 2
Session:  “What we look for in Partnerships”


Session:  "New Investment Models - Co-investment with China – what are the new models”

Session:  "Place to Plate - Moving products from Hawkes Bay to Haina”

Experiencing the Beautiful Hawkes Bay:

  • Local Winery Tour

  • Golf at The Cape

  • Afternoon sail on the Waka Hourua

  • Cultural visit to Haka Kino, Waimarama

Dinner & Entertainment

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