Our Speakers

We are honored to be hosting this range of esteemed speakers and leaders.

Below is a list of speakers, their topic summaries and timings. We’ll be posting images, videos, one on one interviews and providing you with the opportunity to feed in to the Summit no matter where in the world you are.

Stay tuned for how you can participate.

Our Speakers 

Hon Nanaia Mahuta 2018-04-16_Coote_NZMT_183
Monday 8.50am 
The Minister for Māori Development will reflect on the theme for the Summit Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitu te whenua. The Minister will draw on her own experiences, both personally, and as a politician.

Ben Sherman, Chairman of WINTA Ben Sherman
Monday 9.05am
WINTA (The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance) Chairman will introduce WINTA to the delegates, and reflect on where worldwide indigenous tourism is now, following the first Indigenous Tourism Conference in Darwin in 2012, where the Larrakia Declaration was adopted.


Dale Stephens, Chairman of NZ Māori Tourism 
Monday 9.20am 
NZ Māori Tourism Chairman Dale Stephens will welcome delegates to Northland, New Zealand, and provide a brief overview of Māori tourism.


Norbu Tenzing, Keynote speaker  
Monday 10.30am2018-04-16_Coote_NZMT_632
Norbu Tenzing is an advocate for reducing risk and inequity for mountaineering workers, especially on Everest. He is Vice President of the American Himalayan Foundation, which is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable people of the Himalaya. Norbu will speak about tourism in the Himalaya, reflecting on both positive and negative experiences, and outline the work this is being done in the area for both tourists, and those who work with them.

Heather Rae, Keynote speaker
Tuesday 8.35am
Heather is a veteran filmmaker from a high-mountain upbringing (Boise, Idaho) and a radical orientation. She produced and directed the acclaimed documentary Trudell, which tells the story of Native American movement leader and poet, John Trudell. Heather recently produced Akicita, the only Native-made feature documentary about Standing Rock which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Formerly she ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute. As a speaker and social critic Heather is working with both her settler and indigenous heritage to deepen the dialogue of reconciliation and responsibility in the Americas. Heather will share her experiences of storytelling for an international audience from an indigenous perspective.

Panel discussion with Norbu Tenzing, Sammy Wilson (Uluru) and TBC Gerrard Albert (Whanganui) ‘Protecting our sacred lands’ 
Monday 11am  2018-04-16_Coote_NZMT_544
The current reality is that tourism presents Indigenous peoples with a dichotomy in that it can impact both adversely and beneficially on their communities and ancestral landscapes. The discussion will focus on how indigenous tour operators have managed to safe guard their ancestral landscapes and accommodate the growing number of tourists who flock to experience their attractions. What are the success factors and the barriers? Is business and indigenous tourism compatible? What interventions from policy makers do we need to protect our role as kaitiaki (guardians)?

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