Speakers for Nui te Kōrero 2021

We’re delighted to announce three incredible Māori leaders as our Ngā whetū Matarau (pointers for navigating) for our annual leadership conference Nui te Kōrero: Tāmati Kruger, Glenis Hiria Philip-Barbara and Jamie Tuuta.

They will each set the course and navigate us all through the theme of Leadership for Transformation from within a Mātauranga Māori framework. 

Keynote Speakers:

The full list of speakers and sessions are listed in the digital programme

Speaker bios are available in the ACE Event App (access to this will be provided once you've registered).​


Keynote speakers

Glenis Hiria Philip-Barbara (nō Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Uepōhatu)

The importance of letting go

At Nui te Kōrero, Glenis will share stories of leadership that is values led, kaupapa driven and firmly focused on creating space for the next generation.

Glenis Philip-Barbara is an uri of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Uepōhatu who calls Tairāwhiti home.  A committed advocate for Māori culture and language, Glenis has remained engaged and active in sustaining and supporting the growth and development of Māori communities and initiatives.

Glenis Chairs Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival Trust and was appointed the inaugural Māori Commissioner for Children in November 2020.  She was formerly the Chief Executive of the Māori Language Commission and has held a number of key roles in the public sector & in tertiary education spanning teaching, research, senior leadership and governance.  Glenis’s primary strength is in strategy and co-design, in particular the alignment of organisational intent with the needs and aspirations of the people it serves. 


Jamie Tuuta (nō Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Maru me Taranaki Tuturu)

Ko taku raukura he manawanui ki te ao

He puawai au nō runga i te tikanga
He rau rengarenga nō roto i te raukura
Ko taku raukura he manawanui ki te ao!

I have emerged from a legacy of principle, practice and conviction
The raukura provides the means to overcome hardship and adversity  
My  raukura is a symbol of determination and resilience to the world

Jamie’s kōrero will draw upon the lived experience, models and frameworks derived from this whenua to inspire, guide and inform how we navigate uncertainty and challenge now and into the future. He will speak to the importance of connection to whenua and community and how we can respond and adapt to the COVID-19 environment from a Māori leadership perspective.

Jamie was born and bred in Taranaki, growing up on whānau land in Urenui, Taranaki and has deep experience working for iwi and Māori across multiple sectors. 

He is passionate about the potential of Aotearoa and our people and has a keen interest in advancing Māori economic, social and cultural development. This includes advocating for equity and exploring ways that might reduce the inequality that is currently disproportionately experienced by Māori. He has held various roles in the areas of iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism, treaty settlement negotiations and education. He is inspired by the opportunities for Aotearoa to be an exemplar for other countries and firmly believes that we have the ability to design and shape our own the solutions here in Aotearoa.

Jamie is the chair of the Taranaki Mounga Project an ambitious project with a vision to restore the ecological resilience to more than 34,000 ha from the mountains to the sea. He is the chair of Tourism New Zealand, the Māori Television Service, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga and Ka Uruora Trust (a programme of services supporting whānau to improve their financial wellbeing and achieve financial independence). 

Jamie is a recipient of the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award. He was also awarded the Maori Young business Leader of the year award in 2016. He was also a Judge of the Westpac Women of Influence awards from 2015-2019.


Tāmati Kruger (nō Ngāti Koura, Ngāti Rongo me Te Urewera hapū o Tūhoe)

May my feet bring me to where my heart is

Tāmati’s kōrero will speak to how we shape our connection and identity with iwi and land, how the arts contribute to our identity, the major role of iwi culture in the arts and the Tūhoe journey towards mana motuhake.

Tāmati Kruger is a Tūhoe representative and social and political analyst who has dedicated his life to the notion of mana motuhake and the Tūhoe lifestyle.

From the Ngāti Koura, Ngāti Rongo and Te Urewera hapū of Tūhoe, Tāmati was instrumental in securing the largest Treaty of Waitangi settlement to date ($450 million) for the Central North Island Iwi Collective. Representing Tūhoe, Tāmati was chief negotiator of the Tūhoe-Te Urewera Treaty of Waitangi Settlement, which lasted six years from 2009 to 2014. The landmark settlement included legislative changes to transfer Te Urewera National Park to its own separate legal entity, looked after by the Te Urewera Board, of which Tāmati is chair.

Tāmati’s contribution is not limited to his tribe. He chaired the Second Ministerial Māori Taskforce on Whānau Violence and developed the Mauri Ora Framework and was awarded the Kahukura award in 2013 in recognition of this work.

Tāmati was a finalist in the 2012 New Zealander of the Year awards and was the Supreme Winner of the Marae Investigates Māori of the Year in 2014. In 2015 he was a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award by Victoria University.

Tāmati was a member of the NZ Planning Council, founder of the Tūhoe Education Authority, a member of the Social Welfare Commission and led a review of Te Tira Ahu Iwi – Iwi Transition Agency. He is also a kai whakairo in the Tūhoe style, a te reo tutor and an active member of his three hapū and two tribal authorities.


Wena Harawira (Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui)

Keynote panel facilitator

Wena Harawira (Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) is a specialist in Māori communications and media. She has worked for iwi, independent, corporate and government agencies, is a published author and champion of te reo Māori. Wena is currently the head of news and current affairs at Māori Television. Check out Wena’s e-Tagata interview here (external link).