Te Rōpū Marutau o Aotearoa

Event Schedule

This isn’t another day-long session repeating the things we know. We’ve designed and framed the conference well so that each speaker showcases Māori and a tikanga point of view to adopt.




PŌWHIRI Ngāti Wairere


WELCOME – MC / Benjamin Hemi


Introduction to Te Rōpū Marutau o Aotearoa (TRMA)

Presenting – Wayne Kohi (Chairperson)


Government Representative

A view from the Government’s perspective.

Speaker – Hon. Willie Jackson, Minister for Māori Development of New Zealand


We Are All Connected

Within Māori, as in many cultures, everything in the world is related. People, birds, fish, trees, weather patterns, etc. This linking was explained in tātai (genealogy) and kōrero (stories), collectively termed whakapapa.
Experts recited the whakapapa of people, birds, fish, trees, and the weather to explain the relationships between all things and thus to place themselves within the world. This helped people to understand the world, and how to act within these relationships.

Speaker – Dr. Tom Roa (via Raukura Roa), (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato)



Haumaru Tāngata is a Māori-centered approach that responds to the overrepresentation of Māori within workplace injury and mortality statistics. It focuses on high-risk sectors and gives a focused space for Māori workers, Māori businesses and health and safety representatives to design a bespoke framework to reduce workplace injury and fatalities. The framework will be introduced and formally launched at the conference.

Presented By – Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi


Interactive Activity / Challenge

Presented By – Hinga Whiu


How Tikanga can create a positive change in the Workspace.

The cautious DNA of Māori originates from their Polynesian seafaring heritage. The lived knowledge and behaviours that managed risk while exploring the World’s biggest expanse of ocean still resonates with Māori and other vulnerable workers today. This presentation provides a narrative of a history of indigenous Māori and health and safety, the emergence of a new genre of practice unique to the World, derived from a lived Māori knowledge base and reconciled with the health and safety needs of modern workplaces.

Speaker – VK (Vance) Walker, (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne)




ACC Representative

A view from ACC’s perspective.

Speaker – Andy Milne, Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy, Engagement and Planning – ACC


Worksafe Representative

A view from Worksafe’s perspective.

Speaker – Phil Parkes, Chief Executive – Worksafe


Understanding the Language of Aroha to Improve Communication.

AROHA: Love, empathy and compassion for all without discrimination.
COMMUNITY AND BELONGING: Togetherness with the purpose of mutual care, support and creative enhancement.
MANAAKITANGA: Hospitality, kindness, respect, generosity and care for others without expecting anything in return.

Speaker – Vicky-Lee Wihongi, (Ngāti Koata, Tainui)


Interactive Activity / Challenge

Presented By – Te Rōpū Marutau o Aotearoa (TRMA)


It’s Time for Change

Change in the workplace is needed. Now is the time to re-imagine our role in improving the design, experience, and safety of work with human-centered innovation.
What practical steps can you take today to upskill as a concierge for change?

Speaker – Pene (Benjamin) Hemi, (Ngāti Koata, Tainui)




KARAKIA – Ngāti Wairere

Thanks to our
2023 Event Sponsors

It is not possible to host this event without helping hands. We have several sponsors who volunteer to help us physically and financially to make things happen.