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Sharples to advise ATEED on Maori strategy

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Former Maori Affairs Minister Sir Pita Sharples joined Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development to advise the board on strategies for economic transformation.

ATEED chair David McConnell says the organization is stepping up its response to the unique needs of Tamaki Makaurau mana whenua and mataawaka - including programmes which address youth employment issues, and encourage innovation and Maori business ventures.

The appointment is initially for a year.

Sir Pita says the development of the Tamaki Makaurau Maori economy needs to be a priority.

He says young Maori need pathways to employment, and innovative Maori already in business need support support and connections to fully realise their potential.

ATEED will deliver the second Tamaki Makaurau Maori Economic Forum next year, and it also leads several work streams of Auckland council’s Southern Initiative, which aims to transform South Auckland socially and economically.

 

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