The conference will begin at 9am on Tuesday 14 May with a mihi whakatau/welcome and will end at 4.45pm

Join us for interviews with Cassandra Dorrington, President of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CAMSC) and Laura Berry, CEO of Australia's Supply Nation. Mihingarangi Forbes will be our MC for the day.

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The conference programme has been designed so participants are able to attend workshops but also hear from intimate panel discussions, ensuring that everyone has access to all of the information being shared on the day.

The conference will have practical workshops with Australian and New Zealand experts and attendees will be able to choose from two demand side and two supply workshops.

More details will be published on the workshops shortly.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.



Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Maori Development, Minister for Local Government and Associate Minister for the Environment

As a mother, and a constituent MP with 20 plus years’ experience who has come from ‘flax-root’ politics, Hon Nanaia Mahuta remains connected to the aspirations of people from all walks of life. Those who work hard for a living so that their children can do better, kaumatua, trades-people, those who aspire to own their home, those who own small businesses and those who lead a range of services and organisations and huge iwi entities.

During her time in Parliament, Hon Nanaia Mahuta supported policies and initiatives that built the capacity of communities, especially social service organisations, greater investment in education, employment and training opportunities particularly for young people, supported the continuation of the Treaty Settlement process and supported specific initiatives that lift the wellbeing and opportunities for young mums and those who are vulnerable and victims of abuse.

Hon Nanaia Mahuta is a tribal member of Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Hine and her parliamentary experience has enabled her to contribute to the collective aspirations of Māori and all New Zealanders.


Councillor Penny Hulse, Waitakere Ward, Auckland Council


Councillor Penny Hulse represents the Waitākere Ward on the Auckland Council and is Chair of the Environment and Community Committee. Penny brings 25 years of local government experience to the role having first been elected to the Waitākere Community Board in 1992 before being elected Chair of the Board in 1994. In 1995 she was elected as a Waitākere City Councillor and as a Trustee of the Waitakere Licensing Trust. 

Since then she has served as chair on a range of committees including Healthy City, Environmental Management, City Development, and Community & Public Health. She was Deputy Mayor to Sir Bob Harvey from 2007 until 2010. Following amalgamation, she then served two terms as Deputy Mayor to Len Brown and successfully led the Unitary Plan process. 


She has been instrumental in helping build the West and understands the area and people well. Penny has strong links with her community and cares passionately about the Auckland region. She served two terms on the Waitemata District Health Board, is currently a Director of West Auckland Trust Services and an elected member of the Waitakere Licensing Trust.


Her other community involvement includes Community Waitākere Charitable Trust, West Auckland Riding for the Disabled, The Waitākere Brass Band, Trustee of Swanson Railway Station Trust, Waitākere Anti Violence Essential Services, and former Director of EECA Board.


Penny’s special areas of interest are Climate Change, Sustainable City Development, Environmental Advocacy, Community Development and Youth Empowerment. She is also a big supporter of arts and culture. 


Penny is a keen cyclist and has been commuting to the CBD from Te Atatu Peninsula by electric bike since the opening of the Nelson Street Cycleway in December 2015. 


Cassandra Dorrington, President Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CAMSC)

Cassandra and her team lead the charge of championing business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Aboriginal and Minority suppliers.


During her tenure, Cassandra has been focused on in expansion of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CAMSC) brand both nationally and internationally resulting in significant growth and impact in the Canadian marketplace.


Laura Berry, CEO, Supply Nation


Laura was appointed CEO of Supply Nation in May 2015, having been involved with the organisation since its inception through her work with two founding member companies, Leighton Holdings and Qantas Airways.


Laura has two decades of experience in stakeholder management, risk mitigation and reputation management with a career that has spanned the private and public sectors, including Federal and State Politics, Public Affairs and roles with top ASX Listed companies.


Laura joined Supply Nation following four years at Qantas where she led Qantas Group’s Corporate Community Investment Program encompassing the Qantas Reconciliation Program, Qantas Foundation, Indigenous and Community Partnerships, Workplace Giving, National Arts Sponsorships and the Qantas Brand Ambassadors Program.


Laura is currently a Director of Indigenous Business Australia's Cooee Traveller and a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. Laura’s previous directorships include Engineering Aid Australia and Chair of CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program. Laura holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 


Laura proudly identifies with her Aboriginal and Italian heritage and was born and raised in Canberra.


Paul Kruspe, General Manager, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce


General Manager, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria; is an expert in developing Supplier Diversity strategies that deliver outcomes and sustainable change for organisations. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of a number of high impact diversity and inclusion strategies focused on Indigenous procurement, employment and business development mentoring, youth at risk employment program, and employment program for people with disabilities that focused on workplace integration.  Paul consults on a range of areas drawing on his extensive experience in business transformation, procurement, contract management and in senior leadership in the public sector for over 20 years. 


Dan Renfrey, Infrastructure Procurement Manager, ArcBlue

Dan is a professionally qualified supply chain practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working in a wide range of senior international procurement roles for Bluechip companies like BHP, Schlumberger, Newmont and Alcoa. He has managed large global supply chain teams in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia through complex change and transformation projects and has consistently met aggressive cost reduction targets with accountability for billion-dollar cost bases. Most recently Dan was the Global Supply Chain Manager for John Holland where he positioned the company as the industry leader for social procurement, and worked on large capital works programs that supported the West Gate Tunnel and Melbourne Metro Projects, and contribute towards the development of regional jobs for Victoria, Australia. Dan is an expert in supplier relationship management and has extensive category management expertise in heavy steel fabrication, plant & equipment, maintenance & repair, and freight services. He is passionate about delivering positive local, environmental and social outcomes through modern procurement practices such as Design for Supply Chain, and Total Cost of Ownership modelling.

Sean Barnes, Infrastructure Procurement Manager, Akina

Seán Barnes is the Director of Procurement with Ākina and is based in Ōtautahi-Christchurch. Seán is working to realise the potential for business, organisations and people to have a positive impact on the world. With a background in professional engineering and consulting, Seán heads up Ākina's social procurement programme FWD: which includes providing advisory support to organisations across procurement, sustainability and strategy. He is recognised as a creative thinker and communicator who loves to connect people, thinking, and ideas to create change.


Tania Pouwhare, Social Intrapreneur, The Southern Initiative, Auckland Council


Tania (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a Social Intrapreneur for The Southern Initiative team at Auckland Council. Her role is to support and enable social and community innovation in South Auckland to tackle some of our tough socio-economic challenges, and to be a change maker inside a massive bureaucracy. She is leading the The Southern Initiative team’s work on employment and skills and procurement. Before moving to The Southern Initiative two years ago, she held strategy roles within council.


Prior to working at Auckland Council, Tania lived and worked in Dublin before settling in London for more than a decade, where she was Head of Policy at the Women’s Resource Centre – the UK’s leading umbrella organisation for the women’s NGO sector and one of Britain’s most admired charities. Before her move abroad, she worked for the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in a policy role.


Tania was part of the first cohort of students to graduate with a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Auckland.


Aaron Donaldson, Head of ICT & Corporate Procurement and Sustainable Procurement Lead, Auckland Council


Aaron Donaldson is a former commercial lawyer who has moved into procurement in the last 3 years. He heads the Auckland Council’s ICT and Corporate Procurement Team. Aaron leads the procurement departments social and sustainable procurement workstream and has a particular interest in driving a variety of value within Auckland through Councils role as a large procurer.


John Faitala, Social Intrapreneur, The Southern Initiative, Auckland Council


John is a Social Intrapreneur at The Southern Initiative, leading the He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN), UPTempo and the Pacific Innovation Approach projects.

He Waka Eke Noa is a supplier diversity intermediary that connects Māori and Pasifika businesses with clients wanting to purchase goods, services and works. HWEN is a priority for TSI because Māori and Pasifika businesses are an untapped pathway for socio-economic transformation for South Auckland, Auckland and New Zealand as a whole. UPTempo is a prototype looking to test and understand "what does it take?" to transition Maori and Pasifika workers in South Auckland who are stuck in low value roles in sunset industries into high value "quality" roles in sunrise industries. The "Pacific Innovation Approach," is a co-design framework developed with the Pacific values and standards to engage with Pasifika communities in a safe and culturally appropriate space.

John’s career began with the Niue Government, working in several roles up to Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, and included a short attachment with Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Office in Samoa. John worked a couple of years at Origin Energy in Melbourne, and BP NZ Ltd before a 10-year stint at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in Better by Design and the Service Design teams. John joined Auckland Council as Business Improvement Manager for Customer Services and was naturally drawn to the work at TSI. John’s thesis delved into “entrepreneurship in the Pacific cultural context” and proposing the Pasifika entrepreneurship model where culture, business opportunity, reciprocity, shared meaning, and innovation play a pivotal role. 


Tara MacMillan, New Zealand Transport Agency

Tara Macmillan has had over 15 years’ experience in Supply Chain and procurement related disciplines across Australia and New Zealand. Over the past 12 years Tara has held senior supply chain and leadership roles across a number of industries, including grocery, mining, and the electricity industry. Twelve months ago Tara entered the Transport sector, joining the New Zealand Transport Agency to lead procurement across the Agency, with a key focus on infrastructure procurement delivery. Tara is passionate about unlocking the ability of Procurement teams and functions to add greater value within organisations through early involvement; driving innovation through the development of new methods and approaches; using the procurement process to deliver and realise greater social outcomes for New Zealand; and building the capacity and capability of procurement across Government sectors in NZ. 


Hinemaua Rikirangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hako, Te Tumu Whakarae (Executive Director), Māori Economic Development, Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment

Hinemaua joined MBIE in November 2017 in the role of Executive Director for MBIE’s team Te Kupenga responsible for leading, managing, influencing and advising on Māori Economic Development, building MBIE wide organisation cultural capability and Crown-Māori partnerships. Within this portfolio, Te Kupenga leads for MBIE the cross agency Crown-Māori economic development strategy ‘He Kai Kei Aku Ringa’ and provides input into key policy topics impacting on Māori, such as employment, Crown-Māori relationships and treaty settlements, building Māori capability across industries and regions, growing the Māori enterprise from SME’s through to iwi businesses.


Hinemaua also has experience as Director of Māori strategy, policy and partnerships within the Ministry for Primary Industries helping to increase productivity of Māori owned land and agribusinesses. Her background includes governance roles and corporate sector finance having worked for the BNZ national Māori Business team within BNZ Institutional Banking and played a key role leading BNZ’s Māori business strategy, developing a number of new organisation wide initiatives of benefit to Māori and providing specialist advice to BNZ Partners, Retail and Corporate services across Aotearoa New Zealand.


Pam Ford, General Manager – Economic Development, Auckland Tourism, Events Economic Development (ATEED)

Pam’s role, as leader of Economic Development, is responsible for initiatives and partnerships that deliver quality jobs for Aucklanders. This includes business growth, investment attraction, screen sector and innovation precincts, sector, skills and workforce development.

Pam has worked for ATEED since it was formed in 2010, including a secondment to the New Zealand government on the West Coast, USA, 2014-15, to attract international investors to New Zealand. Prior to this, Pam worked as an international marketing professional in private and not for profit sector.

Pam received the Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ) Commendation for Distinguished Service Award in 2018 and is the Chair of EDNZ, the body representing all New Zealand economic development agencies.


Mihingarangi Forbes, Conference MC

Mihingarangi has a wide brief, as a current affairs presenter and investigative journalist one day she can be interviewing the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the Waitangi lawn and the next sitting across from burly tattooed men talking about state abuse. In her 20 years of journalism she has worked across programmes such as The Hui, Campbell Live, Native Affairs, 60 Minutes and 20/20.


She is an award-winning investigative journalist who is an accomplished facilitator of debates and events. We think this makes her a perfect host to facilitate discussion with our key speakers and keep our audience captivated.


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