Hosted by MC Rāniera Dallas, we are excited to introduce you to our keynote speakers - Dr Eruera Tarena and Associate Professor Carla Houkamau.
Dr Eruera Tarena
Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tūāhuriri)
Eruera is Executive Director for Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective, a Ngāi Tahu-led futures lab to empower rangatahi to realise the future of their dreams and influence partners to transform how they engage rangatahi and their whānau. The lab shares future focused insights so rangatahi can determine their own future, equip them with the tools to lead change and connects them with partners so they are designing systems that work for them.
Currently Eruera is involved in a range of data projects mapping our current education systems performance for Māori (mapping barriers/boosters), mapping rangatahi journeys through education/employment and a range of projects focused on the future of work for Māori and preparing for the transition to a future skills-based economy. A key part of this work is training a cohort of rangatahi future makers to lead the transformation and designing from the future.
Eruera is also a Ministerial appointee to Te Taumata Aronui and Te Māngai Pāho.
Associate Professor Carla Houkamau
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu
Carla Houkamau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business and the Associate Dean Maori at Auckland University Business School. Carla currently leads the most extensive longitudinal study of Māori identity, financial attitudes and behaviour (Te Rangahau o Te Tuakiri Māori me Ngā Waiaro ā-Pūtea | The Māori Identity and Financial Attitudes Study) for which she received a Marsden Award in 2015. You can find out more about Carla's collaborative research programme here.