Engaging and future-focused kōrero at the 2023 Energy and Innovation Wānanga -23 May
It was Tā Tipene O ’Reagan who set the tone for the day when he said in his opening address, “We need to think differently, we need to dream differently, tell me what else we are going to do.”
Ranging from a global session on the importance of international partnerships to a kōrero around regional infrastructure and innovation, today’s discussions provided the opportunity for the Murihiku community to hear from industry experts and reflect upon how they can respond proactively to the challenges of our time.
Minister Megan Woods then went on to announce the government’s commitment to help Murihiku transition to a more resilient, sustainable economy. She says, “It is the local Rūnanga who have come together and been instrumental in ensuring we have clear plans for the future. It is the Murihiku Rūnanga who have really led from the front.”
Well over 250 people turned up to engage, participate and think about the future opportunities for the region and community. Many more connected in on live stream and social media. The response to the first day has been overwhelmingly positive.
Day one had a mix of international, national level, regional and local experts covering a focused range of topics about the potential future for Murihiku-Southland.
“Is about our whanau, our hapū, Iwi, Pacifica, and our whole community coming together to help direct how our future can be. It is about action,” was the clear mesage by Terry Nicholas from Hokonui Rūnanga and Murihiku Regeneration.
Day 2 will focus on regional priorities, plans and key updates from Rio Tinto on the future of the Tiwai Smelter, and updates on new projects including Southern Green Hydrogen and Southland Aquaculture porjects.
Whether you were on the ground in Waihōpai or tuning in from home, the Murihiku Regeneration team want your feedback and for you to have your say. Please let us know what you think and where you want us to focus our mahi.
Posted: 24 May 2023