Tuia Group plays central role at forum in Chile
POSTED: 25 November 2018
In November the Chilean Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Social Development, as well as CONADI (National Corporation for Indigenous Development), hosted a group from New Zealand at a seminar held in Santiago.
The purpose of this meeting was to share both countries’ experiences on public policy and the economic development of their respective indigenous communities.
Tuia Group was represented by director Toko Kapea and consultant Juan Prado who, along with with MP and former Minister Chris Finlayson, gave presentations focused on Māori economic development and Crown-Māori relations. They also engaged in other activities held with universities, think-tanks and international organisations.
Local perspectives were delivered by Chilean Minister of Social Development Mr Alfredo Moreno and National Director of CONADI Mr Jorge Retamal, with Mapuche academic Verónica Figueroa Huencho also addressing the forum.
In attendance were delegates from the Chilean government, the ambassadors to Chile for New Zealand and the European Union, entrepreneurs and SME owners, and Rapa Nui and Mapuche representatives.
Also present were Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa, a group of ten Māori university students who were able to visit Chile and participate in the event thanks to the Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence, and staff from the University of Waikato.