My role is centred around building programmes of work that enable people to collaborate across the organisation to solve complex business issues. Designing Auckland Transport’s Future of Work strategy has taught me that nothing about the future is certain. The only thing guaranteed is change is coming! How we approach change determines whether we are future ready or be forced into it, as there is no choice. My other hat at Auckland Transport sees me as the co-lead for the Pasifika network. This is where my passion lies as a leader in the Pasifika community. I cheerlead the growth and development of leadership frameworks which leans towards cultural intelligence to better reflect Tamaki Makaurau across our corporate spaces.
Described by the NZ Herald as the Headmistress of Gen Z, Alexia Hilbertidou is the founder of GirlBoss NZ – NZ’s largest organisation for young women. In 5 years, GirlBoss has grown to 13,500 members and programmes have been implemented in more than 100 schools across New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands. Alexia’s own mission is to get women to the table – the boardroom table that is, and she believes the decisions made while young are crucial in paving the way. She has spoken at some of the world’s largest conferences such as The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and One Young World, sharing stages with speakers such as Richard Branson, HRH Meghan Markle, and JK Rowling. At only 22-years-old, Alexia is a living, breathing example of how Gen Z are making their mark on the world, becoming a Deliotte Global Scholar, National Geographic Explorer, and a Facebook Leadership Fellow, despite bypassing university.
Leader of large scale transformation in enterprises, creating product managed, customer-led businesses through the integration of business and technology, leading with culture and people. Strategy formulation and execution through tight integration of technology into business outcomes. Builder of world-class product, digital, data and software development teams. Improvement of technology delivery efficiency across all types and styles of delivery, while maintaining the high levels of reliability and governance required in complex enterprise environments.
I am passionate about transformation through innovation, collaboration, customer-centricity and the use of new technologies. I enjoy taking a leading role supporting the success of high performing teams through ensuring end to end accountability and adoption of modern methodologies. My approach is to be open-minded and flexible and back this up with tenacity, drive and integrity.
Artist | Independent Arts Consultant | Experienced Arts Manager, Art Outreach Educator | Client base: Community to Corporate
Following 20+ years experience in the New Zealand art and culture sector, is researching and developing her business tech service design for the arts/tech niche market. Experience includes MA Arts Management, Prof. Dip Art and Design. Experienced Arts Manager in Art Education, Museum Education and gallery environments. Alumni US Embassy NZ, Pacific Women Leaders. Candidate ICF International Coaching, R.I.S.E. 2025 Indigenous Women. Trustee Hillary House Leadership Centre supporting youth educational leadership. Member of Tū Tonu Arts Collective, Indigenous Arts Managers supporting contemporary art development in South Auckland.
I’ve been working in IT since 1989, over the years I’ve touched on many aspects of IT from programming on mainframes for Meat processing plants to advising BNZ on how best to invest in infrastructure to meet existing and future business demands. After many years of employment and contracting, in 2010 I fully stepped in to the exciting and challenging world of small business ownership and have been enjoying the roller-coaster ever since. Recently my focus has been on growing a deep understanding of the challenges facing regional communities/economies towards creating and implementing ICT related solutions that facilitate our transition into our rapidly changing social and economic future.
Niva is a documentary filmmaker who is passionate about impact storytelling for environmental and social justice. She loves collaborating and creating complex and multifaceted values based projects. She has a background in environmental studies, permaculture design, facilitation and leadership.
Niva runs a successful regenerative market garden and Education Centre for regenerative living with her partner Yotam on their community farm Pakaraka Permaculture.
Professional background is in resource management and environmental planning. I have extended my profession in the area of Māori perspectives/Te Ao Māori within resource management and work with central and local government agencies and developers in this area to support iwi/hapū/mana whenua to incorporate/integrate their values and interests in planning. I am the Director and Principal Planner for Whetu Consultancy Group. Personal background, I am husband to Amy and father to Millie, Rodie, Jonas and Alba. We live in Ngāruawāhia and are connected to our community and iwi. My wife is also Director or our consultancy and has a legal background.”
Technology Innovation Manager at Farmlands Co-operative Society Limited
I’m a technologist at heart, my passion is the application of technology to solve business and social problems, making life easier through people centric solutions. I have worked in the tech industry for 20+ years, and currently work at Farmlands Cooperative as the Technology Innovations Manager. Where I hold responsibilities for Technology and Digital Architecture, Development, and Test, along with Senior Leadership responsibilities. I’m a father of 3, Alex (12), Georgia (9), Jack(8) and along with my wife Nicole, we Christchurch, but have lived in Auckland(10 yrs), and spent part of my working life in UK(4yrs). My hobbies, include most mountain biking, soccer, touch rugby and DIY. I’ve chosen to do the MTF programme as its curriculum covers a lot of areas I am seeking to improve about myself and my skill set as I continue to grow my career. It also offers me an opportunity to rediscover my passion and broaden my perspective. Which has been focused on a Digital Transformation programme at Farmlands for the last 4 years.
Co-Founder of FunDo
My name is Oliver (Ollie) Le Lievre, I have a background in the fitness industry, and before transitioning into the tech-space. In 2020 I completed a double degree in exercise science and business management while working part-time at Icehouse and the co-founder of an event management tech start-up.
I have a non-technical background and an area of interest to me product design and human behavior. An advocate of ‘Jobs to be Done’ principles which give a user-centric approach to product design and how technology best integrates into people’s lives.
I aspire to consult with entrepreneurs to validate ideas from concept to product-market fit by lean and agile principles. In turn, built a reputation for developing successful products by making informed decisions based on good practice and fresh thinking.
Marie is an experienced leader of people. What gets her up in the morning is seeing the best in others, and coaching that greatness into reality. Marie’s experience spans financial services, insurance, media, marketing and high-tech industries, in a variety of roles including customer service delivery and people and culture development. Marie’s an entrepreneur and cofounder of Bluespur Consulting. This entrepreneurial streak is applied to any role, leading to initiative, strategic thinking and the passion that comes with a sense of ownership. Personal passions include improving quality of life for the elderly, bridging cultural gaps, reading, spirituality, travel and exercise. Specialties: customer experience, facilitator, call centre tutor / trainer, insurance account executive, sales consultant, customer service rep, case manager, speaker, presenter and interviewer.
Tongariro te Maunga Taupō te Moana Te Heu Heu te Tangata Tūwharetoa te Iwi
Ko Ngāti Hāua, Ngāti Maniapoto, me Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga ōku Iwi hoki, Ko Kauriki, ko Wharauroa, ko Ngapuwaiwaha me Te Tikanga ōku Marae, Ko Ngāti Hinemihi me Ngāti Waewae ōku hapū, Nō Taumarunui ahau, heoi anō, inaianei kei te noho ahau ki Tāmaki Makaurau. Ko Hermione McCallum-Haire tōku ingoa.
I work part-time in Healthy Waters, in the Sustainable Outcomes Team, delivering projects that have cultural, economic, environmental, digital and social outcomes. Currently, I am seconded to the Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme Employment Strategy Roopū. I am also working at Ngā Wai ā Te Tūī, Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, Unitec Institute of Technology. My particular whānau-led mātauranga Māori research is about power (pūngao whakahou/renewable energy) sovereignty.
Experienced Change Leader with a track history in Training & Development and Entrepreneurship. Interests – Disruptive and Innovative Technology, Social Impact, Values-Driven Business models for Pacific Communities, Systems Change. As a business strategist – positioning and empowerment! I’ve partnered with various CEO’s, executives and solopreneurs to grow personal and/ or professional businesses and platforms human-to-human. Creative – I’ve spent over a decade in the space of testing new ideas and taking these from conceptualisation to fruition, sustainable growth for thriving companies in government sectors, institutions to mostly for the small business community.
I adopt multidisciplinary Human Centered Design (HCD) and Agile delivery approach to help businesses & communities to innovate product/services, problem solve and improve operation/process efficiency.
Te Ramaroa is my mountain, Whirinaki is my river, Ngatokimatawhaorua is my waka, Ngapuhi is my tribe, Te hikutu are my people, Moria is my marae, Wynyard is my whanau, Joseph Wynyard is my father. Paekowhai is my mountain, Wangaehu is my river, Kurahaupo is my waka, Ngati huru te ra is my tribe, Ngati apa me ngawairiki are my people, Kauangaroa is my marae, Matiu is my whanau, Carol Wynyard nee Matiu is my mother. My name is Kiri Tavaga. I am looking forward to taking this new learning journey and passing on the fruit it bears to the next generation. I hope building technological futures will be a reality for our rural rangatahi.
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