Callaghan Innovation has appointed a Māori Economy general manager, Hemi Rolleston.
Rolleston, who was chief executive at Te Awanui Hukapak (a horticultural collective) will be tasked with leading Callaghan Innovation’s efforts to address the needs of Māori business to grow and be competitive in the global market.
That includes developing a Māori investment/innovation strategy and a framework for engaging Māori with programmes and services such as training and development for Māori business leaders.
He will also work closely with Māori business strategy leaders in NZTE, Te Puni Kōkiri and MBIE.
Callaghan Innovation chief executive Mary Quin says: “We are fortunate to have someone of Hemi’scalibre join us on our mission to accelerate commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand. The Māori economy is a vital part of that equation and we look forward to Hemi leading the way in address the needs of Māori business to grow and compete on the international stage”.