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Resilience, and the role of Cooperative Enterprise in a post-pandemic rebuild.

When: Thursday 25th June, 2020

Live streaming from 11:00am to 12:00pm, NZ Std Time (GMT + 12hrs)

Register to hear different perspectives from our guest speaker panel, then participate in a Q&A for the remaining time available. All registered contacts will receive a link to the recorded event.

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This crisis has not created inequality but has certainly highlighted for more people to see, what has been there for a long time and continues to grow.

As the effects of one major crisis evolve into the next – cause and effect – our attentions shift to thoughts of ‘what now?’ – will these ‘ripples’ cause enough disruption to the status quo to become catalysts for change?

Regardless of the cause, the effects are profound – we all see the world differently, have a clearer perception of the growing systemic inequalities that engulfs so many, social behaviour and expectations have changed, and economies will take a hit.

We must now address the imbalances and redefine our societal and economic models for a more resilient and sustainable future for all – and we must ACT now, for the next crisis may be far less forgiving and far more difficult to recover from.
One thing that this global pandemic has proven – when there is sufficient motivation, and without the distraction of less meaningful agendas, we CAN do what has to be done to change our behaviour for the greater good, and do it quickly.

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Greg WardMC and host for this event

Guest Speaker Panelists:

Kaye-Maree Dunn

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake

Kaye-Maree has worked with Māori groups at a flaxroots level and with several Māori business enterprises to develop capability, identify risks and create possibilities for development. She is an experienced facilitator and delivers governance training programmes to dozens of iwi organisations with Te Whare Hukahuka.

Kaye-Maree also holds several board roles, and is a part-time Project Manager with Māori Women’s Development Inc.

Jackson Rowland

By day, Jackson is the Director of Ākina Invest, the impact investment arm of Ākina.

Ākina’s mission is to transform the economy through the power of impact.

He started his career in corporate law and through this work he has advised large numbers of organisations on their impact investment goals and was part of the management team of New Zealand’s first impact investment fund, the Impact Enterprise Fund.

By night, Jackson is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and an Obama Leader. He is a passionate volunteer, supporting various organisations including Make a Wish.

Roz Henry

Roz is the CEO of Cooperative Business NZ – the independent peak industry body representing New Zealand’s diverse range of member-owned businesses (co-operatives, mutual and societies) sitting across multiple sectors.

Previously Roz was Head of Operations at ATEED. She has worked for a number of blue-chip organisations in New Zealand and internationally including Fonterra, Unilever, PA Consulting, Bayer, Ernst Young, Cognizant, and Grant Thornton; along with key government agencies.

Roz is passionate about supporting NZ business.

Steven Moe

Steven is a Partner at Parry Field Lawyers and initiated a cross sector group of community enterprises, NGOs and charities to discuss the Covid-19 response which meets weekly.  He has worked as a lawyer in Wellington (3 years), London (3 years), Tokyo (4 years), Sydney (4 years) and since 2016 is based in Christchurch.  He is the host of the weekly podcast seeds with 180+ interviews of inspiring people, wrote the book “Social Enterprises in NZ: A Legal Handbook” and is Chair of Community Finance (impact investing with a social housing focus).  He shared some of his journey here.

Vaughan Winiata

Vaughan is the founder and Managing Director of VFormation.

Following a 20-year corporate career in leadership roles with world-class companies such as Sony, Fujifilm, & NZME, Vaughan went on to found Avalon Audio. Within 8 years, Avalon became New Zealand’s most successful Home Audio Distributor until being acquired by IT Distributor Computer Dynamics Ltd in 2017.

Vaughan describes himself as an entrepreneurial business specialist and a ‘small business evangelist’. He is passionate about small business and their key role as the backbone of the New Zealand economy.


Each guest speaker will provide their own perspective on the following discussion points, followed by an open Q&A with the audience participants.

Key discussion points:

1. What have been the key observations during the past few months, before and during lockdown, and now as New Zealand starts to emerge from lockdown restrictions?
2. What are the greatest opportunities for change; to increase resilience and inclusion, and reduce inequality?
3. What should be our top priorities for ensuring we DO change for the better and redefine our societal and economic models?
4. What role will cooperatives and the cooperative enterprise model play in a rebuild strategy?

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