Speaker Profiles

Ngapera Riley

CEO Figure NZ

Ngapera is passionate about helping New Zealand progress as a nation through the use of data and understanding information that can influence good decision making by citizens, businesses and political leaders.  She is fascinated by the future and passionate about supporting innovation and development that positively impact our world. Her belief is that access to legitimate data is integral for the future of humanity and that everyone, not just experts, should be able to access and use
important information about our country.

TRaci Houpapa MNZM JP

Chair – FOMA

Traci is an award winning company director and recognised business leader. Traci serves
on a number of companies including Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan NZ Forest Investment, Predator Free 2050, Primary ITO and the National Advisory Council
on the Employment of Women. Traci has an MBA from Massey University and is a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant.

Traci Houpapa

Ria Hall

Artist, Musician


Deanne McMAnus-Emery

Associate Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery, Oranga Tamariki


Dr Huhana Hickey

Thought Leader, Academic & Disability Rights Lawyer


Hon. Louisa Wall

Former MP


Colonel Esther Harrop MNZM

Logistics Commander (Land) NZDF


Kendall Flutey

Co-Founder & CEO Banger


Annette Sykes

Lawyer, Activist


Nicola Ngawati



Moana Maniapoto

Journalist, Musician, Writer


Liz Mellish

Deputy Chair FOMA

Chairman Palmerston North Maori Reserve Trust, Chairman Te Wharewaka O Poneke and is a director on Te Wharewaka O Poneke, other directorships are: Director Metlifecare Ltd Palmerston North, Director Wellington University Professional Ltd. 

Liz also serves on the Maori Heritage Board, Pouhere Taonga and Featherston Booktown. Liz has an accomplished business career spanning over 40 years.

Liz Mellish