New Pacific Economic Ambassador Heads Strong Speaker List at Pacific Wave Export Conference

Shane JonesPACIFIC ECONOMIC AMBASSADOR His Excellency Shane Jones, NZ Super Fund CEO Adrian Orr and award-winning chef and author Robert Oliver are confirmed to speak at the one-day Pacific Wave Export conference later this month.

Hosted by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) the event will bring together the private sector, business council and government representatives from New Zealand and the Pacific to take a fresh look at what can and needs to be done to accelerate Pacific export growth says PCF Chief Executive Laulu Mac Leauanae.

“The focus of this conference is to consider collaborative partnership and investment offerings to enable and accelerate export growth – particularly in the tourism and agricultural sectors.”

“The line up of speakers will without a doubt provide stakeholders and delegates with a good foundation of thought leadership to fuel the days discussion.”

HE Shane Jones has been a strong advocate for businesses that create job and wealth in Maori communities, particularly those in Northland which he represented. His advocacy has spread to the Pacific with his new role, having recently returned from the Prime Minister’s Pacific Mission to Samoa, Tonga and Niue. New Zealand contributes more than $300 million in development funding to the Pacific annually.

Adrian Orr joined the NZ Super Fund, a global investment fund established to help pay for the future cost of universal superannuation in New Zealand, in February 2007. The $25 billion fund has been recognised globally for its innovation, transparency, governance and commitment to responsible investment.

Award winning Chef and Author Robert Oliver is on a development mission to connect Pacific agriculture to the regions tourism sector.In May 2014Mea´ai Samoa. Recipes and Stories from the heart of Polynesia, won the Gourmand Award for best TV Chef Cookbook in the World 2013. This follows the success of his first book, Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific, named Best Cookbook in the World 2010 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Others speakers include Jennifer Boggiss from Heilala Vanilla, one of the Pacific’s fastest rising culinary stars with their organic vanilla produce from Tonga and Michael Finau-Brown from Nature’s Way Cooperative in Fiji which is a thriving agribusiness helping small-scale farmers share their sustainably-grown fresh tropical produce.

 

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ABOUT PACIFIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION (PCF)

The Pacific Cooperation Foundation is an independent public/private sector trust whose mission is to support Pacific Cooperation objectives in niche areas with economic linkage in line with New Zealand’s policy objectives. Formed in 2002, PCF was formally launched by the Governor General in August 2003. The Foundation leverages relationships to promote wealth creation in Pacific communities by cooperating with, coordinating and connecting with the public and private sectors. www.pcf.org.nz

Brief Bio Information

His Excellency Shane Jones is the newly appointed Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development.  Shane was a longstanding Labour MP who retired from Parliament in May 2014 after entering in 2005. He has been a strong advocate for businesses that create job and wealth in Maori communities, particularly those in Northland which he represented. His advocacy has spread to the Pacific with his new role, having recently returned from the Prime Minister’s Pacific Mission to Samoa, Tonga and Niue. New Zealand contributes more than $300 million in development funding to the Pacific annually. Shane is of Maori descent (Te Aupouri and Ngai Takoto). He has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Master Public Administration (MPA), and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Adrian Orr is of Cook Islands descent and was the proud winner of the Pacific Business Person of the Year in 2001 and was honoured with the Pacific Navigators Achievement Award by the Pacific Business Trust in September 2013. Adrian is also the Deputy Chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, Vice Chair of Pacific Pension Institute, a member of the Long-Term Investment Council for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the World Bank’s Treasury. With the Pacific the key focus for the conference, Adrian looks forward to participating.

Robert Oliver is an award winning Chef and author with a development mission to connect Pacific agriculture to the regions tourism sector. In May 2014, Robert won his second global award for Mea´ai Samoa. Recipes and Stories from the heart of Polynesia, winner of the Gourmand Award for best TV Chef Cookbook in the World 2013 which follows the success of his first book, Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific, named Best Cookbook in the World 2010 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The television series REAL PASIFIK,  based on his work and the food culture of the South Pacific played in New Zealand (TV1) in September/ October of 2013 and is being distributed to more than 70 global networks in early 2014.

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