Keynote Panel

The Māori economy – a subset of the New Zealand economy, is impressively valued at NZD42.6 billion. Maori land and property development have played an integral role in the growth and valuation of this figure. This panel brings together a number of experts to discuss the nature of Maori land ownership and the unique challenges and opportunities of Maori property development.

Kiri Dell (Panel Chair)

The University of Auckland

Kiri is a post-doctoral research fellow at Department of Property, University of Auckland Business school and Māori innovation lead at Tech Futures Lab. Kiri helped to develop ‘Whiua ki te Ao’, an initiative that encourages more Māori participation in the entrepreneur and innovation sector. She is director of The Nuka Institute, a company specialising in extracting innovative products from manuka and kanuka trees. Working in collaboration with R&D, universities and industry she is helping to discover new products from native New Zealand bio resources for Māori land owners. She is also a Trustee for Te Ohu Whai Ao an organisation that connects Māori to a global community of Indigenous people in business and is currently the co-chair of the Indigenous Caucus of the Academy of Management.

David Kennedy

Ngāi Tahu Property Limited

David is Chief Executive of Ngāi Tahu Property, the property company of South Island’s Ngāi Tahu Group. He oversees the growth opportunities to build Ngāi Tahu Property’s portfolio in Te Waipounamu while his expertise in the Auckland market helps the company meet its strategic objectives there.
Prior to this role, David was Chief Executive Officer for The Eden Park Trust and has held CEO/COO positions with Skycity Entertainment Group, Westfield New Zealand and St Lukes Group. He has had significant experience in property, government policy, strategy development and organisational development and has consulted to industry, particularly with regard to retail and property development.
David is a board member of Panuku Development Auckland.
David has had community involvement through his roles as Chair of Counties Manukau Sport and Sportnet, and as a Minister of Social Development-appointed Chair of the Auckland Central Community Response Forum. He is a past board member for Ngāi Tahu Property, the Force Corporation and the Property Council of New Zealand.

Te Kani Williams

Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Tainui, Ngāi Tai ki Tōrere and Te Aupōuri

Te Kani has advised many Māori entities and Statutory Boards, and has worked with claimant groups in direct negotiations in the settlement of their Treaty claims. He has been instrumental in the development of Māori corporate and trust structures and in developing new and innovative redress proposals.
Te Kani has acted extensively in the Waitangi Tribunal area since 1997 to the present day including the Muriwhenua, Urewera, Central North Island, National Park, Whanganui, King Country, Te Paparahi o te Raki Historical Inquiries. He has also appeared in the Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Haka Patuheuheu, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāpuhi urgency inquiries. In addition Te Kani was lead counsel for the Ngāti Kahu Remedies Inquiry which is still ongoing.
Te Kani also has an extensive background dealing in Property Law  matters (both commercial and residential) having acted for a number of Commercial and Residential property Developers,  also in relation to the development of a Rest Home and Retirement Village as well as matters involving Joint Venture developments between Māori entities and third party investors.