New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile
Maori Business Delegation concludes successful visit to Peru and Chile
During late October two renowned Maori leaders visited Peru and Chile where they met with a diverse array of political and social actors. During their visit Traci Houpapa – Chairwoman of the Federation of Maori Authorities – and Manuka Henare – Dean of Maori and Pacific Development at the University of Auckland – had the opportunity to meet with government officials from different Ministries and a vast array of representatives of diverse indigenous peoples from Peru. The three day programme was centred on sharing experiences on economic and business initiatives managed by local communities and the implementation of the Peruvian Consultation Law.
Throughout their two day visit to Santiago, they met with government officials, researchers and representatives of Chilean indigenous communities. The centrepiece of their programme was a roundtable at the New Zealand Embassy in which participants shared experiences regarding indigenous development strategies in Chile and New Zealand. Traci Huopapa and Manuka Henare also had time to visit a Mapuche ceremonial centre where they were able to learn about the Mapuche world vision and customs.