Rachel Taulelei CEO Kono NZ Luncheon
Join us for a luncheon with Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata), CEO at Kono NZ since 2015.
Kono is a Māori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company employing over 400 staff and exporting to over 25 countries. Their brands include Tohu, Kono and Aronui wines, Tutū cider, Kono mussels, Kiwa oysters and Annies fruit bars. Kono also grows apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops, and is involved in sustainable seafood through its business Yellow Brick Road.
Kono is an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation. Based in Nelson, Wakatū has over 4,000 shareholders who descend from the original Māori land owners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay regions located within Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island.
Founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles. She is a fierce advocate of New Zealand’s primary industry and has spent 20 years promoting Aotearoa as a world-class producer of food and beverages. Her directorships include Moana NZ, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, New Zealand Wine Growers, Aquaculture New Zealand, and the Young Enterprise Trust.
Rachel has received the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to food and hospitality. She has been a Prime Minister’s Business Scholar and in 2018 was named Māori Woman Business Leader at the prestigious University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards. In 2018 Rachel was selected to be on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.
This will be our last luncheon for 2018 so book your spot today!