SHAY WRIGHT


Speaking topics: the Maori economy, education, indigenous leadership, iwi engagement, purpose-driven business and social enterprise.


Shay is a social entrepreneur, named in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurship. Deeply passionate about education, rural development and Maori empowerment, Shay is a co-founder of the indigenous innovation and training enterprise, Te Whare Hukahuka.

“Maori people generally fall within the bottom 80% of indicators used to measure wellbeing, and Maori are nearly three times as likely to be unemployed and/or convicted of a criminal offence. When we look at these statistics, it is undeniable that growing inequity is felt along cultural lines, and in the case of Maori I believe this comes mainly from an intergenerational deconstruction of the Maori­-owned economy.”

Shay has spoken at conferences around the world, is a founding board member of Teach First NZ, sits on several advisory boards and is writing a book to help aspiring social entrepreneurs.

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