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27 May 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

2016/05/27 12:15:00

EPIC NZ is returning 27 May 2016

focusing on Innovation, Diversity and Building Connections


EPIC NZ (Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand) is an annual conference facilitated by the Office of Ethnic Communities to bring together New Zealand’s business people, ranging from those at the outset of their business careers to experienced leaders.


The 2016 Conference provides a platform to:

  • build connections network with local and international business communities (including Maori, Pacific and Ethnic businesses)
  • engage with ideas about emerging issues & trends
  • hear from successful business people
  • discover opportunities for business expansion and collaboration
  • explore potential markets and trading opportunities.

Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

Minister for Ethnic Communities

Master of Ceremonies

Frankie Stevens

Frankie Stevens

Plenary Panel


Sir George Fistonich

Founder and Owner
Villa Maria Estate

The son of Croatian immigrants, Sir George Fistonich is widely regarded as a pioneer of New Zealand’s wine industry, helping to take New Zealand wines to the world stage and making Villa Maria New Zealand’s most awarded winery for 36 years… Read More


Wei Gao

Alpha Group Holdings

Wei Gao immigrated to New Zealand from China in 1995. From the moment he arrived in New Zealand he began developing his marketing skills and exploring cutting edge technology. In 1998, Wei and his father set up their own business … Read More

Traci Houpapa

Traci Houpapa

Federation of Maori Authorities

Traci is an award winning company director and recognised industry leader. In 2012 Traci was named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness and in 2013 she was named amongst the Listener’s top ten … Read More


Tenby Powell

Hunter Powell Investment Partners

Tenby Powell’s experience spans across the private sector, government entities, not-for profit and the military. He has held senior management positions in several companies, prior to forming his own company, Hunter Powell Investments Limited. Read More


Knowledge Exchange Sessions

Leveraging Cultural Diversity

Moderator Sina Wendt-Moore photo

Sina Wendt-Moore (Moderator)

Chief Executive, Leadership NZ

Innovation Vital to Success

Kenneth Leong

Kenneth Leong (Moderator)

Principal, Crowe Horwath

Mapping your Marketing Approach

Lindsay Neill

Lindsay Neill (Moderator)

Senior Lecturer, AUT


  • 12.15 - 1:00pm Registration
  • 1pm - 1:10pm MC Frankie Stevens
  • 1.10pm - 1.25pm Welcome from Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, Minister for Ethnic Communities
  • 1:25pm - 3pm Plenary Session

    Plenary Panel session, Moderated by Tenby Powell, Chair of Small Business Development Group and Founder of NZ SME Business Network


    Sir George Fistonich, Founder, Villa Maria
    Wei Gao, CEO, Alpha Group Holdings
    Traci Houpapa MNZM, Chairman, Federation of Maori Authorities

  • 3.00pm - 3:10pm Special Address


  • 3.10pm -3:45pm Afternoon Tea
  • 3:45pm - 5.10pm Knowledge Exchange Sessions (3 run concurrently)
  • 5.10pm - 5.20pm Acknowledgements, Helen Wyn, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs
  • 5.20pm - 7pm Networking Drinks

Recent EPIC NZ Conference Highlights

Past Conference Speakers


Supporting Organisations