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Rotorua Innovation Festival Taiopenga Auaha 2019

Rotorua Innovation Festival Taiopenga Auaha 2019

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  • Mon 5 Aug ’19, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 6 Aug ’19, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 7 Aug ’19, 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thu 8 Aug ’19, 9:30am – 5:00pm


Rotorua Lakes Council, 1061 Haupapa St, Rotorua


All Ages

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  • General: $0.00

A four-day Innovation Festival of free events to share ideas, knowledge and connections to inspire social good and business success.

We have three excellent keynote speakers + dozens of other award winning and inspirational speakers.

Our keynote speakers are:
Annah Stretton:
Annah is a successful commercial and social entrepreneur. Her achievements in business and social enterprise have been widely recognised with many accolades and awards including New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Fashion/Business/Community, the Verve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, the EY 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2017 Westpac Waikato Not for Profit Business of the Year and most recently the 2018 and 2019 semi-finalist in Kiwibank New Zealander of the year.

Mark Lucas:
Mark is CEO and founder of Cannasouth, a medical marijuana research company poised for growth when New Zealand legislation changes.

Tiny Deane:
Tiny, from Visions of a Helping Hand, is recognised as a champion and solution provider to help reduce homelessness in Rotorua and Taupo. He has housed over 1,000 people in the last twelve months alone.

The Innovation Festival has been developed to provide inspiration, knowledge and ideas to:
- Improve our world with a focus on youth, well-being and the environment
- Launch & grow enterprises
- Showcase commercial innovation and success
- Fund new and existing social enterprises

Attend one session or attend them all! To see the full list of speakers and clinic descriptions go to

Limited seats - registration essential to secure your seat.

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