Tā Mark Soloman
Tā Mark Solomon is a strong advocate for the Māori economy and was instrumental in setting up the Iwi Chairs Forum in 2005. Of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kuri descent, Tā Mark is the elected Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, a position he has held since 1998.
In 2013 he was awarded Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and Business. In April 2015 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lincoln University as Doctor of Natural Resources, recognising his enduring interest and concern for our natural environment.
Tā Mark's current directorships include Te Ohu Kaimoana, Te Pookai Aronui, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Advisory Board on CERA Transition and he is a trustee of Pure Advantage and a member of the NZ China Council. He was an original member of the Minister for Māori Affairs Māori Economic Taskforce, established in 2009.
The role of partnerships in strengthening our communities.
Tā Mark Solomon, will discuss the value achieved when councils build strong local partnerships within their towns, cities and regions. In particular,Tā Mark will discuss his view on the significance of relationships between iwi and local government.