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Mellisa Firth

CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, TE PAPA

Chief Digital Officer at Te Papa, Melissa has over 20 years’ international digital experience across business strategy, innovation, user experience and product development. Her most recent role before joining Te Papa was Head of Digital Business Development for Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC. Over the next few years, Melissa’s teams will be increasing ease of access to Te Papa’s collections and stories, and developing new digital experiences, services, and ways of interacting with the museum for both physical and digital visitors. Mahuki is part of Te Papa Digital.

Tui Te Hau

GENERAL MANAGER – INNOVATION HUB

Tui’s background includes working for NZTE where she headed up the Maori Enterprise Team supporting major primary exporters into offshore markets.  She went on to be New Zealand Trade Commissioner based in Melbourne and on her return to New Zealand headed up NZTE’s exporter education programme.

Tui then spent over a decade working with start-ups and headed up Wellington’s Fashion HQ business incubator and was the former Chief Executive of Creative HQ.

Tui was responsible for the establishment of the Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s business acceleration programme including raising public and private funding, branding, international accreditation, mentor recruitment and pipeline development.

Tui holds governance positions related to the protection of Maori intellectual property and employer relationships with the Ministry of Defence and is a judge for the Mumtrepreneur Awards.


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