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Entrepreneur Social - Rachel Taulelei, KONO

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Sigrun Steinhagen

Join us for this special Marlborough Entrepreneur Social, an evening of great networking, inspiration and support with guest speaker Rachel Taulelei, CEO of KONO.

Rachel Taulelei is an outstanding leader with an impressive background that has earned her many awards.

What motivates you to be the best version of yourself that you can be? What makes you “tick”? That is the conversation Rachel will be leading during this Entrepreneur Social.

There will also be time to ask questions, and to network with purpose. Bring your business cards.

About the guest speaker:
Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua) is CEO of Kono NZ. Kono is a Māori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company employing over 450 staff, farming more than 1000ha of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries. Their brands include Tohu, Kono and Aronui wines, Tutū cider, Kono mussels, Kiwa oysters, and Annies fruit bars. Kono also grows apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops, and is involved in sustainable seafood through its business Yellow Brick Road.

Kono is an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation. Based in Nelson, Wakatū has over 4,000 shareholder families who descend from the original Māori landowners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay regions located within Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island.

Founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles. She is a fierce advocate of New Zealand’s primary industry and has spent 20 years promoting Aotearoa as a world-class producer of food and beverages.

Rachel has received the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to food and hospitality. In 2018 was named Māori Woman Business Leader at the prestigious University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards, and she presently sits on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.

Her governance experience includes Moana NZ, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, New Zealand Wine Growers, Aquaculture New Zealand, the Young Enterprise Trust, and Sir Peter Blake Trust.

We hope you can join us.

Ticket price includes light snacks on arrival

About the Event:
Entrepreneur Social is a monthly networking event for business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to engage and connect with purpose-driven individuals who value collaboration and problem-solving.

Drinks and nibbles on arrival. Networking with Purpose from 5.30-6.00pm. Guest speech and Q&A 6.00-6.40, networking until 7 pm.

At the Entrepreneur Socials, you will be able to
- Come together with like-minded, purpose-driven individuals to connect, inspire, and collaborate
- Network with purpose
- Feel connected to a network of peers
- Shortcut your learnings and get into the flow
- Share opportunities, seek support and help each other succeed

The Blenheim Entrepreneur Social launched in February this year and is part of a network of run in 30+ locations around the world. They are independently organised and brought to you with the support from Business Trust Marlborough and

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