I think the fact that two out of the three finalists in the New Zealand Innovator of the Year awards this year were Māori sends a powerful single to our young people, our rangatahi. It reminds them that innovation is in their DNA. It’s a reminder that their ancestors sailed across the largest body of open water on the planet to this land, were astronomers, astrologers, scientists, designers, innovators. And that this is a world where they belong, where they bring a different world view.

Ian Taylor, Idealog, March 2019