Supporting employee development for future success at the “Festival for the Future”


Priority One team members and four Instep Young Leaders, recently attended the transformative “Festival for the Future” in Wellington. The event emphasised the significance of supporting our employee development for long-term success.

The conference explored the theme of purpose and personal impact, urging attendees to align their why with the positive change they seek. Collaboration emerged as a key driver, highlighting the potential when like-minded individuals unite.

Keynote speakers unveiled new career horizons, showcasing emerging industries and education models. Attendees were introduced to space exploration, the opportunities of AI, sustainable business models, and circular economy benefits. Data’s power to drive innovation and connect diverse concepts was showcased, inspiring transformative change.

Authenticity was celebrated as the ultimate leadership form, encouraging individuals to contribute their unique perspectives. This served as a great starting block for our Instep Young Leaders, who relished in the experience:

Festival of the Future, held at Tākina – Wellington’s beautiful new convention centre, 8–9th June 2023.

“Wellington was a ball! The cultural diversity was very welcoming and time spent with my peers had me wishing I could have stayed there just a little longer. To the many different speakers, presenters, companies and organisations involved in the overall conference and workshops I take my hat off to them all. I took into consideration the different sectors everyone came from and listened to as many as I could and reflect back to how that could help me or the many around me. Listening to, and about, matauranga Māori really made me feel that I can get into and succeed at what ever career I wanted. Throughout the duration of mine and our time together in Wellington as a IYLF whanau there were many memories made, a lot of soul-felt foods and endless amounts of laughter and learnings. Piiki te mihi kia kotou mo tenei aheinga. Huge thanks to everyone for this opportunity.” Kiritiana Takuira-Mita, Instep Young Leader, Te Puke High School.

Priority One recognises that supporting employee development is crucial. By fostering growth, we cultivate a skilled and motivated workforce that stays ahead of trends, serving our members and the community effectively, and making impactful contribution to the Western Bay of Plenty economy.

Elle Archer, Te Matarau’s chairperson (The Māori Tech Association), captured the festival’s essence: “Your ‘why’ is your connection to the future. Find your meaning. Our future is today’s moment.

Priority One would like to extend their thanks to Tauranga City Council for their invaluable support, enabling our Instep Young Leaders to participate in the Festival of the Future. Your generous contribution has made a significant difference in empowering these young leaders and nurturing their potential as we work towards shaping a brighter future for our community.

From Left to right: [Priority One Team] Instep Manager, Vee de Koster; Project Manager – Sustainability Lead, Marissa Nikora; Project Manager – Future of Work, Meg Davis.
[Instep Young Leaders] Robert Unsworth, Sam Bainbridge, Holly Bathgate, Kiritiana Takuira-Mita.