June McCabe – Maori Economic Taskforce

June has extensive experience in a diverse range of sectors at governance and senior management levels. Her career began in the public sector till 1993 after which she embarked on an investment and corporate banking career. Over the last 5 years she has been involved in management consultancy and the development of innovation based funds.


She has also had extensive experience as a Company Director since 1994 having held Board positions including the Accident Compensation Commission, Housing New Zealand, New Zealand Venture Investment Fund as a founding Board member, Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute, Television New Zealand, Chairman of Payworks, a payment technology business, Chairman of TalkingTech a global technology company. She is currently on the Boards of Avanti Finance, Northland District Health, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Te Waka Pupuri Putea Ltd and other private and not for profit entities.


Due to her strong interest in Maori economic development June over the years has been involved in a number of Government advisory and policy forums at senior levels including Chairman of the Maori Economic Commission and more recently Chair of the Capital, Investment and Enterprise work stream for the Maori Economic Taskforce.




parkerDavid Parker is a Labour list Member of Parliament. He was Minister of Energy in the fifth Labour-led Government between 2005 and 2008. He is currently the Labour spokesperson on Economic Development and Associate Spokesperson on Finance. He is also Chair of the Government Administration Committee.

Prior to entering Palirmanet in David Worked for Wrightson NMA Limited, was a Former Litigation partner, Anderson Lloyd Caudwell; Worked in Agri-biotechnology field and was a former Manager, BLIS Technologies and Director, Fund Managers Holdings Ltd.

He holds a BCom and LLB from the University of Otago.


Bernard is a leading financial journalist and editor with over 18 years experience which includes roles with Reuters, the Financial Times Group and Fairfax Media in Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London and Singapore.

Bernard is currently the Editor of, a news and information website aimed at 2 million New Zealand borrowers and savers, and is a commentator on financial, economic and investment issues, regularly appearing on radio, television and in the Herald on Sunday.

Bernard is particularly well informed with matters to do with house

prices, interest rates, finance companies, banks, international

economic issues, and on-line media.

Bernard was heavily involved in the formation of and managed the editorial businesses at Xtramsn and stuff. He explains his sometimes controversial views in an engaging and refreshing way to a wide audience, and works independently with a completely unbiased view.

Bernard speaks regularly on the current economy – what's happening and what it means for you, the credit crunch, interest rates, housing, and financial markets issues.

bertramGeoff Bertram is an economist and senior associate at the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University. He was until June 2009 a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Victoria. He is Director and Research Principal, Simon Terry Associates Ltd, Wellington, and Senior Adviser, The Brattle Group, Boston and London. His research interests include regulation of public utility industries such as electricity, gas and telecommunications; economic and political development of small island societies with a particular focus on the Pacific; the design of policies to address climate change; and the long-run evolution of the New Zealand economy. He has over 100 publications including more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters. He served on the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics from 2005 to 2007 and convened the Association's annual conference in Wellington in 2007. He has been a member of the editorial boards of a number of international journals including World Development 1992-97, Environment and Development Economics 1996-2006, and Asia Pacific Viewpoint since 1976. He speaks regularly at international conferences on energy, climate change and small-island issues.

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