More than 170 people have attended the first day of the national Maori accountants' network conference in Auckland.
The theme of the annual event is wealth creation through innovation and leadership. Keynote speakers this year include Sir Ralph Norris, Sir John Goulter, Pita Sharples and Neville Jordan.
Mr Jordan, the winner of this year's New Zealand Trade and Enterprise outstanding international business leader award, says there is a lot of interest in Maori business, especially in Maori science.
He spoke about how Maori entrepreneurs can get involved in what he calls commercial hot spots.
The conference continues on Saturday.