Liz Ruatoto (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Hauā), is the director of Stella Consultancy Limited, a business education company which delivers practical business programmes for small to medium businesses throughout the greater Wellington, Kapiti Coast, and Horowhenua regions.
Liz has facilitated the Smart Steps to Business (NZQA Level 3), Certificate in Small Business Management (NZQA Level 4), and Certificate in Money Management (NZQA Level 3) for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Liz specialises in the areas of business planning and mentoring, education, events management, specialised workshops, and business administration systems and processes.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts (Māori) from Victoria University and a Diploma in Adult Education from the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults.
Alongside her experience as a company director, Liz has extensive experience as a project manager for several large events. These include a five-day Seafood Industry Week in Nelson and annual general meetings for Iwi Māori, the Matariki Conference, and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission). Liz gained international experience in London through a range of industries, including Credit Suisse of London, BP Oil International Ltd, Les Meridian Hotel, and British Telecom.
Liz has strong relationships with a range of local and Māori networks within the Wellington region. This includes ties to both Kōkiri and Koraunui Marae. She is part of the Womens’ Business Network Groups for Porirua, Kapiti Coast, and Wellington, and has relationships with The Pacific Business Trust in Wellington. Liz also facilitates workshops and training with the Porirua Chamber of Commerce. She has links with Victoria University, and is on the Board of Trustees for Thorndon School and Kapiti College, as well as on the Whānau Support Team for Kapiti College. She is currently in the process of establishing a Waka Ama Club for the Kapiti Coast. Liz also has ties to Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) and has previously worked with Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand), Te Ohu Kaimoana (The Māori Fisheries Trusts), and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission).