Innovation Development Group Diversifies Revenue￼
IDG Director Tony Dowling focused on securing new funding streams. Our familiar capped ‘business-as-usual’ operation needs to be more strongly augmented by an uncapped ‘business-not-as-usual’ model and that starts with being receptive to change. ‘Often the future shows up before you’re ready for it’, Tony says. ‘So it’s important to anticipate it and respond appropriately to what’s coming so we’re ready to secure and create new opportunities for diversified income growth, otherwise they’ll pass us by.’ Tony joined Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in October last year and brings more than 25 years’ experience from a diverse range of roles, including engineering, project management, operations, business and partner development, sales management, strategic alliances, strategic planning and general management both in New Zealand and overseas. His last role was General Manager of global technology leader Honeywell’s New Zealand operations, which employed 120 people and had a turnover of over $40 million. Tony left Honeywell to join Te Wānanga o Aotearoa because he wanted to make a ‘world’ difference in te ao Māori. He says, ‘At a unit level most of us strive to make a difference within our own family context, but in being a part of the team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa together we have the means and opportunity to make a ‘world’ of difference for te ao Māori – that’s what it’s all about for me.'