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Exceptional Māori Business Leaders Recognised

Published: Thu 27 Oct 2022 07:11 PM
The 16-year-old CEO behind the largest poi manufacturer in the world and an organisation that empowers and supports waste reduction, are just a couple of the eight winners who will be awarded tonight at the sold-out Ngā Taumata Rau Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards.
The awards, which recognise and celebrate outstanding Māori excellence and success in business, are run by the University of Auckland Business School.
Dr Rachel Wolfgramm, Associate Dean, Māori at the Business School, says: "We are proud to host these awards and celebrate the tremendous contributions our winners make to their whānau, iwi and communities. The awards not only raise awareness of Māori business success, they also help inspire our own tauira to take their place in a growing economy grounded in Māori worldviews."
The winners are:
Te tohu mō te Kaiārahi Rangatahi Māori i te ao Pakihi Young Māori Business Leader Award.This award recognises a person under 30 who has achieved significant success in their career and inspires others to succeed as a new generation of leaders.
Winner: Georgia Latu (Kai Tahu, Ngāpuhi)
When Georgia was 12 years old, she started a poi business with her whānau in her lounge. Today she is the 16-year-old CEO behind Pōtiki Poi, the largest poi manufacturer in the world.
Te tohu mō te Kaiārahi Rakahinonga Māori: Māori Entrepreneurial Leader Award.This award recognises a person who has created/built/is building a successful business that's recognised internationally, driving innovation and entrepreneurship.
Winner: Tama Toki (Ngāti Rehua, Ngāti Wai, Ngāpuhi)
Tama Toki is the founder and CEO of the Aotea brand, which includes businesses focused on therapeutic skincare and the efficient generation, storage and distribution of renewable energy.
Te tohu Taumata Rau. This award specifically recognises an iwi, hapū, or marae-based business with a strong cultural ethos portrayed in the global arena.
Winner: Kono NZ LP
An associated business of Māori-owned Wakatū Incorporation, Kono is a food and beverage producer and exporter of premium wine, seafood, craft beer, fruit and natural fruit bars.
Te tohu mō te Whakatairanga i te Kete Aronui i te ao Pakihi Kaitiaki Business Leader Award.This award recognises a business that promotes and achieves environmentally sustainable outcomes.
Winner: Aotea
The Aotea brand includes businesses focused on therapeutic skincare and the efficient generation, storage and distribution of renewable energy.
Te Tohu Whakanuia te Rangatira a Mānuka Henare. This award is in honour of the late Māori academic Dr Mānuka Henare. It recognises education, service and leadership that has positive local and global impacts for Māori and indigenous communities.
Winner: Para Kore Marae Incorporated
Para Kore is a Māori organisation that empowers and supports marae and organisations to reduce waste.
Te tohu Kairangi mō te Ihorei Pakihi Māori Outstanding Māori Business Leadership Award. This award recognises a kaupapa Māori business that has achieved significant success that demonstrates transformation in their industry, sector or community.
Winner: North Drill Limited
North Drill is a fast-growing Whangarei-based drilling company that proactively works to improve the wealth and well-being of its people.
Te tohu Rātā Whakaruruhau a te Kahurangi Mira Szászy Dame Mira Szászy Lifetime Award. This award recognises a person who has an exceptional long-standing record in governance.
Winner: Robin Hapi, CNZM (Ngāti Kahungunu)
Robin has held a range of governance and executive leadership positions of importance for Māori development. He remains engaged in various projects involving Māori, community, sporting, educational and environmental initiatives.
Te tohu Kairangi mō te Kaiārahi Pakihi Māori Outstanding Māori Business Leader Award.This award recognises a person who has achieved exceptional success in their career and demonstrated outstanding leadership whose influence extends beyond the confines of their role.
Winner: Steve Saunders (Ngāi Te Ahi, Ngāti Ranginui)
Steve is an innovative agritech entrepreneur who thinks big in his quest to solve challenges to feed the world with smart automation and intelligent robotics while upholding the value of kaitiakitanga, guardianship of the environment.
The Ngā Taumata Rau Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards are hosted by the University of Auckland Business School and sponsored by Bank of New Zealand, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Asia New Zealand Foundation, He kai kei aku ringa - the Crown-Māori economic growth strategy (sponsored by MBIE and TPK), NZ Māori Tourism, PwC, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
The Ngā Taumata Rau Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards are on Thursday evening from 5.30pm. The awards are hosted by the University of Auckland Business School and sponsored by Bank of New Zealand, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Asia New Zealand Foundation, He kai kei aku ringa - the Crown-Māori economic growth strategy (sponsored by MBIE and TPK), NZ Māori Tourism, PwC, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

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