Call for nominations

Nominations for this years Maori Business Leaders Awards have closed.

Awards, eligibility and criteria

Young Māori Business Leader Award

Te Tohu mō te Kaiārahi Rangatahi Māori i ngā mahi Pakihi

Eligibility and criteria

  • Is under 35 and has achieved significant success in any kind of business (Māori or non-Māori).
  • Must be Māori.
  • Demonstrates values that make them a role model for other Māori.

Recent winners

Ngarimu Blair, Jamie Tuuta, Blanche Murray.

Māori Entrepreneurial Leader Award

Te Tohu mō te Kaiārahi Rakahinonga Māori

Eligibility and criteria

  • Is achieving significant success in any kind of business that he/she has created/built/is building (Māori or non-Māori).
  • Must be Māori.
  • Demonstrates values that make them a role model for other Māori.

Recent winners

Bailey Mackey.

Māori Woman Business Leader Award

Te Tohu mō te Kaiārahi Wahine Māori i ngā mahi Pakihi

Eligibility and criteria

  • Has achieved significant success in any kind of business (Māori or non-Māori).
  • Must be a Māori woman.
  • Demonstrates values that make them a role model for other Māori.

Recent winners

Mavis Mullins, Miriana Stephens, Hinerangi Raumati.

Māori Governance Leader Award (new)

Te Tohu mō te Kaiārahi Whakahaere Māori

Eligibility and criteria

  • A man or woman who has achieved exceptional success in governance roles in a kaupapa Māori business.
  • Has demonstrated outstanding leadership characteristics.
  • Must be Māori.
  • Demonstrates values that make them an outstanding role model for other Māori.

Outstanding Māori Business Leader Award

Te Tohu Kairangi mō te Kaiārahi Pakihi Māori

Eligibility and criteria

  • A man or woman who has achieved exceptional success in any kind of business (Māori or non-Māori).
  • Has demonstrated outstanding leadership characteristics.
  • Must be Māori.
  • Demonstrates values that make them an outstanding role model for other Māori.

Recent winners

Kingi Smiler, Jason Witehira, Mavis Mullins.

Outstanding Māori Business Leadership Award (for organisations)

Te Tohu Kairangi mō te Pakihi Māori Ihorei

Eligibility and criteria

  • An organisation that must be a whānau-owned business; a Māori trust or incorporation; a company, partnership or joint venture with Māori shareholders; or an iwi or hapū entity.
  • Has achieved significant success in recent years that demonstrate values that make them a role model for other Māori businesses.
  • This is not about being the most profitable or being the biggest. This Award is about the prominence of Māori values in the organisation. e.g. use of spoken reo and correct pronunciation, story, along with manaakitanga (active rather than passive expression of care for team and customers), kaitiakitanga (active rather than passive expression of environmental sustainability) and demonstration of intergenerational view (looking back and forward).  

Recent winners

Tainui Group Holdings Limited, Ngāi Tahu Holdings, Kahungunu Asset Holding Company.

Nomination rules

  • A nomination may be made by a person, group of people, or an organisation.
  • A person or an organisation cannot nominate themselves.A person can be nominated for more than one Award.
  • A person or an organisation does not need to know that they are being nominated.
  • Any supporters of a nomination should be listed on the Nomination form, all information on the candidate should be part of the written nomination, and separate supporting letters will not be considered.
  • Nominations must be submitted (using the Nomination form or by simply providing the information) by email to: MBLAnomination@auckland.ac.nz.
  • Nominations must be received by end of day on Friday 16 March 2018.
  • Nominations that are received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Any queries should be in writing and emailed to: MBLAnomination@auckland.ac.nz.

Selection

Selection is made by the Awards Steering Committee, which is comprised of successful and respected people from across the Māori world. For more detail about the members, visit Awards Steering Committee.

Awards ceremony and announcement of winners

The Award winners were announced at an Awards reception on Friday 4 May 2018 in Auckland.

Confidentiality

  • All information submitted on a person or an organisation will be restricted to the Awards Steering Committee.
  • The identity of nominees will not be publicly disclosed.
  • Nominees will only be communicated with if they are selected for an Award. If a nominee does not want to receive an Award, another nominee will be offered the Award.

Nomination deadline

Nominations for the 2018 Awards are now closed.

Nomination form

The Nomination Form for the 2019 Awards will be downloadable in mid-February 2019.