Westpac Māori and Pacific Business Student of the Year 2016

The Māori and Pacific Business Student of the Year Award is for the Business School student who has displayed excellence in academic performance, community service, communication skills, extra-curricular activities and knowledge of world issues.


Competition guide

The Westpac Māori and Pacific Business Student of the Year award assesses students on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Communication, including written, informal and prepared speech
  • Service to the community
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Business, national and world events


All full-time students with Māori or Pacific Island heritage who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business and Information Management or a Bachelor of Property at the University are eligible.

Students enrolled in conjoint degrees are also eligible, as long as one of their degrees is Commerce or Property. Students must have completed at least two semesters of study before they are eligible to enter.

Assessment process

Candidates for the Westpac Māori and Pacific Business Student of the Year must submit:

  1. A transcript of your complete academic record at the University of Auckland including any conjoint degree
  2. A one-page cover letter explaining how you meet the above criteria by answering the three questions detailed on the application form
  3. A copy of your CV (maximum two A4 pages)
  4. A completed entry form  

Entry form

Judging process

Stage 1
Each finalist will participate in six five-minute interviews with six judges. The topic of the interviews may cover:

  • Your extra-curricular activities
  • Your involvement in community, voluntary and service
  • World events
  • National events
  • Business events
  • Role of ethics in business
  • Career plans

Stage 2
Each candidate will make a five minute speech on the topic. The topic will be announced to the finalists when they are shortlisted. This will take place in an open forum with invited guests including friends and family.

The prize

  • $1000 for Māori Business Student of the Year and $1000 for Pacific Business Student of the Year
  • People's Choice Award 
  • Winners will have a photo and brief bio on the Business School's "Best in Business" display

All finalists will also receive a certificate.

Important dates

Applications are open now

Applications close: Friday 7th October

Westpac Māori and Pacific Business Student of the Year 2016 final: Tuesday 11th October, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Māori and Pacific Business Student of the Year 2015

Māori Business Student of the Year 2015 - Chris Carrington

Chris is from Whakatohea and completed his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law conjoint degree in 2015. He lists participating in the Maori and Pacific BSOTY awards as a highlight of his University experience. 

Chris spoke from the heart when answering the panels question about all he had learnt during his studies and how he envisaged using his degree to pursue a career in Maori business development.

Exposure and connections from this event assisted Chris in gaining a graduate position and feels blessed to now be working in their Maori business team.

“I am grateful for the opportunities provided to me after taking part in this event and strongly encourage our Pacific and Maori students to give it a go”.

Chris Carrington: First overall Māori student

Pacific Business Student of the Year 2015 - Laumanu Mafi

Laumanu is a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) scholarship student from Tonga in her final year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Economics and Finance. 

In her speech, Laumanu spoke about the importance of her degree making a difference to support her family and siblings school fees, and to inspire the next generation of Tongan students in Tonga. Laumanuo plans to go back home and work for a policy making institution to make a positive contribution to the economic, financial and social development of Tonga when she graduates.

Laumanu believes that taking part in the Maori and Pacific BSOTY competition is one way to encourage their peers to step up, “it's a way to encourage those around you to strive for excellence in all aspects of their university life”.

Laumanu Mafi: First overall Pacific student

Contact us

For more information, please contact:                      

Willie Uili
Student Support Adviser
The University of Auckland Business School
Phone: +64 9 923 7120

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