Māori business values: “We are just different”

12 September 2013

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Associate Professor Manuka Henare, Ian Taylor, CNZM, Maori Business Leader 2012 and Anthony Healy, BNZ Director of Partners

When 2013 Māori Business Leader of the Year Ian Taylor made his acceptance speech at the BNZ-sponsored Business School awards dinner earlier this year, the computer graphics and television expert voiced one major concern.

Talented young Māori, he told the crowd, should be educated to a top standard but not so they think solely like Pākehā. “Yes, there are some disciplines and some rules, but in the process don’t kill who we are,” he said.

“We have different values – there is nothing wrong with profit not being at the top of your list.”

BNZ Director of Partners Anthony Healy says the bank is delighted to stand behind emerging Māori business leaders.

“They bring an important long-term perspective to New Zealand’s business environment,” Healy says.

“Many business people supported by Māori culture bring a different perspective to the business landscape; that of the long-term, sustainability, kaitiakitanga and a culture of adding value in order to leave something better for those who follow.

“Of the challenges facing New Zealand’s economic growth, some stem back to a short-term view of business outcomes. I think that long-term thinking has found its time, and I hope the business leaders recognised by these awards keep that perspective with them as their success grows.”

Taylor, the Dunedin-based head of production company Taylormade and computer graphics company Animation Research, was pronounced supreme winner of the Aotearoa New Zealand Māori Business Excellence Awards 2013 for his outstanding achievements in television and business innovation.

Taylor’s work in advertising and graphics is high profile, Dean Professor Greg Whittred said at the ceremony, but lesser known is his work within social enterprise, such as providing graphic animation techniques for pilot training.

Once a singer in 1960s rock band Kal-Q-Lated Risk, he also presented TVNZ children’s show Spot On, completed a law degree, joined the board of Māori Television and became an innovation adviser to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Taylor has been inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, was named North & South magazine’s 2010 New Zealander of the Year, awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society (the top honour of the ICT sector in this country) and in 2012 won the creative section of the World Class New Zealand Awards.

Read more about the Māori Business Leaders Awards