Our research centre

The Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development was established by the University of Auckland Business School in 1998 in honour of the late Dame Mira's achievements.


The Mira Szászy Research Centre is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Māori, Pacific Island and other indigenous peoples, their communities, small-medium enterprises and nations.

The centre aims to provide effective economic and social development support services to Māori and Pacific communities, nations and small-medium enterprises by bringing together experienced and skilled practitioners and scholars dedicated to high quality outcomes.


Key activities


  • Development of indigenous people and small nations.
  • Te Tai Tokerau, Waikato-Thames and Bay of Plenty whānau-hapū and iwi strategic planning and business cluster development.
  • Development, training, consultation and professional development services for Māori and Pacific community and corporate organisations.
  • Collaborating with other research institutions, including James Henare Māori Research Centre, the University of Waikato’s Te Matahauariki Centre and The University of Auckland’s School of Environmental and Marine Sciences.


  • Assisting small start-up businesses.
  • Evaluating public and private health programmes.
  • Cooperating with the Māori Business Network Inc.
  • Advising Māori trust boards and corporations in North Auckland.


  • Researching economic development and its relationship to spiritual and cultural capital.
  • Leadership in Māori and Pacific terms appropriate for business and economics.
  • Collaborating with the Pacific Forum, the Pacific Business Trust and the New Zealand Pacific Business Council on research into Pacific economies, trade and business development.
  • Yes we can! Future Proof the Pacific. Collaborating with the Pacific Forum member states on trade, economic development and business success.
  • The Māori and Pacific four well-beings: spiritual, environmental, family-kinship, economic and business measures.
  • Māori and Pacific eco-tourism - cultural tourism and appropriate business models.
  • Whānau Ora - a Māori business model of the future.
  • Multi-dimensional model of identity and cultural engagement.

Other activities include hosting The Aotearoa New Zealand Māori Business Leaders Awards and support of the Mana Programmes - recruitment, mentoring, study support and pastoral care programmes for all Māori and Pacific students at The University of Auckland Business School.


Te Toka Kāmaka o Waiparuru – The Soul of the University of Auckland Business School

Situated inside the entrance of the Business School’s Owen G Glenn Building is a sculptural artwork and at its centrepiece is a Pounamu Kahurangi or rare greenstone named Te Toka Kāmaka o Waiparuru.

Read more about Te Toka Kāmaka o Waiparuru