Business School

Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award 2003

The Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award recognises outstanding achievement by graduates of the Business School, and excellence in tribal and business endeavours nationwide and internationally.


Lynette Stewart

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Tainui
Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development)
Master of Management (MMgt)

Lynette is the inaugural chief executive officer of Te Tai Tokerau MAPO Trust, established under the Northern Regional Health Authority in 1996. Lynette has just completed a statutory nine-year term as chair of the Northland District Health Board in December 2009. She is a director on the Te Tai Tokerau Māori Rural Health Training Consortium. She has served as a member of the Public Health Advisory Committee and the New Zealand National Health Committee for eight years, and also on the Treaty of Waitangi Public Information Programme Advisory Board for three years. Lynette is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Lynette and Warren have five children, and nine grandchildren. Her interests are music, gardening, fishing and tennis.


Erima Henare

Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Tainui, Te Atiawa, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Tūwharetoa
Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development)

Erima Henare is an original Northlander, a descendant from all of its tribes. He has a deep interest in the health of all Northlanders and has been involved in health for 16 years. He is currently the Māori Language Commissioner, Deputy Chairman of Northtec (Northland Polytechnic), and leads or is a member on several national and local boards and committees such as the Northland District Health Board and the Board of the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand). He has his own consulting company that specialises in dispensing advice on all aspects of Maori asset management, tikanga, reo and engagement.

He has had a long association with the public service having served in senior roles in The Department of Māori Affairs and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Deputy General Manager of the Iwi Transition Agency, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Māori Language Commission. Most recently he has been General Manager with the Ngāti Hine Health Trust and Chairman of the Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation (PHO) having returned home to the North at the request of his people. He is also a personal advisor to the Māori King.


June McCabe

Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Kahurau

June brings extensive experience in a diverse range of sectors at governance and senior management levels. After an extensive career in both the private and public sector, June established Sustainable Prosperity (New Zealand) Limited, a management consultancy business in securitisation and investment banking, and is actively involved in capital raising projects.

June’s banking and finance experience spans the last 15 years where she joined Mortgage Corporation in 1992 and gained experience in securitisation and investment banking. In 1997 she joined Westpac Banking Corporation as a senior executive and gained experience in all aspects of banking (institutional, corporate and retail). In 2006-07 she held a position with Cranleigh Merchant Bankers.

She has also had extensive experience as a company director since 1994, having held board positions, including the Accident Compensation Commission, Housing New Zealand, New Zealand Venture Investment Fund as a founding board member, founding chairman of The New Zealand Leadership Institute, chairman of Payworks, a payment technology business, and chairman of TalkingTech, a global technology company. She is currently on the boards of Television New Zealand, the Crown Health Financing Agency, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and other private and not-for-profit entities.

In 2003 she launched a bestseller book which she co-authored entitled, Women2Women, aimed at motivating and inspiring women in careers and business.

Due to her strong interest in Māori economic development, over the years June has been involved in a number of government advisory and policy forums at senior levels including chairman of the Māori Economic Commission, the Hui Taumata Trust, and more recently responsible for Māori investment, capital and enterprise on the Māori Economic Taskforce set up by the Minister of Māori Affairs, Pita Sharples. 


Anne Candy

Waikato, Ngāiterangi

Anne Candy is currently a Manukau City councillor for the Manurewa ward and was previously the deputy mayor of Manukau City from 1998 to 2007.

Her special interests include being a life member of the Māori Women’s Welfare League Incorporated, patron of the Manurewa Returned Services Association, patron of the Manukau National Council of Women, and inaugural recipient of the Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award 2003 from The University of Auckland Business School.