Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award 2006

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. The Rangatahi Award is given to an emerging business leader aged between 20-40 years.

Beverly Adlam

Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau
Master of Business Administration


Benjamin Dalton

Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Porou
Master of Business Administration

Prior to joining the Ministry of Fisheries, Ben was chief executive of the Crown Forest Rental Trust. He has extensive experience in working with iwi groupings and key leaders across community, economic development, treaty negotiations, and related public and crown sectors. His earlier career included senior positions such as Executive Trustee, Far North Development Trust, Commissioner, Māori Economic Development Commission, and Executive Trustee, Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi.

Ben founded a private training establishment, which is still in operation twenty-three years later, and for ten years ran small businesses in Northland – a portable sawmill and renovating Housing Corporation mortgagee sale homes. He also spent seven years as a community employment advisor. Ben holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland and is a graduate of the senior executive programme at Columbia University, New York.


Hone Kiwa Whatarau (Rangatahi Award)

Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whanaunga
Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies), Bachelor of Commerce Honours (International Business)

Hone also has a Master of Commerce with first class honours in International Business. His thesis was about the export performance of indigenous enterprises and included a case study of Aotearoa New Zealand.