Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award 2009

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.


Selwyn Hayes

Ngāi Tai, Te Whakatōhea, Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Apa
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Law

Selwyn graduated from the University of Auckland in 1999 and is a senior tax manager at Ernst & Young, as well as its Māori sector services leader. He has a passion for Māori economic development and working with Māori organisations. He advises on a wide range of issues and industries that affect Māori organisations and is responsible for the firms' strategy across the multi-million sector account. His specialty is in providing tax structuring advice to Treaty of Waitangi claimants. This award honours Selwyn's exceptional leadership in the private sector of Aotearoa, as well as the world of Māori business development.


Teresa Tepania-Ashton

Graduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development)

Teresa has twelve years experience in corporate banking with CITIBANK. She was responsible for major corporate clients in New Zealand that were focussed on global cash management and prior to that for more than a decade Teresa worked for a Danish Engineering firm, predominantly focussing on the Dairy Industry. This enabled Teresa to travel extensively throughout the World giving her a good grasp of the International arena and the many diverse cultures.

She took a break from banking to raise her children and in 2001 graduated from the University of Auckland with a graduate business diploma (Māori Development) before returning to work. She took up a position with HortResearch as the Business development leader for Māori where she helped Māori develop land-based projects looking for accelerated pathways to industry and exporting.

In July 2004, she was appointed as the CEO of Te Runanga a-Iwi o Ngāpuhi which represents the largest number of Māori descendants in the country. More than 122,000 (Statistics New Zealand, 2006) people claim to be of Ngāpuhi descent. This role has bought many challenges as well as allowing Teresa to focus on developing the assets of Ngapuhi but more importantly the aspirations of the Ngapuhi people.

Teresa has an overall passion for leadership, and in 2006 participated in the Leadership New Zealand programme of which she is now an Alumni, and was recently appointed a Trustee to the organisation.

Teresa also serves as a director on subsidiary boards of Ngāpuhi and independent bodies.


Daymon Nin

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa
Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems)

Daymon was an outstanding commerce student in information systems. He is now a co-director of Passage Software, which he established in 1998. Passage Software is the official distributor of Sage and Sage Pastel accounting products in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Based in West Auckland, it employs 16 staff and has a network of more than 50 resellers throughout the country. Daymon was honoured for his exceptional leadership in the start-up of a successful small-to-medium enterprise, and also commended in his role as an artist.