Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award 2010

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.


Dr Chellie Spiller

Ngāti Kahungunu and Pākehā
Master of International Relations Victoria University of Wellington, Toi Ururoa Kelly Scholar, PhD (Management) the University of Auckland

Chellie has a Masters in International Relations through Victoria University and a doctorate in Māori business through the University of Auckland Business School. Her research shows how Māori businesses differ from the norm by taking more account of important cultural values that guide relationships to create relational wellbeing and wealth across economic, social, environmental, cultural and spiritual dimensions. Her research has been published and presented internationally and locally. She lectures, writes, and researches at the University of Auckland Business School. In November 2011 she will undertake a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Harvard University and the University of Arizona, which will extend her research to include Native American perspectives of indigenous business.


Dan Walker

Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahine Rangi, Ngāti Kahungungu, Tainui, Te Arawa, Ngā Rauru
Bachelor of Business Studies Massey University

Dan has held senior management roles in the private sector for over 10 years and is a governing trustee of Ngāti Ruanui in South Taranaki. The mandate of Ruanui is to improve the health, educational, social, cultural and environmental requirements for the more than 9000 people that make up this tribe. Dan has completed studies in Marketing, Accounting at Massey and Auckland universities. He is currently 2 months away from completing his MBA.

Dan has a passion for developing people - This year he was chosen to participate in the Leadership New Zealand programme which has seen growth and maturity in his leadership skills. He also volunteers as a mentor to Māori for the First Foundation and supports Māori youth through Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.

This award honours Dan’s exceptional leadership in the private sector, his commitment to developing people and his work in Māori Iwi development. Dan was also previously awarded the IP Anderson Shield for Leadership and Te Kaea – Young Māori Business Leader Award.


Dr Merata Kawharu

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Rāhiri, Ngāti Kawa
Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Administration), Bachelor of Arts (Social Anthropology & Māori Studies) the University of Auckland, Rhodes Scholar, DPhil (Social Anthropology) University of Oxford

Merata, mother of two small children, is a graduate of the University of Auckland (BA in Social Anthropology and Māori Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Administration) and of Oxford University (DPhil in Social Anthropology). As a Rhodes Scholar she undertook research on kaitiakitanga, at Oxford and in New Zealand, with her studies focusing on the concept as applied in the contexts of the Resource Management and Historic Places Acts, Waitangi Treaty claims and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua. Since completing her doctorate in 1998, she has undertaken research projects for various Waitangi Treaty claimant groups and the private sector. She is a member of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Board and Māori Heritage Council, the New Zealand Rhodes Committee and a Treaty claims advisor. She is Director of Research at the James Henare Māori Research Centre at the University of Auckland, and an Associate Professor of Research at Otago University. She has published two edited books (on treaty and resource management issues), another book (Tāhuhu Kōrero), along with several treaty reports and journal articles.


Maxine Shortland

Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Porou
Master of Management, Postgraduate Diploma of Business (Māori Development), Diploma in Secondary Teachers Training