Business School


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.

Rachel Deane

Rachel Deane

Ngāti Kahungunu: Whatu-i-Apiti

Master of Business Administration, Master of Audiology (Hons), Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland

Rachel has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Audiology (with honours), and an MBA from the University of Auckland. She is a hearing healthcare professional and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience working in hearing research, private and public clinical care, as well as international business development and strategy. She currently runs two successful hearing-care companies that she founded, based in Melbourne, Australia. Before this, Rachel was the General Manager of a medical device company in New Zealand for 5 years and has also served as a clinician in public and private healthcare settings in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK.

Rachel has also made voluntary contributions to gynaecological cancer research and public awareness initiatives for not-for-profit organisations in Australia and New Zealand. A significant motivation of Rachel to study science and develop audiology businesses was the life experience of her mother who is profoundly hearing impaired. This award is in recognition of Rachel’s leadership in the hearing industry, both nationally and internationally, and her passion and voluntary contributions to the field.


Dr Mark Henare

Mark Henare
Mark Henare (pictured left)

Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kurī, Ngāti Hauā

PhD (Social Anthropology), MPhil (Social Anthropological Analysis), University of Cambridge, Graduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development), Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland

Mark completed a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development) at the University of Auckland, but gained both his masters and PhD in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Mark is currently a senior analyst at KPMG in Wellington, where he is working in corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions, financial modelling and valuations.



Tunuiarangi McLean

Tunuiarangi McLean
Tunuiarangi McLean (pictured right)

Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Porou, Waikato-Ngāti Māniapoto

Master of Business Administration, University of Waikato, Graduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development), the University of Auckland

Rangi is an alumnus of the Graduate Diploma of Business (Māori Development) and has since gone on to complete an MBA at the University of Waikato. He has submitted his PhD on the relevance of Ta-Moko in today’s environment and at the time of the awards was awaiting the call to defend this at his oral exams at Massey University.

One of 20-odd siblings, Rangi has achieved much in his life and is the current Executive Officer at the Māori Public Health Organisation Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Limited. This award honours Rangi’s exceptional leadership in the community and health business sector, as well as his dedication to Te Iwi Māori and his prolific community involvement.


Joanna Overall (Rangatahi Award)

Joanna Overall

Ngāti Raukawa

Master of Commerce (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), University of Auckland

Joanna was a Kelly Scholar in 2007 and 2008, completing her Master of Commerce with First Class Honours in 2009. Since then she has achieved success and kept her ties with the Business School. Jo is currently the Customer Service Manager for Tax Management NZ. Prior to this she was the Executive Assistant to Mike Sabin, MP for Northland and the Trust Manager for the Aspiring Leaders’ Forum that is hosted by Members of Parliament. Jo remains involved in this organisation as a volunteer.


Wayne Pihema

Wayne Pihema
Wayne Pihema (second from right)

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Ngāti Whātua Kaipara

Master of Tourism Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Graduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development), the University of Auckland

Wayne has a Graduate Diploma in Business (Māori Development) from the University of Auckland and has completed his Master of Tourism Management at Victoria University, which explored the barriers faced by Māori tourism operators in establishing a tourism attraction. Additionally, he is currently completing his PhD in tourism.

Wayne is the current Director for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia Limited, the hapū’s social development company. He is an active member of a number of communities and has been appointed Chair for Ōrākei Whanau Safety Work Group, a whānau-driven initiative to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and violence in the community. He is also Chair of the education work group aiming to get our iwi more actively involved in education by firstly electing whānau onto school boards. Wayne’s leadership in the business and community sectors sees the application of core Māori values into business and the wider economy.