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.

Peter Baltus

Peter Baltus
Peter Baltus (pictured right)

Ngāti Kurī of Ngā Puhi Nui Toni

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland

Peter is a transformational, commercially focused executive with 20 years of international experience in accounting, sales, marketing and general management (New Zealand, Australia, Asia/China, India, UK).

He has delivered notable success to businesses through developing forward thinking growth strategies, strong profitability and sustainable change in fast paced environments. He was most recently Marketing Director for Goodman Fielder which included responsibility for the Asian-Pacific dairy business. Prior to this he has held numerous executive roles including member of the Pfizer global leadership team (top 10 MDs globally).

Peter is also a trustee and an active member of Muriwai Surf Life Saving (training children from 5 years of age to senior guards). He is honoured for his exceptional achievements both nationally and internationally in the business development of multi-national corporations and SMEs.


Daniel Bidois (Rangatahi Award)

Daniel Bidois

Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Kauae

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland, Master in Public Policy, Harvard University

Dan, originally from Auckland, is an economist within the private sector development division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), based in Paris, France. His current focus is on advising governments in the Central Asia region on a broad range of strategic issues related to economic development, sector competitiveness, business climate reforms and infrastructure development.

Prior to joining the OECD, Dan was a research analyst at the New Zealand Institute, a privately funded economic think-tank based in Auckland. Dan has also worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting New Zealand. He has extensive experience in public sector strategy and policy, as well as experience covering the insurance, forestry, dairy, retail and healthcare sectors. 

Despite some setbacks in Dan’s early life, including dropping out of high school at aged 15, he entered university in 2002 and graduated with joint undergraduate degrees from the University of Auckland: a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) in economics and a Bachelor of Arts. While at the University of Auckland, Dan served as president of the Auckland University Students’ Association and participated in a year’s exchange programme at the University of California Berkeley in the United States.

In 2010, Dan won a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard University, where he gained a Master of Public Policy in economic development. Dan is also a previous Toi Uru Roa Kelly Scholar.


Colleen Bermingham Brown

Colleen Bermingham Brown
Colleen Bermingham Brown (pictured right)

Ngāpuhi, Te Mahurehure, Ngāti Paakau

PGDipBus (Māori Development), University of Auckland, Diploma in Nursing, Carrington Polytechnic

Formerly head of community and corporate engagement with Westpac New Zealand, as well as head of Māori business, Colleen is an exceptional leader in the business sector as well as community. She has developed and implemented Westpac New Zealand Māori business and community strategies, and applied core Māori values in business and the wider economy. She is passionate about research, learning, up-skilling, and personal development.