Big Three firm backs new Māori business leader award

by Sol Dolor17 May 2017
Bailey Mackey has won the inaugural Māori Entrepreneurial Leader Award at the University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards 2017, a new category added this year with the support of top firm Chapman Tripp.

Mackey, who is of Ngati Porou, Tūhoe and Ronogowhakaata descent, is the founder and CEO of Pang Productions. He is the producer behind shows including The GC, Saving Gen Y, Kapa Haka Kids, and Angelo’s Outdoor Kitchen.

“This award is as much a recognition of all the people I’ve been inspired by over the years – from CEOs to people in the community, including my father – as it is for me,” said Mackey of the award.

“I definitely see myself as a Maui-preneur – Maui went out and challenged the status quo. For a lot of my upbringing, my entrepreneurial skills weren’t recognised by any system and I was a square peg in a round hole, so it’s great to have these skills recognised, alongside other incredible Māori business leaders,” he added.

The award was given Friday night, where other Māori leaders were honoured.

The other winners are:
  • Blanche Morrogh: Young Māori Business Leader Award
  • Mavis Mullins: Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award
  • Hinerangi Raumati: Māori Woman Business Leader Award
  • Liz Te Amo: Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award
  • Kahungunu Asset Holding Company: Outstanding Māori Business Leadership Award (for organisations
Chapman Tripp has been a long-time sponsor of the Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards.

“We've sponsored the awards for a number of years because we recognise the importance of Māori business leaders now and into the future,” said Nick Wells, Chapman Tripp’s chief executive partner. “In 2009, Chapman Tripp set up our Māori legal team Te Waka Ture, which I'm proud to lead.  Supporting these awards reflects our commitment to fostering Māori business.”

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