MWDI Māori Businesswomen's Awards 2023: The Afterglow

Matt Pryor
November 2, 2023

Reflecting on the highly anticipated MWDI Māori Businesswomen's Awards 2023, we cherish the unforgettable moments of an extraordinary evening. The event kicked off with an uplifting speech by Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke, Aotearoa’s youngest MP, that set the tone for the night. Stacey Morrison, radiating charisma and charm, expertly guided the proceedings as the MC. The night was a tapestry of celebration, inspiration, and the heartfelt acknowledgment of our exceptional wāhine within te ao pakihi Māori.

Recognising Wāhine in Business

The annual MWDI Māori Businesswomen’s Awards are a celebration of the vision, resilience, and unwavering determination of Māori women in business and shine a spotlight on the significant contributions of wāhine Māori entrepreneurs and professionals across Aotearoa. Their influence often stretches far beyond Aotearoa, making waves in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.  This year’s event received over 100 entries.

New Horizons: Fresh Business Categories

To give even more recognition and support to Māori businesswomen, three new business categories were introduced this year:

·      Pakihi Toi Ora (Creative Arts &Design)

·      Te Ahumahi Hangarau (Technology)

·      Te Kaweake (Export)

These categories brought the total number of Business category awards to ten, each celebrating excellence in different aspects of business. The awards included Business Collaboration, Emerging Business, Employment & Growth, Innovation, People & Capability, and Social Enterprise, among others.

A Celebration of Excellence Across Aotearoa

The awards also recognised the outstanding pakihi across the various regions of Aotearoa; Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau, Tainui, Te Tairāwhiti, Waiariki, Ikaroa, Aotea, and Te Waipounamu. With three new business categories added this year and the existing regional awards, a total of nineteen awards celebrated the excellence of Māori businesswomen.

The Brightest Star: Andrea Rongonui of GO Media

Our hearts swelled with pride as we celebrated the supreme winner, Andrea Rongonui of GO Media. Her journey and achievements are a testament to the strength and determination of Māori businesswomen. Andrea's success story is a shining example for us all.

Outstanding Nominees and Winners

As we reminisce about the MWDI Māori Businesswomen's Awards 2023, we celebrate the achievements, leadership, and innovation of all the nominees and winners. Their stories, often rooted in ancestral wisdom and commitment to community, stand as a testament to the transformative power of leadership.  These visionary women redefine success, weaving a tapestry of accomplishments that not only uplifts their own aspirations but also inspires the next generation.

For the full list of 2023 Award Winners visit the MWDI website.

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