The Trust celebrates and acknowledges the fantastic achievement by Liz in her contribution to Maori Business. Tau ke Liz!
Liz Te Amo (Waitaha, Ngāti Moko, Tūhourangi, Tapuika) won the Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award. She has worked in the private and public sector, and is currently Te Tumu Whakarae (executive director of the Māori economic development unit) at Hīkina Whakatutuki (the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment). Alongside Te Puni Kōkiri she is responsible for He kai kei aku ringa, the Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership which translates literally as ‘growing food by our own hands’ – a metaphor for Māori resilience and self-determination as a people.
“It’s very humbling to walk in the shadow of Dame Mira,” says Te Amo. “I have dedicated my career to serving Māori and Aotearoa in business. It’s a great privilege and very inspiring to see the Māori economy excel and Māori people determine their own economic future.”