Te Moana a Toi - Kaitohu-Taura 2022

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About the award

The focus of this award is to identify individuals with potential, and to foster the dedication of good governance through the attainment of practical and theoretical knowledge, in addition to creating opportunities for future governance growth to support Māori. 

We are delighted to partner with Miro Berries and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology to support the growth of governance capabilities within Te Moana a Toi rohe.

2022 Award Winner

Taurua Grant is the winner of the inaugural Te Moana a Toi – Kaitohu-Taura, Aspiring Māori Director award 2022.  

Taurua is Te Manahautū (CEO) at Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust and proud to work for his iwi. He has a background in banking, financial markets and treasury advisory and is also an Authorised Financial Adviser (“AFA”). Prior to joining Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust, Taurua held senior roles at BNZ and Bancorp Treasury, and also worked as a senior management consultant at GHA in Rotorua.

Taurua has a passion for promoting the use of te reo Māori in both business and community, and the value of a te ao Māori perspective. Taurua leads Reo Whairawa Limited, which facilitates ‘Kura Reo Pakihi’, a unique marae-based programme designed to support accounting and business professionals to learn the Māori language and cultural customs (te reo Māori me ngā tikanga) for use in the workplace.

As part of the award, Taurua receives:

  • A 12 month Aspiring director position on the Miro Berries board
  • A 12 month position on the BoP IoD branch committee – with option to extend
  • A 12 month mentorship with an experienced director
  • A year’s membership with the IoD A financial contribution towards governance development courses with the IoD


Is this award open to directors outside of the Te Moana a Toi rohe?

For 2022, this award is specific to the Te Moana a Toi region, driven by the Bay of Plenty branch of the IoD. Applicants from outside this region will not be eligible to apply. This award is a pilot initiative for the Bay of Plenty region. It is not currently offered in other regions.

Who was involved in the process?

The development of the award was led by BoP Branch Manager Laura Gaveika and supported by prominent directors Whaimutu Dewes CFInstD, Riri Ellis MInstD and Bob Major CFInstD, who will also make up the judging panel. The award is in partnership with Miro Berries and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.    

Do applicants have to be IoD members?

Applications are open to all, not just existing IoD members. The winner will receive complimentary membership of the IoD for 12 months, as well as attendance at branch functions, mentoring with an experienced director and a 12-month Aspiring Director placement on the boards of Miro Berries and the IoD Bay of Plenty Branch Committee.

What is the process?

Applications for the award open on Monday 21 March and will close on 22 April 5pm. The winner of the award will be announced at a special Bay of Plenty branch event, Me hao te rangatahi – Next generation of leaders, featuring Dr Jim Mather on 18 May 2022.

Do all applicants have to identify as Māori?

Yes. Applicants should identify with one of the iwi based in the Te Moana a Toi rohe. This is captured in the application form.  

What is required of the winner?

As part of the prize for the award winner, the winner will receive one-on-one mentoring with an experienced director over a 12-month period. The frequency, format and expectations of mentoring sessions will be established between the mentor and mentee but usually involves approximately 8-10 sessions. The winner will also be appointed as an Aspiring Director to both the Miro Berries and IoD Bay of Plenty Branch Committee. A position description can be provided for both roles, outlining the time commitment and details of the role.

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