Board Matters podcast: Ngahihi o te ra Bidois

Ngahihi o te ra Bidois on the place of te reo and tikanga Māori in the boardroom.

By Institute of Directors
12 Sep 2022
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18 min to listen
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Te reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand and should be heard in our boardrooms, says Ngahihi o te ra Bidois MInstD.

“There are aspects of Māori culture that should be in boardrooms, too, in Aotearoa New Zealand,” he says.

Among his governance roles, Bidois is the chair of the Eastern Region Fish and Game Council and the Tauhara North No. 2 Trust. He is an internationally recognised inspirational speaker.

He says Māori would be more likely to join the governance community, and enhance its diversity, if they saw it was welcoming of Māori perspectives.

“On an indigenous board, which I chair a few of, we talk about hundred-year plans, we talk about looking after the generations that haven’t been born yet, we talk about what are ancestors have done,” Bidois says.

“That alone is Māori cultural concept, indigenous, which underlines the values of what we do and how we do it.” 

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