Waikato-Tainui College

Hana Grant

Service Development Manager, Poutiri Trust

Kia Ora, my name is Hana Grant and I am of Ngati Pikiao and Tapuika descent, if you are reading this then I am excited that you are contemplating the MBA at Hopuhopu. I firstly completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies in Tauranga over a 2 year period and then the last part of the MBA with the University of Waikato in Hamilton and graduated 2010. YAHOO!!

What a journey I tell you – I had no under graduate Degree therefore I was accepted into the programme purely based on my management experience. I had much to learn about how to study, how to reference, how to take notes but I knew my purpose for pursuing this qualification and I was very disciplined in managing my full time role, the travel within my mahi, my family and my MBA study.

To be honest I was blessed that there were 7 other Maori on the programme who were a great support – we would tautoko each other, mock each other and understood the demands that were placed upon us all from our whanau to represent and to succeed.

The MBA programme has helped me to find my fields of expertise which I have applied in my new role as Service Development Manager with Poutiri Trust, which focuses on Innovation and building Capability and Capacity within the providers we have relationships with.

I have encouraged many Maori to consider this programme because I see it benefiting our people. As potential leaders we need to embrace leadership in all its aspects and to be able to function from that position so that our contribution as Maori is longstanding, sustainable and greatly beneficial to community in all its forms.

Also, the business philosophies of Maori are shared by many other cultures and are an added dimension to doing business. Last year we travelled to China and Singapore and I found that the business people that I met there had similar attitudes to Maori in terms of recognising and valuing relationships and whanau, and that their business dealings reflected these principles.

You are privileged to have this opportunity to study alongside Maori yet have the balance of both Maori and other ethnic tutors from the Executive School of the University of Waikato. I am honoured to have been selected as a Mentor for this programme and I look forward to sharing my experiences of success.

Noho Ora Mai

Hana Grant