Waikato-Tainui College

Potaka Maipi

Iwi: Waikato, Te Ati Awa

Other qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Potaka has come from a media background where he’s been involved in radio and television as a presenter and reporter. Potaka has also worked in a number of top management roles over the years, such as Senior Director for Ngaati NRL, Media Advisor for the Maaori Party, as well as working alongside for many iwi, Maaori and political organisations.

Potaka saw a need for better leadership in our community, which is what motivated him to join the Waikato MBA at the Waikato-Tainui College. He believes that many iwi lack expertise in business management and tikanga.

"I am the son of parents who have been politically active for many years, but they struggled due to the lack of education. The MBA is about growing the passion that I had for our people and using the degree to benefit others” says Potaka.

"The learnings are inspirational and motivating, a mind opening journey”. He further explains that learning is just not about business and economics, but also about business morals and ethics.

"It is a reflection on our Maaori culture and leadership. This is not just about business and leadership but about building better people.”