Iwi: Waikato, Te Ati Awa
Other qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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
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.”