New Zealand: Chapman Tripp celebrates Maori business leaders
Last Updated: 17 May 2017

Television producer Bailey Mackay is the winner of this year's Maori Entrepreneurial Leader Award, sponsored by Chapman Tripp.

The inaugural award was presented at the annual University of Auckland Aotearoa Maori Business Leaders Awards at a function hosted by the university's Business School on Friday night.

Mackey, who is of Ngati Porou, Tuhoe and Ronogowhakaata descent, was honoured for his contribution to the advancement of Maori enterprise in New Zealand and around the world.

"We've sponsored the awards for a number of years because we recognise the importance of Maori business leaders now and into the future," said Nick Wells, Chapman Tripp's Chief Executive Partner (Hoa Rangapu Whakarae).

"In 2009 Chapman Tripp set up our Maori legal team Te Waka Ture, which I'm proud to lead. Supporting these awards reflects our commitment to fostering Maori business."

Mackey started his career in media as a DJ on iwi radio, before moving into television where he was head of sport for Maori television.

He's since gone on to produce dozens of successful television shows, including The GC, Marae and Kapa Haka Kids.

The global format rights of his latest show Sidewalk Karaoke have recently been sold to the same company that produces American Idol, X Factor and America's Got Talent.

"I definitely see myself as a Maui-preneur," said Mackey of his award.

"Maui went out and challenged the status quo. For a lot of my upbringing my entrepreneurial skills weren't recognised by any system and I was a square peg in a round hole, so it's great to have these skills recognised."

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