BUDDY MIKAERE (Ngati Pukenga/Ngati Ranginui)
First Class Honours in Maori Studies from Canterbury University
Diploma in Industrial Psychology Victoria University of Wellington
For the past eighteen years Buddy has facilitated Maori consultation on cultural and environmental issues for a number of large development projects; and for a wide range of corporate clients. Buddy has also provided policy and strategic advice to Government departments including the Department of Corrections, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Maori Development.
He has also provided strategic planning advice to corporate clients including MAI FM and MAI MEDIA.
Buddy established and was inaugural chair of the Maori Business Network in Auckland. He has also worked closely with a number of large Maori organisations including the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board, Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu, Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust and the Wellington Tenths Trust.
Prior to becoming engaged in consultancy work, Buddy was Director of the Waitangi Tribunal and as such has a firm interest in and grasp of Maori issues.
His previous work experience has been in Human Resources and Industrial Relations in
both the private and public sectors.
GRAHAM PRYOR (Ngati Rangitihi)
Graham is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand; an Executive member of Te Whakaruruhau o te reo o Aotearoa – the Maori Broadcasting organisation and an inaugural Committee member of Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa – the Maori Sports Awards.
In the last twelve years Graham has been Managing Director of MAI MEDIA LTD. MAI MEDIA operated the highly successful MAI FM88.6 and the flag carrying National Maori Radio Service station, RUIA MAI which provided te reo Maori news and current affairs programmes via a network feed to twenty other iwi Maori stations around New Zealand.
Graham was also chairman of MAI MUSIC LTD, a subsidiary of MAI MEDIA, a recording company producing local artists and which has quickly developed into a successful component of MAI MEDIA’s business.
In these roles Graham almost singlehandedly trained and provided the launch pad for many young Maori broadcasters in both radio and television.
Graham has now divested himself of his MAI interests and is servicing a busy portfolio of consultancy clients.