Olympic gold medalist receives honour at Māori Business Leaders Awards

By Lynette Amoroa
  • Auckland

She's leading the way on the international sporting stage, now Lisa Carrington can add another success to her accomplishments after winning the top honours of the Aotearoa NZ Māori Business Leaders Awards which were held last night in Auckland. 

It was established 10 years ago to celebrate the academic and business success of Maori.

Each recipient this year came with their own success stories, however the overall winner was Olympic and world champion Lisa Carrington.

“When Manuka rang up and said Lisa's got this award from the University of Auckland i said what for and he said for business and we said we are a bit puzzled about that” says Lisa's father, Pat, who accepted the award in her absence.

It's been a big week for the Carrington household especially after the 24 year olds success in the K1 200m gold medal win at the World Cup in Milan.

The inaugural Lifetime Achievement Recognition Award went to Ngāti Whātua leader Joe Hawke. The award is presented to a leader who provides protection and sustenance for the people.

The awards have enabled the business school to develop a network of Māori business leaders and alumni who support each other professionally and who gather each year to reaffirm their commitment to support the academic and business accomplishments of Māori.