TupuToa Alumni - Mikara Hendry: Journey with Tech2021|25:43
TupuToa seeks to ensure corporate Aotearoa is representative of our country, by developing and empowering our people and building the cultural capability of our partners. TupuToa was borne from the need to see increased Māori and Pacific representation in leadership positions in the corporate sector. Māori and Pacific peoples make up a quarter of our population and yet are largely invisible in corporate New Zealand. This is more pronounced in corporate leadership. No NZX listed company has a Māori or Pacific CEO and only 17 per cent of New Zealand’s top 60 firms have an executive who identifies as other than European/Pākehā. This lopsided demographic creates a knowledge gap, deprives businesses of the benefits of diversity, and inhibits business growth. Our programmes aim to address the persistent inequalities facing our communities and disrupt intergenerational disadvantage. We work to reduce entry and advancement barriers which are biased against Māori and Pacific communities and support organisations in successfully recruiting and onboarding Māori and Pacific peoples.