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Taupō dairy business Miraka named best Maori agribusiness employer

Miraka has been named the best Māori agribusiness employer in the country..

The Taupō dairy company received the award at the MPI AGMARDT Primary Industries Good Employer Awards at Parliament on Tuesday.

Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor said the primary industries employ 350,000 people – one in seven working New Zealanders.​

"Attracting and keeping this hard-working talent is a significant challenge and we recognise those exceptional employers who are committing to good employment practices such as training, paying and treating staff well," O'Connor said.​

The Māori Agribusiness Award recognises Māori businesses that are committed to providing good employment conditions in their business or organisation.​

It recognises businesses which have put in place effective programmes in innovation, employee development, and safe and healthy work environments​.

Taupō Mayor David Trewavas nominated Miraka for the award.

"Miraka is a Māori business that is commercially successful, with cultural values that are incorporated into their entire operational structure and practiced routinely," he said.​

"They have a clear purpose, they care for their people and the environment and they demonstrate social responsibility."

Miraka is owned by a group of Māori trusts and incorporations. These include the Tauhara Moana Trust, Tuaropaki Trust, Waipapa 9 Trust, Hauhungaroa Partnership, Wairarapa Moana Incorporation and Huiarau Farms.

Trewavas said he thought Miraka was successful because it incorporated its "point of difference" into its organisational culture.​

"They will continue to nurture their world as kaitiaki and they will strive to be world class in every aspect," Trewavas said.​

"Miraka is not just a dairy company but a business with a higher purpose."​

The Māori Agribusiness Award recognises Māori Agribusiness employers that are committed to providing good employment conditions in their business or organisation, and have put in place an effective programme in one or more of the following aspects of good employment: innovation, employee development, safe and healthy work environments.

Posted: Mon 03 Dec 2018