Entries are now CLOSED!

About MWDI Awards

Māori Women's Development Inc is a unique, indigenous financial institution formed by Māori women, controlled, managed and operated by Māori women, for the economic development of Māori women and their whānau.  In  2018, MWDI decided to bring back their awards programme after a 10 year reprieve.  It was hugely successful, with over 80 entries across the 14 awards categories, and an awards night to remember!

 Check out the highlight video from last years awards.  

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2019 Details


Awards Night 2019

This years awards evening will be held on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at the beautiful Te Puia in Rotorua.  


Best Practice 

We have a dedicated web page to help you get the best out of your award entry experience.  Here you will find tips and tricks, and lots of useful information to help you get your entry to shine in front of the judges.   


Why enter?

Awards are a great way to profile your business and a prime opportunity to re-evaluate and self-reflect on your current business model and operation.  More reasons to enter are below! 


Wahine mā enter your business!

Entries open 4 June 2019 and will close on 31 July 2019.  An entry must be a business owned by wahine of Māori descent (sole or joint ownership accepted) that has been operating for more than 12 months, with the exception of the Social Enterprise category.  

Select which category is for you

Why YOU should enter

As wahine Māori and business owners, we want you to celebrate your hard work, success and wins from the past 12 months by entering your business in the MWDI Māori Business Women Award 2019.  Here are some key reasons why you should enter your business this year;

  • Awards are fantastic exposure for your business! Get the word out there that you're nailing it in business. 
  • Benchmark your business!  Compare your business processes and performance against industry bests. 
  • Create your point of difference! Stand out against your competitors with an award endorsement. 

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Subscribe today and you will be the first to know when we have new announcements.  You will also receive tips and tricks on what a winning entry looks like.  Head over to the Resource page for more info!