Go Media named Supreme Winner at Māori Businesswomen’s Awards 2023

Go Media, a Māori-owned media company, has taken out the title of Te Tohu Aorangi Overall Supreme Winner at the 2023 MWDI (Māori Women’s Development Inc) Māori Businesswomen’s Awards.

This award recognises outstanding achievements, innovation, and leadership within te ao pakihi Māori, the Māori business community.

The MWDI Māori Businesswomen’s Awards, hosted by the Māori Women’s Development Inc, are a celebration of the resilience, creativity, and dedication of Māori women in business and shine a spotlight on the significant contributions of wāhine Māori entrepreneurs and professionals across various sectors in Aotearoa.

Go Media, Co-Founded by Andrea Rongonui, stood out among a strong line-up of nominees, earning recognition for its dedication to Māori business, culture, and values through media.

“I am deeply honoured to receive recognition at these prestigious awards, and I want to share this incredible achievement with our outstanding Go Media team and my invaluable support network,” says Rongonui.

Andrea Rongonui accepts the Supreme Award with her daughter Tiana Gray (left), and niece Anamia Rangiheata (right).

“We were successful in winning the Pakihi Whai Ora (Social Enterprise) and Te Auahatanga (Innovation) categories, which ultimately led to the incredible honour of winning the Supreme Award. It is indeed gratifying to be acknowledged for our contributions in the Social Enterprise space. As a company we strongly support communities across various domains, including sports, music, arts, mental well-being, sustainability, and cultural enrichment. Winning this category is a testament to our authentic commitment to our values and serves as an inspiring reminder to continue on this journey.”

Go Media is a leading media company in Aotearoa and is committed to upholding traditional values while also embracing the contemporary via innovation and creativity.

“Innovation and collaboration is at the forefront of where we see our company heading,” says Rongonui. “We want to see more innovative dynamic and contextually relevant approach to DOOH creative. We have the capabilities to deliver static 3D creative and dynamic content that’s tailored to the location, time of day, or specific audience segments. This contextual relevance not only engages viewers but also enhances brand sentiment, creating richer and more meaningful advertising experience.”

Go Media was the first to embrace the digital landscape, setting a benchmark through the implementation of cutting-edge audience data and analytical tools, designed to provide clients with a competitive advantage.

“Our company takes great pride in its innovative spirit and leadership within the DOOH (Digital Out of Home) market, making this recognition for our innovation even more uplifting for everyone on our team,” adds Rongonui.

“At Go Media, we often liken our business to Te Rehutai, Emirates Team New Zealand’s boat. For years, we have been diligently building our waka, and it feels like 2023 will go down as the year we truly mastered the art of foiling.”

This year’s Awards attracted over 100 entries from across eight regions, including Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau, Tainui, Waiariki, Te Tai Rāwhiti, Ikaroa, Aotea, and Te Waipounamu. 

These entries spanned ten business excellence categories encompassing disciplines such as Creative Arts & Design, Technology, Export, Business Collaboration, People & Capability, Innovation, Employment & Growth, Emerging Business, Social Enterprise, Marketing & Sales.

Linda Clay, Kaiwhakahaere of MWDI says: “This event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our nominees, finalists, winners, and all kaipakihi wāhine Māori and showcase their businesses on the economic world stage. We’re also very grateful to all our sponsors and Te Puni Kōkiri for their tautoko and look forward to next year.”

The panel of judges, including Reikura Kahi, previous recipient of the MWDI Employment & Growth award in 2022, Nichola Te Kiri, and MWDI Kaiwhakahaere Linda Clay, were impressed by the high calibre of nominations from all regions and categories.

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