Brandi Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB), has been named as a finalist in the Women of Influence Award 2015, in the category of Public Policy.
The Women of Influence programme is committed to increasing the visibility of women’s leadership in New Zealand. The Public Policy category recognises women working in the public sector at a local or national level.
Changing the status quo
“Advocating for Māori to be decision-makers in how this country runs motivates me," says Ms Hudson. “The wheels of bureaucracy can be notoriously slow. We want to be at the forefront turning the wheel.”
The IMSB advises Auckland Council on significant issues for Auckland Māori and works with the council to meet its obligations to Māori.
Ms Hudson says she is passionate about using her influence to achieve more positive results for Māori and changing the status quo for the betterment of communities.
Better outcomes for all
One of the key motivating objectives of Ms Hudson’s role as CEO is advocating to ensure Māori aspirations and values in Tāmaki Makaurau are represented, included in council plans, and realised in a meaningful and substantive way.
While the role is exciting and challenging, Ms Hudson knows that courage and strong leadership is vital to influencing change, not only in Auckland but nationwide.
Ms Hudson strongly believes that respecting Māori culture and history, working in partnership with Māori to achieve their aspirations of a high quality of life and standard of living, will create outcomes that will benefit everyone.
Read more about the Independent Māori Statutory Board.
Find out more on the 2015 Women of Influence Award.