Business Speaker

From beginning her working life as a wool classer in her family's shearing business, Mavis Mullins has a true grassroots success story.

Mavis is well known in the business sector as a prosperous entrepreneur and an experienced governor of public and private business, government entities and not for profits.

In 1996 she graduated from Massey University with a Masters in Business Administration, and has since held governance positions on the Massey University Council, Landcorp Farming and a number of District Health Boards.

Mavis currently chairs the boards of Atihau Whanganui Inc., Taratahi Agricultural Institute and the AgriWomens Development Trust. Other board responsibilities are with Wool Industry Research Ltd, Poutama Trust, Nga Whenua Rahui and the Hawkes Bay Rugby Union.

In 2000, Mavis worked with a dedicated board of Maori, Hautaki Ltd, culminating in the launch the 2degrees telecommunications company. Technology has always been passion for Mullins and this sees her on the Advisory board for NZ Techweek, StockX, Pasturemap and T3W – a collaboration of Maori tech entities.

In the 2002 Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours, Mullins was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the wool industry. In 2015 Mavis was named University of Auckland Inaugural Business Woman of the Year. The following year winning the Rural category of the New Zealand Women of Influence Award. In 2017 Mavis was recognized as the Massey University Distinguished Alumni, Auckland University Supreme Maori Business Leader and inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.