Miriana Stephens

General Manager, AuOra

Wakatū Incorporation


Plenary Speaker

Fri 4 Nov

8:45 – 9:15

Taiao Ora, Tangata Ora – The Natural World and Our People are Healthy


Miriana was born in Motueka and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (NZ History) and a Law Degree. She currently resides in Whakatū and has four children. She was awarded the 2016 Aotearoa NZ Māori Woman Business Leader award in recognition of outstanding success and excellence in business.

Miriana is a director for Wakatū Incorporation, its subsidiaries and various committees. Wakatū convened the Te Tauihu Intergenerational Regional Strategy which is a business led approach to regional development in Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough.

Miriana is currently leading AuOra™ which is an associated business of Wakatū that invests in a portfolio of nutrition and ingredient applications which are sourced from the natural biomatter of Aotearoa, that provide solutions for digestive, brain, inflammatory and metabolic health challenges.

Miriana is a trustee on AGMARDT, Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua. She is a member of Nuku ki te Puku™ (a national Māori Food and Beverage cluster), the MPI Food and Fibres Leadership Group, NZTE Dubai Expo, Co-Chair of the Taiao Ora, Tangata Ora national programme, NIB Insurance Māori advisory panel, and is an alumni of Te Hono (NZ agribusiness leaders). Miriana has recently joined the Leaft Foods Ltd MPI SFFF Programme Governance Group as the Chair.


Taiao Ora, Tangata Ora is a transformative vision for Aotearoa’s food and fibres sector, based on a fundamental change in our relationship to Te Taiao, the natural world, and a genuine partnership between Māori and Pākehā. This vision, which is founded in Te Ao Māori, is expressed in three simple principles:

  1. The natural world must be able to thrive without overuse.

  2. Any use is a privilege not a right.

  3. If something is not healthy or well, we must fix it.

This year, Māori and Pākehā business leaders are working on a practical action plan and business case for Taiao Ora, Tangata Ora. Miriana will provide an overview of the pathways and programmes that are being developed for rollout in 2022.