Kaitohu - Director Māori Customers, Christchurch
Dale Stephens leads a national team of Focus 700 customer managers dedicated to working with Māori businesses. He is based in Christchurch.
Dale and his team work with around 50 Māori businesses, helping them to grow faster internationally while adhering to their tikanga (culture and values).
Dale is of Te Rarawa descent, with whānau connections to Te Āti Awa and Ngāi Tahu. He joined NZTE in January 2015.
He came to NZTE from a diverse background, initially as an Inspector in the CIB unit of the New Zealand Police, followed by senior leadership roles in the private sector (in organisational design, IT, management services and HR) and public sector (in operational management, biosecurity, policy, strategy and stakeholder management).
His most recent role was as CEO for a multinational technology company, working throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Dale is currently also the chairman of New Zealand Māori Tourism, and has served on its board for four years. He holds degrees in policing and business management from Massey University, public policy and te reo Māori from Victoria University of Wellington, and law from the University of Canterbury.