Mavis Mullins to be inducted into New Zealand Business Hall of Fame
Former shearing contractor Mavis Mullins' name will soon be up in lights alongside corporate luminaries Fletcher, Wattie's and Carter Holt Harvey.
The Dannevirke-based businesswoman is being inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame which makes her feel humbled and proud, but also "slightly amused" to find herself among such illustrious company.
"For goodness sake. Me? Amongst that lot? OMG!," she said.
Mullins is a prominent figure in Wairarapa and Tararua with her work as former president of Golden Shears and current chairwoman of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, but her roles in the establishment of 2degrees mobile network and contribution to the wool industry are equally impressive.
Her path has a particularly Maori flavour and she has always tried to appreciate how her involvement in various organisations will benefit her people and the wider population.
The genesis of 2degrees was an initiative by Te Huarahi Tika Trust, of which she was a founding member, with some seed money from Government in 2000. Since then the newest mobile player has helped create a more competitive environment for telcos in New Zealand in turn benefiting consumers to the tune of billions of dollars.
"I think what makes me the most proud is this was an initiative driven by Maori ... and the reality is it has made the lives of all New Zealanders better," Mullins said.
"My journey and the journey of my family hasn't been all around personal wealth. It's about the wealth of the whanau, the hapu, the iwi and the larger community. When I look back through the inductees, who are just the most amazing people who have done amazing stuff for NZ Inc., I do feel I fit differently."
As fourth-generation shearing contractors, Mavis and her husband Koro have now passed the reins on to their daughter Aria.
Back in the 1990s the Mullins understood that they were an integral part of the wool industry and needed to work out how they could make the best possible contribution to that sector. A wool classer by trade, Mullins' company was the first in the world to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation in the shearing industry.
The secret to success for individuals or organisations was formulating a visionary strategy and setting out a practical plan.
"Being able to visualise the big picture and then to break that down into doable chunks is key," she said
In her current roles as chairwoman of various Maori entities and corporate bodies Mullins finds herself governing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of assets.
She is a board member of Wool Industry Research Ltd, Hautaki Ltd, Te Hou Ltd and has held past governance positions with Massey University, Landcorp and district health boards. She is patron of Agri Women's Development Trust and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The New Zealand Business Hall of Fame was set up in 1994 to recognise and celebrate individuals who by their "enterprise, hard work and success" have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand.
Mullins will be admitted at a gala dinner in Auckland on July 27.
Other inductees this year are Sir Graeme Harrison KNZM, John Hynds ONZM and Leonie Hynds and Pam Williams QSO.