Amber Nicholson

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  • Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours), University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Maori Business Development, Auckland University of Technology
  • Te Pokairua Te Reo Rumakanga, Manukau Institute of Technology

Research interests:

Māori conceptualisations of wellbeing
Māori economy

My PhD thesis, Arohia ngā tapuwae o ngā tūpuna: Heed the footprints of the ancestors, focuses on the revitalisation of Maori conceptions of the economy. I am exploring the ways that the energy of ancestral landscapes shapes modern day business. A Māori or Indigenous worldview involves spiritual and genealogical ties to the Earth and thus deepens the notion of what is referred to in modern business practice as sustainability.

Teaching summary:

Leadership for change
Ethics and Sustainability

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Member, Knowledge in Indigenous Network (K.I.N) (2010 - ongoing)
  • Nga Taniwha, University of Auckland (2010 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Nicholson, A. (2019). Hau: giving voices to the ancestors. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 128(2), 137-162. doi:10.15286/jps.128.2.137-162

  • Dell, K., Staniland, N., & Nicholson, A. (2018). Economy of Mana: Where to next?. MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 7(1). doi:10.20507/MAIJournal.2018.7.1.5

  • Nicholson, A., Spiller, C., & Pio, E. (2017). Ambicultural governance: Harmonizing Indigenous and Western approaches. Journal of Management Inquiry. doi:10.1177/1056492617707052

  • Nicholson, A., Woods, C., & Henare, M. (2012). Umanga whanaungatanga: Family business. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15(4), 36-50.

Book chapters

  • Hēnare, M., Lythberg, B., Nicholson, A., & Woods, C. (2017). Te Ohu Umanga Māori: Temporality and intent in the Māori entrepreneurial team. In C. Ben-Hafaïedh, & T. Cooney (Eds.), Research handbook on entrepreneurial teams: Theory and practice (pp. 208-230). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. doi:10.4337/9781784713263.00018

  • NIcholson, A., Spiller, C., & Henare, M. (2015). Arohia te rangi o te hihiri: Heeding the melody of pure and potent energy. In C. Spiller, & R. Wolfgramm (Eds.), Indigenous spiritualities at work: Transforming the spirit of enterprise (pp. 273-298). Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age Publishers.


  • Spiller, M. M., Seelau, R., Seelau, L., & Nicholson, A. (2016). Indigenous Governance: A review prepared for Auckland Council.

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