Amber Nicholson

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Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5212



  • 2012, Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours), University of Auckland Business School
  • 2004, Bachelor of Maori Business Development, Auckland University of Technology
  • 2001, Te Pokairua Te Reo Rumakanga, Manukau Institute of Technology

Memberships and Affiliations:

Teaching Areas:

  • Diversity
  • Leadership for change
  • Ethics and Sustainability

Research Areas:

  • Māori conceptualisations of wellbeing
  • Māori economy
  • Kaitiakitanga

Research Summary:

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.


  1. Nicholson, A., Spiller, C., & Pio E. (2018). Ambicultural Governance: Harmonizing Indigenous and Western Approaches. Journal of Management Inquiry, 27(4).
  2. Dell, K., Staniland, N., & Nicholson, A. (2018). Economy of Mana: Where to next? MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 7(1).
  3. Spiller, C., & Nicholson, A. (2017). Wakatū incorporation: Balancing kaitiaki stewardship and commerce. In SAGE business cases. SAGE.
  4. Hēnare, M, Lythberg, B., Woods, C., & Nicholson, A. (2017). Te ohu umanga Māori: Temporality and intent in the Māori entrepreneurial team. In C. Ben-Hafaïedh and T.M. Cooney (eds), Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams: Theory and Practice (pp. 208-230). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 208–30.
  5. Hēnare, M., Lythberg, B., Nicholson, A., Horan, J., Longmuir, K., & Peni, T. (2017). Janssen responsiveness — Understanding cultural drivers that impact on health disparities for Māori in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Mira Szászy Research Centre, University of Auckland Business School.
  6. Spiller, C., Seelau, R., Seelau, L., & Nicholson, A. (2016). Indigenous Governance: A review prepared for Auckland Council.
  7. Nicholson, A., Spiller, C., & Hēnare, M. (2015). Arohia te rangi o te hihiri: Heeding the melody of pure and potent energy. In C. Spiller & R. Wolfgramm (eds.) Indigenous spiritualties at work; transforming the spirit of business enterprise. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers, pp. 273-298.