Dale Aotea Stephens (Te Rarawa), 62, was born and raised in Christchurch.
He currently works as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Director of Māori Partnership in Christchurch. Dale is also chair of NZ Māori Tourism and startup advisory group Ministry of Awesome, and a trustee of Early Start Project, a home visitation programme supporting whānau raising children.
Dale has worked as a police officer and was chief executive of New Zealand’s peak bodies for basketball and touch rugby.
After gaining a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University, Dale went on to gain a Master of Public Policy and a Graduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori from Victoria University and a Master of Laws from Canterbury University.
Dale is married to Tarina and they have six adult children. In his spare time, he enjoys staying fit and spending time with his family.