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Miriana was born in Motueka and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (NZ History) and a Law Degree. She currently resides in Nelson and has four children. She was awarded the 2016 Aotearoa NZ Māori Woman Business Leader award in recognition of outstanding success and excellence in business.

Miriana is a director for Wakatū Incorporation (Wakatū), its subsidiaries and various committees and they are guided by their intergenerational 500-year vision, Te Pae Tawhiti.

Miriana is currently leading AuOra™ which is an associated business of Wakatū that invests in a portfolio of nutrition and ingredient applications which are sourced from the natural biomatter of Aotearoa that provide solutions for digestive, brain, inflammatory and metabolic health challenges. AuOra™ is currently working on their market entry plan for Japan.

Miriana is also trustee on AGMARDT, Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua. She is a member of Nuku ki te Puku™ (a national Māori Food and Beverage cluster), the MPI Food and Fibres Leadership Group, NZTE Dubai Expo 2020, Taiao Ora, Tangata Ora Food and Fibres programme, Te Tira Whakahihiko (MBIE Advisor Māori RS&I), and she is an alumni of Te Hono (NZ agribusiness leaders). Miriana has recently joined the Leaft Foods Ltd Programme Governance Group as the Chair.