Te Horipo Karaitiana
Ngati Kahungunu, Kurakura Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, Hawea
Chief Executive Officer
Te Horipo Karaitiana has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of senior management, Chief Executive and governance roles in the Maori, community, private and public sectors. This has spanned several industries including dairy, mixed livestock, forestry, tourism, education, seafood, investments, horticulture, technology and economic development. He is deputy chairman of Wairarapa Moana Inc.
Te Horipo has extensive networks both on and offshore and has spent time in around the world gaining an understanding of food markets and value chains across Europe, US and Asia in particular China and Japan. A sound strategic thinker with strong commercial skills he holds Bachelor of Applied Management, and Master of Business Administration degrees, and has completed programmes with Massey, Lincoln, Otago and Stanford Universities together with the Institute of Strategic Leadership. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has completed both the Company Directors and Chairing the Board programmes.
Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Whakaue
Communications and Business Development Manager
Ngaria Rolleston has a strong background in Strategic Communications and Project Management coupled with extensive experience at many different levels within Maori organisations from strategy design to implementation and delivery. Ngaria’s previous roles include Youth Project Manager at He Mauri Ohooho – Maori Economic Development Advisory Group, Business Services Manager for FOMA including management of Communications and Events. She is currently a Director of the Tauranga Maori Business Association, part of the Plan USA- Global Women Alumni and an advisor on ongoing local and national projects that provide Maori with a network focused on leadership, learning, networking and inspiration.
Hiria Te Amo
Tapuika, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Whātua
Client Services Manager
Hiria Te Amo brings many years’ experience to the role of Client Services Manager through various roles within iwi, whanau trust and community organisations
Hiria’s previous mahi has gained her invaluable experience in a wide range of activities including the successful design and implementation of quality office systems, project administration, secretarial support, database management, and communication and event management.
Hiria holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Bachelor of Arts -Te Reo Maori as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Maori Development and is currently and is currently also working on community youth projects in the Maketu area.
Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui
Pani-Aroha Robinson has been with Te Awanui Huka Pak Ltd since September 2015. Prior to that, she worked at Ngai Te Rangi Iwi Trust for 3 years and the Bank of New Zealand for 2 ½ years. Her roles include Receptionist, All-Round Administrator and Customer Service Consultant. Pani has completed a Te Pihinga Cadetship with the Māori Business Team of BNZ and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Business Management.
Hana is a highly experienced senior Accountant, and registered and certified Chartered Accountant (CA). Her previous work experience includes, Senior Accountant for Deloitte’s, CO for Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust and Accountant for Tainui Group Holdings.
Ngati Awa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui me Tapuika
Veronica holds a Bachelor of Business studies majoring in Accounting. She is currently working towards her accounting professional’s qualification which will then lead to her obtaining her CA. Veronica’s most recent employment was as an Accountant for BDO. Veronica will be responsible for supporting our administrative and client services.
Bryan has over 25 years’ experience in the kiwifruit industry and brings a wealth of technical and strategic capability to the role of Technical Advisor for Te Awanui. His previous roles include General Manager, Orchard Division at Seeka Ltd and orchard management.
In his previous roles, Bryan has been responsible for the oversight of all orchard operations including budgeting, orchard performance reviews, orchard leasing and management contracts. In a normal year, he would oversee the growing of more than 10m trays of kiwifruit.
Bryan is based in Whangamata with partner and two daughter’s . He currently has his own large scale kiwifruit operation in the Coromandel.
Kiwi Leaders Co-ordinator
Monique Corbett brings a diverse range of skills and experience to the role of Kiwi Leaders Coordinator with a strong focus on marketing, communications, and event management.
In Monique’s previous roles she has been responsible for the co-ordination and the end-to-end management of marketing strategies, proposal writing, overseeing staff operations, and CRM development and management. Her dynamic skill base and ‘think outside of the box’ approach to her work has resulted in her ability to develop high quality office systems that create efficient and streamlined businesses.
Monique has a Bachelor of Science from Waikato University and Diploma in Environmental Management.
Kiwi Leaders Ambassador
Ray has an extensive background in education and youth development with his previous roles including Coach, Teacher and former School Principal with a significant track record of providing engaging and relevant learning experiences.
In Ray's previous roles he was responsible for coordinating curriculum areas, organising people and resources, budget monitoring and project management. He also spent time in Doha, Qatar, implementing new curricula and sharing modern teaching methodologies.
Ray is originally from Tokoroa and recently moved to Tauranga from Auckland with his wife and two
Ratahi has a background in Natural Science specializing in Native flora and fauna. He also lectures in Māori History for several tribes he belongs to.
Ratahi is the Chairman of several Trust Boards throughout the Eastern areas of the North Island. He chairs Ngāi Tūkairangi Trust, the largest Māori kiwifruit grower in New Zealand.
The orchard is the jewel in the crown of Māori kiwifruit orchards and is situated on the Matapihi Peninsula at Mount Maunganui. Ngāi Tūkairangi is the Largest Māori shareholder in Zespri and Te Awanui Huka Pack Ltd Ngāi Tūkairangi also has a wholly owned subsidiary called Tūkairangi Investments Limited who are developing multiple strands of business interests both in and outside the industry.
Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Whakaue and Ngati Rangitihi
Andy is the Managing Director of Pelco NZ Ltd, a privately owned and operated company established in 1995 based in Mount Maunganui, and has extensive experience in the fishing and agriculture industries. He has developed strong networks and governance experience that are testament to the various board and advisory board appointments throughout his career.
Elected by shareholders to the Board of Poripori Farm A Trust in 2010, Andy has held the chairman’s position since appointment and also chairs the Trust’s Operations Committee.
Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Whakaue
Huhana graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Māori and a Bachelor of Laws in April 2010.
She started with Indigenous Corporate Solutions Ltd in March 2010 – a company that provides specialist consultancy services to iwi in the area of treaty settlement negotiations. In this role she led workstreams, with primary responsibilities in Department of Conservation redress and inter and intra iwi cross claims.
She also gained practical experience from being part of the litigation team in the Environment Court and the Iwi Chairs technical advisory team on the Government Share Offer programme.
Huhana joined Koning Webster Lawyers in July 2012 as a solicitor and her primary area of work remains in treaty settlement negotiations.
Huhana is currently the Operations Manager for Ngai Te Rangi Settlement Trust and Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi Iwi Trust
Kevin is the Chairman for Mangatawa Pāpāmoa Blocks Inc, incorporated under the Māori Affairs Act in 1957. The Incorporation owns approximately 750 acres of land in the Pāpāmoa area, close to Mount Maunganui. It has over 20 hectares of kiwifruit orchards, is developing a further 10 hectares of Gold Kiwifruit, has a 5 hectare avocado orchard, runs a dry stock farm, has a long-term contract with the Tauranga City Council to maintain a significant area of wetlands and storm-water reserves and operates the Pacific Clast Retirement Village alongside our retirement development partner, Retirement Assets Ltd.
The social arm of Mangatawa Pāpāmoa Blocks Incorporation sees the expansion of shareholder housing from 1 bedroom units suitable for the single elderly, two bedroom units for elderly with partners or caregivers and 4 bedrooms homes for families. The Incorporation also supports shareholders by way of education and sporting grants, health grants and dividends.
As a Māori Incorporation, Mangatawa is a recognised legal entity with a status that is a cross between a trust and an incorporation formed under the Companies Act.
The Incorporation is owned by approximately 700 shareholders of the Ngā Pōtiki, Tribe who elect a Committee of Management (COM) comprising of five members, they hold a term for 3 years. The value of the incorporation in 2014 was $60 Million.
Turi Ngatai originates from Tauranga Moana and is affiliated to the Ngaiterangi and Ngatiranginui Tribes. Turi is a part of a Maori kiwifruit growing family and has been involved in the Industry for over over forty years. Turi has extensive experience in education, training as a teacher and having worked in primary, intermediate and secondary schools for nearly 20 years. Recently Turi retired from Te Wananga o Aotearoa having served nearly 17 years at one of New Zealands largest Tertiary Institutions. Turi has served on a number of community and Iwi groups. Turi previously worked for Seeka to head up their Maori development project.
Chartered Accountant Taari Nicholas has held numerous directorships and was the first Māori member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange. With extensive experience at senior levels in funds management and investment banking Taari has been an Earthquake Commissioner and is currently a director of Te Awanui Hukapak Ltd, Ngati Ruanui Holdings Limited, Southern Pastures Ltd, Te Waharoa Investments Ltd (Ngati Haua) and Miraka Ltd.
He is also a Committee of Management Member of the Parininihi-ki-Waitotara Incorporation and a trustee of the Pirirakau Trust and the Waikato-Tainui Endowed College.