Management Committee

KINGI SMILER – Chairman Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee

Kingi Smiler

Kingi is a Chartered Accountant CA, BCA and has a wealth of international business experience including eight years in Toronto working in the business planning and corporate restructuring fields with Ernst & Young, as a Partner from1990 – 1997. His current directorships include Chairman Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, Chairman of QVST Property Company, Chairman of the Tairawhiti Land Development Trust (major regional initiative), Chairman of Miraka, Chairman of FoMA's Dairy Committee and Director of Wellington Rugby Union.

As chair of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, Kingi oversees the Incorporation's Te Pouakani sheep and beef farm unit and its major dairy operation which has 7200 cows. The sheep and beef unit won the 2005 Ahuwhenua Trophy Award.

DR CHARLOTTE SEVERNE – The Māori Trustee

Jamie Tuuta

Dr Charlotte Severne is Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa, manages over 90,000 hectares of Māori land on behalf of nearly 100,000 owners by providing professional trustee, property management, and land development services to over 1,800 Māori land trusts.

Charlotte holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Auckland. In 2016, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours, recognising her role as a strong advocate and mentor for Māori students in science, and as a trail blazer in assisting Māori asset-owning entities to understand and better utilise science and research to sustainably manage and develop their taonga tuku iho.

Charlotte also has a wealth of experience in working with Māori business as a science advisor and in governance roles in energy, fisheries and farming entities, including as chair of the Lake Rotoaira Trusts (Forest and Lake) and deputy chair of Opepe Farm Trust.

KAREN ADAIR - Deputy Director-General, Sector Partnerships and Programmes

Justine Gilliland

Karen has held a number of senior management roles in a career spanning 25 years.  She took up her secondment role as Deputy Director-General Sector Partnerships and Programmes in September 2018.  In this role she is responsible for the development, delivery, and strategic oversight of programmes and initiatives that promote innovation and sustainable economic growth.  She is also responsible for providing advice on and maintaining MPI's relationship and commitments to Māori arising from the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty settlement agreements.  Karen is also the Senior Regional Official (SRO) for the Wairarapa region.

Karen's substantive role is Deputy Chief Executive, Policy and Sector Performance at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. She's also held a number of senior roles within The Treasury, MPI, and the former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, including as Director of Food and Regulatory Policy

MIKE CHAPMAN – Chief Executive, Horticulture New Zealand

Mike Chapman

Mike Chapman is the Chief Executive of Horticulture New Zealand, having taken up the role in January 2016. Horticulture New Zealand represents 5,000 commercial growers in a $5.7 billion industry that employs about 60,000 people. Mike is committed to the organisation's mission: creating an enduring environment where growers prosper. This includes protecting land and water rights, advocating for growers on critical regulation, policy and law changes, and representing the industry at all levels of government in Wellington. Previously Mike was the Chief Executive of NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated, Chief Executive of Kiwifruit New Zealand, Professional Standards Director of the Auckland District Law Society, Chief Counsel and Manager Legal Services of the Commerce Commission, Deputy Director of Legal Service and Defence Force Solicitor for the NZ Defence Force. He was an inaugural Director Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated, and is currently the Deputy Chair of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Mike was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1982 and holds a current practicing certificate.

JOHN JANSSEN – General Manager – Business Lending, Head of Agribusiness, BNZ

John Janssen

John joined BNZ, the second largest rural financier in New Zealand, in January 2003 and is responsible for Strategy and Business Development for Agribusiness.

Originally from a dairy and dry stock farming background, John combines practical farming knowledge with commerce and banking degrees. He has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the people in the agricultural industry and ways to assist in financing them.

In recent years he has lead a number of BNZ projects designed to match the changing needs of modern farmers including:

- AgriCapital, which allows BNZ to invest equity and a range of stretch debt products to help farmers to undertake challenging projects

- Corporate Agribusiness Directors, which offers farmers access to deal structuring and transaction advice

- on-going educational work – most recently the 2 day Governance courses specifically designed for agribusiness.

RICHARD LAVERTY – Kaitohu Matua – Chief Advisor, Te Puni Kōkiri

Richard Laverty

Richard is a Chief Advisor at Te Puni Kōkiri, working on economic development, business growth and internationalisation of the Māori economy.

With over 10 years of public sector experience including senior leadership, strategy and investment attraction roles at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) – and prior to that ICT, Creative & Services sector and international business development roles as Regional Director, Europe Middle East & Africa.

Previous industry experience includes food processing, R&D management, B2B business development, strategy and general management roles. An 18-year career with Fonterra including eight years based in Europe where Richard was General Manager based in Hamburg. Subsequent New Zealand based roles included corporate strategy and global ingredients marketing management. In April 2004, Richard founded a beverage technology start-up, of which he is a director and shareholder.

Richard's qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University and executive development at the Kellogg (NWU) and Stanford Business Schools.

He is a Director on the board of Wellington's Creative HQ agency, an active member of Angel HQ in Wellington and a strong advocate for the one of the coolest, most vibrant and prosperous capital cities in the world.

ANDREW MORRISON – Chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Andrew Morrison

Andrew is the Southern South Island farmer-elected Chairman and Director of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Andrew and his wife Lisa farm 1030 ha sheep and beef breeding /finishing farms at a couple of locations in Otago and Southland.

Andrew is also a Director on the following boards:

- Director New Zealand Meat Board

- Director Ballance Agri Nutrients. New Zealand's leading fertilizer cooperative

- Director Ovis Management Ltd

- Director WRONZ

- Director Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium

- Director Agricultural Leaders Health and Safety Action Group

JIM VAN DER POEL - Chairman DairyNZ (FARMER-ELECTED)

Jim van der Poel

Jim van der Poel has been a farmer elected Director on the DairyNZ board since 2014, and was appointed as Chair in 2017. He was elected onto the Fonterra board in 2002 and stepped down in 2014.

Jim also served on the board of New Zealand Co-operative Dairies Ltd. Jim was also an inaugural director on the Fonterra shareholders fund. Jim has won a number of industry awards including the AC Cameron Award, 2002 Nuffield Scholarship, Sharemilker of the Year and Dairy Exporter Primary Performer Award. Jim and his wife Sue live in Ngahinapouri in the Waikato and have farming interests in Waikato, Southland, Canterbury and the United States.

The ‘Behind the Scenes’ Team

L-R (Back Row): Rawinia Parata, John Cowpland, David Holley, Peter MacGregor, Marama Steele, Darrin Serci

L-R (Middle Row): Cedric Nepia, Tiziana Stoto, Wilma Foster, Jean Rangiwai and Peter Burke

L-R (Front Row): Lyn Harrison, Kingi Smiler and Basil Tapuke