Our People

The Executive Committee below was nominated by each region they represent and is charged with exercising leadership across the industry, advocating on your behalf, improve information dissemination to Māori growers and ultimately, to assist and help improve net returns for Māori kiwifruit growers.

Anaru Timutimu (Chairman) | Tauranga Moana     anaru.timutimu@gmail.com

Anaru, one of Tauranga Moana’s recently elected regional representatives has whakapapa links to both Tauranga and Tuhoe Iwi and has been involved in Maori land development in a variety of roles.

As a University of Waikato gradute, Anaru has spent the past 22 years in a range of management positions with Fonterra, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Te Tumu Paeroa and currently PGG Wrightson.

As one of your representatives, Anaru is keen to understand if and how MKGI can add value to your kiwifruit operations.

 James Wheeler | Te Tau Ihu        james@wheelermail.com

James is a Director and Deputy Chairman of Wakatu Incorporation. He is a past Chairman and CEO of Tohu Wines Ltd, and is also a past Director of Port Nicholson Fisheries. He is also a Director of his family computer business Globalware Ltd.
His Whakapapa is Te Ātiawa and Te Arawa. He was for many years a Territorial Force soldier in the New Zealand Army. He is married with two children and five grandchildren. In 1995 he completed post graduate studies in Human Resource Management at Victoria University, has previous business qualifications and is a qualified Industrial Engineer. He became a Justice of the Peace in 1989.

Pita Tipene| Te Taitokerau

Ko Ngati Hine te Iwi Ko Ngati Te Tarawa te Hapu Ko Motatau te maunga – tu te ao, tu te po Ko Taumarere te awa, puta atu ki te puwaha o Te Moana Pikopiko-i-whiti.
Pita and his wife Sara have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and live in Kawakawa, Bay of Islands, Taitokerau.
He was born and raised as part of a family of 11 children in Motatau, (Bay of Islands) attended St Stephens School and then graduated from Waikato University in 1985.

Alan Haronga | Te Tai Rawhiti alan@gisnz.co.nz

I am Chair of two Gisborne based Maori gribusinesses, namely Wi Pere Trust and Mangatu Blocks Incorporation, and for both I e been on the board for over thirty years.
as a chartered accountant for twenty years before moving on to become a professional rector, with wide experience across a number of boards both public and private, Maori and Non-Maori.

Haki McRoberts| Te Whānau a Apanui mcroberts833@gmail.com

Ko Haki McRoberts tōku ingoa Ko Maungaroa te Maunga Ko Maungaroa te Marae
Ko Kereū te Awa
Ko Kaiaio te Whare Tipuna Ko Kaiaio te Hapū
Ko Te Whānau a Apanui te Iwi
Taha o tōku Māmā
Ko Ngāti Mākino
“He purapura ngā kai, He taniwha ngā tāngata”

Amy Porter | General Manager


Amy (Ngati Tuwharetoa) has been working for Zespri since July 2016 as the Project Manager for the Māori Grower Forum. Amy’s role includes advising the Zespri Executive and Board on engaging with Maori in the kiwifruit industry.
Prior to Zespri Amy held the position of Executive Officer at Te Awanui Huka Pak, working alongside the Chair and Te Awanui Shareholders. Both of these positions have provided Amy with a strong overview and understanding of the kiwifruit industry, from both a New Zealand supply and an offshore market perspective. Amy has a key focus on improving outcomes for Maori in the industry, and strongly advocates for increasing the skills and capabilities of Maori in the industry

Jessice Smith | NZKGI Iwi representative jessica.smith@omoti.co.nz

Jessica is the current Iwi Representative for New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers.  Her career spans a number of decades in Maori development through various management, consultancy and governance roles.

Jessica grew up on a hill country sheep and beef farm in Taihape.  Growing up on-farm provided her with insights of what it takes to work the land, share and connect within a rural community and more specifically see the intergenerational benefits Maori can gain in primary industries.  Over the past 5 years, Jessica’s focus has been on driving operational and governance excellence within primary sector Māori Land based enterprises.

Jessica has won the Zespri scholarship to attend the prestigious Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme., her research focussed on the impact on regional New Zealand as we try to meet the growing demand for kiwifruit development.  Jessica holds a number of governance roles including New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated, Te Atihau Trust and Agri-Womens Development Trust as an independent Trustee and was the Future Director for New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

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Chairman: Anaru Timutimu - anaru.timutimu@gmail.com 
General Manager: Amy Tocker - amy@taua.nz