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.

Tiaki Hunia | Rangitaiki

Tiaki’s career has included roles as a solicitor, asset manager and director of trusts, companies and iwi authorities. He is of Ngāti Awa, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Pikiao descent.
Tiaki is passionate about Māori development and has worked across a range of sectors, including health, iwi development, fishing, forestry, agribusiness and investment.
Previously the Deputy Māori Trustee for Te Tumu Paeroa, he is currently the General Manager, Māori Strategy for Fonterra and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Neil Te Kani | NZKGI Iwi Rep neil.tekani@xtra.co.nz

I have a strong commercial background and able to deliver financial gains to entities I am associated with. I maintain industry links to key organisations and people. Those links have given me width and breath to understand a very complex industry that we have a large investment stake in. I believe in strong decision making and leadership. It is that skill in particular that has enabled Maori to now feature as a dominant player in the kiwifruit industry

George Skudder | Te Puke whanau560@xtra.co.nz

I have always had an intense interest in kiwifruit orcharding and have been in the Kiwfruit Industry for over 40 years as a grower. Having been born and growing up in Te Puke I have developed a sound knowledge of the area, and a strong understanding of the need to nurture our whenua and strive to get the ideal growing conditions for maximum outcomes.
I am a trustee with Paengaroa North K Orchard, Rupuha Orchard and currently serve as a member on the Seeka Growers’ Council.

Haki McRoberts| NZKGI Iwi Rep mcroberts833@gmail.com

Ko Haki McRoberts toku ingoa Ko Maungaroa te Maunga Ko Maungaroa te Marae
Ko Kereu te Awa
Ko Kaiaio te Whare Tipuna Ko Kaiaio te Hapu
Ko Te Whanau a Apanui te Iwi
Taha o toku Mama
Ko Ngati Makino
“He purapura nga kai, He taniwha nga tangata”

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.

Homman Tapsell | Te Tai Rawhiti hommantap@gmail.com

Te Arawa/Tainui descent, born & raised in Maketu On completion of Secondary school I served 8 years as a Electroinics Tech and Diver in the NZ Navy. Lived in Hong Kong & Singapore for 6 years, employed as a regional Manager in Electronics for Singapore ,Malaysia & the Phillipines. Retuned to NZ and managed Hotels for ‘Dominion Breweries’ for a further 14 years throughout NZ.
Entered into the Kiwifruit Industry in the 90’s managing orchards for Seeka Ltd up to an area of 50 canopy hectares.

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 Atiawa 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.

Amy Porter| Zespri

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

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