Board Appointments – Ngāi Tahu Seafood

Trevor Burt, chair of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation, has announced two new appointments to the Ngāi Tahu Seafood board. They are Craig Raniera Ellison (Ngāi Tahu – Ōtākou) and Dr Richard Janes.

Trevor Burt says Mr Ellison and Dr Janes are experienced and reputable directors. “We are fortunate to be able to attract directors with extensive governance and industry experience. Mr Ellison has long contributed to the direction of the New Zealand seafood industry and Dr Janes has international experience in business development and marketing.”

Mr Burt has also farewelled two long-serving directors Ross Keenan (director of Ngāi Tahu Seafood and chair of Ngāi Tahu Tourism) and Brian Rhoades (chair of Ngāi Tahu Seafood).

Mr Keenan’s long-service has been across multiple governance positions for Ngāi Tahu. He was first involved with Ngāi Tahu in 2000 when Ngāi Tahu purchased part of Shotover Jet. Mr Keenan has since been a director of Ngāi Tahu Seafood, Ngāi Tahu Holdings and Ngāi Tahu Capital. Since 2006, Mr Keenan has been the chair of Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

“Ross has been a consistent figure across numerous Ngāi Tahu boards and his support to grow the organisation is greatly appreciated,” says Mr Burt.
Mr Rhoades has been the chair for Ngāi Tahu Seafood board since 2009. Mr Rhoades successfully set up Ngāi Tahu Seafood’s independent board and managed to bring all the various groups together to work effectively. Furthermore, during this time Ngāi Tahu Seafood delivered outstanding and consistent financial results.

“We thank Ross and Brian for their enormous contributions and wish them well in the future, we are also looking forward to working with our newly appointed directors.”

Mr Ellison will chair Ngāi Tahu Seafood and Dr Janes will be a director on the board.

The new chair for Ngāi Tahu Tourism is Sarah Smith.

“When Sarah was appointed as a director to our Tourism board, it was with a view that she would take on the role of chair at this time. These changes are part our standard process as directors’ terms come to an end.”

Craig Raniera Ellison
Craig has Ngāi Tahu whakapapa to Ōtākou. Craig has been part of his marae executive and set up and chaired the company that held the marae assets. Also during the Ngāi Tahu Fisheries claim he was an adviser to the Ngai Tahu negotiators. From 1992 to 2004 Craig was a Commissioner of Te Ohu Kai Moana, which assisted in the creation of the allocation mechanism for Māori in regard to fisheries settlement assets.
Craig has an extensive background in the fisheries sector, resource management, governance and trade policy and developing business capability. Currently he is a director of Raniera Fishing Proprietary Ltd, Lesvos Abalone Ltd, New Zealand Māori Tourism Society and a trustee of Poutama Trust and Wellington Zoo. Craig is also a member of the iwi Transition Working group for Te Ohu Kai Moana and the interim Māori working group for Callaghan Innovation. He was appointed chairperson of the New Zealand Seafood Standards Council, Fenris Limited and Yellow Brick Road Ltd (advisory board). Craig has also held ministerial appointments as Deputy Chair of National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and as a long serving director on New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Dr Richard Janes
For over 25 years Dr Richard Janes has worked in business development and international brand marketing. He has worked in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and here in Aotearoa. He currently holds a number of directorships across the private and public sector; he is a director of Gallagher Holdings Ltd, Centre Port Ltd, Telarc SAI Ltd, Real Estate Institute of NZ, Disciplinary Tribunal NZ institute of Chartered Accountants, Callagahan Innovation Ltd and Duncan NZ Ltd Chair Advisory Board. In the past he has also held directorships with, Lotto NZ, Electricity & Gas Complaints Commission, Landcorp Farming Ltd, Kapiti Cheeses Ltd, Wools of New Zealand Ltd, Apple Export Permits Committee, Ocean Design Group, Merino NZ Ltd, Tennis NZ, AsureQuality Ltd, Plant and Food Research Ltd, LEK Consulting Pty Ltd and Industrial Research Ltd.