Te Waipounamu is my home. I was born in Central Otago and went to school in Dunedin and Waimate, then went on to study at Canterbury University in Christchurch. My career has taken me overseas for a significant part of my life working as a senior executive for global companies running businesses in Australia, China, USA and Germany.
Nowadays, I apply my skills and knowledge as a director on various boards including Lyttelton Port Company Ltd, Mainpower NZ Ltd, and Silver Fern Farms Ltd.
I returned to New Zealand and Christchurch in 2008 with my wife Fiona and our three energetic sons. A large part of our decision to come home was the desire to be close to family and our love for the South Island High Country. I’m a passionate fly fisherman; I love hunting and being out in the mountains and when you’ve lived overseas for 15 years or more you start to miss the things you once took for granted. I want my boys to grow up in the South Island and do all the great things that I was privileged to experience as a kid.
The decision to work with Ngāi Tahu was an easy one to make. I have great respect for the history of the tribe, its position in the economy of New Zealand, its determination to right the injustices of the past, and much admiration for how it has gone about the business of securing and developing its cultural, social and economic future.
I feel honoured to be able to contribute and to be a part of that on-going legacy.