Ngāi Tahu launches new associate governor programme

logoNgāi Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC) have launched their new associate governing programme, Manawa Nui, which aims to encourage Ngāi Tahu whānau on to the Ngāi Tahu Holding’s Boards.

Under the new programme, Reon Edwards (Wairewa), Christopher Murphy (Ngāi Tūāhuriri) and Nadine Tunley (Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Waewae) have been appointed as associate governors to NTHC Boards.

NTHC chair, Trevor Burt says he was impressed by the calibre of applicants and believes Manawa Nui is a great start to developing iwi members into future governors.

“The Manawa Nui programme is dedicated to developing the governance experience of emerging Ngāi Tahu governors. We were really impressed by all those who applied and have selected those who are commercially experienced and are looking to develop their governance capabilities.”

Manawa Nui, includes workshops, governance scholarships, and one associate governor position established for the term of one year on each of the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group Subsidiary Boards and the main Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group Board. The successful candidates receive individualised development planning, real world board experience and targeted coaching from experienced governors.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Mark Solomon is thrilled that the programme has started and says it’s a step in the right direction to achieving the governance goals identified in the Ngāi Tahu 2025 vision document.

“Ngäi Tahu 2025 specifically challenges Te Rūnanga to increase the opportunity for whānau to participate at a governance level. It’s very pleasing to see that we have started to put the steps in place to equip whānau with the skills they need to participate on our commercial boards.”

“As our portfolios grow alongside our influence, it’s vital our future governors are commercially competent and also have an intimate understanding of the values that are important to Ngāi Tahu.”

The associate governors and their positions within the NTHC Boards are below.

REON EDWARDS (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu)
Reon Edwards is the new associate governor for Ngāi Tahu Seafood. Reon is the son of George Edwards. In addition to his new appointment, Reon serves as a Director for Te Kete o Wairewa, Canterbury Rugby League and NZ Rugby League Boards. He is a general manager and a shareholder of SB Global Logistics, an International Freight Forwarding and Logistics business. More about Reon.

CHRIS MURPHY (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri)
Christopher Piri Murphy is the new associate governor for Ngāi Tahu Tourism. His maternal Taua and Poua are Albany (Kāti Waewae) and Freda Tainui. His paternal Taua and Poua are Eliza (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe) and William Murphy. His parents are Fredrick and Amokura Murphy. Over the last decade, Chris has worked as a Business Analyst for Dun & Bradstreet and then Business Development Manager for QBE Insurance in the Trade Credit sector. During his time at QBE, Chris studied Marketing at the University of Auckland. Chris has specialised in working with New Zealand businesses to help facilitate higher levels of trade both within New Zealand and around the world. He is now the managing director and owner of the New Zealand agency of COFACE, a global Trade Credit insurer that operates in more than 100 countries. He is also a director of specialist surety bond company Bonded NZ, working with contractors and brokers to guarantee large building and infrastructure projects. More about Chris.

NADINE TUNLEY (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Waewae)
Nadine Tunley is the new associate governor for Ngāi Tahu Holdings. Nadine’s father Wi Riwai Tauwhare (George) grew up at Rāpaki the third son of Whakamarurangi and Maata Riwai Tauwhare. Nadine’s career to date has been based around general management roles with a strong focus in business development, international trade, finance, logistics and administration. Nadine is a director of Le Fresh Limited and the Energie Fruit Company and is currently the chairman of Pipfruit NZ Incorporation; the industry body board representing all growers of apples and pears in New Zealand; both domestically and internationally. More about Nadine.