NTHC appoints new directors to subsidiaries
Trevor Burt, chair of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation, has announced two new appointments to the Ngāi Tahu Property board. They are Michael Weatherall and Susan Huria. Both whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu.
Barry Bragg, chair of Ngāi Tahu Property, is proud of the two new appointments.
“It’s fantastic to see some of our talented whānau taking on roles within our commercial boards.
“Susan has vast experience as a director and her knowledge of agriculture will be valuable for the property company given our recent move into the rural sector.
“Michael has an impressive background in engineering and law. He is a Partner in one of New Zealand’s leading law firms and in that role he has advised on construction and infrastructure projects throughout the country. His experience and his expertise will be of great value to the board.”
Mr Burt also announced the appointment of Tahu Potiki to the Ngāi Tahu Tourism Board. Tahu also has whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu and has been involved with Te Rūnanga since its inception.
“I am pleased to announce that Tahu Pōtiki has been appointed to the Ngāi Tahu Tourism board. We welcome Tahu’s experience in governance positions within Te Rūnanga and his vast knowledge of Ngāi Tahu history and traditions.”
Susan Huria is a full time director and partner in management practice, Huria Anders. She is currently Deputy Chair of AgResearch and a Director of Northland Port Corporation, Airways, Veterinary Enterprises and Watercare. She is a Trustee of First Foundation and a member of the Māori Governance Centre Advisory Board at Waikato University. Previous governance roles include Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation, Radio New Zealand, Housing New Zealand, Manukau Leisure and the Fonterra Governance Development Committee.
Michael is a Partner at leading national law firm, Simpson Grierson and he heads Simpson Grierson’s Construction and Infrastructure team. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michael was a structural engineer. He has been the lead advisor for many major projects throughout New Zealand over the last 20 years. His project experience in the South Island includes : Christchurch International Airport; Christchurch City Council Ocean Outfall, Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin; the Manapouri Second Tailrace Tunnel; and Stockton Coal Mine. Michael has also assisted on many projects arising from the Christchurch earthquakes including acting as the lead adviser to CERA on the Christchurch city demolition contracts and advising Christchurch City Council on the SCIRT infrastructure alliance. Michael is Vice President of the NZ Society of Construction Law.
Tahu Potiki is a representative and trustee with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. He is the chair of Te Apārangi, director for Māori Television and Environmental Science and Research and a board member for the Ngāi Tahu Fund and the Southern District Health Board. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for five years from 2002 to 2007. Tahu is also a recognised expert in Ngāi Tahu history and tradition and a fluent speaker of te reo Māori.