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Manawa Nui aims to encourage Ngāi Tahu whānau on to Ngāi Tahu Holding’s boards. The programme provides opportunities for Ngāi Tahu whānau to gain and enhance their commercial governance experience with a view to becoming candidates for future board positions, both within the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group and externally.
Manawa Nui includes workshops, governance scholarships and five associate governor positions established for the term of 2 years. Over this time participants will have exposure to 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.
Past and present programme participants include: Reon Edwards (Wairewa), Christopher Murphy (Ngāi Tūāhuriri) and Nadine Tunley (Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Waewae), Ben Bateman (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Mamoe), Geoff Lawrie (Ngāi Tahu – Puketeraki), Meg Matthews (Ngāi Tahu – Awarua Rūnanga) and Warwick Tauwhare-George (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Wheke).
Applicants must be registered with Ngāi Tahu and be able to commit to attending all board meetings and fulfil all delegated responsibilities as required. Commercial experience along with governance experience is desirable.
Intakes for Manawa Nui take place every second year in February/March, with the recruitment and selection process starting in December the year prior.
For further information on this programme contact Dallas Seymour on 03 974 0084, or email [email protected].
Geoff Lawrie joined the Manawa Nui program in 2015 and has held Associate Director positions with Ngai Tahu Tourism and Ngāi Tahu Farming. In addition to those roles, Geoff is a Director at Howard and Company, an investment advisory firm in Auckland, and is an Advisor for the Beachheads program for NZ Trade and Enterprise as well as some other companies in the technology sector.
Geoff is the son of Ron and Margaret Lawrie, and was born and brought up in Invercargill. After high school in Invercargill, Geoff went to Otago University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management and Marketing. He has supplemented that degree with further management education at Macquarie University in Sydney and Columbia University in New York. Geoff has spent all of his career in the technology industry and has held NZ Chief Executive roles with global organisations such as Microsoft Corporation and Cisco Systems. He is now working to build a career as a professional company director, and the Manawa Nui program has been instrumental in helping him to get established in this area.
Geoff is married to Kim and has two sons, both of whom finished their education at Otago University. Geoff lives in Auckland now, but enjoys the opportunity to be in Te Wai Pounamu working with Ngāi Tahu and visiting his whānau whenever he can.
Warwick Tauwhare-George is the associate governor for Ngāi Tahu Seafood and also spent a year as an associate governor with Ngāi Tahu Farming. Warwick’s father, Wi Riwai Tauwhare (George) grew up at Rāpaki (Ngāti Wheke), the third son of Whakamarurangi and Maata Riwai Tauwhare.
Warwick has extensive Executive Management experience in the Construction, Engineering, Property and Asset Management sectors, plus has spent 10 years living and working in the in Middle East. He is a qualified quantity surveyor, has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Commercial Law from Victoria University plus an MBA, specialising in Finance from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Warwick holds a number of governance roles and is currently the CEO of Parininihi ki Waitotara in New Plymouth, where he lives with his wife Cherie and their 3 beautiful girls Jana, Ariane and Niamh.
Meg is the Associate Governor for Ngāi Tahu Tourism. She has held diverse executive roles across key business disciplines of finance, human resource management, strategic planning and marketing. Former World of WearableArt (WOW) CEO, and Head of Marketing – Australasia for Air New Zealand, Meg is a Director of Cawthron Institute, Nelson Regional Development Agency, Mevo Ltd and a Trustee for Wellington-based Footnote New Zealand Dance and Appleby School. She holds a BCom from Auckland University and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Ben Bateman is the new Associate Governor for Ngāi Tahu Property. His paternal tāua is Rose Parker (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Mamoe) and his father is Matt Bateman. Ben is the Deputy Director of Legal Services for the New Zealand Defence Force, serving in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a practising lawyer for the New Zealand Defence Force, and a commissioned officer in the New Zealand Army for over 14 years, he has been deployed on six operational tours of duty to the Middle East, including 12 months in Afghanistan operating with the New Zealand Special Air Service.
Ben was also the lead New Zealand Defence Force legal adviser for the New Zealand tenure on the United Nations Security Council, and has represented New Zealand’s interests at various international engagement activities throughout the Asia Pacific, North America, the Middle East and Europe, providing legal advice on a range of complex international and commercial matters. Ben has practised across a broad spectrum of professional disciplines, including international, operational and humanitarian law, commercial and contract law, criminal law, public and administrative law.
Ben grew up in Te Tai Poutini and attended Greymouth High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (Geography) from the University of Canterbury, and now lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara with his wife, Chantal.
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.
Reon continued his education in recent years, graduating from Massey University with an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) and completing a Mergers and Acquisitions course at Melbourne University. Reon has been married for 13 years and has one daughter. During his weekends he enjoys time out with whānau and friends as well as playing golf and competing in running events.
Christopher Piri Murphy was an Associate Governor for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Ngāi Tahu Holdings during the inaugural Manawa Nui program.
Chris grew up in Tuahiwi and attended secondary school at Christ’s College, before studying History at the University of Canterbury. Chris now lives in Auckland with his wife, Kiely (Ngāti Tū/Ngāti Ruanui), son Harry and twin pēpi, Vincent and Eva.
Over the past two decades, Chris has worked for Dun & Bradstreet and then QBE Insurance in the Trade Credit sector. During his time at QBE, Chris obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies 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.
After 5 years as the Managing Director and owner of the New Zealand agency of COFACE, Chris sold his business to Allianz and is now the Country Manager of their export guarantee division. Chris has also been a Director on the board of Whai Rawa Fund Limited for the past two years, as well as on the Board of Trustees at Avondale College, amongst other governance roles.
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 lives in Nelson and is married to Pat. They have two children, Matthew who is in his third year at Otago University, and Alesha, who is in her senior years of college. Having lived in the North Island most of her life, Nadine is looking forward to giving her children the opportunity get to know, understand and connect with their whakapapa and heritage.
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 looking forward to bringing her knowledge and skills to Ngāi Tahu through the Manawa Nui Programme, to help grow and strengthen the future for all Ngāi Tahu whānau.
Nadine is a director of Energie Produce Limited and the Energie Fruit Co NZ Ltd. She is currently the chair of Pipfruit NZ Incorporation the industry body board representing all growers of apples and pears in New Zealand, both domestically and internationally.