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Our success is determined by many people working together towards a common purpose.

Te kapa Our people

In traditional times, Ngāi Tahu relied on their ability to harvest food from the land and waterways to survive. Some Ngāi Tahu people would fish the lakes, rivers, and seas; others would hunt and forage from the mountains and forests, and grow crops. By working together, Ngāi Tahu could fill the whata (store house), and the people could thrive.

Today we employ staff from many ethnicities and backgrounds in roles throughout our businesses. We have jetboat and helicopter pilots, bus and truck drivers, dairy and sheep farmers, and property managers and developers; to name a few. We understand that we work for more than 58,000 tribal members, and through our work we contribute to improving the well-being of Ngāi Tahu people.

Te Poari The Board

We remember and honour the men and women who led and advanced Ngāi Tahu across land, sea, and more recently, through the Ngāi Tahu Claim. They are acknowledged in Ngāi Tahu waiata (songs), pūrākau (legends), and history.  

Our future success depends on our ability to identify those with talent, and ensure they have opportunities to grow their skills, networks, and experiences as culturally capable, technically competent leaders for Ngāi Tahu. The current directors of our board form part of today’s wider leadership group, and are an essential part of the next generation of leaders. Our selection process helps us weave together a mix of leaders who ensure our boards are strong, diverse and capable.

Board member profiles

Te Tira The Team

Māori people crossed vast oceans to find Aotearoa, New Zealand. Aboard the waka (canoes), they had a team of people working hard to keep them moving in the right direction.

The role of the Ngāi Tahu Holdings team is to work together to keep our waka on course, maintained, and balanced. We liken our team to the outrigger of the main waka. Our values team keep the waka on course by ensuring that however we travel, whatever business we do, and how we do it, we are aligned to the aspirations of the iwi. The finance team prudently manage our assets, maintain the systems, and ensure the subsidiaries are coordinated and supported. The investment team spreads our investments to manage our risk and keep our waka balanced.

Management profiles

Te Poari The Board

We remember and honour the men and women who led and advanced Ngāi Tahu across land, sea, and more recently, through the Ngāi Tahu Claim. They are acknowledged in Ngāi Tahu waiata (songs), pūrākau (legends), and history.

Our future success depends on our ability to identify those with talent, and ensure they have opportunities to grow their skills, networks, and experiences as culturally capable, technically competent leaders for Ngāi Tahu. The current directors of our board form part of today’s wider leadership group, and are an essential part of the next generation of leaders. Our selection process helps us weave together a mix of leaders who ensure our boards are strong, diverse and capable.

Board member profiles
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Mark Tume

Mark is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki descent. He was appointed as a director in February 2018 and became the chair of the Board in August 2018. His extensive career with public and private companies spans the infrastructure, energy, and investment sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Mark is the Chair of Infratil, RetireAustralia and Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings, and he is a director of the New Zealand Refining Company. He is also a member of the Māori Trustee Advisory Board. Previously, Mark has been on the Board of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Transpower, Ngāi Tahu Seafood, Ngāi Tahu Property, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, and Ngāi Tahu Holdings.

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Tutehounuku (Nuk) Korako

Tutehounuku (Nuk) was appointed to the Board in December 2011.  Nuk was elected to Parliament in 2014, and since then has served as the National List MP based in the Port Hills. Before entering parliament Nuk worked in the tourism industry in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and the UK for over 20 years. Returning to New Zealand in 2002 he set up a major retail travel business including a cultural tourism consultancy company. Nuk has been elected as a representative on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (the Ngāi Tahu tribal council) for Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and Te Hapu o Ngāti Wheke. He is a member of the board for Mawhera Incorporation (West Coast) and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. He has also held positions on three philanthropic boards, the Rod Donald Environmental Trust, Cholmondeley Children's Home and Rāpaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa, a whānau trusteeship based at the ancestral community where he resides in Lyttelton Harbour, near Christchurch.

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Darryn Russell

Darryn was appointed to the Board in March 2017. He is the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori at the University of Canterbury. Before he took up this role, he held the position of Director, Māori Development at the University of Otago for several years.  Darryn is Ngāi Tahu with strong affiliations to Ōtākou Rūnanga. He is passionate about Māori and has been involved in leadership and development roles with Ngāi Tahu for the past 20 years. Darryn is currently the chairperson of Te Kāhui Amokura and Aviva and is a director at Nurse Maude.

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Mike Pohio

Mike Pohio is of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Pikiao descent. Mike was appointed to the board in 2019, and he currently holds directorships on the boards of Argosy Property, NIWA, Panuku Development Auckland, Te Ātiawa (Taranaki) Holdings, OSPRI and the Rees Management. He is also Chairman of BNZ Partners, Waikato Region. His executive career includes CEO of Tainui Group Holdings for 8 years and senior executive roles for companies including Port of Tauranga, Fonterra, NZ Dairy Group and Elders Pastoral. His governance background includes directorships on the boards of NZL Group Ltd and Transpower and a Ministerial appointee to the University of Waikato Council. 

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Rodger Finlay

Rodger was appointed to the Board in September 2018. Rodger worked as an investment banker and fund manager for 26 years primarily with three global financial houses in London – CS First Boston, Paribas, and UBS.  Since 2008, he has acted as a full-time company director and trustee specialising in finance, natural resources, agriculture, media and corporate recovery. With governance assignments in NZ, Australia and the UK he has an international perspective of governance best practice. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants ANZ. He is Chair of the Advisory Panel of the Provincial Growth Fund, a Governor of Radio NZ, Deputy Chair of Rural Equities Limited, Chairman of Mundane Asset Management, an independent director of Moeraki Limited, and a director or trustee of several other New Zealand entities. 

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Mike Sang

Mike was appointed as the Chief Executive for Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group in January 2013. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer for the Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (appointed in March 2011) after initially joining Ngāi Tahu in 2009 as Group General Manager Service Delivery to lead Te Rūnanga Group shared services arm, incorporating communications, procurement, business information services and financial administration. Mike has previously worked at PGW Wrightson as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2003 he joined Wrightson as CFO and he was initially involved in the acquisition of North Island competitor Williams and Kettle and subsequent merger with PGG to create New Zealand's largest rural services company. From here, Mike was made CFO PGG Wrightson and headed up the traditional finance and treasury functions and also lead internal audit, strategy and planning and general counsel and company secretary for the expanded group. 

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Allan Hickford

Allan was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group in March 2009. Prior to this, Allan was Commercial Manager of Ngāi Tahu Property from June 2007 and subsequently General Manager – Property Development prior to moving to Holdings. Allan has had wide-ranging executive roles as CFO and other senior management positions in both the commercial and chartered accounting sectors along with leading national and provincial sporting teams. In 2016 Allan was named the EY CFO of the year.