Management Committee

KINGI SMILER - Chairman

Kingi is a Chartered Accountant CA, BCA and has a wealth of international business experience including eight years in Toronto working in the business planning and corporate restructuring fields with Ernst & Young, as a Partner from1990 – 1997.

His current directorships include Chairman Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, Chairman of QVST Property Company, Chairman of the Tairawhiti Land Development Trust (major regional initiative), Chairman of Miraka, Chairman of FoMA's Dairy Committee and Director of Wellington Rugby Union. As chair of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, Kingi oversees the Incorporation's Te Pouakani sheep and beef farm unit and its major dairy operation which has 7200 cows. The sheep and beef unit won the 2005 Ahuwhenua Trophy Award.


Charlotte Severne - The Māori Trustee

Dr Charlotte Severne is Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa, manages over 90,000 hectares of Māori land on behalf of nearly 100,000 owners by providing professional trustee, property management, and land development services to over 1,800 Māori land trusts.

Charlotte holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Auckland. In 2016, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours, recognising her role as a strong advocate and mentor for Māori students in science, and as a trail blazer in assisting Māori asset-owning entities to understand and better utilise science and research to sustainably manage and develop their taonga tuku iho.

Charlotte also has a wealth of experience in working with Māori business as a science advisor and in governance roles in energy, fisheries and farming entities, including as chair of the Lake Rotoaira Trusts (Forest and Lake) and deputy chair of Opepe Farm Trust.


Karen Adair - Deputy Director-General, Agriculture and Investment Services, MPI

Karen has held a number of senior management roles in a career spanning 25 years. She took up her secondment role as Deputy Director-General Sector Partnerships and Programmes in September 2018. In this role she is responsible for the development, delivery, and strategic oversight of programmes and initiatives that promote innovation and sustainable economic growth. She is also responsible for providing advice on and maintaining MPI's relationship and commitments to Māori arising from the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty settlement agreements.

Karen is also the Senior Regional Official (SRO) for the Wairarapa region. Karen's substantive role is Deputy Chief Executive, Policy and Sector Performance at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. She's also held a number of senior roles within The Treasury, MPI, and the former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, including as Director of Food and Regulatory Policy.


RICHARD LAVERTY – Kaitohu Matua – Chief Advisor, Te Puni Kōkiri

Richard is a Chief Advisor at Te Puni Kōkiri, working on economic development, business growth and internationalisation of the Māori economy.

With over 10 years of public sector experience including senior leadership, strategy and investment attraction roles at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) – and prior to that ICT, Creative & Services sector and international business development roles as Regional Director, Europe Middle East & Africa.

Previous industry experience includes food processing, R&D management, B2B business development, strategy and general management roles. An 18-year career with Fonterra including eight years based in Europe where Richard was General Manager based in Hamburg. Subsequent New Zealand based roles included corporate strategy and global ingredients marketing management. In April 2004, Richard founded a beverage technology start-up, of which he is a director and shareholder.

Richard's qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University and executive development at the Kellogg (NWU) and Stanford Business Schools.

He is a Director on the board of Wellington's Creative HQ agency, an active member of Angel HQ in Wellington and a strong advocate for the one of the coolest, most vibrant and prosperous capital cities in the world.


DAVID HANDLEY – General Manager Agri – BNZ

Dave is General Manager of Agribusiness for BNZ. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Hawke's Bay, where he spent most of his school holidays helping out in the sheep yards and shearing shed, driving tractors and working with livestock.

He is a qualified chartered accountant and joined BNZ 16 years ago, where he has had various Agri based roles.

He was a finalist judge in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy Dairy Awards and he has a very strong association with the Ahuwhenua competition.


ANDREW MORRISON – Chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Andrew is the Southern South Island farmer-elected Chairman and Director of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Andrew and his wife Lisa farm 1030 ha sheep and beef breeding /finishing farms at a couple of locations in Otago and Southland.

Andrew is also a Director on the following boards:

- Director New Zealand Meat Board

- Director Ballance Agri Nutrients. New Zealand's leading fertilizer cooperative

- Director Ovis Management Ltd

- Director WRONZ

- Director Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium

- Director Agricultural Leaders Health and Safety Action Group


JIM VAN DER POEL - Chairman DairyNZ (FARMER-ELECTED)

Jim van der Poel has been a farmer elected Director on the DairyNZ board since 2014, and was appointed as Chair in 2017. He was elected onto the Fonterra board in 2002 and stepped down in 2014.

Jim also served on the board of New Zealand Co-operative Dairies Ltd. Jim was also an inaugural director on the Fonterra shareholders fund. Jim has won a number of industry awards including the AC Cameron Award, 2002 Nuffield Scholarship, Sharemilker of the Year and Dairy Exporter Primary Performer Award. Jim and his wife Sue live in Ngahinapouri in the Waikato and have farming interests in Waikato, Southland, Canterbury and the United States.


NADINE TUNLEY – Chief Executive Horticulture New Zealand

Nadine has been involved in the horticulture sector since 2000. Nadine was Chair of NZ Apples & Pears Inc. from August 2012 until April 2018 and was a director from 2010.
Nadine started out in horticulture with the Heartland Group in Nelson, she then went on to found her own marketing company, Energie Produce Ltd, which exported mixed produce to more than 34 countries globally. That company was sold to Freshmax NZ Ltd in 2013, and Nadine became the Freshmax Global Exports Manager.
Nadine is currently a Director of Scales Corporation Ltd, Plant & Food Research, and the Strong Wool Action Group, Nadine was a member of the Primary Sector Council and now sits on the Maori Primary Sector forum.
In 2013, Nadine was an inaugural Manawa Nui (Associate Governor) for Ngāi Tahu, having a year at Ngāi Tahu Holdings Board followed by a year with Ngāi Tahu Seafood. Nadine has been a director on several other entities over her 30+year in agriculture.

Nadine has always been associated to the primary industries having worked in, mixed horticulture, meat, seafood, dairy and Mānuka honey.
Nadine’s whakapapa is through Ngai Tahu and Tainui.