The management structure of the Tapuae Roa: Make Way for Taranaki project is:
The lead team has been drawn from local businesses and organisations, iwi, and central and local government to provide management and oversight for Make Way for Taranaki. The lead team is responsible for strategic direction and oversight of the project.
Peter Tennent QSO, Chair
Peter Tennent is 58, and has been married to Rosemary for 35 years. They have three adult children. Peter retired as New Plymouth District’s Mayor in 2010, but continues to take a governance role in many trusts and community groups. He is the patron of a number of organisations, and has significant sponsorship and philanthropic interests.
He was appointed by the crown to assist a council in the north experiencing some significant issues and to the Constitutional Advisory Panel.
Peter owns Taranaki’s largest hotel, and has a number of commercial interests. He was judged one of the world’s top 10 community leaders in 2010.
Peter is thrilled to be taking a leadership role in Make Way for Taranaki, and excited about the positive difference the conversation and the united vision will make possible. He is absolutely dedicated to this region and country – all that we are, and all that we can be.
Wharehoka Wano, Deputy Chair
Wharehoka has had a long career in Education studying at Waikato and Massey universities before moving into a teaching career and then on to Education consultancy supporting teachers and schools and ultimately students. He runs his own Event Management and Education support company Tihi Ltd with his wife Emere.
He is currently CEO of Taranaki Iwi and has worked in various governance roles and is well known in the tribal space locally and nationally. He is also Chair of the Taranaki Māori Trust Board and Deputy Chair of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa.
Sophie Braggins has been the Chair of the Taranaki Chamber since December 2015. With 12 years of commercial experience in the fields of human resources and strategic business consulting, she has worked internationally across industries including legal, media, oil and gas, and hospitality.
Sophie is the new Head of Innovation and Opportunities at Govett Quilliam and the former Managing Director of Strategy Collective. Sophie has a passion for ensuring local business success and increasing national awareness of Taranaki’s contribution to economic growth.
Robin Brockie QSM
Robin holds a number of governance roles inside and outside Taranaki and is a member of the Institute of Directors and of the Chartered Accountants Institute of Australia and New Zealand. Robin is a recently retired partner of the chartered accounting practice of Staples Rodway Taranaki Limited, where he had been a partner for 31 years.
His community interests have spanned a variety of organisations in the sectors of education, health and welfare, and visual and performing arts. In 2016, Robin was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for his services to the community.
Andrew is a founder and CEO of Hiringa Energy. He has held a number of senior management and executive roles in the energy sector including General Manager of Operations for Todd Energy and a Director of STOS.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical/Electrical) from the University of Tasmania, Australia, is a member of the Institute of Directors, and is a Trustee of BeSafe Taranaki.
Neil was elected New Plymouth District Mayor in 2016. He has a background in strategic management, government relations, information technology, communications and public relations having worked for Independent News Limited, Fairfax and more recently Powerco. He has a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington, and attended the Macquarie Graduate School of Management to complete a Strategic Management Programme and Foundations of General Management.
Neil is a member of New Zealand Institute of Directors and was an Accredited member of Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, and is the Project Manager for Rotomanu Community Dirt Jump Park.
Te Pahunga (Marty) Davis
Marty is Tumu Whakarae (Chairman) at Te Kaahui o Rauru and a Trustee of the Te Whare Punanga Korero Trust – the Maori Health Governance Group which works strategically with the TDHB to improve Maori health.
Marty has worked tirelessly for successful treaty settlements, community support during emergencies, Maori health, in consultations with central and local government and for the future benefit of the whole of Taranaki.
David is Chairman of the Taranaki Regional Council and also serves on the boards of Fonterra (being a member of the Board Risk and Co-operative Relations committees), Port Taranaki Limited and A.J. Greaves Electrical Limited.
He is a director of P.K.W. Farms GP Limited, one of Fonterra’s largest shareholders; and is a shareholder of Far South Farms Limited, which owns a dairy farm in Southland. David recently accepted a role as Director of Predator Free 2050, which aims to rid the country of pests such as possums and rats in the next 33 years.
Al is the Senior Regional Official for Taranaki, representing Central Government’s interests in Taranaki, and also Deputy Commissioner, System Performance for the State Services Commission.
Al joined the Department of Conservation in 2002 and was appointed as Chief Executive and Director General in November 2006, leading the department through a period of significant change to deliver the department’s core work through a partnership approach with local government and the private sector.
Al is an alumnus of the public service Executive Leadership Programme and is a former board member of the Leadership Development Centre and Business Central. He has previously worked in teaching, journalism and broadcasting, including a stint as Radio New Zealand’s political editor.
Bronwyn is the Managing Director at OnFarmSafety New Zealand, based in Stratford. She is also a Director of Muir Farms Ltd (where Bronwyn and husband Phill farm 650 dairy cows in Taranaki) and Muir Enterprises Ltd, Chairwoman of Taranaki Woman in Farming, and until recently was the Taranaki Provincial President of Taranaki Federated Farmers.
Bronwyn holds her Health & Safety Technical Graduate level membership through New Zealand Institute of Safety Management, studied at Lincoln University in the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme and gained a Certificate in Agriculture at Flock House in 1984.
In 2015 OnFarmSafety NZ won a number of local and national awards and Bronwyn was nominated as a Westpac Women of Influence in the rural category. Bronwyn is openly passionate about farming, the lifestyle and the rural industry.
Kevin Murphy is the Managing Director/CEO at TSB Bank. He has more than 20 years experience at senior executive level with TSB Bank, contributing as Finance Manager then Deputy CEO before taking on the Managing Director/CEO role in 2010.
Kevin is a Trustee of Venture Taranaki Trust, and previously Vice President - New Zealand for Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand and a Director for Payments New Zealand Ltd. Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and was awarded a fellowship in 2013.
In 2016 Kevin was the winner of the Taranaki Mayoral Award for Business Excellence.
Liana is currently the Pouwhakarae/Chairperson for Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust. She also serves as a trustee and director of several organisations including Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings Ltd Partnership, Tui Ora Ltd and Te Reo o Taranaki Trust.
Liana practiced law for a number of years with corporate law firm Russell McVeagh and boutique Māori law firm Kāhui Legal. She specialised in Māori Land, Treaty of Waitangi and Māori governance, prior to returning home to assist with Treaty Settlement negotiations in Taranaki.
Liana was born, raised and schooled in Taranaki and is affiliated with Te Atiawa and Taranaki Iwi.
Dan is the founder and CEO of International Volunteer HQ, the world’s leading volunteer travel company, which is established in 40 countries.
IVHQ has a positive social and economic impact on communities around the world and changes the lives of millions with more than 70,000 volunteer travellers dedicating more than four million hours of community service through teaching, childcare, community development, medical, construction and wildlife conservation.
In recognition of his achievements and the impact of IVHQ, Dan has received numerous awards including being named the youngest-ever New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and NZTE Outstanding New Zealand Business in 2015.
Scott and his family ‘swapped sides’ from Auckland to Taranaki and they haven’t looked back. Scott is the Head of Farm Source – Taranaki, at Fonterra and was previously Head of Cooperative Affairs – Taranaki, General Manager Operation – Lower North Island, and Site Manager at Fonterra.
Prior to this he had management roles at Tasti Products Ltd, Leprino Foods Company and Tetra Pak Inc. Scott has a Masters in Technology Management, Business Administration, Management and Operations from the University of Waikato.