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Here at Te Waka we are a passionate team of business professionals, we love Waikato and thrive on our role in driving the Waikato economy forward.

 

  • Business Advisory Team

    • Peter Davey

      Business Advisor

      Peter Davey

      Business Advisor

      Peter has a diverse range of senior management experience in manufacturing and process initially in Zimbabwe and also in New Zealand. An initial qualification in Forest Management in 1975 led to a range of Senior Management roles in Forestry, Tea Industry, Wood Processing, Food manufacture and Analytical Laboratory management.

    • Novell Gopal

      Business Advisor

      Novell Gopal

      Business Advisor

      Novell has a diverse range of academic and industry background including tertiary level teaching, research, technical support (medical diagnostic equipment), sales and marketing, management (product and people), consulting and  governance (not-for-profit). He has experience in working with commercial entities and government organisations at a strategic and management level in Malaysia and NZ in the areas of technology transfer, procurement, contract negotiations and project management. 

    • Hayley Smith

      Business Advisor

      Hayley Smith

      Business Advisor

      Hayley has an extremely diverse skillset with over 10 years of management experience in New Zealand and Australia. She brings a practical approach to business advising and has particular expertise is the retail, hospitality and equine sectors. She has an outstanding reputation within the hospitality and event industry having been involved in the operations and growth of over 20 eateries as well as managing hundreds of regional and nationally significant events. 

    • Tammee Wilson

      Business Advisor

      Tammee Wilson

      Business Advisor

      Tammee’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fashion from AUT and she was a finalist in The World of Wearable Art Awards. Her experience of work includes coordination for regional projects and initiatives, events, social media and marketing administration, styling consultant and formerly a fashion agent. 

    • Tony Kane

      Waikato Mentor Manager

      Tony Kane

      Waikato Mentor Manager

      Tony is the Waikato Business Mentors Coordinator matching mentees and mentors within the NZ Business Mentor scheme. He has 27 years’ experience as an independent business advisor in the public and private sectors, especially working with SME’s.

      He is involved in advising private companies on business strategy, planning, capital raising, system design and implementation. Tony has had a number of governance and advisory roles on private sector and trust boards. 

  • Leadership

    • Michelle Hollands

      Strategic Partnerships and Projects Manager

      Michelle Hollands

      Strategic Partnerships and Projects Manager

      Prior to joining Te Waka Michelle was the General Manager Regional Leadership at Sport Waikato and is a former self-employed strategy and business performance consultant whose 15 year career as a consultant had seen her deliver strategic projects in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors across a variety of industries in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States and European markets.

      Michelle is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and is the current Board Chair of Northern Districts Cricket, former Board Chair of Badminton New Zealand and an existing Board Member with the Go Waipa Trust.

    • Jason Nepia

      Kaihautu Ōwhanga Māori | Māori Economic Development Manager

      Jason Nepia

      Kaihautu Ōwhanga Māori | Māori Economic Development Manager

      Tēna Tatou Ko Jason Nepia toku ingoa
      Ki te taha o toku pāpā ko Ngapuhi me Ngāti Awa
      ki te taha o toku māmā ko Ngāti Pakeha no Ingarangi me Ahitereiria
      Ka moe ou ki te taha o toku hoa rangatira no Waikato
      Ka puta mai a maua tama e rua
      Mauri Ora Kia koē

      Jason has extensive experience within the Ministry of Social Development and delivering customer-centric support services to a leading Māori Education provider Te Wananga o Aotearoa.  For the last six years, Jason has worked as a procurement consultant with Iwi and the private sector, he has focused on utilising a Social Procurement lens when developing and implementing procurement strategy. 

      Jason holds A PGDip Business Administration and is married to Manaaki Nepia (nee Paki) who is Waikato Tainui/Ngaati Whaawhaakia and has two sons Te Manaaki o Te Matariki Paki-Nepia and Te Putaranui Nepia.

    • Kiri Goulter CEO

      Interim Chief Executive

      Kiri Goulter CEO

      Interim Chief Executive

      Kiri Goulter is a highly accomplished tourism, economic development and governance professional. From 2009-2016 Kiri was Chief Executive of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, and has held management roles with Tourism New Zealand and Enterprise Northland. Kiri has worked extensively across the public and private sectors and is currently assisting central government in destination management and planning for tourism and economic development. 

  • Te Waka Board

    • Hamish Bell

      Chair

      Hamish Bell

      Chair

      Hamish is an experienced Director and Commercial Advisor, with a wealth of experience in both the private and listed company space, gained over a 30-year career across New Zealand and Asia. 

      He has significant economic development experience amongst other things including serving as Chairman of the New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association and as Chair of the Singapore New Zealand Business Council.

    • Kiri Goulter

      Deputy Chair

      Kiri Goulter

      Deputy Chair

      Kiri Goulter is a highly accomplished tourism, economic development and governance professional. From 2009-2016 Kiri was Chief Executive of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, and has held management roles with Tourism New Zealand and Enterprise Northland. Kiri has worked extensively across the public and private sectors and is currently assisting central government in destination management and planning for tourism and economic development. 

    • Les Roa

      Board Member

      Les Roa

      Board Member

      Director of Longveld Ltd, Longveld specialises in stainless steel fabrication and manufactures processing systems for air, water, steam and food for companies such as Fonterra, Genesis, GEA Group and Associated British Foods. Les was the managing director from 1992-2013 and during this time led the company’s growth in becoming a significant New Zealand enterprise. 

    • Chris Joblin

      Board Member

      Chris Joblin

      Board Member

      Chris Joblin joined Tainui Group Holdings, the intergenerational investment arm of Waikato-Tainui in 2009, and has been CEO since mid-2015. He is passionate about delivering sustainable long-term returns and employment outcomes for the 76,000 members of the iwi and for the Waikato region. 

    • Craig Barrett

      Board Member

      Craig Barrett

      Board Member

      Craig is a Partner at Bakertilly Staples Rodway Chartered Accountants in Hamilton. He works with commercial entities and Māori organisatons and provides strategic and commercial advice on all aspects of their business. He is passionate about innovation and value add to improve economic performance.

      Craig has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, majoring in Accounting and Finance, and is a chartered accountant. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors. Craig also holds a number of trustee and directorships.

    • Blair Bowcott

      Advisory Board Member

      Blair Bowcott

      Advisory Board Member

      A senior executive with 20 years’ experience at Hamilton City Council, including the last 12 years in General Manager, Acting Chief Executive and Executive Director roles. Accustomed to rapidly changing environments, the demands of a high growth region and a Council focused on delivering tangible outcomes for the City.

    • Rob Williams

      Advisory Board Member

      Rob Williams

      Advisory Board Member

      Rob Williams has been a Local Government Chief Executive since 2007 serving both Taupo District and Thames-Coromandel District during that time. As a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK, Rob has over 30 years of professional management experience including the successful completion of a wide range of infrastructure projects in both the private and public sector. 

    • Kaumātua Tame Pokaia

      Advisory Board Member

      Kaumātua Tame Pokaia

      Advisory Board Member

      Tame Pokaia is from Waikato’s Ngati Mahuta and Ngati Hikairo hapu from Kawhia. He grew up on Turangawaewae marae. He credits the marae as one of his special places of learning and has developed a deep understanding of culture, te reo Māori, and King movement. The experiences and memories gained have been invaluable in his life.