OUR BOARD –

TE POARI

Our board provides governance over our strategy and oversees organisational performance.

Board photos 600px 0009 Paul Brock
Paul Brock Chair ­­– New Zealand Story Advisory Board
Board photos 600px 0009 Paul Brock

Paul Brock

Chair ­­– New Zealand Story Advisory Board

Paul Brock was the Kiwibank Group Chief Executive from 2010-2017.  He was Co-Founder of the bank which was launched in 2002. As Group Chief Executive Paul led the Kiwibank Group through a period of rapid growth and diversification into business banking, wealth management, insurance and asset finance.

He has a strong background in governance, management, growth business development, brand development and marketing. An extensive background in the financial services industry has also included senior management positions with Westpac and Trust Bank.

Paul has been Chairman of Gareth Morgan Investments Ltd and Kiwibank Investment Management Ltd and a Director of Kiwi Insurance Ltd, New Zealand Home Loans Ltd, Kiwibank Custodial Services Ltd, AMP Home Loans Ltd, Kiwi Capital Securities Ltd, Kiwi Capital Funding Ltd and Kiwi Wealth Management Ltd.

He is also a member of the Massey University Business School Advisory Board. 

Board photos 600px 0003 Peter Chrisp
Peter Chrisp CEO – New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Board photos 600px 0003 Peter Chrisp

Peter Chrisp

CEO – New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Peter has been Chief Executive of NZTE since October 2011. Before NZTE Peter was based in Sydney as Regional President Norske Skog Australasia, manufacturing newsprint for New Zealand, Australia and Asian markets. He was also previously General Manager of Tasman Paper in Kawerau and Senior Vice President for Norske Skog International at the global headquarters in Oslo.

Board photos 600px 0011 Rene de Monchy
René de Monchy Chief Executive – Tourism New Zealand
Board photos 600px 0011 Rene de Monchy

René de Monchy

Chief Executive – Tourism New Zealand

René de Monchy joined Tourism New Zealand in August 2015. René brings 15 years' global experience in consumer-led businesses including local and international marketing roles for Fonterra and Heineken and most recently as Marketing Director at Asia Pacific Breweries in Singapore. 

As Director Commercial, René manages Tourism New Zealand’s Commercial function which brings together our offshore offices and global Business Events team. 

In January 2021, René was appointed as Interim Chief Executive of Tourism New Zealand. 

Board photos 600px 0008 Grant McPherson
Grant McPherson CEO – Education New Zealand
Board photos 600px 0008 Grant McPherson

Grant McPherson

CEO – Education New Zealand

Grant McPherson leads Education New Zealand on its mission to take New Zealand's "education experiences to the world for enduring economic social and cultural benefits". 

Grant's previous experience includes roles as Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager, Strategy at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), following extensive experience as Regional Director, South/South East Asia and Group General Manager, Business Solutions on the NZTE Leadership Team.

Board photos 600px 0010 Dave Samuels
Dave Samuels CEO – Te Puni Kōkiri
Board photos 600px 0010 Dave Samuels

Dave Samuels

CEO – Te Puni Kōkiri

Dave Samuels is the current Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) in New Zealand. 

Prior to his current appointment he was the Deputy Director-General, China Relations based in the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing, leading the Ministry for Primary Industries’ team in China.  Prior to that he was the Consul and Regional Agriculture Counsellor for the Ministry for Primary Industries at the New Zealand Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, where he was responsible for maintaining and expanding primary industry trade with the Middle East and North Africa.

Dave has held numerous policy and operational leadership roles with the Department of Corrections, Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry for Primary Industries.  He began his career as an infantry officer in the New Zealand Army and has led New Zealand  soldier’s in Singapore and Malaysia and seen operational service in Lebanon, Syria, Bougainville, and East Timor. 

He holds a Master of Public Administration degree (with Merit) from Victoria University, Wellington and a Master of Philosophy degree (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University.

His tribal allegiances are Waikato-Tainui and Te Whakatōhea.  He is married to Marguerite and has seven children.

Board photos 600px 0005 Chris Seed
Chris Seed Secretary and CEO – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Board photos 600px 0005 Chris Seed

Chris Seed

Secretary and CEO – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Chris has spent the last five years (2013-2018) as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Australia. He first joined MFAT in 1985. Chris was Deputy Secretary for the Australia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa Group from 2008-2013. His earlier career included assignments in Tehran, Canberra, London and Papua New Guinea, where he was High Commissioner.

Chris also spent some time in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning from 2004-2008.

In addition to a number of roles in Wellington, Chris has served with the International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands, the New Zealand delegation to the UN General Assembly and was seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Board photos 600px 0002 Ray Smith
Ray Smith Director-General – Ministry for Primary Industries
Board photos 600px 0002 Ray Smith

Ray Smith

Director-General – Ministry for Primary Industries

Ray Smith is Director-General at the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). He leads a workforce of 3,000 people in over 70 locations in New Zealand and around the world.

MPI works to enable and partner with primary industries to continue growing and protecting New Zealand. Ray joined MPI on 1 November 2018 and is proud to be given the opportunity to work in a sector that has so much potential to influence both the standard of living and positive environmental outcomes for New Zealanders and for our children and future generations.

 As the Functional Lead for Health and Safety across the public sector, Ray is responsible for increasing the capability for smart health and safety practice across the public sector. He is a member of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum Steering Committee alongside a number of leaders across the government and private sectors.

Board photos 600px 0006 Steve Smith
Steve Smith
Board photos 600px 0006 Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Steve is Managing Director of LandbaseWineNZ Ltd, General Partner in Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates. He co-founded Craggy Range Vineyards and led the company from 1999 to 2016. Since 2012 he has been involved in a number of agri-food sector initiatives including the Te Hono movement and on the advisory panel of the Primary Growth Partnership. Steve is a passionate crusader for anything of New Zealand with a strong commercial, export and marketing background.