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
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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.

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Dame Julie Christie Founder and former CEO – Touchdown Productions
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Dame Julie Christie

Founder and former CEO – Touchdown Productions

Dame Julie has extensive governance and industry experience in media, business development, hospitality and sport. After 25 years leading an international television production company, Dame Julie served on the Boards of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Rugby World Cup 2011 and Mediaworks. She is currently on the Board of Tourism West Coast, Trustee of Development West Coast, is on the Steering Group for New Zealand's participation at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, as well as chairing the Board of the Ngāi Tahu Tourism-New Zealand rugby joint venture, The All Blacks Experience. She also now works as a business strategy, media and performance consultant.

Julie was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Governance and the Television industry in 2017. 

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Stephen England-Hall CEO – Tourism New Zealand
Board photos 600px 0000 Steven England Hall

Stephen England-Hall

CEO – Tourism New Zealand

Stephen joined Tourism New Zealand as Chief Executive in April 2017. Before joining Tourism NZ, Stephen was CEO of Loyalty New Zealand, the company behind New Zealand's loyalty and data coalition, Fly Buys and the analytics business LAB360.

Stephen has extensive international experience working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies in the UK and North America.

Stephen is also a Board member of the Tourism Industry Association and sits on the New Zealand Screen Production Grant and Significant Economic Benefits Verification Panel.

He is a trustee and Board member of New Zealand data charity Figure NZ, a founding member of the Data Futures think tank and served as a member of several Cambridge University Advisory Boards.

Stephen holds an MBA from Cambridge University.

Board photos 600px 0001 Richard Jones
Richard Te Hurinui Jones Chief Executive – Poutama
Board photos 600px 0001 Richard Jones

Richard Te Hurinui Jones

Chief Executive – Poutama

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao & Tuhourangi

Richard has been Chief Executive of Poutama since 1999. He has turned the organisation into one of New Zealand's most networked Māori businesses. Richard has a strong focus on initiating and driving collaborative activities among New Zealand and International businesses.

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Michelle Hippolite CEO – Te Puni Kōkiri
Board photos 600px 0004 Michelle Hippolite

Michelle Hippolite

CEO – Te Puni Kōkiri

Michelle (Waikato, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) joined Te Puni Kōkiri as the Chief Executive in December 2012. She is the first Māori woman to lead Te Puni Kōkiri since its establishment 25 years ago.

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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.

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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.

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Steve Smith Chancellor – Lincoln University
Board photos 600px 0006 Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Chancellor – Lincoln University

Steve is Managing Director of LandbaseWineNZ Ltd, General Partner in Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates, and since 2017 has been Chancellor of Lincoln University. 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.