CEO – Iwi Investor
Richard affiliates to the Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Tukorehe tribes of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Richard is CEO of a Maori tribally owned Finance and Investment company and is commited to generating opportunities for indigenous businesses to collaborate and trade together.
Richard is also Chair of Te Putea Whakatupu Trust (TPWT), a not-for-profit organisation focussed on building Maori management capability in support of the growing Maori economy. TPWT operates a major scholarship programme supporting Maori youth and is a thinktank for the development of shared visions for Maori tribes in key industries.
Richard is passionate about the development of Maori and indigenous business models that reflect and integrate the culture of the tangata whenua (original people of the land) into the way in which they conduct business and clarify their vision and purpose. He has provided advisory services to over 300 Maori organisations during 18 years as a management consultant and has been involved in a range of strategic initiatives for Maori across various industries.
Richard sits on several boards and is also a businessman in his own right with interests in the kiwifruit industry. He is a fluent speaker of the Maori language, has wide experience in Maori education, and is happily married with six children.