Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre WDC

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre WDC

Last updated 19 July 2021
Last updated 19 July 2021

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Muka Tangata Workforce Development Council Chief Executive appointed

High level summary of industries represented:

Agriculture, horticulture, fishing, aquaculture, equine, winemaking, silviculture and harvesting, and sports turf management.

TITOS currently carrying out functions that will transition to the WDC are Competenz and Primary ITO.

WDC council members

Erin Simpson – Chair

Erin Simpson, Te Atiawa, has an extensive career in the Horticulture Industry starting in the 1980s. His experience gives him a robust and insightful understanding of the skills needed by employers to be effective members in the workforce of tomorrow. He is passionate about ensuring skills and training delivered and developed today are agile, adaptable, and fit for purpose in the unknown world of tomorrow. In his current role as Capability Development Manager at New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc he has mandate to engage and collaborate with Government and Industry training providers to attract, grow and retain talent for the sector.

Mr Simpson’s governance experience at present includes Chair of the New Zealand Agricultural Education Trust (Growsafe) and Co-Chair of the Hawkes Bay Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) and was previously co-chair of the interim Establishment Board for Muka Tangata, People Food and Fibre WDC.

Winifred (Wini) Geddes – Deputy Chair

Winifred (Wini) Geddes Ngāti Awa, Ngaitai ki Tōrere, Ngāpuhi, is a director of Tāne Mahuta Aotearoa NZ Ltd, a whānau-owned company envisioned to train, qualify and employ rangatahi to work on their own whenua. With the Kaupapa Māori LWYE™ Learn While You Earn industry-based training model, the tauira (cadet) not only gain qualifications, operational and organisational skills leading to management, but also access to in-house Kaihautū Pastoral Care service, health advocacy and a Drug Testing and Rehabilitation Unit (DTRU) for the workplace. Visit www.tanemahuta.org.nz website. She is also director of Tū Ora (NZ) Ltd, which operates whare-māire providing bi-cultural clinical health services, psycho-social advocacy. DTRU and training in the caring professions.

Ms Geddes holds a number of governance positions including two Workforce Development Councils, a Mataatua District Māori Council delegate to the NZ Māori Council, Chair of the Whakatāne Māori Committee, President of Pūtauaki Māori Women’s Welfare League and Trustee to Iritana Hoāni Nuku Ahu Whenua Trust. In an advisory and support role, Wini has recently accepted firstly, the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (RNC) – a rural research programme that supports outreach to policy and practice leadership that enables resilient outcomes for rural Aotearoa; developing an integrated framework for assessing resilience to natural hazards in consideration of climate change, environmental recovery, rural value chain impacts, intervention tools/resources and marae resilience. Secondly, not only as a Massey University Master of Science student, but also supporter of Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa, an EQC funded centre for Mātauranga Māori Research Excellence encouraging innovative research across science and social disciplines, building Māori research workforce capability in the fields of earth science, hazards, emergency management, disaster risk reduction governance, recovery and resilience.

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Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly is the General Manager People, Safety & Engagement for Pāmu (Landcorp Farming). She has previously held a number of senior and executive roles focusing on people, capability and workforce development with organisations including MercyAscot & Mercy Radiology, Air NZ, NZ Lotteries Commission, Westpac NZ and two District Health Boards.

Ms Kelly has sat on a number of advisory groups and boards including for The Breakthrough Company, ACC Large Employers Reference Group (DHB representative), and the Pay and Employment Equity Taskforce Health sub-group.

Cathy Webb

Cathy Webb is the Seafood Standards Manager at Seafood New Zealand Limited and has held a number of senior positions in the seafood sector over the past 30 years. She holds a number of governance roles in the primary sector including being a director of Primary ITO and a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council.

Ms Webb is also on a number of sector advisory boards and reference groups. These include being chair of the Seafood Industry Partnership Group, and a member of the Stakeholder Council for Primary ITO, the Food and Fibre Capability Forum, the Food and Fibre CoVE consortium, and the Ministry for Primary Industries Regulatory Redesign Reference Group.

Chris Flatt

Chris Flatt has been the National Secretary of the New Zealand Dairy Workers Union – Te Runanga Wai U (DWU) since 2012 and is the current chair and Managing Director of Waikato Trade Union Centre Limited. Chris is also a director or trustee of a number of organisations including UniMed Limited, Trust Waikato Incorporated, and the Workers Education Trust Incorporated.

Mr Flatt has a long involvement with vocational education including being a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council, the deputy chair of Primary ITO and a director of the NZ Industry Training Organisation.

Chris is currently a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand as well as an Associate Member of Governance New Zealand (formerly NZ Chartered Company Secretaries). Chris has also worked as a private practice employment lawyer in law firms in both Auckland and Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Waikato. Chris resides in Cambridge.

Dan Epiha-Netana

Dan Epiha-Netana, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, is the Taranaki Organiser for First Union NZ. He has worked in a variety of roles in the wood processing sector for over a decade and has connections with employees across the sector.

Mr Epiha-Netana is a member of the Taranaki interim Regional Skills Leadership Group and is on the Operational Action Group for the Forestry Safety Council, bringing a worker voice to the table of this tripartite health and safety organisation.

Geoff Taylor

Geoff Taylor is the part of the Strategy & Investment Team at DairyNZ Limited and is a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council. He holds a number of other governance positions including being chair of the Farm Environment Planning Certification Scheme, chair of the Primary Industry Capability Alliance, and a member of the Southern Dairy Hub.

Mr Taylor has previously been the chair of the Food & Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence interim governance committee and a member of advisory groups for both the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Tertiary Education Committee.

Iani Nemani

Iani Nemani has Tongan and Fijian heritage. He is an experienced community engagement practitioner with a specific lens on the labour market and local economic development.

Mr Nemani is a Ministerial appointee to the Human Rights Review Tribal. He has served on advisory boards that include the Manukau Institute of Technology Pasifika Community Advisory Board. He is currently also a trustee of the Pasifika Education Centre, the Consumer Experience Council at the Auckland District Health Board, and is also Co-Chair for Leadership New Zealand.

Kevin Ihaka

Kevin Ihaka, Ngāti Kuhungunu, is the founder and director of the FPS group of companies (FPS Forestry Ltd, FPS Forest Protection Services Ltd, FPS Geospatial Ltd). He is also holds governance positions with a number of organisations including being chair of the Forest and Rural Fire Association, a director of the United Fire Brigades Association, a member and founding trustee for the Forest Industry Safety Council, and a director of the Forest Industry Contractors Association.

Mr Ihaka is also a member of a number of advisory and working groups focusing on the forestry sector, health and safety and rural fire. He has also been actively involved with Competenz, NorthTec and the Fire and Rescue Services Industry Training Organisation.

Paul Crick

Paul Crick holds a range of governance and advisory roles across the Agricultural sector. He is chair of Beef & Lamb NZ’s National Farmer Council Executive, chair of Beef & Lamb NZ’s Farmer Research Advisory Group, a founding member of the Wairarapa People Capability Group and a member of the Primary ITO Industry Partnership Group,

Mr Crick has been involved in sheep and beef farming since the late 1980s. He has run a number of successful farms and held leadership roles at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre including Director of Farms and General Manager Farm Business and Training (Sheep and Beef).

Turi Ngatai MNZM

Turi Ngatai MNZM, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, is executive director Māori at Open Polytechnic New Zealand and has previously been a senior executive at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and a former school principal. He is a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council, a Director on the Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence and he sits on the Board of the Catholic Leadership Institute, Te Kupenga.

Mr Ngatai is a director of Te Awanui Huka Pak and is deputy chair of the Ngai Te Rangi iwi post-settlement governance entity and the Ngai Te Rangi Runanga he is a representative for Ngai Te Rangi at the Iwi Chairs Forum. He is their spokesman for the Workforce Development Councils and represents the Iwi chairs forum on the Worksafe Partners Advisory Council.

Warwick Tauwhare-George

Warwick Tauwhare-George, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tahu, is the Chief Executive of Parininihi ki Waitotara, a Taranaki-based Māori Incorporation with interests across the primary sector including dairy, dairy support, beef, renewable energy, commercial property, lobster, forestry, apiculture, horticulture, and arable crops.

Mr Tauwhare-George is a Director of a number of companies including Ngāi Tahu Farming, Koura Inc. (Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd), Hamilton Riverview Hotels and is the Chair of Ngāmotu Hotels Ltd. He has previously been a Director of a number of organisations in the primary and energy sectors in New Zealand and overseas, including Te Oranga Livestock and Ngāi Tahu Seafood.

Order in Council

The WDC Order in Council can be viewed here: Muka Tangata People, Food and Fibre