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Dr Tanira Kingi

Dr Tanira Kingi

Portfolio Leader, Māori Agribusiness

Location: Grasslands
Ph: +64 6 351 8335

Tanira is responsible for developing and implementing AgResearch’s Māori Strategy. He has a PhD in agricultural economics and development from the Australian National University and is currently managing a number of research projects in Māori land development, environmental impacts of pastoral agriculture, and scenario modeling for NZ’s pastoral industries.

Current Directorships include Agriculture ITO, NZ Qualifications Authoritiy and Waerenga-Pukahukiwi Ltd. Former committees of management positions include Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands and Aohanga Incorporation.

Tanira works extensively with Maori incorporations and trusts and iwi authorities and is a regular speaker on Maori land tenure and Maori agribusiness at international conferences including Canada, USA, Malaysia, Australia, Fiji, PNG and other South Pacific Island

Hoani Ponga

Hoani Ponga

Māori Relationships and Business Manager

Location: Grasslands
Ph: +64 6 351 8018

Hoani Ponga of Whanganui, Ngāpuhi, Rangitane, Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Te Whānau-a-Apanui descent is the Māori Relationships and Business Manager based at Grasslands.

Hoani comes from a marine science background and brings a depth of experience in local government, Māori community relationships and Maori environmental practice. “This is an exciting time to be a part of contributing to Māori aspirations of economic development. On the whole I believe our people are on the cusp of a significant development breakthrough.”