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Ngati Porou company appoints first CEO

Shayne Walker has been appointed Ngati Porou Holding Company's first group chief executive.

Mr Walker brings a wealth of commercial experience coupled with strong grassroots sensibilities to the Ngati Porou Holding Company group.

He is known locally for his sporting accomplishments, being a former East Coast rugby sevens player and Poverty Bay representative.

Mr Walker is from Wairoa and is of Ngati Kahungunu whakapapa.

Before taking up his new role, Mr Walker was the head of Maori business with the Bank of New Zealand and before that, the general manager of Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust, a $50m asset holding company.

Mr Walker's leadership skills and reputation also saw him appointed to the role of chair of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board in 2019.

This is one of a number of leadership roles he has held over the past 15 years across the public and community sectors, local government, private sector and Te Ao Maori.

Ngati Porou Holding Company chairman Matanuku Mahuika said Mr Walker's appointment represented a new chapter for the group.

“Our first seven years have been primarily about consolidation, and establishing the foundations for growth, while also generating the cash dividends to support the activities of our parent, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.

“We now have in place a strategy to focus more on direct investment opportunities, to grow jobs and support commercial opportunities for our people and in Shayne, we now have a dedicated holding company chief executive to drive our strategy,” Mr Mahuika said.

Mr Walker said his experience enabled him to achieve a natural balance and rhythm across whanau, hapu, iwi, commerce and government.

“I especially enjoy leading iwi and Maori strategies that fuse our cultural and commercial needs,” he said. He is excited by the challenges and opportunities for Ngati Porou Holding Company and its subsidiary businesses.

“Obviously, Covid-19 and its impact on commercial and everyday life is a massive factor.

“But I want to play a real hand in managing those impacts on the group, improving our commercial performance whilst being mindful of the people of Ngati Porou and their taiao (natural environment).”

Among his tertiary qualifications, Mr Walker holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Massey University.

He is married to Rachael and is the father of three tamariki, Karleigh, Ariana and Kahu, and “koro” to their mokopuna, Kymania-Rose.

Mr Walker takes up the role on June 15.

Ngati Porou Holding Company was set up in 2012, and is Te Runanga o Ngati Porou's commercial arm and wealth creation division. It was established to generate sustainable profits for the benefit of Ngati Porou now and in the future.

The company holds and has responsibility for all of the commercial assets of the group, including the fishing and farming companies, property, direct investments and other investments in cash, bonds and equities.

NEW CHAPTER: Shayne Walker has been appointed as the first CEO of Ngati Porou Holding Company. Picture supplied