New Maori man­ager at Fon­terra

The Southland Times - - WEATHER - GER­ARD HUTCHING

Lawyer and com­pany director Ti­aki Hu­nia is the new Maori face of Fon­terra.

Hu­nia’s se­nior lead­er­ship role - likely to come with a $500,000 plus salary - is the newly cre­ated one of gen­eral man­ager, Maori strat­egy/ pouhere Maori.

Less than two months ago Hu­nia be­gan a new job with Te Puni Kokiri as the director of the Maori Land Ser­vice, which aimed to make ma­jor changes to the gov­er­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the 27,000 ti­tles of Maori land.

At the time NZ First leader Win­ston Peters crit­i­cised his ap­point­ment for the fact it was not pub­licly ad­ver­tised.

A Fon­terra spokesman said he was un­able to say why Hu­nia moved on so rapidly from his last job.

‘‘We’re ex­cited to wel­come Ti­aki on board,’’ he said.

Te Puni Kokiri was ap­proached for com­ment but did not re­spond be­fore publi­ca­tion.

The dairy gi­ant’s man­ag­ing director, peo­ple and cul­ture, Joanne Fair, said Hu­nia would play a ‘‘vi­tal role in con­tin­u­ing to progress our strate­gic Maori com­mit­ments and strengthen Fon­terra’s bi­cul­tural ca­pa­bil­ity’’.

Prior to Te Puni Kokiri, Hu­nia worked for five years as deputy Maori trus­tee, Te Tumu Paeroa.

He’s also been in­volved in nu­mer­ous gov­er­nance roles with iwi and in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tions over the last 10 years, in­clud­ing Ngati Awa Group Hold­ings Ltd, Maori In­vest­ments Ltd and Pu­tauaki Trust.

Hu­nia has a Bach­e­lor of Law and a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Maori from the Univer­sity of Auck­land.

He has pre­vi­ously been ad­mit­ted as a so­lic­i­tor of the High Court and is a mem­ber of the In­sti­tute of Direc­tors.

He will start work at Fon­terra as a se­nior leader on Au­gust 7.

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