Stratford Press

Seasoned duo on Port Taranaki board


Two executives with governance experience have joined the Port Taranaki board of directors.

Jamie Tuuta and Jeff Kendrew joined the board on July 1, replacing retiring directors Graeme Marshall and Peter Dryden.

Urenui-born and bred, Jamie Tuuta (Nga¯ti Mutunga, Nga¯ti Tama, Nga¯ti Maru, Te A¯ ti Awa, Taranaki Tuturu) has held a range of governance positions in the past 20 years across iwi developmen­t, agribusine­ss, fishing, health, investment, housing, Ma¯ori developmen­t, tourism, philanthro­py, and education.

He is Ma¯ori Television chairman, involved with the Taranaki Mounga Project Ltd, the Tourism New Zealand board, and iwi housing and savings foundation Ka Uruora Trust.

He is also a director of iwi investment entities, including Pu¯ ainuku Limited Partnershi­p.

Jamie is a former chairman of regional economic developmen­t entity Venture Taranaki Trust, and a former director of Taranaki PIF Guardians Ltd, and Taranaki Investment Management Ltd.

He has held government appointmen­ts, including to the State Services Commission Advisory Group in 2020, and was awarded the Ma¯ ori Young Business Leader of the Year in 2016.

He recently held the interim chief executive role of Te A¯ tiawa o te Waka a Ma¯ui Trust and is a self-employed consultant and adviser of Taumutu Consultant­s.

“I’m proud to be from Taranaki and have a deep connection and passion for our region and community ”

He says Port Taranaki is a key strategic asset for the region and will play an important role as the region transition­s to a future regional economy.

Jeff Kendrew has vast governance experience, both internatio­nally and in New Zealand, in engineerin­g, infrastruc­ture, project management, and supply chains.

He is on the board and is a former chairman of Patrick Terminals, one of Australia’s leading container port stevedores.

He is a director and former chairman of Arc Infrastruc­ture, which owns and operates Western Australia’s bulk rail network, and a director and former chairman of Australasi­a’s largest farm-gate to port bulk logistics and stevedorin­g/transporta­tion company LINX Cargo Care Group.

LINX owns C3 Logistics, based in Tauranga, of which Jeff is a director. He is also a former director of Powerco Ltd and, in the early 2000s, was the company’s general manager of corporate developmen­t in New Plymouth.

During the past 12 years, he has held various senior executive roles at Brookfield Infrastruc­ture Group (Asia Pacific) in Sydney, including managing partner, vice-chairman, and chief operating officer. He is a senior adviser for Brookfield Infrastruc­ture Group’s activities in Australia and India.

Jeff says with a strong connection to Taranaki, and the port and logistics sectors, he was looking forward to helping guide Port Taranaki.

“We have a strong affinity with New Plymouth, as I was with Powerco for several years and we have a home and family here. I’ve had a corporate management career in infrastruc­ture, which has included governance of a number of port and port services entities around the world, and in the past few years I’ve also traversed logistics, commercial arrangemen­ts, business developmen­t, project management and corporate finance, so I consider myself a strong allrounder.”

He says he has something to offer with his background and experience.

Port Taranaki chairman Richard Krogh says he was pleased to have two directors with such broad experience join the Port Taranaki Board. “Jamie and Jeff’s knowledge, skills and connection­s across a range of sectors will be incredibly beneficial in helping guide our port as we seek opportunit­ies to drive our business forward and enhance our position as a key economic asset for the region.

“We look forward to Jamie and Jeff adding valuable insight and experience to our board and port.”

Graeme Marshall, who joined the board in 2014, was farewelled at its June meeting, while Peter Dryden, who joined in 2016 and is a former Port Taranaki Board chairman, will step down in September.

Richard thanked both for their contributi­on to Port Taranaki.

“Both Graeme and Peter have been valuable members . . . and have provided sound governance and leadership throughout a period of change . . .

“They have played key roles in helping Port Taranaki continue to be a successful and sustainabl­e business for our region, and we thank them and wish them well.”

Port Taranaki is owned by sole shareholde­r the Taranaki Regional Council.

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Photos/ Supplied New directors for Port Taranaki are Jamie Tuuta (left) and Jeff Kendrew.

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