April 27, 2018
Maori input to primary sector advice
Representatives of two of the country’s most successful agribusiness enterprises have been appointed to the new Primary Sector Council, which will provide independent strategic advice to the Government on issues confronting the primary industries.
Puawai Wereta is general manager of sustainability and innovation at Tuaropaki Trust, which administers land and geothermal assets north of Taupo.
Miriana Stephens is a director of Nelson-based Wakatu Incorporation and also runs Aotahi, which develops and manages educational programmes.
The 15-member council will be haired by former Zespri chief executive Lain Jager.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says the group of 15 innovative leaders from across the sector will provide fresh thinking at a time when New Zealand’s primary sector is facing unprecedented levels of change.
He wants it to develop an overall vision and then work with each sector to develop individual strategic plans including sustainable development, future value creation, technological opportunities and how a focused and thriving primary sector can reinvigorate rural communities.
Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri says she hopes the council can address the opportunity that exists to lift productivity within the Maori agribusiness sector.
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