October 13, 2020
Miraka CEO heading to new pastures
The chief executive of Miraka is moving on after a decade of heading the Māori-owned milk processing company.
Richard Wyeth was the Taupo company's first employee and has overseen growth to more than 140 employees producing 240 million UHT units and 35,000 metric tonnes of powdered milk a year, with a turnover of more than $250m.
Miraka chair Kingi Smiler says his approach embodied the values of Miraka's founders, ensuring core business decisions were based on kaitiakitanga, integrity, innovation and tikanga.
Mr Wyeth says Miraka's response to the COVID pandemic, keeping production lines running and staff employed, gave him confidence he is leaving the organisation in good hands.
He says establishing a Māori-owned company in a competitive sector like dairy was challenging, but it showed it was possible to make world-leading dairy products using renewable geothermal energy while looking after the land, the people, and the community.
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