WakaNZ Speakers

We are delighted with the quality and breadth of speakers that came together to share their thoughts and insights at this national workshop. The WakaNZ workshop programme can be found here. A brief bio of each speaker can be found by clicking on their name.


Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO , Governor-General.

Sir David Gascoigne KNZM, CBE .

Gabriel Makhlouf , Secretary and Chief Executive,
The New Zealand




Hon Tracey Martin , Minister for Children, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Seniors and Associate Minister of Education.

Jan Logie , Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence). Spokesperson for Social Development, Workplace Relations, Te Tiriti, ACC, Rainbow Issues, and Senior Citizens.

Hon Te Ururoa Flavell


Dr Richard Lum founder and Chief Executive of Vision Foresight Strategy.

Trevor Moeke , Principal Advisor on Crown-Māori Capability at New Zealand Treasury.

Dr Carwyn Jones , senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.

Wendy McGuinness , founder and Chief Executive of the McGuinness Institute.

Jason Ake , Senior Analyst (Māori Engagement) at the New Zealand Treasury.

Gerrard Albert , Chairperson of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui.

Potaua Biasiny-Tule , Te Tatau o Te Arawa.

Neavin Broughton , Cultural Engagement Facilitator, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke.

Te Aopare Dewes , Senior Associate at Chapman Tripp.

Donna Flavell , Chief Executive of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc.

Ivan Kwok , Former Principal Advisor at The New Zealand Treasury.

Matanuku Mahuika , Director at Eastland Group and founding partner of Kahui Legal.       

Kirikaiahi Mahutariki , Executive Manager, Māori Financial Solutions, ASB Bank.        

Mark McGuinness , Managing Director of Willis Bond & Co.

Sacha McMeeking , Co-Director of Māui Lab and Founding Partner of of Tū Māia.

Tim Ng , Deputy Secretary, Chief Economic Adviser at The New Zealand Treasury.

Rachel Robson , Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury.

Fiona Ross , Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Corporate and Shared Services at The New Zealand Treasury. 

 Pat Snedden

Dave Taylor , Ngāi Tahu Cultural Tourism Consultant.

Julia Whaipooti , senior advisor at the Children’s Commission and spokesperson for JustSpeak.

Chris White , Director (Commercial, Infrastructure and Housing) at The New Zealand Treasury.


Dame Patsy grew up in the Waikato and graduated from Victoria University with an LLM (First Class Honours). Before becoming Governor-General, she had a career in law, business, and the public sector.

Dame Patsy was the first female partner in the law firm Watts and Patterson. She spent 11 years at Brierley Investments, and co-founded Active Equities Limited. Dame Patsy had governance roles at several leading New Zealand companies.

Her public sector work has included work on pay equity, and reviews of New Zealand Intelligence and Security and the performance of several government agencies. She also acted as Chief Crown Negotiator of Treaty Settlements for Tauranga Moana and Te Toko Toru.

Dame Patsy’s passion for the arts is reflected in her past governance roles at the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, the Victoria University Foundation, the Victoria University Art Collection Trust, the Spark Art Trust, the Wellington Jazz Festival Trust, the Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and the New Zealand Film Archive.

As Governor-General, Dame Patsy’s focus is on support for the arts, innovation, cultural diversity and initiatives that support sustainability and the environment.

Dame Patsy is married to Sir David Gascoigne.

Sir David is married to the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy. His role is to support her in the performance of her duties.

Sir David grew up in Blenheim. He attended Springlands School, then went on to Marlborough College, where he was Dux. He graduated from Victoria University with a Masters degree in Law.

Sir David was a partner and Chair of the law firm Watts & Patterson, which became Minter Ellision Rudd Watts. He has also served as a director of many New Zealand companies including as Chair of Transpower NZ, PSIS, (subsequently the Cooperative Bank), Mitsubishi Motors NZ, State Insurance and as Deputy Chair of NZ Post.

Sir David has been heavily involved with the arts, serving as Chair of the NZ Federation of Film Societies, the NZ Film Commission, the NZ International Festival of the Arts, the NZ Film Production Fund Trust and New Zealand Opera. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, as a Trustee of the National Art Gallery Council and as a Board Member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

In 2005, he was Chair of the Rugby World Cup 2011 Bid Advisory Committee, which prepared and oversaw the successful bid for hosting the Rugby World Cup tournament in New Zealand in 2011. He has subsequently acted in an advisory role to NZ Rugby. He has also acted as an advisor to the Auditor General of New Zealand.

He held office as Judicial Conduct Commissioner from 2009 to 2015.

Sir David was awarded a CBE for services to film in 1988. He received a Knighthood (KNZM) for services to the arts and business 2009.

Gabriel Makhlouf is the Secretary to the Treasury. He is the Government’s chief economic and financial adviser, and leads the Treasury’s work to help raise living standards for New Zealanders through a stable, growing economy and a high-performing public service.

Gabriel’s career was previously in the United Kingdom civil service where his responsibilities ranged from policy development on domestic and international tax and welfare policy issues through to large-scale, customer-focused, operational delivery. He was Chair of the world’s main tax rule-making body – the Committee on Fiscal Affairs – at the OECD in Paris between 2000 and 2004, and was also responsible for the UK’s Government Banking Service. He served as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. 

Gabriel has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Exeter and a Master’s degree (MSc) in Industrial Relations from the University of Bath, and is an alumnus of international business school INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. The son of a United Nations official, Gabriel grew up in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and speaks French and Greek. He is married with one adult son.

Tracey was first elected to Parliament as a New Zealand First list MP based in Warkworth, in 2011. Passionate about opportunities for youth employment, Tracey and her electorate staff have worked with local businesses, schools, ITOs and government departments to create the Business Linked Internship Scheme.

Tracey has been a member of the Education and Science Select Committee and had her member’s bill, Social Services (Orphans and Unsupported Children’s Clothing Allowance) Amendment Bill, passed with unanimous support at first reading and returned to the House from select committee with a recommendation that it pass into law.

A great believer in giving back to the community, Tracey spent the majority of her pre-parliament time on parent based fund-raising and volunteer committees for Mahurangi Kindergarten, Warkworth Primary School and Mahurangi College. Tracey was elected to Warkworth Primary School Board of Trustees,  and the Board of Trustees of Mahurangi College. During that time, Tracey was the fulltime at-home caregiver for her and Ben’s three children. She previously worked as the Credit Controller at Chapman, Tripp, Sheffield Young.

Jan’s Southland childhood established her deep connection with the beauty of an untouched environment.  But it was the impact of the economic reforms of the 1980s that led her toward people-oriented work, giving a voice to those who often go unheard.

Jan worked for Women’s Refuge, the New Zealand University Students’ Association, the YWCA and numerous other social causes before entering Parliament in 2011.  She also has a proud history as a volunteer - for Youthline, HELP Sexual Abuse Crisis Line, Wellington Rape Crisis Board and others. 

Combining her big picture thinking with her experience of helping individuals personally gives Jan a uniquely caring and practical political perspective.

In Parliament she has been a champion for people and families affected by domestic and sexual violence.  She initiated a select committee inquiry into funding for specialist sexual abuse and social services, and her Workplace Protection Bill is designed to protect victims and reduce the significant economic impact of domestic violence. 

Jan made global headlines when she was detained in Sri Lanka while highlighting human rights abuses to which the Government had turned a blind eye. 

Jan wants to see the way we practice politics change to strengthen faith in our democracy. She believes that public engagement and greater transparency are central to trust in both the system and our politicians.

Dr Richard Kaipo Lum is the founder and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy, which offers a range of foresight-based services. His book 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight was published in 2016. He is an academically trained futurist with a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘is Alternative Futures Program. He specialises in foresight and strategy development, planning implementation, political design and constitution making in the 21st century. He lives in Honolulu.

Trevor (Ngāti Kahungunu) has been at the Treasury for almost two years and leads the Crown-Maori capability work programme. He has previously been the Deputy Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri and is currently a Director of Kahungunu Asset Holdings Company.

Carwyn (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds undergraduate degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests are the Treaty of Waitangi and indigenous legal traditions. Before joining the Faculty of Law in 2006, Carwyn worked in a number of different roles at the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, and the Office of Treaty Settlements. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press, July 2016). He is also the co-editor of the Māori Law Review and maintains a blog, Ahi-kā-roa, on legal issues affecting Māori and other indigenous peoples. Carwyn was a negotiator for his iwi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, for the recently agreed settlement of their historical claims.

Wendy McGuinness is the founder and chief executive of the McGuinness Institute. Wendy has studied at Manukau Technical Institute (NZCC), University of Auckland (BCom), University of Otago (MBA), Massey University (a range of environmental papers) and Harvard (Executive Programme on Driving Corporate Performance). In 2009 she became a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession and service to the community. She prepared the 1988 report Implementation of Accrual Accounting for Government Departments for the New Zealand Treasury. Wendy has worked in both the public and private sectors specialising in public sector reporting, risk management and future studies. In 2004 she established the Institute as a way of contributing to New Zealand’s long-term future. Since then she has, with her team, published a range of reports under the title Project 2058, written the book Nation Dates: Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand and attended four World Futures conferences.

Read Wendy's Whakapapa (1,156KB PDF) or resume (25KB PDF).

Jason Ake is leading Māori Engagement within the Treasury’s Transactions unit (social housing).  He has spent the past four years consulting within the private and public sectors and assisting those organisations to engage more effectively with Māori/Iwi based institutions.  In recent years he has worked with MFAT (TPPA), Ministry of Education (Update to the Education Act), MPI (Plantation Forestry regime rights), Greater Wellington Regional Council (Māori/Iwi engagement).  He has also assisted Mobil Oil NZ on various projects as well as a number of other private sector organisations. Jason was also a senior member of the executive team at Crown Forestry Rental Trust having led key aspects of the CNI settlement.  He was acting Chief Executive at various stages and led the strategic relationships between the organisation and Iwi/Crown entities.  Previous to that he spent time working in the Office of the Prime Minister and assisted various other ministers with the bulk of this time focussed on the Crown Māori relationship.  Jason is a trained journalist with experience in both mainstream and Māori media organisations.


Gerrard Albert is the Chair of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, the post-settlement governance body for Whanganui Iwi for the purpose of the Whanganui River Settlement.

He had a lead role in the Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown in relation to the Wai 167 Whanganui River Claim, which culminated in the signing of Ruruku Whakatupua, the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement. 

In addition, he has more than 20 years working experience on environmental and resource management issues relating to Whanganui Iwi and the Whanganui River. Gerrard's first point of reference in all things is the Whanganui River and he has an intimate understanding of the tikanga and kawa of Whanganui Iwi relating to the River. It is those tikanga and kawa which form the foundation for the Te Awa Tupua arrangements in the River Settlement.

Potaua Biasiny-Tule is a member of Te Tatau o Te Arawa, a partnership between Te Arawa iwi and the Rotorua Lakes Council.

Kia ora
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Patea, ko Kapuni nga awa
Nō ngā iwi o Taranaki ki te Tonga au
Nō ngā whānau Broughton, Whareaitu, Robinson me Ngaia au
Ko Neavin Broughton ahau

Neavin is the Cultural Engagement Facilitator at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke and manages the delivery of all cultural engagement activities such as mihi whakatau at Te Wharewaka.  He has a real passion for education and has been heavily involved in the development of their education in schools programme called Kura Ahurea.  Alongside this initiative he often facilitates corporate education workshops to businesses, and departments in central and local government tailoring programmes to client needs.  If you are interested in tailoring something for your business then Neavin can help you to design something that suits.

Tip from Neavin: Come along ready with questions about Māori: culture, food, housing, clothing, transport, language, customs etc. We love answering questions.

Bachelor of Arts (Māori & Education)
Kāpunipuni Reo
Hōpuapua Reo

Te Aopare specialises in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on structuring and general commercial advice for iwi, Māori landowners and private equity clients. Te Aopare advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including general contracting, governance advice and structuring and, in particular, advising joint ventures and clients who are buying, selling and investing in businesses. She has also appeared before the Māori Land Court. Te Aopare is from Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Rangitihi; is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and is a member of Chapman Tripp’s Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture.

Donna Flavell is the Chief Executive of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc, the iwi organisation for Waikato-Tainui.

Donna has worked in various roles for Waikato-Tainui since the raupatu settlement as a graduate through to leading the team that provided technical and administrative support to the co-negotiators for the Waikato River Claim, and subsequent settlement with the Crown. To see the realisation of the Waikato River Settlement in 2008 (and subsequent review in 2009) was a personal achievement.

Donna has also spent some time on secondment between 2013-2016 at Te Ruunanga o Ngaai Tahu as the General Manager, Strategy and Influence where she held key responsibilities for providing regular advice on external relationships, strategy development, claims protection and engagement with central government across a range of portfolios.

Donna is also the Chair of the Freshwater Iwi Advisors Group, who collectively are currently engaging with the New Zealand Government on freshwater management policy and law reform. The key objective is addressing iwi rights and interests in freshwater, with a focus on developing a range of mechanisms for iwi to access water for economic development.

Donna holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Waikato. She has attended executive education programmes at Banff University and The Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Retired recently from Treasury after 41 years service many of which were as Treasury Solicitor then as a Principal Advisor, also short term secondments to the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Close involvement with Treaty of Waitangi issues from 1986 including litigation and Treaty Settlements.

Matanuku (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa) is a lawyer who has been in corporate and private practice since 1991. Prior to establishing Kahui Legal, Matanuku was a partner at Walters Williams & Co and in-house counsel at the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. He also worked for a number of years at Simpson Grierson, one of New Zealand’s large commercial law firms.

Matanuku has a wide range of experience acting for iwi and other Māori organisations. This has included acting on a wide range of commercial matters, Treaty of Waitangi settlements and the establishment of organisations to receive Treaty settlement and fisheries assets.  He is the principal legal adviser for Ngāti Porou on foreshore and seabed issues and was one of Ngāti Porou’s Treaty settlement negotiators.

Matanuku is a former President of the Māori Law Society. He is a former Chairman of Sealord – one of New Zealand’s largest fishing companies – and is the current Chairman of the Ngāti Porou Holding Company Limited – the company that oversees Ngāti Porou’s commercial interests. He is also a director of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, the New Zealand Merino Company and the Eastland Group of companies.

Matanuku chaired the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 Review Panel, is a current member of New Zealand Geographic Board and chairs the LINZ Business with Maori Advisory Board. He was also a member of the former arts funding body, Te Waka Toi, which was attached to the New Zealand Arts Council, and the former Rugby World Cup Authority, which was established to deal with consenting issues associated with the 2011 Rugby World Cup. At the start of 2016 he was the patron of Police training wing 296.

Matanuku was born in Te Puia Springs and attended school in Wellington, Tikitiki, and Gisborne. He has returned to live in Gisborne in late 2012 after more than 20 years away at University then working in Wellington. He is married to Tiana and has three children, two sons aged 21 and 9, and a daughter aged 5.

Kirikaiahi is of Te Arawa, Mataatua, Tongareva (Cook Islands) and Tahitian descent. She has over 19 years of commercial experience in the private sector. She is a lawyer with 17 years PQE, and over that time she has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax consultant, Kahui Legal practicing law and is now working in the banking and finance industry at ASB Bank.


At PricewaterhouseCoopers Kirikaiahi advised on a wide range of taxation and related compliance and structural matters for various global and multi-national organisations across a range of industries, small to medium enterprises, and high net-worth individuals.


At Kahui Legal she acted on a wide range of matters including appearing in several claims before the Waitangi Tribunal. Kirikaiahi has extensive experience advising on a number of settlement negotiations, and the establishment, structuring and restructuring of mandated iwi organisations, post-settlement governance entities and other legal entities. Kirikaiahi also advised on trust matters, wills and administration matters, and commercial matters including the development of Māori land. Kirikaiahi has also advised the Cook Island government in exchanges with the Kiingitanga and Māori Commercial interests.


At ASB Kirikaiahi assists in leading, developing and executing ASB’s Corporate, Commercial and Rural’s Māori Strategy for business growth and long term sustainable relationships. A key focus is business development and growth.


Kirikaiahi is a founding member and alumni of the Advancement of Māori Opportunity (2003), a values-based leadership programme.  Appointed to the Judiciary Committee for Wellington Rugby League in 2008 Kirikaiahi was Chair of the Judiciary from 2010 to 2016. Kirikaiahi is also a founding member of the Charities Registration Board (2012-2015), an alumnus of the 2015 Global Women BreakThrough Leaders Programme, and a board member on VSA (Volunteer Services Abroad), VSA Foundation (investment arm) and Women in Sport Aotearoa.  

Mark is Managing Director of Willis Bond & Co, which he co-founded in 1988. He has over 30 years’ experience in real estate investment, development, funds management and private equity.

Willis Bond has been responsible for a number of development projects including the Chews Lane Precinct, One Market Lane and Clyde Quay Wharf developments in Wellington.

Current projects in Auckland include the Wynyard Quarter residential development and housing at Hobsonville Point. In Wellington projects include a new Polytechnic in Cuba St, the new PWC Centre on Wellington Waterfront and the Convention Centre and film museum opposite Te Papa.

Mark is also the chairman of Donaghy’s Limited, a trustee of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, a member of the Welnix consortium which owns the Phoenix Football Club and is a trustee of St Patrick’s College Board of Proprietors. He and his wife also fund the McGuinness Institute, a not for profit think tank, focused on long term issues facing New Zealand.

Sacha has tried her hand at a few things, loving each one in turn and driven by an enduring commitment to creating a better tomorrow. She started with international human rights advocacy, gained a Master of Laws with first class honours and then taught in the School of Law at the University of Canterbury. She was drawn out of academia to work on behalf of her Iwi Ngāi Tahu to help shape the post Settlement Treaty partnership with the Crown as the General Manager Strategy and Influence. In 2010 Sacha was fortunate to be awarded the Fulbright Harkness Fellowship, which she used to develop kaupapa Māori commercial decision making tools and connect with social entrepreneurs. Returning from the US convinced that entrepreneurship has a critical role in social transformation, Sacha explored ways to support entrepreneurship in all its forms co-founding the Ministry of Awesome in Christchurch and then having the privilege of co-designing the South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency which embraced entrepreneurship as a  tool to remedy intergenerational disadvantage.  In 2015 she took on the role as Head of School at Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury.  She has established a social enterprise within the School, the Māui Lab, launched a new post graduate programme in Māori leadership and grown the School to historic highs in terms of student numbers.  Sacha is also a partner in Tū Māia which designs and delivers  kaupapa Māori programmes in entrepreneurship and transformative leadership.  In 2017 she appeared as a futurist on the What Next? TVNZ programme hosted by Nigel Latta and John Campbell, reflecting her research passions in the area of futures, Māori development, entrepreneurship and innovation. She’s valued the opportunity to have a number of governance roles.  Sacha is always fossicking for opportunities that create more good in the world.

Tim Ng is the Treasury's Chief Economic Adviser. As a Deputy Secretary he is responsible for leading the development of the Treasury's economic capability, which underpins its work to raise living standards for all New Zealanders by promoting sustainable, inclusive economic growth and a stable macroeconomic environment. 

A macroeconomist by training, Tim has extensive international experience as a thought leader on monetary, fiscal and financial system policy. His work has been published in a range of professional and academic journals.

Prior to his time at the Treasury, Tim was a manager and economist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and a member of the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy and financial stability advisory committees. Tim has also worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the ANZ Bank.

In addition to his training in economics, Tim has a biochemistry degree.

I have worked in the Treasury for over ten years in different policy roles. Issues I’ve worked closely on range from how to improve Māori education outcomes, to how to resolve Māori rights and interests in freshwater, and options for devolving greater responsibility for social welfare to Ngai Tūhoe.  I supported the Whanganui River, Waikato River and Central North Island Forest Lands Treaty settlement negotiations. Currently I am working with a number of other government departments thinking about ‘where next’ for Crown-Māori relationships, now so many iwi have settled their historical grievances with the Crown. Before joining the Treasury I worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and was a policy manager in the Māori Health Directorate in the Ministry of Health.  I am from Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga.  I am one of five sisters, have brought up five tamariki and have five mokopuna.

Fiona has been at Treasury since 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer she helps to raise living standards by ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation. This includes leading the Corporate and Shared Services and the Director group that runs the Treasury.

Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in the public service, with particular expertise in state sector reform. After initial positions at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Fiona joined the Treasury as a senior policy analyst in 2000. In 2002 she moved to the UK where she held various roles in the civil service, including leading major change initiatives focused on efficiency gains and service improvements. Fiona returned to the Treasury to lead the Better Public Services Programme, the government’s flagship programme to improve outcomes for New Zealanders.

Fiona holds an Honours degree in Arts and a Master’s degree in Public Policy, both from Victoria University of Wellington. She has been actively involved with a number of not-for-profit groups focused on the issues of sexual abuse and women’s sport and fitness.

Dave (Ngāi Tahu, Rakiura Māori) is currently embarking on a new career focused on assisting organisations integrate Tikanga and Te Reo Māori into their business.

He has a background in conservation leadership having graduated in Parks and Recreation Management at Lincoln University. A more than thirty year career with the Department of Conservation followed. This included a role dedicated to building staff capability around Treaty of Waitangi and Settlement responsibilities.

In other capacities, Dave is a Māori land trustee and has has served on his rūnaka executive. He is passionate about and active in the natural world and believes strongly in strengthening and normalising traditional kaitiakitaka. Annually he travels to the islands adjacent to Rakiura and harvests tītī.    

Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou) is a passionate advocate for systemic change. She is a Senior Advisor at the Children’s Commission and spokesperson for Justspeak. She sees many of the issues within our criminal justice system as reflecting the social justice failures in broader society. Julia believes in the power of young people’s experiences and voices to be visionary, hopeful and impatient for change. She has been involved in the Community Law movement over the past 8 years as a volunteer, advocate, lawyer and National Māori Co-ordinator. She is the proudest aunty to five and imagines an Aotearoa where they, future generations and all children have the equal chance to imagine and to reach their potential.

Chris joined the Treasury in 2002 and has held a number of roles in the commercial area. He is the Director responsible for two groups – Commercial Operations, and Infrastructure and Housing. Commercial Operations oversees the performance of the Crown's portfolio of commercial and financial assets and leads the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) programme. It also provides commercial advice on transactions and company restructurings. Infrastructure and Housing comprises the National Infrastructure Unit, the housing policy team and the asset transfer programme for social houses as part of the government’s Social Housing Reform Programme.

In 2009 Chris was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he provided economic and fiscal policy advice to the Prime Minister, including on the budget, the 2010 tax reform package, the collapse of South Canterbury Finance and other finance companies, and the development of the Mixed Ownership Model policy. Subsequent to that, Chris led the Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) of Meridian and Genesis and the sell-down of 20 percent of Air New Zealand. He has led a number of significant engagements with Māori on the opportunities and challenges arising from sale or transfer of Crown assets, including developing a mechanism for yet-to-settle iwi to participate in the electricity company share sales programme.

Chris holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Leeds. Early in his working life Chris was a professional actor, later merging his creative and business acumen in the worlds of PR and advertising.