Our Board

Miro is a Limited Partnership – governed by a General Partner named Hautupua GP Limited. The governing Board of Miro comprises specialist skills with expertise in law, indigenous business models, iwi and Māori governance, commerce and finance, horticultural management and export, technology innovation, Māori economic and community development, international marketing, and capital raising.

The elected members of our Board are:

 
 
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Rukumoana Schaafhausen, Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust (Chair)

Rukumoana is a commercial and property lawyer, and a Director and executive member on Regional Facilities Auckland Ltd, Te A lawyer, a director and an influential member of her iwi, Rukumoana Schaafhausen is renowned as a hard-working, principled “bridge builder” and a diverse thinker. Inspired by her tupuna (ancestors), Ruku has strived to make a difference beyond herself, and do what is right for the people of Aotearoa. Ruku is influenced by her Ngāti Haua ancestor Wiremu Tamihana, a leader largely responsible for establishing the Maori King movement in the mid-1800s, and she endeavours to emulate his qualities of peace-making, unity, strong values and faith in her own leadership journey. Indeed, Ruku’s strengths lie in working across corporates, communities and iwi to make positive social change for all of Aotearoa, and in championing young Maori women to become future leaders. She is now the chairperson of Te Arataura, the executive arm of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, the tribal authority representing the people of Waikato-Tainui.


Dr Riri Ellis, Tauranga Moana Miro LP

Riri is General Manager, Tukairangi Investments. Trustee/ Director, Ngāi Tukairangi Trust in Mount Maunganui - one of the largest Māori producers of export kiwifruit in NZ. Delegate for the Federation of Māori Authorities. Governance positions in the past and present include: iwi investment companies; Ministerial appointments to a Māori Economic Development Panel, Work & Income Advisory Panel and Local Government Efficiency Taskforce; and representing New Zealand Indigenous people in United Nations and Human Rights projects in the Philippines and Bangkok.

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Steve Saunders, Rockit Holdings Ltd

Steve has 32 years’ experience in the horticultural sector, international ventures, applied technology, environmental research & development, innovation and science. He is the founder, owner and Managing Director of the Plus Group of companies, specialising in horticulture and orchard management, pollen production, and robotics development via Robotics Plus Ltd, He is the Director of Priority One, Lincoln Hub, Agrigate, Rockit Global Limited, Tuhono Whenua Horticulture Ltd, and the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board, of “WNT Ventures” tech incubator and Planttech Regional Research Institute.


John Charleton, Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust

John is the CEO of Ngāti Rārua Ᾱtiawa Iwi Trust. He is a Chartered accountant with 25 years’ experience including 10 years working in leading international financial institutions in the UK, the US and Australia. He has a broad knowledge base of financial and operational experience from a wide range of industries – with strengths in communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills, and commercial developments.

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Debbie Ngarewa-Packer – CEO Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust

Debbie has 25 years senior management governance experience across commercial, not-for-profit, local government and Iwi. Specialising in emerging Maori development, she is Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui CEO, Ngati Ruanui Asset Holdings Company chair, a Director of Hautupua GP Limited (Miro Berries) and a Rockit Apples shareholder. She is a Director of Tui Ora Limited, Maori Enterprise Audit and Risk member, Economic Development Committee chair and a governance member overseeing Tapuae Roa Taranaki Regional Economic Development, and a Director of NZ largest social enterprise digital health network, Homecare Medical Ltd. She is an inaugural Indigenous Women’s Business Network member- part of the Indigenous Business Sector group and the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum. She is the award-winning Stratford Mountain House Tourism Operator and Taranaki Capital Partnerships Chair, an ex-South Taranaki District Deputy Mayor, was a long-standing member of the Government appointed Maori Economic Development Advisory Board and Local Government Efficiency Task Force. A champion for Rangatahi development, Debbie is the founder of youth Steam and Innovation programme 2Nuicode.


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Bob spent his executive career in various roles within the New Zealand dairy industry, working for Fonterra Co-operative Group, the New Zealand Dairy Board and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute. He held a number of global leadership roles for Fonterra including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, ingredients sales and marketing and innovation. He also held regional leadership roles in the Middle East, Hong Kong and China and was on the senior leadership team of both the New Zealand Dairy Board and Fonterra.

Bob is a director of Kiwirail Holdings and Westland Milk Products; Chair of Gibb Holdings Ltd; a director of BioVittoria Ltd and a member of the Investment Committee of Oriens Capital Private Equity Fund. He Chairs High Value Nutrition, one of the National Science Challenges, and the Avocado Primary Growth Partnership. He is past Chair of The Mud House Wine Group and has been a director of Sealord Group, Barker Fruit Processors Ltd, a number of New Zealand dairy industry-good organisations, and various Fonterra subsidiaries and joint ventures in Europe and Asia.


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Lain Jager

Lain is best known for his role as Chief Executive Officer of Zespri from 2008-2017. He led and transformed the Zespri group from an exporter of New Zealand kiwifruit to a business that is now well positioned to develop kiwifruit related IP and to leverage that IP globally. He is a proven leader in strategy, business transformation, marketing and innovation management, international business, supply chain and human resources; especially in horticulture, agribusiness and food and beverage. Lain was nominated NZ Business Leader of the year in 2015, and awarded top Agribusiness Communicator in 2017. In 2018 he was appointed chairman of the government’s 15 person Primary Sector Council. Lain now holds a number roles providing strategic advice to CEOs.

Our MANAGEMENT TEAM

LIZ TE AMO - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Prior to joining Miro, Liz was Executive Director at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), responsible for leading the national Crown-Māori economic development strategy and partnership. Throughout a 17-year career in the public sector with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and ten years in the private sector, she has dedicated her career to growing New Zealand businesses internationally, with a specific focus on growing Māori exporters, leadership and economic development. Liz has lived and worked in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the USA and Australia.  Her roles at NZTE included developing the Māori business strategy, running major projects across China, Japan, Korea, and regional development. Liz has also worked on major events such as Shanghai World Expo, Rugby World Cup, and America’s Cup. Liz whakapapa’s to Te Arawa - Waitaha, Tūhourangi, Tapuika, Ngāti Moko.

Ben and Heidi Rosewarne – Orchard Operations Leads

Ben and Heidi Rosewarne are the husband and wife berry specialist team responsible for development and management of the Miro-Meihana Koata LP Farm. They have 17 years’ experience growing a diversified portfolio of berries as owner-operators, most recently of Blueberry Corner – a successful Whakatane based berry business they recently sold. They are experienced in growing, harvesting, packing and retailing berries, including blueberries. Prior to Blueberry Corner, Ben had a career in farming and forestry and Heidi was a registered nurse. They have lived and worked near Te Teko for over 17 years providing employment and training to the local community.

Nick Lawrence – GM Finance

Nick joined Beca in the FP & A team in 2004 and gained his CA qualification while completing an Honours degree in Economics from AUT.  He moved to the UK and began a role with Heinz in London in 2007 beginning  the Financial Accounting function and graduating to the Financial Accounting Manager role.  In 2011 he moved into the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager role responsible for reporting and planning, budgets and strategic planning.   During his time in this role, he was also involved with a major business transformation which included the setting up of a European hub in the Netherlands and management of treasury and currency implications. In 2015 Nick moved back to NZ with his family and  joined Opac in the role of CFO leading a team of 13 people in finance and 3 in IT until joining Miro in 2018.

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