Venture Taranaki Trust, the regional development agency for the Taranaki region, has welcomed the appointment of Steve Maharey, Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua and David Downs to its Board of Trustees, following the approval of the Trust’s owners New Plymouth District Council.

“These appointments recognise the momentum and diversity of the Taranaki economy, and the immense potential the region holds,” says Trust Chair Robin Brockie.
Steve Maharey CNZM is the Vice Chancellor of Massey University, and previously a Member of Parliament, holding numerous Ministerial portfolios. Steve holds governance roles across a number of educational, innovation and growth-focused organisations.
Hinerangi strengthens the Trust’s links to the region’s Māori economy and rural industries through her position of Chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara Inc, and brings strong governance experience across a range of regional and national entities, and extensive financial management expertise.
Champion of innovation David Downs worked with Microsoft before joining New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. He is also an author on the subject of innovative thinking and Kiwi ingenuity.
“In welcoming Steve, Hinerangi and David to the Board, the Trust strengthens its connections with the region’s Māori, rural, knowledge and innovation economies, and positions both Venture Taranaki and the Taranaki region incredibly strongly as we look towards the future.”
“The calibre of these appointments reinforces the strength of Venture Taranaki and its success in driving regional growth, and will ensure that the Trust remains effective and relevant to the people, businesses and industries of Taranaki, and can continue to facilitate regional growth.”
The new members join existing Board members Robin Brockie (Chair), global hospitality management company Swiss-Belhotel International owner Gavin Faull, Methanex Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Logistics, Vanessa James, TSB Bank Chief Executive Kevin Murphy, and Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa Jamie Tuuta.
The Trust was New Zealand’s first combined economic development agency and regional tourism organisation and is a Council-Controlled Organisation of the New Plymouth District Council. The Trust receives funding from a wide range of central and local government and philanthropic sources.
Steve and Hinerangi will formally join the Board at the Annual General Meeting on 4 October 2016, while David will join at a future date.