Paul is Wakatū Incorporation's Chairman and has been a Board member since 1986. Paul holds a number of commercial directorships and has also been a member of various Government appointed advisory groups and industry initiative groups. Paul is a member of the Audit & Risk and HR Committees and is Chair of the Kono Board. Paul is of Ngāti Rārua and Te Māhurehure descent.
James Wheeler, Deputy Chairman
James chairs the HR Committee and is a Director on the Kono Board. He was the Chief Executive of Tohu Wines for over a decade and has contributed to the recognition and growth of the brand in New Zealand and internationally. James has a background in Human Resource management. He lives in Lower Hutt where he is also a Justice of the Peace. James is of Te Ātiawa descent.
Pat (Rore) Stafford
Rore is a member of the HR Committee and Manaaki Board, as well as the Board Kaumatua, which requires him to represent the Board and owners at various hui throughout Te Tau Ihu and Aotearoa. Rore resides in Maniapoto and is actively involved in local Marae committees. He is of Ngāti Rārua, Kinohaku, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Maniapoto descent.
Russell (Barney) Thomas
Barney is the local Iwi Manager for the Department of Conservation and resides in Nelson. He is a Director on the Whenua Board and Chairs the Manaaki Board. Barney is of Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa and Ngāi Tahu descent.
Johnny is a previous Associate Director of Wakatū. He sits on the Audit & Risk and Human Resources Committees, and is a Director on the Kono Board. Johnny’s professional qualifications include a Masters in Education Research. He lives in Wellington and is Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand. Johnny is of Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rārua descent.
Miriana was previously an Associate Director and Scholarship recipient of the Incorporation. Miriana is a Director on the Whenua Board, the Wawata Board (which oversees a JV relationship with ENZA), and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand History and a Law Degree, majoring in Commercial Law. Miriana holds external directorships in a public and private capacity. Miriana was born and raised in Motueka and is of Ngāti Rārua, Ngāiterangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent.
Jeremy is a previous Associate Director of Wakatū. He has an Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Otago and his commercial experience includes running and growing software businesses. Jeremy is of Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne and Ngāti Kuia descent.