Success is not individual – but collective

The scheme provides shareholders the opportunity to gain experience in the governance and management of Wakatū.

As our businesses get more complicated, it is vital that future Directors and Managers are equipped with the necessary commercial skills and understanding of the history and people of Te Tau Ihu. Associate Directors are appointed for two years – the first year on a Sector Board and the second on the Head Board.


The Board looks for applicants with business acumen and sound commercial or professional experience who are dedicated to contributing towards Wakatū’s ongoing development.

Applicants must be shareholders, descendants of shareholders, or members of a whanau trust holding Wakatū shares. The on-line form must be completed including a 500-word statement setting out reasons for wishing to be an Associate Director and vision for Wakatū Incorporation.

Associate Directorship online application form

Riria (Missy) Te Kanawa

14/16 Associate Director

Missy was appointed as our 2014-2016 Associate Director. A chartered accountant and business advisor with 18 years experience nationally and internationally, she has been recently asspointed to Te Huari Tika Trust – the Maori Radio Spectrum entity. Missy is a Director at KPMG in Christchurch. She will spend her first year on the Kono Board and her second year on the Wakatū Board.

James (Jim) McMillan

13/14 Associate Director

Jim comes to the Board with extensive knowledge and experience of the seafood and agricultural industries. He is currently CEO of a biological fertiliser company that focuses on improving the productivity of the land, while not only preserving but enhancing the environment. Jim resides in the rural town of Dannevirke with his wife Lee and teenage daughter Jamie and is of Te Ātiawa descent.