Te Puoho (TP) Katene

Te Puoho (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tama) spent 10 years working in New Zealand government, advising on prominent policy issues such as fisheries management, regional economic development and freshwater reform. In 2011 he received the Global Fisheries Scholarship to train in Japan with multinational seafood corporation NISSUI.

He is an associate director for Wakatū Incorporation, a whānau business managing over $188 million worth of assets on behalf of 4,000 Māori tribal owners. He serves on the boards of Wakatū’s subsidiaries, including Kono NZ, New Zealand’s No. 77-ranked food and beverage company, and Manaaki, tasked with reinvesting profits in the cultural revitalization and social well-being of the owners.

Te Puoho was the 2017 recipient of the Fulbright – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga graduate award is a 2018 Sloan Fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business (Master of Science in Management). He achieved a Certificate of Public Management and Social Innovation, enriching his business school experience with a focus on social enterprise, impact investment, philanthropic innovation and maximising the social impact of for-profit businesses.

Te Puoho’s aspiration is to enable Māori businesses and tribal organisations to pursue holistic prosperity through building bespoke business models that allow tribal organisations to incorporate non-financial (cultural) value into their strategic decision making. He is committed to the pursuit of Māori self-determination through economic emancipation.