Tina Porou

Across boardroom or negotiating tables, Tina always brings a determined passion and focus to ensure the people and communities she serves are supported to achieve their objectives – whether it’s establishing affordable housing or kaumātua flats at her marae, Hirangi in Turangi; spearheading initiatives in environmental management; or managing multi-million dollar budgets and developing sustainability protocols for one of the country’s top 10 listed companies.

She has aptitude for taking complex ideas and simplifying them so that everyone involved is on the same page. She can smoothly bring together a meeting of minds from government, lobbyists and iwi.

In environmental issues, Tina excels in building strong teams that make headway. She is also passionate about commercial growth for Maori – to build jobs, not just balance sheets – and finding innovative ways to accomplish that.

At Contact Energy, her role was to establish the company’s sustainability movement to drive performance and efficiency across the business. In her previous roles of leadership, she was the environmental manager of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board, nurturing assets like the bed of Lake Taupō, its rivers and tributaries; and the general manager of the Te Arawa Iwi River Trust, where she worked to improve the health of the Waikato River.

During her time as the acting chief executive of Ngati Porou Whanui Forests on the East Coast, she managed 8000ha of forest for Ngati Porou landowners and 2000ha for the crown.

Tina now holds a range of governance roles including trustee of the Lake Taupo Forest Trust, a position on the NZ Data Futures Partnership and the Pahiitaua Farm Committee.

Dealing with the complexities of Maori organisations and corporate bodies has grown her understanding of what drives those entities in developing and protecting their assets. That experience has helped Tina to develop a strong leadership style that is firmly grounded in her identity and cultural values, but also infused with expert knowledge.

Tina has recently left Contact Energy and has founded Poipoia, a company delivering ecosystem services through a Maori lens of sustainability. She is a technical advisor for the Iwi Leaders Group on Natural Resources and works closely with Te Runanga o Ngati Porou on environmental matters.