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Our Team

Board of Directors

Mark Ngata (Chair)

Mark represents Moana New Zealand and is of Ngāti Porou descent.  He has recently been appointed the General Manager of Inshore Fisheries at Moana New Zealand. He spent many years as the Chief Executive of Ngāti Porou Seafoods Group and is passionate about creating a sustainable seafood industry for future generations.

Mark is also Chairman at Joint Venture General Partner Ltd and a director at FMA2 Inshore Finfish Management Company Ltd, Tairawhiti Rock Lobster Industry Association Inc and ICP General Partner Ltd.

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Tom represents Ngāti Mutunga and is of Ngāti Mutunga descent. He runs his own consulting company, Toroa Strategy Ltd, offering advice to companies operating in a range of sectors. Previously, he was the General Manager of Strategy and Planning for Aotearoa Fisheries Limited. He has an intimate knowledge of the quota management system, an in-depth understanding of the fishing industry and a reputation for providing sound strategic and economic advice.  

Tom has held executive management positions in the Ministry of Fisheries and the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission and prior to this as a principal of the Corporate Finance Division at Ernst and Young, he provided financial advice to a range of primary production companies including those in the fishing industry.  

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Warwick Tauwhare-George (Director)

Warwick represents Parininihi ki Waitotara (PKW) and is of Ngāi Tahu descent. He joined PKW in October 2016 as the Incorporation Secretary and Chief Executive Officer and brings a strong commercial background that extends across a wide range of industries into PKW, key for growing and diversifying PKW into the future.

  

Warwick spent his early years in South Taranaki and his wife Cherie was born and raised in Coastal Taranaki where her whanau still live.  After working around the world in senior management and leadership positions Warwick and Cherie are pleased to return to Taranaki and raise their daughters under the Maunga.

 

Warwick is also a director at Ngai Tahu Farming Ltd.

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Dean Moana (Director)

Dean represents the Iwi Collective Partnership (ICP). He is also a director of the New Zealand Food & Beverage Group Ltd, Ngāti Porou Holding Company Ltd, and a trustee of Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou and Whangaokena ki Onepoto Kaitiaki Takutai Trust. He was previously Managing Director and Chair of Prepack Ltd, CEO of Prepared Foods Ltd and General Manager of Pacific Marine Farms Ltd. He also served as a director on the board of Ngāti Porou Seafoods Group Ltd, as Chair of Prepared Foods JV Ltd and as a director of the Paua Industry Council.

 

Dean is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration.

Management Team
Grant Absalom
Grant Absalom
Chief Executive

Grant is the current Chief Executive of Port Nicholson Fisheries and has been involved in the seafood industry since 1993, having worked at both Ngai Tahu Seafoods and Moana Seafoods prior to joining PNF. During this time, he has covered all phases of the seafood value chain – from catching and processing, through to exporting, marketing and compliance.

Grant is a consummate all-round leader with a practical hands-on background and believes the best way to get results and improve efficiencies is to get on the ground and work alongside his staff.

Richard Coleman (Contract Advisor)

Richard has spent most of his professional career in executive roles within Maori owned operational and investment sectors. He is currently a Partner at Koau Capital Partners and contracts to Port Nicholson Fisheries for strategy work.

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Hiro Minami
Marketing Manager

Hiro started with PNF more than 20 years ago, and has been with the company ever since. In his years at Port Nicholson, Hiro has worked across many parts of the business although he is now best known for leading our Sales activities.

Since becoming an iwi-owned business in 2012, PNF's export volumes have expanded more than five-fold. Hiro has overseen and nurtured this growth by cultivating long-lasting relationships with clients that still continue to get better.

 

Working with customers offshore and trading in a very perishable product, Hiro works odd hours, but in his spare time likes to restore motorcycles.

Jacinda Absalom
Jacinda Absalom
Compliance & ACE Manager

Jacinda has been with PNF for seven years and manages the ACE ( Annual Catch Entitlement), LFR (Licenced Fish Receiver) compliance and fisher relations.

 

Growing up on the Chatham Islands, Jacinda's career in the fishing industry began early. Her father, two uncles and a brother are all fishermen. Active in the industry for 35 years, her family operated a factory processing all manner of seafood and wetfish.

True to her roots, Jacinda most enjoys direct contact with fishers from around the country, fostering solid relationships with them that, along with our iwi partnerships, form such a vital part of PNF.

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Jeremy Little
Commercial Manager

Jeremy joined PNF in 2020 in the newly formed Commercial Manager role. Within this role, Jeremy has overall accountability for the Health & Safety, Human Resources, Compliance & ACE, and Finance portfolios.

 

Jeremy comes to the fishing industry after long stints in corporate finance and the construction industry. Jeremy brings with him an aptitude for revenue maximisation, team management and enjoyment through culture.

Louise Mangu
Louise Mangu
Health & Safety and HR Manager

Louise leads and supports Port Nicholson's kaimahi, ensuring a safe and productive workplace for us all while reducing risk for the business. 

 

Lou's approach to H&S and wellbeing is pragmatic, based on 14 years of shop floor experience in food safety, while also adhering to best practice in H&S and human resources.  

Louise holds a NZ Diploma in Business Level 4, National Certificate in Occupational H&S level 3.

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Mark Hones
Operations Manager

Mark became Operations lead at Port Nicholson in 2020 and brought with him his passion for the seafood industry and over forty years of experience in the sector.


Before joining PNF Mark was Ops Manager for one of Australia's largest oyster companies before which he had operational and management roles in the aquaculture sector.

Mark loves motorsports almost as much as he loves seafood and is a grandfather of three. 

Mike Underhill
Mike Underhill
Product & Marketing Manager

Mike joined PNF in 2020 and plays a key role in bolstering our ability to withstand market shocks such as Covid.

 

Before joining us he worked in major APAC export markets China, Hong Kong and Japan at research consultancies Kantar and Ipsos, specializing in market entry, brand development, media and analytics.

 

Mike is a father of three, a keen (but slow) trail runner and an aspiring speaker of te reo Māori.

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Te Ringa Te Awhe
Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive

Te Ringa is a descendant of Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Ngāti Rangi, Ngā Ruahine, and Ngāti Ruanui.

With a background in education he has had varying senior roles within central government, local government and iwi organisations. Te Ringa drives PNF's engagement with iwi limited partners, corporate communications, community outreach and special projects.

 

Te Ringa devotes most of his spare time to his whānau especially his mokopuna.

 

E rere kau mai te awa nui, mai i te kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa,  Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.

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Davina Wong
Corporate Accountant

Davina plays a key role to drive best practices in financial management and provide financial analysis.

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and comes to the fishing industry from an audit background.

Davina is an avid foodie, lover of dogs and an adventurer on the journey to complete all of NZ’s great walks.