Mavis Mullins

Mavis Mullins
A recent inductee to the NZ Business Hall of Fame, Mavis brings a wealth of business and governance experience to the board. Elected in 2007, she has presided as Chair since 2012 which is testament to her vision and leadership. Mavis believes that effective governance and engaged shareholders are fundamental to achieving Awhi’s strategic purpose of toitū te whenua, toitū te tangata, toitū te mana (productive land, prosperous people, passionate customers). Day-to-day, Mavis can be found running her Dannevirke dairy farm together with her husband, Koropiko.

Dr Rāwiri Tinirau

Dr Rāwiri Tinirau
Rāwiri joined the Awhi board in 2017, following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Meterei Tinirau, a past member and Chair. As a child, Rāwiri listened to his Koro discussing Ātihau-Whanganui matters. Later, Rāwiri received grants and scholarships supported by Awhi, which culminated in his doctoral study examining tikanga Māori in a business setting. Rāwiri has served on the boards of numerous trusts and organisations. He brings an awareness of whānau, hapū and iwi priorities as well as an understanding of Māori and corporate governance.

Shar Amner

Shar Amner
Creating strong connections to engage, empower and enable forms the basis of Shar's leadership style. He brings strong strategic strengths to the board, underpinned by extensive commercial experience, particularly in the mānuka honey industry where he is General Manager at Te Tumu Mīere, a mānuka honey organisation established to provide transparent returns to Māori landowners. Shar is also the chairman of the Ngāti Rangi Trust. Father of two, Shar strives to represent shareholders while being a stalwart kaitiaki of the whenua.

Dr Tiwha Puketapu

Dr Tiwha Puketapu
Tiwha is positive about the ability of Awhi to improve farming productivity while growing the health of the land, skills of staff and benefits to shareholders. Tiwha is particularly passionate about helping whānau achieve their personal aspirations and supports marae, social, cultural and well-being activities. With a background of governance and management roles with iwi, hapū and whānau entities, Māori land trusts, educational institutions and social organisations, Tiwha has a great deal of experience to draw on in his contribution to the Awhi board.

Whatarangi Murphy - Peehi

Whatarangi Murphy - Peehi
Whatarangi has served more than 30 years on the Awhi board providing consistency and experience that has served the organisation well. Still actively involved in sheep/beef, dairy farming and forestry, Whatarangi brings a hands-on perspective when developing strategic plans and making governance decisions. Whatarangi is particulary passionate about harnessing the benefits of the "one farm" approach and progressing environmentally sustainable projects. Whatarangi was born in Whanganui and raised in Karioi, Ohakune with affiliations to Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Che Wilson

Che Wilson
Connecting the kōrero of the whenua back to uri is of vital importance to Che. Having served three terms on the Awhi board, he is committed to growing the cultural, environmental and economic opportunities available to the organisation. Che brings a strong environment and policy background to the table, with a special interest in education and community development. He also has considerable public and private governance experience in New Zealand and the USA. Che is connected to Awhi through his parents, his wife Missy and their children.

Keria Ponga

Keria Ponga
Keria has a long association with Awhi, having attended her first annual general meeting as a child. That connection was never lost and in 2009 she was appointed to Te Āti Hau Trust, progressing naturally to seek election on the Awhi board. Keria has a professional background in business mentoring and an in-depth knowledge in the machinery of government. She always puts people first when making decisions and believes in engaging shareholders and beneficiaries so they can participate in the business of their organisation.

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Andrew Beijeman

CEO

Andrew Beijeman
Appointed CEO in 2014, Andrew has played a key role in the development of Awhi with a view to, fulfilling its purpose of helping land and people flourish together. Well-versed in both agriculture and business leadership, Andrew was raised on a farm in Rangitaiki, has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and Horticulture, an MBA from Victoria University and joined Awhi from a senior role at Landcorp. Andrew is supported by his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Belle.

Siwan Shaw

Business Manager

Siwan Shaw
Siwan grew up on a Welsh sheep and beef farm. After gaining her agricultural degree she was inspired to learn about New Zealand farming. She embarked on a work placement at Limestone Down Station on the Waikato Coast and, having decided to stay in New Zealand, joined Awhi in 2012. As Business Manager, Siwan is responsible for ensuring Awhi’s beef, sheep and dairy farming operations meet their financial and production targets. Siwan enjoys the challenge of making the most out of the farms while striving for high standards of animal welfare and environmental care.

Natasha Poloai

People and Safety Manager

Natasha Poloai
Natasha joined Awhi in 2017, bringing a wealth of experience in managing what is undoubtedly any organisation's most important asset - its people. She has held senior HR leadership roles spanning 20 years in government, education, insurance and iwi. Responsible for formulating and implementing Awhi’s
People and Safety goals, she actively facilitates and reviews operations on farms across the business. Natasha has two grown daughters. When she has spare time, she enjoys spending it with whānau and friends. Natasha is of Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou and Kahungunu descent.

Working for Awhi

As an organisation that exists for the benefit of people, you can imagine the importance we place on the success of those who work for and with us.

When you work for Awhi, you are treated as whānau. We support all employees in their professional and personal development, enabling each person to perform at their best in the workplace. The manaaki of our people is essential to us - we value everybody’s contribution and take great care to ensure all voices are heard when it comes to making decisions.

Awhi provides a variety of job opportunities with room for growth, in a collaborative environment where successes are celebrated and shared. We welcome you to join us.

Career opportunities

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For general enquires please send your C.V. through to Natasha@Atihau.com