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Our staff

Meet the team

Our staff are predominately all landowners and understand the struggles and shortage of suitable finance to develop the land. We operate in a space that traditional financial institutions ignore and where we believe the greatest need is.

We are, in every sense, truly independent. We are able to be bold about the vision, fierce in our determination and exercise a level of passion for this vision that is unapologetic in its support for all landowners.

Blair Jamieson

KAIWHAKAHAERE MATUA – CEO | CO-FOUNDER

Within our whānau of Tāmata Hauhā we have experienced ‘whenua advisers’ who are Māori landowners and know the frustrations of applying for Government funding, or the challenges of raising capital for upfront investment required to bring Māori land into production. Hailing from Ōrewa with Te Rarawa and Ngā Puhi decent, Blair brings a diverse range of experiences and outlooks from the primary sector, with an absolute passion for diversifying land-use. Blair has been able to bring his hard-earned experiences to the establishment of Tāmata Hauhā. His background in water quality, land management and years spent alongside Māori landowners has given him a valuable understanding of the opportunities the whenua affords. These experiences have confidently established his outlook and determination to support whānau finding investment that lead to prosperity. Blair holds qualifications in commerce, aquaculture, operations and logistics.

Ed Eadie

TUMUAKI APIHA PŪTEA – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Ed is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in global financial services. A seasoned finance leader, he has a background in deal structuring, financial and capital planning and risk management. Ed is also responsible for corporate governance and shareholder relations.

Ataria Herekiuha

KAIWHAKAHAERE TAITUARĀ – EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 

Ataria has experience in organisation skills with a great passion to help educate and create better brighter futures for our people. She has skills as a Management Assistant, previously supporting the Midwifery Director and Child Development Manager for Te Whatu Ora Whanganui. Ataria also has a background as a Community Event Organiser with Te Ora Hou Whanganui supporting and growing the community to thrive.

Robin Paratene

POU WHAKAHAERE PŪNGAO KŌMARU – GROUP MANAGER SOLAR & ENERGY

With over two decades of Māori land administration and governance experience, Robin has worked in both private and public sectors specialising in Māori land advisory and agricultural investment services, project management, innovation, and engagement with Māori landowners to increase regional economic development.

Kani Edwards

POU WHAKAHAERE WHENUA – GROUP MANAGER WHENUA ADVISORY

Kani has over 25 years working with Māori entities and whenua trusts. Kani brings a wealth of experience in best land use management for whenua Māori, focusing on regional economic growth for Māori in the primary and forestry sector. Kani spent 7 years with Crown Forestry Rental Trust immersed in treaty settlement negotiations with iwi. Kani has spent 9 years as Chairman of Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti Manawa Trust and has a passion in working with Māori.

George Forster

POU WHAKAHAERE NGĀHEREHERE – GROUP MANAGER FORESTRY

George has experience working in District and Territorial Authorities specialising in areas of district planning, environmental policy, GIS mapping and geospatial design. He leads all our GIS programming, location data mapping and analysis of all afforestation fields required for full registration and precision forestry management programmes.

Bryony Huirua

KAIWHAKAHAERE MAHERE RARAUNGA – RESOURCES AND PLANNING MANAGER

Bryony has extensive experience in the resource management and environmental space, with a background of over 5 years in Local Government consent planning and policy. Bryony holds a Bachelor of Science (Ecology) degree and is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Planning.

Haki Herewini

KAIWHAKAHAERE NGĀHEREHERE – PLANTING & SILVICULTURE MANAGER

Haki has 22 years’ experience working in the forestry industry and has a strong background in silviculture such as planting, pruning and thinning. Over the many years Haki has led planting and thinning operations while supervising other staff.

Raymond-Lee Mason (Razor)

KAIWHAKAHAERE NGĀHEREHERE KOUNGA – FORESTRY QUALITY & PLANNING MANAGER 

Raymond has a long history of working in the Forestry industry. Razor has ten years of experience in silviculture. Furthermore, Razor has a background of ten years in agriculture including work on dairy, sheep and cattle farms. Razor brings a broad set of skills. 

Cody Hemi

KAIĀRAHI NGĀHEREHERE – FORESTRY FOREMAN 

Cody has gained experience over several years of leading his own forestry team in his past employment and has years of mentorship under Haki Herewini as a forestry worker. Cody brings a caring nature to the team and always leads by example while setting a high standard.

Kerry Burke

KAIWHAKAHAERE NGĀHEREHERE TAUTOKO – FORESTRY SUPPORT MANAGER 

Kerry has over 20 years’ experience providing managerial support within various sectors including water management, education, central and local government, and providing virtual assistance to Māori Trusts and Professional Directors. At Tāmata Hauhā Kerry provides our business and operational support, also assisting behind the scenes with our office management.

Lequan Meihana

KAITOHUTOHU-Ā-ROHE – REGIONAL ADVISOR TE TAIHAUĀURU | POU TIKANGA

Lequan has an extensive background in journalism and communications, with over 20-years’ experience in the Māori media industry. Lequan has a strong understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga and working with whānau, hapū and iwi. Lequan holds a Degree in Mātauranga Māori and Literary Performing Arts, and a Diploma in Rongoā Māori.

Cherie Tirikatene

KAITOHUTOHU MATUA RĒKOHU/WHAREKAURI – PRINCIPAL ADVISOR CHATHAM ISLANDS

Cherie Tirikatene (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri) is a passionate advocate for self-determination, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. She channels this passion into a multitude of projects that she leads and advises, all geared towards community empowerment and sustainable development. Cherie possesses exceptional skills in governance, stakeholder negotiations, and mentoring. These strengths are paired with her dedication to fostering a collective approach in driving projects from conception to reality. Cherie’s current mahi is focused on supporting landowners in Te Waipounamu through investment and carbon specialists Tāmata Hauhā.

Ben Marsden

KAITOHUTOHU-Ā-ROHE – REGIONAL ADVISOR TE TAI TOKERAU (NORTHLAND)

Ben brings a wealth of experience from working in the public sector and applying Agile Project Management, with a passion for land diversification working with Māori corporate entities, whānau/hapū and large Māori land trusts. Ben advocates for driving positive change, sustainable land use, regional economic growth, and building community resilience.

Tim Booth

KAIHAUTŪ RANGAHAU – RESEARCH PROGRAMME ADVISOR

Born and raised in Whanganui, Tim has worked as an academic in New Zealand and North American research institutions. He specializes in social and cultural aspects of environmental management, has a strong interest in Te Taiao and Mātauranga Māori, and is dedicated to enabling innovative best land use practices in Aotearoa. He also brings a wealth of experience working in the public sector implementing central government Treaty settlement obligations in environmental conservation.