20 May 2020

Ngāti Porou Holding Company (Holdco) is pleased to announce the appointment of Shayne Walker as its group chief executive.  Shayne is from Wairoa and is of Ngāti Kahungunu whakapapa.  He is known locally mainly for his sporting accomplishments, being as a former East Coast rugby sevens’ player and Poverty Bay representative.

Shayne brings a wealth of commercial experience, coupled with strong grassroots sensibilities, to the Ngati Porou Holdco group.  Before taking up his new role, Shayne was the head of Māori business with the Bank of New Zealand and, prior to that, the general manager of Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust, a $50m asset holding company.

Shayne’s leadership skills and reputation also saw him appointed to the role of chair of the Hawkes Bay district health board in 2019.  This is one of a number of leadership roles he has held, over the last 15 years, across the public and community sectors, local government, private sector and Te Ao Māori.

Ngati Porou Holdco Chair, Matanuku Mahuika, says Shayne’s appointment represents a new chapter for the group.  “Our first seven years has been primarily about consolidation, and establishing the foundations for growth, while also generating the cash dividends to support the activities of our parent, Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou”.

“We now have in place a strategy to focus more on direct investment opportunities, to grow jobs and support commercial opportunities for our people and, in Shayne, we now have a dedicated Holdco chief executive to drive our strategy”, says Mr Mahuika.

Shayne says that his experience enables him to achieve a natural balance and rhythm across whānau, hapū, iwi, commerce and government.   “I especially enjoy leading iwi and Māori strategies that fuse our cultural and commercial needs”. 

He says he excited by the challenges and opportunities for Ngāti Porou Holding Company, and its subsidiary businesses, moving forward.  “Obviously, COVID-19, and its impact on commercial and everyday life, is a massive factor.  But I want to play a real hand in managing those impacts on the group, improving our commercial performance whilst being mindful of the people of Ngati Porou and their Taiao (natural environment)”.

Among his tertiary qualifications Shayne holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Massey University.  He is married to Rachael and is the proud father of  three tamariki, Karleigh, Ariana and Kahu, and ‘koro’ to their mokopuna, Kymania-Rose.

Shayne officially takes up the role on 15 June.