Alumni Biographies 2010-2011



Glenn Holmes

Glenn is a New Zealand born, Waikato reared, agriculturalist. He is a Lincoln University graduate in Agricultural Commerce majoring in Valuation and Farm Management. As a non-practicing registered valuer, Glenn farmed as a young man at Te Kauwhata, eventually converting part of the drystock farm into dairying.

In 1989 Glenn re-entered the rural banking industry, and for twenty years managed a portfolio of bank clients who farmed in the greater Waikato. During this time Glenn and his wife Catherine invested in a dairy farming syndicate, Waibury Farms, and over time became more involved in the governance of the group. He is currently Chairman of this large syndicate of twenty two investor entities, which milks 8000 cows on land owned in the Amuri Basin, North Canterbury, and the Waikato.

Glenn left rural banking in 2008 to fulfil a desire to be self-employed and to be involved more with the governance of agricultural companies. To that end Glenn participated in the Fonterra Governance Development Programme during 2010/11.

His current responsibilities include: Chairman of Waibury Farms; Director of several Waibury associated companies; Chairman of Southwell School Foundation Trust; Director of Waikato Racing Club; and Director and/or Trustee of several family owned farming businesses.

Glenn also acts as a consultant to the rural sector specialising in governance issues, along with succession and organisational planning.



Jamie Tuuta

Jamie is currently the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa protects and enhances Maori land and assets, administering 100,000 hectares of land throughout the country and managing a variety of investment interests.

Jamie has held a range of governance positions in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is currently a director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd a large inshore export fishing company, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Wools of New Zealand, Taranaki Investment Management Ltd and is a board member of Tourism New Zealand.

He is the former chair of Parininihi ki Waitōtara Incorporation a large land based farming business, Te Runanga o Ngāti Mutunga and the Ngati Mutunga ki Wharekauri Asset Holding Company. He is also a former director of Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd a lobster export business and was a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership a government-industry initiative that invests in significant programmes of research and innovation to boost the economic growth and sustainability of New Zealand’s primary, forestry and food sectors.

Jamie is passionate about investing in innovation and increasing the economic and environmental performance of our primary industries, particularly the Māori pastoral and fishing sectors. He has a particular interest in building and developing the capacity and capability of the Māori primary sector.

Jamie is also a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.



Richard Syme

Since July 2012 I have been based in Palmerston North in the role as CEO of Hopkins Farming Group, a corporate farming group, milking 9,000 cows, across 3,000ha in the Manawatu and in Hawkes Bay. Before this we were hands-on farming in the Waikato, fourth generation farmers on my wife Davina’s family farm. We continue to operate our Waikato farm business remotely.

Prior to dairy farming my background has been in general business. After studying at Lincoln University I worked for the NZ Apple & Pear Marketing Board (ENZA), both in New Zealand and then the USA, before completing an MBA at the Melbourne Business School. Following the MBA I worked in general management roles in Australia for a number of years within the Chrisco Group.

In 2007 we arrived back to give dairy farming a go. Having had next to no dairy experience it was, and continues to be, a great adventure in a great industry. In addition to the hands-on farming experience, I have taken on roles as an LIC Shareholders Councillor (20111-2014), Fonterra Shareholders Councillor (current) and completed the Fonterra Governance Program. The move into large scale farm business management has been a deliberate strategy given my background and the opportunities existing in agribusiness.

My short term objectives with regards to governance are to continue to build skills and a track record - in leadership, in delivering successful business results and in effectiveness as a farmer representative. Longer term my goal is to take on governance positions in the agribusiness sector.

Outside of work, I am actively involved with my wife and two children in sport, outdoor activities and adventure.



Tiaki Hunia

Tiaki is currently General Manager, Trusts for Te Tumu Paeroa, overseeing the administration of over 2,000 trusts and agency agreements to manage land and assets on behalf of Māori land owners. He also holds the role of Deputy Māori Trustee.

Tiaki’s career to date has included roles as a solicitor, asset manager and director on trusts, companies and iwi authorities. From Ngāti Awa, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Pikiao, Tiaki is passionate about Māori development and has worked across the health, iwi development, fishing, forestry, agribusiness and investment sectors.

He is currently the Chairman of Māori Investments Ltd and Tarawera Lands Company and Chairman of Putauaki Trust and Auckland & Onehunga Hostels Endowment Trust.

Tiaki is a member of the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Law Society.