Amy Whetu

Fonterra Alumni 2018 - 2019

Amy’s passion for agriculture was developed early in life, being born and raised on a sheep and beef and later a dairy farm. Amy currently enjoys maintaining a functioning advisory role within her family’s farming business and also spending time with her husband James, and three children, Millie (11), Rodie (8) and Jonas (2) on the family farm.

With a keen interest in governance, Amy is acutely aware of the connection between quality governance and successful businesses and organisations.

Amy has an array of skills including in policy and implementation, climate change, environmental and indigenous governance and also strategic planning and review. Amy also has experience working with and in iwi organisations and private practice alike, enhancing her ability to effectively engage with both iwi groups, stakeholders and individuals, on farm or elsewhere.

Amy is currently an advisor for the Government’s Interim Climate Change Committee and was previously appointed as a Policy and Legal Framework Specialist for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Amy is also undertaking her PhD in the area of climate change policy and agriculture through the University of Auckland having previously completed a Master of Laws, focusing on Environmental Law and Indigenous Governance, as well as holding a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Waikato.

Amy’s current appointments are as an Independent Director for Anexa (Animal Health Centre Waikato Inc), Director and head of Policy and Research for Whetu Consultancy Group (alongside her husband James), and advisor to Watson Family farming group. Amy’s background also includes experience in family law practice as well as over 13 years experience in business and property development.