Māori Advisory Group

The Māori Advisory Group advises the NZAGRC on Māori-specific science, capability and information requirements relating to the mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

The Māori Advisory Group oversees the NZAGRC Māori Strategy and dedicated Māori research portfolio, as well as bringing a critical Māori perspective to the wider NZAGRC programme. The Group also assists with NZAGRC outreach to the Māori farming and agribusiness sector.

Governance Group MAG
Diagram showing the governance and advisory structure of the NZAGRC.


The Māori Advisory Group currently comprises five members nominated for their:

  • Extensive networks with Māori land owning groups, farming and agribusiness communities
  • Knowledge of New Zealand’s primary industries and/or science funding sector
  • Leadership experience with Māori groups and entities and/or the wider primary sector

The Chair of the Māori Advisory Group is a member of the Governance Group. A member of the MAG also participates in the Science Programme Advisory Group.

Current membership

Koroheke (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Wai, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Tarāwhai)

Chris is AgResearch’s Kaiurungi Ahuwhenua Māori where he works to strengthen relationships across the Māori agribusiness sector. Chris has extensive experience building relationships with iwi at both central and local government levels, in both environmental and commercial areas.

Te Horipo

Te Horipo has over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of senior management, executive and governance roles in the Māori, community, private and public sectors. He is currently Chief Executive of Te Awanui Huka Pak Limited, a 100% Māori owned and operated kiwifruit collective in Tauranga.

Macredie (Te Arawa, Tainui)

Doug is Sector Capability Manager and Māori Agribusiness Manager at Beef + Lamb NZ. He has broad experience in a range of different training, innovation and managerial roles across the red meat and forestry sectors.

Nicholson (Ngāti Ruanui)

Claire has extensive expertise in veterinary science and animal health, rural marketing, business development, technical research and governance. She is also involved in several Māori agri-business ventures.

Taituha (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngā Puhi)

Charles is an experienced Māori agri-business professional with a wealth of farming and broader primary sector knowledge.



Blair is the Central Regional Manager in MPI's Māori Agribusiness Directorate where he works to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with Māori and deliver tailored support. Blair also has extensive local government experience in working with iwi. 



Neil is an investment manager from MBIE's Strategic Investments team working on the NZAGRC partnership. He is part of the group managing the Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF). Neil joined MBIE in mid-2020 after completing his PhD in neurophysiology in Japan.