Our Board

Barry Bragg


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Barry Bragg (Ngāi Tahu, Whakatōhea and Te-Whānau-ā-Apanui) was a founding Director of Ngai Tahu Farming until June 2016 and re-joins the Board as Chairman after stepping down after 7 years as Chairman of Ngāi Tahu Property Limited. Barry is on the Board of the Canterbury District Health Board where he chairs the Quality, Audit & Risk Committee. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Stevenson Group, Deputy Chair of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, Managing Director of Nuenz Limited and various other governance roles in mining, property and construction. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Gail Tipa


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"Enhancing the effectiveness of iwi participation in natural resource planning and management and developing the resource management tools for this to happen is my passion."

Gail is an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Otago Geography Department. She has a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Regional and Resource Planning, both from the University of Otago.

She is a director of Tipa and Associates, a whānau led company providing resource management advice and research services to a wide range of clients including iwi and Crown entities, as well as private companies. Other governance roles include: trustee of Kāi Tahu Ki Otago Charitable Trust and a director of Kāi Tahu Ki Otago Ltd. Previous governance roles include: the Otago District Health Board, the Community Trust of Otago, representative for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (representing Te Rūnanga o Moeraki), director of Timberlands West Coast and associate director of Ngāi Tahu Property.

Gail brings an innate understanding of the importance of ensuring sustainable land use and adherence to Māori cultural values are at the forefront of any new business development.

Jessie Chan-Dorman


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Jessie and her husband Hayden lease 420 ha in Mid Canterbury milking 850 cows.

She has an honours degree in Animal Science and has worked in a range of rural professional roles including Policy Manager, Research and Development Manager, and Environment Strategy Manager. Jessie is currently a Director of Alpine Energy, Ashburton Trading Society and RuralCo and on the Board of the Bio-Protection Research Centre.

She has previously served as a Fonterra Shareholders Councillor and on the Board of Connetics Ltd, DairyNZ Ltd (as an Associate Director), Business Mid Canterbury and Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury. Jessie has completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, the Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience and the Te Hono Stanford Bootcamp.

Jessie is a member of the Institute of Directors and New Zealand Asian Leaders. She received the Canterbury Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award in 2014 and the Dairy Woman of the Year Award in 2017.

Nigel Atherfold


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Nigel’s career has been in finance – corporate finance, treasury risk management, and banking. He is currently a director and shareholder of TDB Advisory Limited - a boutique corporate finance and economics advisory company. Nigel’s sector experience is biased towards the primary sector but otherwise generally covers the broad spectrum including banking and finance, government (local and central), infrastructure, manufacturing, and private equity.

Nigel is currently a director of Landcorp Farming Limited (deputy chair), Rural Equities Limited, and two other dairy-related companies and an advisory board member for two other dairy farming businesses. He has previously been a director of Open Country Dairy Limited and a number of dairy product manufacturing businesses.

Nigel has a Bachelor of Management Studies (Economics) and a Master of Business Studies (Finance). He is a past lecturer in International Corporate Finance at Victoria University of Wellington in its Master of Applied Finance program.

Stuart Brander


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"Good governance is the key to running any successful business."

Stuart has a background in agribusiness spanning three decades, primarily focused on large-scale dairy farm operations as well as horticulture and consultancy. He has extensive experience in governance, having held directorships with Clearwater Golf Club, Clearview Rangitata Ltd, Raleigh Dairy Holdings and Dairy Team.

Stuart is currently a director and 46 per cent shareholder of Cracroft Dairies Ltd, an equity partnership based in Ashburton that has converted 20 hectares of forestry to dairying and that now operates a 1150 cow dairy farming supplying Synlait. He is also the sole owner of Brander Farms Ltd, a 1100 cow dairy farm that has been operating since June 2014.

Stuart’s experience in the dairy industry and his previous governance experience mean that he is a natural fit for Ngāi Tahu Farming.

Warwick Tauwhare-George


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"I have a passion for creating pathways of progression for our rangatahi, as well as ensuring I am a responsible kaitiaki of the taiao (environment) for our future generations."

Warwick is the CEO of Parininihi ki Waitotara, a Taranaki-based Māori incorporation with $350M in assets which looks after the interests of over 9,500 shareholders.

He sits on the boards of Port Nicholson Fisheries and Te Oranga Livestock. He has extensive executive management experience in the agribusiness, seafood, property, engineering, construction and asset management sectors both in New Zealand and the Middle East. Warwick is a qualified engineer and quantity surveyor, has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Commercial Law from Victoria University and an MBA from the University of Wollongong, specialising in Finance. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

His father, Wi Riwai Tauwhare (George) grew up at Rāpaki (Ngāti Wheke), the third son of Whakamarurangi and Maata Riwai Tauwhare. Warwick brings with him a diverse range of business skills and a kaupapa Māori approach to environmental responsibility.


Our People

Living off the land, being self-sufficient, and continuing our mahinga kai (food gathering) traditions has always been important to Ngāi Tahu. For centuries, we have survived by harvesting resources from the forests, the plains, the lakes, the rivers, the seas and the surrounding islands.  Our ancestors were hunters, foragers, fishers, and gardeners. The rugged terrain and harsh climate of Te Waipounamu (the South Island) drove innovation and the development of ingenious ways to preserve, store, transport, and trade our resources.

At Ngāi Tahu Farming, we embrace the hardworking, innovative, and pioneering spirit of our Ngāi Tahu tīpuna (ancestors). We encourage our people to push the boundaries, embrace technology, and find better ways to manage our lands and waters in line with our values.

Mana Whenua

The Mana Whenua Working Party

Our relationships with our communities and mana whenua in particular contribute to our success.  It is important to us that our whānau are included in setting the direction for our businesses and that we are working towards meeting their expectations of us.  Our mana whenua working groups allow for this and provide us with continuous feedback on our operations.

We currently have a Mana Whenua Working Party established for our Te Whenua Hou and Balmoral operations. This group is made up of members of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāti Kurī (sub tribes of Ngāi Tahu), who hold mana whenua (authority) over the Hurunui and Waimakariri catchments.

This group works closely with Ngāi Tahu Farming, providing advice on the cultural, environmental and social aspects of the businesses so that what we do and how we do is in line with Ngāi Tahu values.

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Our Values

Our Ngāi Tahu values guide us in everything we do and shape all of our decisions. Living by our values requires constant mindfulness, strong leadership, and role modelling. We do not always get this right, but we are committed to continuously improving.

Whanaungatanga (family)

We will respect, foster and maintain important relationships within the organisation, within the iwi and within the community.

Manaakitanga (looking after our people)

We will pay respect to each other, to iwi members and to all others in accordance with our tikanga (customs).

Kaitiakitanga (stewardship)

We will work actively to protect the people, environment, knowledge, culture, language and resources important to Ngāi Tahu for future generations.

Tikanga (appropriate action)

We will strive to ensure that the tikanga of Ngāi Tahu is actioned and acknowledged in all of our outcomes.

Tohungatanga (expertise)

We will pursue knowledge and ideas that will strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahu and our community.

Rangatiratanga (leadership)

We will strive to maintain a high degree of personal integrity and ethical behaviour in all actions and decisions we undertake.

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Whether you are starting your career, or you are an experienced professional looking for a career-defining role, Ngāi Tahu Farming offers the opportunity for personal growth and professional development.

We place sustainability and people at the heart of everything we do.

This is captured in our whakataukī (proverb)

Toitū te Marae o Tāne,
Toitū te Marae o Tangaroa,
Toitū te Iwi

When land and water are sustained the people will prosper.

We believe in profitably growing and farming sustainable products for the long-term betterment of our people and the planet. We achieve this by pursuing financial, environmental and social outcomes with sustainability at the heart of everything we do. Together, we will learn and develop ourselves in a collaborative and empowering environment.

So, join us and contribute to positive change.

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Health & Safety

At Ngāi Tahu Farming we’re committed to everyone returning home safe and well every day.

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Everyone home safe every day

Role modelling the right behaviour, communicating our expectations across our teams,  ensuring that our facilities are well designed and maintained and working with others is at the heart of our approach to health and safety.

We value the importance of personal safety, the safety of our workmates, visitors to our operations, and to the public in all areas, at all times.

We are committed to minimising incident rates in our business, and we specifically focus on the high-risk activities which span across the farming and forestry sectors.

We all play an active role in health and safety. This focus, coupled with a strong safety management programme across our businesses means we are doing as much as we can to keep our kaimahi (staff) and manuhiri (visitors) safe.

If you want to work with us on health and safety matters, please email us on safe@ngaitahu.iwi.nz.

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As a Ngāi Tahu company, we understand that working together with mana whenua, our communities, technical advisors, and our partners is crucial to our success.

Our partnerships foster collaboration which improves the way that we farm, the way we work and the way we produce timber, food, and milk so that we can influence change in the industry.

We are humbled to work with these organisations.

Lincoln University
PF Olsen
PGG Wrightson
Plant & Food Research
Silver Fern Farms