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Te Pūoho Kātene

Executive Director
Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust


Te Pūoho traces his heritage to the Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tama tribes. A graduate of Stanford Business School and Fulbright Scholar, he is steadfast in his pursuit of holistic prosperity for Māori.

His comprehensive background includes marine science, commercial and investment strategy, governance, relationship management across iwi and government, impact investment and social enterprise. His role as an Obama Foundation Leader: Asia-Pacific has given him a global outlook on leveraging global best practice within an indigenous, values-based lens.

As Executive Director of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust, Te Pūoho pursues targeted social change within a tikanga-based impact framework. The Trust's philanthropic and investment activity targets outcomes in three priority areas: education & training, traditional and scientific knowledge systems, and leadership development.

He serves his tribe, Ngāti Toa, as a Trustee and a member of the Audit, Risk and Investment Committee. He is an Independent Director of Wakatū Inc's Manaaki board and Waikato-Tainui's Distributions Committee and is a Trustee of Ākina Foundation and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) Foundation.

He is a founding member of Future Food Aotearoa (FFA) - a founder's movement formed in 2020 to accelerate the growth and impact of future food and foodtech businesses from New Zealand.

Formerly a member of NZTE's Māori Investment and KPMG's Corporate Finance teams, TP also spent 10 years working for New Zealand's government, including within Parliament advising on prominent policy issues, such as regional economic development, Treaty settlements, and fisheries & aquaculture.




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