Jamie Tuuta

Jamie Tuuta

Jamie Tuuta

NZ Business & Māori Economic Development Leader | Independent Director

Jamie was born and bred in Taranaki, growing up on the family farm in Urenui, and is affiliated to many Taranaki iwi.

Jamie is passionate about the potential of New Zealand and its people and has a keen interest in Māori economic development. He has held various roles in the areas of iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is inspired by the opportunities for New Zealand to be an exemplar for other countries.

Jamie is the Independent Chair of Taranaki Mounga an ambitious project with a vision to restore the ecological resilience to more than 34,000 ha from the mountains to the sea. He is the Chair of Tourism New Zealand, the Māori Television Service, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga and Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Commission). His current directorships include the fishing company Moana Ltd and a number of iwi investment entities.

Jamie was the former Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa, a director of Wools of New Zealand (responsible for marketing strong wool), Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd a lobster export business, Taranaki Investment Management Ltd which owned Van Diemens Land Company in Tasmania and the New Plymouth PIF Guardians Ltd a perpetual investment fund owned by the New Plymouth District Council. He was also a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership.

Jamie is a recipient of the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award. He was also awarded the Maori Young business Leader of the year award in 2016. He has also been a Judge of the Westpac Women of Influence awards since 2015.