Jamie was born and bred in Taranaki, growing up on the family farm in Okiki, and is afiliated to many Taranaki iwi. As a local he believes the Mounga is his ancestor – “we are the mountain and the mountain is us”. As chair of Taranaki Mounga he is well placed to do his part to increase the Mounga’s health and well being.
Jamie is also passionate about the potential of New Zealand and its people and has a keen interest in Māori economic development. After studying law at Waikato University he was a political reporter for Māori Television before moving into governance roles in the areas of iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education.
As well as his role as Independent Chair of Taranaki Mounga Jamie is currently the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa, administering 100,000 hectares of Māori land throughout the country. He is also a director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Wools of New Zealand, Taranaki Investment Management Ltd and a board member of Tourism New Zealand.
Jamie is a member of the Institute of Directors and a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.