• Board Members

Gisborne Holdings Limited (GHL) is managed by an independent board of directors who are committed to the region.

John RaeChairman

John has a broad range of management and directorial experience with, and in, a variety of different of business sectors including banking, investment, venture capital, technology, infrastructure, construction, and engineering. He has had wide-ranging geographic experience with management and governance responsibility for operations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe.In addition to chairing the GHL, John is also currently a Director or Chairman of a number of other Boards across many sectors.
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Dave MulloolyDeputy Chair

Dave joined the GHL Board in 2017. As a fourth generation Gisbornite who has lived, worked and played in the district all his life, Dave takes great satisfaction from the role that GHL plays in creating a positive, prosperous, and attractive district where people and business can thrive.Dave has 30-plus years of business experience, predominantly in the automotive and convenience industry. He serves as Chairman of the BP2Go Co-operative Company, of which he has been a director for several years. Dave also holds a compliance project role with members of the New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association, liaising with WorkSafe New Zealand.
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Andrew AllanDirector

A Board member since December 2018, Andrew relishes the opportunity that being part of the GHL governance team offers, which aligns with his desire to contribute to the long-term future of the region socially, environmentally, and economically.Gisborne born and bred; Andrew is the East Coast area manager for Rabobank NZ. He has represented the region in surf lifesaving for many years and has played rugby for Poverty Bay. He is a former president of the Poverty Bay A&P Association and is currently on the committee.
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Rob TelferDirector

Rob has been part of the team stewarding GHL through the busy and dynamic period that has seen the business grow from only owning a single asset - Tauwhareparae Farms - to the diverse business that it is today. Rob joined the board of GHL in October 2014 and was appointed Chairman in 2018.As the former owner of Waipaoa Station, Rob was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the award-winning Waipaoa Station Cadet Training Trust in 2007, and now sits on the board. Rob is current president of the Poverty Bay A&P Association executive. He is a key member of the Poverty Bay Polo Club and has also represented New Zealand in polocrosse.Rob is proud of the business that GHL has developed to into – a model that wraps profit-making and a sound financial framework around a core of regional and community benefit for current and future generations.
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Hayden SwannDirector

Hayden joined the Board in 2020 and is excited about the opportunity to bring his skills and experience to the team leading GHL in alignment with his values; toitu te whenua, toitu te tangata (productive land, prosperous people). Hayden’s governance approach aligns with GHL’s direction, encompassing kaitiakitanga (guardianship for the land and people), manaakitanga (caring for our staff, shareholders and visitors), rangatiratanga (pride in who we are, our identity), kotahitanga (togetherness, working collectively).The current Principal of Makaraka School, Hayden’s tribal affiliations are Ngati Porou, Ngati Konohi, Ngati Oneone, Ngai Tai, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki.Hayden is a current director of Ngati Porou Forest Limited and Ngati Porou Land Trust, chairs the Mangaotane Farm Trust, is deputy chairman of Pakarae Incorporation - Whangara Farms Partnership. He has also been part of the governance team of Hauiti and Mangaheia 2D (Paroa Station) Incorporations, is Chairman of the Poverty Bay Rugby Union, a member of the executive of the Poverty Bay A&P Association, and is the Tairāwhiti Representative on the executive of the Federation of Maori Authorities.
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Josh WharehingaDirector

Josh Wharehinga (Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou) has always described himself as first and foremost, a father. Born and raised in Gisborne, Josh has spent the majority of his life driving community initiatives through orgs like Ka Pai Kaiti and COGs.Josh has a long history in governance. His past roles include being on the Audit and Risk committee for Local Government NZ, and the board for Te Wananga o Aotearoa.Josh is currently a three-term elected councillor and the Deputy Mayor of the Gisborne District. As well as being on the board of GHL, Josh's other roles include the Deputy Chair of the District Health Board, being a trained Hearings Commissioner and board memberships for Lytton High School and CORE Education Trust.
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