KiMuaNZ Speakers

We are still in the process of finalising the workshop speakers. This page will be updated with our progress. A brief bio of each speaker can be found by clicking on their name.

Her Excellency
The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy
GNZM, QSO, Governor-General.

Tim Grafton
Chief Executive of the Insurance Council 

Mele Tabukovu
Senior Policy Analyst, Domestic Climate Change at Ministry for Primary Industries.

Gina Lefaoseu
Deputy Principal of Holy Family School.

Wendy McGuinness
Founder and Chief Executive of the McGuinness Institute.

Dr Richard Lum
Founder and Chief Executive of Vision Foresight Strategy.

Dr Girol Karacaoglu
Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington.

Saia Mataele
Management Consultant at PwC and Board Member at Business Central NZ.

Neville Peat
Author of The Invading Sea, Councillor and environmentalist.

Dame Patsy grew up in the Waikato and graduated from Victoria University with an LLM (First Class Honours). Before becoming Governor-General, she had a career in law, business, and the public sector.

Dame Patsy was the first female partner in the law firm Watts and Patterson. She spent 11 years at Brierley Investments, and co-founded Active Equities Limited. Dame Patsy had governance roles at several leading New Zealand companies.

Her public sector work has included work on pay equity, and reviews of New Zealand Intelligence and Security and the performance of several government agencies. She also acted as Chief Crown Negotiator of Treaty Settlements for Tauranga Moana and Te Toko Toru.

Dame Patsy’s passion for the arts is reflected in her past governance roles at the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, the Victoria University Foundation, the Victoria University Art Collection Trust, the Spark Art Trust, the Wellington Jazz Festival Trust, the Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and the New Zealand Film Archive.

As Governor-General, Dame Patsy’s focus is on support for the arts, innovation, cultural diversity and initiatives that support sustainability and the environment.

Dame Patsy is married to Sir David Gascoigne.

Tim Grafton has been Chief Executive of the Insurance Council since November 2012. He has extensive experience in providing strategic, policy and communications advice to public and private sector leaders. Prior to taking up his position with ICNZ, he was an executive director of a leading market research company.

Tim has a strong understanding of the machinery of government, having been an adviser to former Prime Ministers and Ministers of Finance as well as leading private companies. He has extensive knowledge of post-disaster recovery issues and insurance regulation.

He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds several governance roles. He is on the Executive Committee of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations, Chairs the Code Compliance Committee of the Fair Insurance Code, Chairs the Representative Users Group of the Deep South Science Challenge which focuses on research to adapt to climate change, and is on the New Zealand Advisory Board of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and the Advisory Board of Victoria University, Wellington’s Chair in the Economics of Disasters.

Mele Tabukovu is of Fijian descent and moved to New Zealand when she was 11. This has influenced her passion in helping New Zealand and Pacific Island countries tackle serious climate change issues. Mele studied Political Science at the University of Canterbury. She has worked on climate change policy, at the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries, for over five years. During this time, she has worked on developing policies in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy and agricultural emissions.

Gina is the current Deputy Principal of Holy Family School in Cannon’s Creek. (Holy Family School is a decile 1 school that serves an almost entirely Māori and Pacific Community). Holding various roles within the school over a number of years has enabled Gina to have an insight into the daily struggles that are present for those most in financial need in our society. Gina has a strong ability to think critically about the delineation between the impact of culture/s and the impact of poverty in its various guises on family life. Gina has a husband in I.T. and three teenage daughters.

Wendy McGuinness is the founder and chief executive of the McGuinness Institute. Wendy has studied at Manukau Technical Institute (NZCC), University of Auckland (BCom), University of Otago (MBA), Massey University (a range of environmental papers) and Harvard (Executive Programme on Driving Corporate Performance). In 2009 she became a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession and service to the community. She prepared the 1988 report Implementation of Accrual Accounting for Government Departments for the New Zealand Treasury. Wendy has worked in both the public and private sectors specialising in public sector reporting, risk management and future studies. In 2004 she established the Institute as a way of contributing to New Zealand’s long-term future. Since then she has, with her team, published a range of reports under the title Project 2058, written the book Nation Dates: Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand and attended four World Futures conferences.

Read Wendy's Whakapapa (1,156KB PDF) or resume (25KB PDF).

Dr Richard Kaipo Lum is the founder and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy, which offers a range of foresight-based and strategy planning services. He is an academically trained futurist with a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘is Alternative Futures Program. Along with various research articles in journals such as Futures and Journal of Future Studies, he also published his book 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight in 2016. (Complimentary copies of this book will be provided to workshop participants.) He specialises in foresight and strategy development, planning implementation, political design and constitution making in the 21st century. His previous consulting work includes government clients such as the European Commission, the UK government and the US Department of Defence, as well as corporate clients such as Grant Thornton, IBM and PepsiCo. He lives in Honolulu.

Dr Girol Karacaoglu is the Head of the School of Government at Victoria University. Girol was previous the Chief Economist at the New Zealand Treasury, Wellington between November 2012 and September 2016. His role at the Treasury was to provide strategic leadership on broad economic policy issues, in particular fiscal and monetary policy settings, and New Zealand’s international linkages. The Chief Economist role is critical to championing and lifting the quality and capability of the Treasury’s economic advice. Girol went to the Treasury from The Co-operative Bank, where he was Chief Executive for nine years. His previous roles include General Manager at Westpac NZ, Chief Economist at the National Bank of NZ, and lecturer in economics at Victoria University of Wellington. He has a PhD in Economics and an MBA, and is fluent in French and Turkish. He has two adult daughters and one son and enjoys reading, classical music, walking, dancing, movies, and family activities.

Saia is a young Tongan, passionate about enabling and connecting people, business, entrepreneurship and achieving equitable outcomes. He is currently a Management Consultant at PwC, and a Board Member at Business Central NZ. He is also involved with many community initiatives and not-for-profits such as Navigators of Success (a social enterprise that aims to inspire and connect Māori and Pacific people) and TupuToa (a not-for-profit dedicated to growing Māori and Pacific leaders).

Neville Peat is an award-winning Dunedin writer and environmentalist. His books, ranging from Afghanistan to Antarctica, span the themes of geography, biography, history and the natural world. His 22 books on the natural environment include Forever the Forest (1987), The Falcon and the Lark (1992), Wild Dunedin (1995), Seabird Genius (2011) and Rivers Rare (2016). Neville has been involved in nature conservation and environmental advocacy for over 30 years. He led the establishment of the Dunedin Environmental Business Network in 1993, and for six years, 2010-16, he chaired the Otago Natural History Trust, which established Orokonui Ecosanctuary. He has chaired the Pukekura (Taiaroa Head) Reserves Co-Management Trust Board since its inception in 2015. In 1998, he wrote the Government nomination of the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area, and in 2007 he was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship, New Zealand’s largest literary prize, to write a book about the Tasman Sea. He has been an Otago regional councillor (nine years) and Dunedin city councillor (three years) and was a member of the Government-appointed South-East Marine Protection Forum from 2014 to 2017. In summer, he works as a lecturer and guide on small expedition cruise ships touring the mainland New Zealand coast and the subantarctic islands.