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Primary Growth Partnership Panel Announced

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David Carter
David Carter

The appointment of a six member advisory panel to steer the Primary Growth Partnership signals a new era for primary sector innovation, says Agriculture Minister David Carter.

Mr Carter told an audience at Parliament this evening that he was pleased with the calibre of the new panel members. "The Primary Growth Partnership is one of the most ambitious research and innovation schemes ever seen in New Zealand, and it is in very good hands."

The members of the investment advisory panel are: John Brakenridge, Dr Kevin Marshall, Colin McKenzie, Joanna Perry and Jamie Tuuta. It will be chaired by Bill Falconer. "The Primary Growth Partnership is an ambitious scheme which will see New Zealand investing up to $140 million a year in primary sector growth and innovation," said Mr Carter. "With the advisory panel now in place and the criteria established for the submissions process, the PGP is now open for business. "This initiative is a clear demonstration of the Government's bid to boost productivity across all primary industries and deliver economic growth and sustainability.

"The investment advisory panel will have the crucial role of assessing the merits and potential of industry submissions and making funding recommendations. "The wealth of experience on this panel will be a key contributor to the success of this scheme."

IAP Members: Bill Falconer is a professional director, currently chair of the Meat Industry Association and Hellaby Holdings. He has a background in senior management and governance, is a former Deputy Secretary of Energy, chief executive of Petrocorp, chair of ACC, ERMA and the 2005 Biotech Task Force.

John Brakenridge is chief executive of the New Zealand Merino Company and has led the merino sector through its transformation into a prestige wool brand. He has considerable experience in establishing market development initiatives.

Dr Kevin Marshall is a biotechnologist and chemical engineer with a distinguished background in the management and commercialisation of R&D in primary industries. Dr Marshall is currently on the board of Plant and Food and Seafood Innovations.

Colin McKenzie has recently stepped down as a partner of Global Forest Partners. He has over 40 years' experience in the forestry industry here and overseas, and has previously been chair of the New Zealand Forestry Industry Council.

Joanna Perry is a professional director and was a partner in KPMG for 17 years, as well as a member of the Securities Commission for 11 years. She is currently the deputy chair of Genesis Energy and has been involved with many of New Zealand's significant business transactions.

Jamie Tuuta is currently chair of Te Runanga o Ngati Mutunga and the Ngati Mutunga Iwi Authority. He is also chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara, aTaranaki-based land incorporation with significant dairying and seafood interests. He is a member of the Maori Reference Group for Climate Change and the government-appointed PEAK Group on Sustainable Land Management.

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