Diverse expertise strengthens Te Taumata’s technical team

Te Taumata regularly draws on the expertise of some of the top technical minds, not just in Aotearoa, but the world.

Diverse expertise strengthens Te Taumata’s technical team

Te Taumata regularly draws on the expertise of some of the top technical minds, not just in Aotearoa, but the world.

Te Taumata regularly draws on the expertise of some of the top technical minds, not just in Aotearoa, but the world.

With the guidance of our carefully curated team, Te Taumata is in a strong position to help shape the international trade deals being negotiated in 2022.

Following the NZ/UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which was a significant win for Māori, Te Taumata will continue to improve market access and opportunities for our people in other prominent markets.

The FTA currently being negotiated with the European Union (EU) is a prime example of how Te Taumata utilises our team’s diverse experience and knowledge to secure better results for Māori exporters.

Meet the team

Peter Rice (Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Whaoa)

Peter is a policy advisor on industrial strategy, productive investment, innovation and the financial system (UK Shadow Chancellor 2017-2020), and has been an advisor to a number of multi-national corporations on international finance. His area of expertise is in financial system and development economics.

Dr Richard Meade

Richard helped Te Taumata identify Māori interests, issues and opportunities associated with the NZ/UK FTA. His areas of expertise include competition and regulatory economics, environmental economics, institutional economics (including economics of governance, ownership and incentives), market and non-market valuation techniques, historical loss valuation (commercial and cultural), futures analysis.

Lynell Tuffrey-Huria (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngā Rauru)

Lynell is the first Māori Patent Attorney and has specialised in all aspects of trademark protection, management and enforcement in New Zealand and overseas. Lynell is regarded as one of New Zealand leading experts on indigenous intellectual property law in New Zealand and the Pacific. She specialises in advising Māori organisations on IP issues and is passionate about helping Māori to navigate the IP system.

Hone McGregor (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Ātiawa, Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Rārua, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia)

Hone is a member of the Te Taumata Māori trade policy group, Trade For All Ministerial Advisory Board, Federation of Māori Authorities and Tapa Tahi Māori Intellectual Property rōpū. He is also the Chair of Our Land & Water National Science Challenge and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA). He is the Director of Wakatū Incorporation and Kono LLP Māori Exporter. He specialises in trade policy and advocacy, Māori enterprise, conservation and environmental advocacy, training and education (social infrastructure consulting), and NGOs.

Dr Penelope Gibson

Penelope’s expertise is in the management of innovation, intellectual property, investment and international commercialisation. Recognised as one of the world’s top advisors, Penelope actively works with Te Taumata to ensure the rights of the group and Mātauranga Māori are being respected, appropriately acknowledged and protected.

John Ballingall

John has advised public sector, private sector and industry body clients on trade policy issues for more than 25 years. He currently works at Sense Partners and is on the NZ Winegrowers Board. John has advised the APEC Secretariat on non-tariff measures and trade policy related to COVID, delivered a report on progress on the Bogor Goals, and presented at APEC meetings around the world. He has represented NZ at OECD meetings on trade and led NZ government teams working on COVID-19 emergency fiscal support to the Pacific, and international climate finance.

With a number of key trade relationships being negotiated this year, Te Taumata has the benefit of a strong team working to achieve better outcomes for all Māori.



Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB delivers programs that facilitate the growth of Indigenous business, build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous business, and ensure life-long learning for Indigenous entrepreneurs, and other Canadian business leaders. These efforts recognise the central role that Indigenous business and communities hold in the future of Canada.
Our mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities and awareness for all of our members.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Ministry acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.
E mahi ana te Manatū i te Ao kia whai haumaru me te whai rawa mo Aotearoa.
New Zealand’s security and prosperity depend on the conditions in, and our connections with, the wider world. This means we must engage with – and seek to influence – other countries to our advantage, in line with New Zealand’s values and interests including that of Maori.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the government agency charged with helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally.
We use our extensive knowledge and global networks to help exporters of all sizes make better decisions and connect to the right partners and investors.
We connect international businesses and investors with high-value growth opportunities in New Zealand.
By supporting New Zealand businesses, we boost New Zealand's economy and reputation, and help to share what's special about New Zealand with the rest of the world.

Callaghan Innovation

We are New Zealand's innovation agency. We activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.
We partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth.
Our people – including more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers – empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy.
Our role is to create better outcomes for all New Zealanders, particularly by supporting business growth.
We are responsible for the delivery of advice, regulation and services that have a real impact on people, businesses and the environment within which they operate.