Scion welcomes Maori forestry leader

Wednesday 13 Mar 2019

Hemi Rolleston has joined Scion as General Manager Maori Forestry Futures, taking on a new executive role at the Crown research institute.

Hemi (Ng?ti Whakaue, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Ranginui) was welcomed at a p?whiri on 27 February. He comes to Scion after five years at Callaghan Innovation, and before then Hemi spent seven years as the Inaugural Chief Executive of Te Awanui Hukapak, a 100% Maori-owned kiwifruit company in Mount Maunganui.

Hemi says he is “very excited to be joining Scion to bring my skills, experience and connections to an organisation that has such a pivotal role to play in partnering with M?ori. I have been privileged to have been part of the Callaghan Innovation journey and now I look forward to the new challenge ahead. And of course, I am personally thrilled to be returning home.”

A former Director of the Rotorua Lakes Council entity Grow Rotorua and Priority One in Tauranga, Hemi is currently a Director on Ngati Whakaue Assets Trust and Ngamanawa Inc who have significant investments in Forestry.

Scion Chief Executive Dr Julian Elder says the General Manager Maori Forestry Futures is a new senior leadership role that will assist Scion to enhance and respond effectively to the significant involvement of Maori in the New Zealand forestry sector.

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