The Board

The Board


Chairman and Independent Director
John is a Company director and trustee with more than 30 year’s experience in executive and management positions with the former Fletcher Challenge group of companies through to his retirement in 2001. He has considerable international experience in management, finance, corporate governance best practice and as a director and audit committee member of private and publicly listed companies. John is currently a director of Horizon Energy Distribution Ltd and Oriens Capital Ltd, and he is Chairman of both Pohutukawa Private Equity Ltd and Pohutukawa Private Equity II Ltd. John was previously a director of Air New Zealand for 9 years. 


Independent Director
Maurice was previously a director of and CEO of Pumpkin Patch, a position he held from 1993 to 2011.

Maurice brings international business experience with him along with a wealth of knowledge in logistics, technology, retail and global expansion. Maurice has held executive positions in accounting, distribution and property development in both New Zealand and Australia. He is a director of Pohutukawa Private Equity II Limited; Industrial Lubricants and Services Limited and a number of other private companies. He was previously a director of Comvita Limited and Pohutukawa Private Equity Limited. 




Neil is the founding principal and Chairman of Craigs Investment Partners, a leading full service NZX Participant Firm. Craigs Investment Partners has approximately 430 staff with 17 branches throughout New Zealand. Neil has a broad experience in private equity transactions, stock exchange listings, capital raisings and corporate activity for a wide range of companies. In a personal capacity Neil has been an active private equity investor for many years. Neil is currently a director of Pohutukawa Private Equity Ltd, the first Pohutukawa fund, Pohutukawa Private Equity II Ltd, Pohutukawa Private Equity V Ltd, Kowhai Private Equity No.1 LP, Oriens Capital Ltd as well as Comvita Ltd (Chairman) and director of a number of privately held companies.  


 Mike was appointed as a director of Pohutukawa Private Equity I & II in September 2013, retiring as a director of Pohutukawa Private Equity I in April 2017. Mike is also a director of Pohutukawa Private Equity V Ltd, Kowhai Private Equity No.1 LP and the New Zealand Social Infrastructure Fund Limited.  Mike joined Craigs Investment Partners in March 2009 as Head of Debt Capital Markets, and had been a Director of Craigs Investment Partners since 2001. Mike’s career in financial markets includes 11 years with ABN AMRO, during which he was Head of Acquisition and Leveraged Finance for Australia and New Zealand and Head of Global Markets New Zealand, Brierley Investments Limited for 10 years and Ernst & Young for four years. Mike has previously been a Director of Hospital Car Parking Limited, McConnell Property Limited, Mangawhai Development Holdings Limited, AsiaPower Limited and Aetna Health (New Zealand) Limited. Mike is a director of the AMN Limited private group of companies involved in glass services, Just Plants Ltd group (indoor plant hire) and Signal Corporation Ltd (social media).