The Board of Directors

Mark Shadbolt

Mark farms sheep and beef on 1,000 hectares on Banks Peninsula.  With a strong focus on performance and genetic gain, wool has always been viewed as an important commercial earner of the hill country breeding unit. Hence, Mark’s long term endeavour to see wool as an important financial contributor to the sheep industry.

Mark is Managing Director of Banks Peninsula Wool Growers Limited (“BPWG”), a company established by local growers with the objective of increasing the value of Banks Peninsula Strong Wool. Their focus is on unifying the Banks Peninsula Growers, investing, committing and forming long term supply arrangements in the market and stabilising prices with incremental growth. A strong working relationship with the customer is an important aspect of the BPWG strategy.

Mark has travelled widely to educate himself on many potential opportunities, develop relationships and secure stable supply arrangements. He has spent considerable time communicating with Growers in an effort to build Grower support to own Wools of New Zealand, as well as engage with the industry to develop closer working relationships.  Mark is Chairman of the Wools of New Zealand Trust and Chairman of Wools of New Zealand.

Mark is a past Canterbury Deer Farmer of the Year winner, a Lincoln Farmer of the Year finalist and a recipient of the Lincoln University 125th Anniversary Meritorious Service Award.



Craig Hickson

Craig is the Managing Director and owner of Progressive Meats Limited, a business he started with his wife in 1981 which now employs 350 staff.

In addition to Progressive Meats Limited, Craig is a shareholder and director of:

  • Hawkes Bay Meat Company Limited (which owns Ovation New Zealand Limited);
  • Te Kuiti Meats Limited;
  • Lean Meats Limited;
  • Progressive Leathers Limited; and
  • Venison Packers Feilding Limited.

Craig has been involved in farming since 1982. Craig currently farms sheep, deer and cattle on “Anawai”, a 1,500 hectare property in Hawke’s Bay.




Jamie Tuuta

Jamie is the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa protects and enhances Maori land and assets, administering 100,000 hectares of land throughout the country and managing a variety of investment interests.

Jamie has held a range of governance positions in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is currently a director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Wools of New Zealand and Taranaki Investment Management Ltd. He is the Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd and is a board member of Tourism New Zealand

He is the former chair of Parininihi ki Waitōtara Incorporation a large land based farming business, Te Runanga o Ngāti Mutunga and the Ngati Mutunga ki Wharekauri Asset Holding Company. He is also a former director of Tuiora Ltd and Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd a lobster export business.  He was also a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership. He has extensive experience in Treaty Settlement negotiations and was the Chair of the Taranaki Iwi Claims Leadership and also the Lead Negotiator.

Jamie is passionate about investing in innovation and increasing the economic and environmental performance of our primary industries, particularly the Māori pastoral and fishing sectors. He has a particular interest in building and developing the capacity and capability of the Māori.

Jamie is also a recipient of the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.

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Wools of New Zealand Ltd

Aviation House, Building 1, Level 1
12 Orchard Rd
Christchurch 8053

PO Box 16819, Hornby
Christchurch 8441
New Zealand

Phone: 0800 687 9665
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