What We Do
As the regional development agency for Taranaki, Te Puna Umanga, Venture Taranaki supports local entrepreneurship and enterprises to grow, promotes our region, and helps develop our sectors, building a thriving Taranaki economy that supports the well-being of our region’s people and environment.
Based in the cultural heart of Ngāmotu, New Plymouth, we are a diverse and skilled team, who share a common goal – to build resilient Taranaki communities, enterprises, and economies. With a team of around 25 people and open-plan offices, you feel the energy of the team as soon as you walk in the door.
Te Puna Umanga, Venture Taranaki works with stakeholders across a wide range of industries and sectors, local and national government, community groups, iwi, and individual enterprises to support the region’s development. With a strong and inclusive culture, we are proud to be embarking on becoming a Te Tiriti-led organisation.
A Council Controlled Organisation, owned by New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), Venture Taranaki is incorporated as a charitable trust, and operates a leveraged funding model with NPDC funding at its core. Venture Taranaki also partners with South Taranaki District Council and Stratford District Council to deliver regional development services around the Maunga.
Venture Taranaki Impact Strategy
Venture Taranaki’s Impact Strategy is the Trust’s guiding strategic document, setting the long, short and medium-term outcomes the Taranaki community wishes Venture Taranaki to work towards. It articulates the intervention logic between these outcomes and the activities Venture Taranaki delivers. The Strategy is a living document that will be refined and revisited over time.
At the centre of the Impact Strategy is the core long-term outcome of a Taranaki economy that supports the wellbeing of the region’s people and environment. This vision will be achieved through growing resilient communities, enterprises, and economies.
The Impact Strategy is supported by a comprehensive measurement framework that allows Venture Taranaki to track progress and performance over time. This forms the basis of Venture Taranaki’s accountability to its owner and the broader Taranaki community.
Board of Trustees
Dr Joanna BreareBoard Chair
Former CEO Todd Energy, Independent Director of TrustPower, and volunteer lifeguard.
David DownsDeputy Chair
CEO of NZ Story and passionate innovate advocate.
Gillian CagneyBoard Member
President of Worley Australia & New Zealand
Roddy BennettBoard Member
Former TSB CFO.
Grant McQuoidBoard Member
Owner and Director of Velocite.
Joshua HitchcockBoard Member
Pou Amotake/General Manager Operations at Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa.
Chris MyersBoard Member
Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Ltd (New Plymouth Airport) Board Member.
Kelvin WrightChief Executive
Kelvin is the Chief Executive of Venture Taranaki and the shareholder-appointed board representative for the New Plymouth Airport. Prior to joining Venture Taranaki Te Puna Umanga, Kelvin was the Deputy Chief Executive at New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), where he was responsible for leading the Community Partnerships, Iwi Liaison, and Economic Development functions of the council, and the development, leadership, and implementation of the council’s philanthropic public/private partnership program – NP Partners. Kelvin has held numerous other leadership positions across operations, infrastructure, customer and regulatory, recreation and culture, regional and local Civil Defence, and business continuity functions. Kelvin grew up in Mosgiel, Dunedin, where his career started as a Mechanical Design Engineer. He then established his own mechanical design consultancy business for New Zealand-wide manufacturers and engineering providers, while gaining his Commercial Pilots License and flying part-time. Kelvin has largely lived in Taranaki since 2012 with his wife and two children.