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 Statement of Intent

Read the Venture Taranaki Statement of Intent for the year to June 2023 and the following two financial years.

Venture Taranaki Statement of Intent

Board of Trustees

Dr Joanna Breare
Board Chair

Former CEO Todd Energy, Independent Director of TrustPower, and volunteer lifeguard.

David Downs
Deputy Chair

CEO of NZ Story and passionate innovate advocate.

Gillian Cagney
Board Member

President of Worley Australia & New Zealand

Roddy Bennett
Board Member

Former TSB CFO.

Grant McQuoid
Board Member

Owner and Director of Velocite.

Joshua Hitchcock
Board Member

Pou Amotake/General Manager Operations at Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa.

Chris Myers
Board Member

Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Ltd (New Plymouth Airport) Board Member.

Chief Executive

Kelvin Wright
Chief 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. 

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Executive Leadership Team

Stacey Hitchcock
General Manager Investment/Deputy Chief Executive
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Jennifer Patterson
General Manager Economic Development
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Brylee Flutey
General Manager Destination
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Luke Millard
Cultural Advisor
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Annual Reports

Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2023
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2022
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2021
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2020
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2019
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2018

He pou tuawai

We lead from the back

Tākina te mahi, kōkiri wehikore

we wear the dirt of the trails we blaze

Māia te hiki, māia te hapai

We care courageously

Our Values

We lead from the back

we wear the dirt of the trails we blaze

We care courageously