What We Do

Venture Taranaki is Taranaki’s regional development agency. We deliver regional development and promotion services, from sector and enterprise support to attracting visitors, talent and investment.

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 30 June 2021 and the following two financial years. 

Venture Taranaki Statement of Intent
We’ve been on a reo Māori me ona tikanga journey over the past couple of years, and we’re excited to celebrate to share this video we created for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori that talks to our purpose, filmed by our team during lockdown. Tirohia tā mātou kiriata kei raro…. Tēnei mātou Te Puna Umanga

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

Board of Trustees

Dr Joanna Breare
Board Chair

Former CEO of Todd Energy, Chair of the Taranaki 2050 Leadership Group

David Downs
Deputy Chair

Author, presenter and passionate innovation advocate.

Jamie Tuuta
Board Member

Taranaki Maunga chair and holds numerous governance roles.

Kevin Murphy
Board Member

Former CEO of TSB with many community and governance roles.

Gillian Cagney
Board Member

Chief Executive of Worley New Zealand and Vice President, E&C Services.

Hemi Sundgren
Board Member

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust CEO and transition and development lead.

Chief Executive

Justine Gilliland
Chief Executive

Justine is the Chief Executive of Venture Taranaki, and a Director of Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research, AGMARDT, and Economic Development NZ. Prior to joining Venture Taranaki, Justine was the Deputy Director-General Sector Partnerships and Programmes at the Ministry for Primary Industries, where she led investment programmes, Māori partnerships, regional development, and the establishment of Te Uru Rākau and the one billion trees programme. Justine has held numerous other public sector leadership roles across strategy, communications, policy, operations, and innovation investment functions and ran the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the building failures in the Canterbury earthquakes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of Global Women, and has been admitted as barrister and solicitor of the High Court. Justine grew up in Taranaki, attending Sacred Heart Girls’ College before completing arts and law degrees in Otago. She relocated back to Taranaki in 2018.

Executive Team

Michelle Jordan
General Manager, Enterprise
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Vicki Fairley
General Manager, People and Place
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Dr Anne Probert
General Manager, Regional Strategy and Sectors
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Nadia Phillips
Māori Partnerships Lead
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Jennifer Patterson
Corporate Services Manager
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Brylee Flutey
Communications and Marketing Manager
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Annual Reports

Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2021
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2020
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2019
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2018
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2017
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2016
Venture Taranaki Annual Report 2015