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

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

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

Kevin Murphy
Board Member

Former CEO of TSB with many community and governance roles.

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. 

Executive Team

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

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

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