Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika
Wayne is a founding partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Fomana Capital Ltd and NZ Bio Forestry Limited. He holds a Master of Management from the University of Auckland, specialising in business modelling and systems thinking. He has managed entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as public and private enterprises. Wayne is a shareholder and Director on a number of bio-pharmacy, food ingredient, and commercial companies, and he is involved in a number of Māori businesses.
Wayne has attended the Stanford University Executive Bootcamp for NZ CEOs (2014); SAP and Stanford design School intensive design thinking program in January 2015; and in 2016 USA Consumer Insights at Stanford University; and has attended two Executive Queenstown Agribusiness Summits in 2013 and 2015 - these courses were taught by a Harvard University Professors - on Harvard Case Study Methods.
Wayne is the founding chair of the Maori agribusiness group NUKU ki te PUKU that is designing pre-diabetic plant based protein foods for Chinese. Director and investor in NZ Bio Forestry (bio-tech venture Taiwan/Singapore & NZ). A director on Anagenix - nutraceutical and shareholder HoneyLab. Both of these companies have invested deeply in clinical trials, data and IP.
Wayne has been involved in two New Zealand business delegations signings of free trade missions (China and ASEAN). Wayne is a director on WellingtonNZ and CreativeHQ and a trustee on Tawhiri Trust (NZ Festival, Wellington Jazz, Lexus, Second Unit). Wayne is a trustee on Te Kahui o Taranaki (Taranaki) and Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (Wellington) and Te Runanganui o Te Atiawa (Wellington/Hutt).