Our People

mark ngata

Mark Ngata

Chief Executive Officer

mngata@npsl.co.nz (06) 868 1644

I am absolutely passionate about fisheries and seafood. There are so many different species and products, and I never thought I would return home and be able to manage a business like this.

Ko Karakatuwhero te Awa
Ko Pukeamaru te Maunga
Ko Tutua raua ko Karuai te Marae
Ko Te Whanau a Te Aopare me Ngai Tamakoro raua ko Te Whanau a Karuai te Hapu
Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi     

Favourite ancestor? Ta Apirana Ngata. He had a vision for our people, their growth and development and opportunities, seldom seen.  His statement about each generation taking on the responsibility to grow the assets and putea of the tribe resonates with me in this generation and I am determined to achieve that. 

Favourite whakatauki/proverb?   Te Kawa Moana o Horouta. This is a chant.  I love it because it encapsulates the courage to go into the unknown, the sense of adventure, and seeking better things and life for the people.

What is your favourite seafood?   Fresh Bluff Oysters and Koura.

Best day out fishing? Every time I go diving for Koura and Paua up the Coast.

Hobbies?  Rugby, Golf, Basketball and Hunting.

What is your role? I am the CEO (Kaihautu) of NPSG.  I don’t run the business, that’s what I have managers for.  My role is to identify the strategic direction for the business and then guide it towards that vision.  Our vision statement is: Whaia te kauika a Tangaroa, ma kona e ora ai nga uri whakatipu -- From the bounty of Tangaroa, we will sustain our future generations. For me that means a commitment to build a profitable and sustainable seafood business that creates opportunities using the best science and technology. This is very much part of our value creation strategy to move away from mainstream fishing industry.

What previous experiences most help you in your work here?   Having both national and global experiences in management and leading roles in this sector has certainly helped me.  Both these roles dealt with emerging indigenous businesses and opportunities which have also been of great assistance to me.

What do you love about working here?   I am absolutely passionate about fisheries and seafood. There are so many different species and products, and I never thought I would return home and be able to manage a business like this. It’s great, something different every day and to engage with our people is awesome.

How does Ngati Porou Seafoods Group benefit the people of Ngati Porou?  

It’s an example of what success can look like if we have a clear strategy, and have the right people to drive it forward.

What do you hope to help Ngati Porou Seafoods Group to achieve in years to come? 

We are profitable but not sustainable at this point.  To achieve that we need more scale in key areas to be able to control areas of the value and supply chain that put us at risk. Things like key quota species, vessels, and key channel market access.  I hope to see NPSG achieve the scale they require to be a sustainable business so that we can control our destiny.