Agribusiness Leadership Group


The FOMA Leadership Group oversees our agribusiness portfolio, bringing a depth of national and international industry and market experience, expertise and networks.


leadership-group-kingi-smilerKingi Smiler, CA, BCA – Chairman

Kingi is currently the Chairman of Miraka Ltd, Wairarapa Moana Incorporation and Ahuwhenua Trophy Trust. He is also a Director on Mangatu Incorporation, Wi Pere Trust and Wellington Rugby Union.
In 2013 Kingi was awarded the Federated Farmers 2013 Allflex Agri-Business Person of the Year for his gifted business leadership and his breakthrough developments in Māori Agri-business.
A vastly experienced businessman, Kingi has held a number of directorships including the NZ Wool Board, Wool NZ and Canesis Wool Research. A former partner in Ernst and Young, he spent 8 years in Toronto specialising in business planning and corporate restructuring.

executive-committee-traci-houpapaTraci Houpapa, MNZM JP

Traci Houpapa has been instrumental in raising
the profile of Māori agribusiness in New Zealand, highlighting the significant contribution Māori Authorities and iwi asset holders make to Aotearoa NZ Inc. She is the Chairman of Te Uranga B2 Incorporation, a mixed livestock enterprise in the King Country and a finalist in the 2013 BNZ Ahuwhenua Maori Excellence in Farming Competition. As the Acting Chair of State Owned Enterprise Landcorp and FOMA Chair, Traci presides over considerable primary sector enterprises.

leadership-group-dr-gavin-sheathDr Gavin Sheath, PhD

Gavin is an agricultural systems consultant with extensive international and domestic experience as a scientist and businessman. Dr Sheath spent over 40 years with AgResearch in various senior management roles. More recently he has provided strategic planning services to Māori agribusinesses, the Deer industry and the Dairy Industry. He has participated in technical reviews and R&D programme governance in both the private and public sectors and worked in Japan, Mongolia and South America.

leadership-group-hilton-collierHilton Collier

A Registered Farm Management Consultant with
more than 20 years of experience in pastoral farming systems. Most of this gained in Northern Hawkes Bay and the East Coast. With a diverse practice his work includes the supervision of several large scale farming businesses as well as working with smaller family owned/managed properties. He is Trustee for the Tairāwhiti Land Development Trust and a member of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.Hilton is a follower of rugby and keenly supports the Magpies and the Hurricanes.
In his spare time he has can be found on his families 700 ha cropping and sheep/beef cropping farm on the East Coast.