Te Awanui Huka Pak Ltd is a 100% Maori owned company founded in 1984 by a collection of Maori trusts. At the time, the founders were all kiwifruit growers looking to venture into the value chain. Today Te Awanui Huka Pak Shareholders collectively are the largest Māori Kiwifruit growers. Te Awanui are influential shareholders in the publicly listed Australasian Produce Business Seeka Ltd. Te Awanui Huka Pak also has direct interests in commercial property at Mount Maunganui and Avocados in the far north through a recent syndication.
The Chairperson of Te Awanui is Ratahi Cross, he is also Chairman of their largest shareholder – Ngai Tukairangi Trust, one of the largest single growers of Kiwifruit in Aotearoa NZ. With a background in Natural Science specializing in Native flora and fauna. He also lectures in Māori History for several tribes he belongs to. He is an acknowledged Horticulture pioneer and leader.