Traci Houpapa

Professional Director

Traci is an award-winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She is a trusted advisor to Maori, Government, public and private sector entities on strategic and economic development.

Traci has been described as a leader with the courage to speak out and lead by example – someone who is not afraid to swim upstream when the current is strongly flowing the other way. Traci listens, learns and lets others lead and grow. She is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her clear focus on building the wealth and prosperity of Aotearoa.

Traci is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and recognised as a role model for other directors and business leaders. She has been named as one of the top ten most influential women in NZ agribusiness and the Listener’s top ten influencers in NZ. She won the Westpac Fairfax Media Women of Influence Board and Management award and has been named on Westpac’s NZ Women Powerbrokers list. Traci has been awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for services to New Zealand agribusiness and Maori and named amongst the BBC's 100 Most Influential Women in the World.

Traci has an MBA from Massey University and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant

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