Whanganui District Holdings

​​​​​​​​​​​​Whanganui District Council Holdings Limited (WDCHL) has been operating since 2002 as a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO), fully owned by the Whanganui District Council. 

Our r​​ole

The role of WDCHL is to manage and oversee the Council's commercial assets. We also advise the Council on new investment opportunities and the strategic management of assets.

WDCHL brings business experience, industrial expertise and an independent focus to the governance of the Council's commercial operations. We make sure that the assets we oversee are well-managed and provide the best possible financial and strategic returns to the Council. Financial proceeds from the assets are then directed by the Council into areas and activities that benefit the whole of the Whanganui community and our district.

WDHCL is accountable to the Council through an annual Statement of Intent, regular reporting to Council meetings and the publication of annual reports and financial statements. 

Our board

Annette Main (ONZM) (Chair)

Annette Main was the Mayor of the Whanganui District from 2010 to 2​​016. Before that, she represented Whanganui for 12 years on the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council, chairing the Environment Committee for nine years and as deputy chair for three years. Annette is currently on the Whanganui District Health Board. 

Passionate about the survival of New Zealand's smaller regions, she is strongly focussed on 'economic gardening', where emphasis is on growing the reputation of Whanganui as a place to live based on the existing attributes and enhancement of existing business activity.

Areas of responsibility: Port, Property​​​​​

Matthew Doyle (Deputy Chair)

Matthew first joined the WDCHL Board in June 2005. In his day job, Matthew is the Principal of the Whanganui branch of accountancy practice Doyle and Associates.

Areas of responsibility: Airport, Gas, Port, Commercial Pilot Academy​​​

Peter Hazl​edine

Peter Hazledine was appointed to the WDCHL Board in March 2014. He has extensive experience in the Energy (Petroleum and Gas) Sector.

​Area of responsibility: Gas ​

Simon Karipa

Simon is a lawyer by background, with significant investment and governance experience. Current positions include being General Manager Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust; Chairman, Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Ltd and Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and is a Minister-appointed member of the Charities Registration Board. He has extensive iwi relationships and deep networks within the iwi / Māori commercial sector. Simon was born in Whanganui and is of Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Ngā Wariki-Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hauiti and Pākēhā descent.

Appointed to the Board March 2018​​​​​

 Dav​​id Rae

David is a company director and consultant whose most recent employment experience (2010 - 2016) was Head of Investment Analysis at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (the sovereign wealth fund with around $35 billion in assets). He has extensive governance and investment experience and has previously worked at the OECD, National Bank of New Zealand and Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Current directorships include Longroad Energy Holdings (US-based renewable energy developer) and the Perpetual Guardian Fund (PIF).

Appointed to the Board March 2018​

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