Hemi Rolleston

Contact

  • Phone: +64 7 343 5611
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  • Role: General Manager Maori Forestry Futures

About

Hemi joined Scion in February 2019 after 5 years at Callaghan Innovation where he commenced as the inaugural General Manager Maori Economy and lead significant change for the organisation’s engagement with the Maori economy, including a number of key initiatives such as the successful Maori Food Collective Nuku ki te Puku, Amua Ao (Maori students to Stanford) and Matariki X. He was also the Interim Chief Executive for 9 months and led the organisation successfully through a key period of change. Prior to joining Scion, Hemi was General Manager of Sectors leading a team of 50 to support New Zealand business on their innovation journey. 

Before his time at Callaghan Innovation, Hemi spent 7 years as the Inaugural Chief Executive of Te Awanui Hukapak, a 100% Maori owned kiwifruit company in Mount Maunganui with investment across the entire kiwifruit value chain. 

Hemi is a former Director of the Rotorua Lakes Council entity Grow Rotorua and Priority One in Tauranga. He is currently a Director on Ngati Whakaue Assets Trust and Ngamanawa Inc who have significant investments in Forestry. Hemi is born and bred in Rotorua and is Ngati Whakaue through both his parents and also has Ngaiterangi and Ngati Ranginui Whakapapa. Hemi holds a Business Management Degree and Post Graduate Maori through Waikato University and has undertaken the Kelloggs Rural Leaders Programme through Lincoln as well as completing three leadership programs through Stanford University.