Our Directors

Phil Malpas

Phil has been self employed since 1986, working in IT consulting. He has also lectured in Management Accounting and Computer Studies for Polytechnics and Massey University.  Phil holds a BA in Psychology and a Diploma of Management (NZIM).

He was General Manager of the Computer Support Company, part of ANDAS group and worked in several consulting and audit contracts as Executive leasing.  Phil is now the Director of 5th Generation Systems Ltd, AMWIN (NZ) Ltd.

Phil has a strong enthusiasm for community activity especially where there is an opportunity to own and manage infrastructure projects.  Situations where the corporate objective can be inconsistent with community needs should have greater community involvement, a principle he strongly believes in.

Ngā mihi

Ann Matthews

Greetings to you all from a mature woman embracing a cross roads in her life. For me, it is time to give back to the planet, to the next generation and to act in a way that reflects this.

I am a mother of two adult children, teach music part time at both colleges in Levin and live on 1.5 hectares of land that produces delicious food all year round. I am passionate about music, the outdoors and sustainability. I enjoy the benefits of being healthy and fit.

I am a skilled organiser, am confident with addressing people at meetings and public forums and can write reports in response to documentation. I enjoy being with people and like to be part of a team.

I have lived in the Horowhenua region for 30 years. I am very excited at the prospect that we can lead the way for solar farming in New Zealand. After hearing the talk earlier this month about the proposed solar farm I came away knowing that I wanted to be a part of this initiative.

Dr Antoine Bittar

Tony is an internationally recognised renewable energy researcher, consultant and company director with more than 30 years experience in the field. He has acted as advisor to Government agencies, international development organisations and private companies.

His set of expertise includes research and development, commercialization and deployment of renewable technologies globally; particularly in New Zealand, Australia, USA, France, Germany, India, the MENA region and the South Pacific.

Based in Wellington since 2019, Tony is founder and managing director of Front-end Solar Technologies Ltd, a New Zealand company offering solar and storage at residential, commercial, industrial and utility scales.

Dennis Crone

Dennis is a new resident of Otaki having built a new home in 2017. He holds a B.Agr. Sc degree from Lincoln University, having specialised in Farm management and Agricultural Engineering.

He was recently managing a team of professionals at Gisborne District Council as part of the Science and Environmental Services section of Council. This section completed State of the Environment reports and processed Regional Council consents associated with Land, Water and Coastal environments.

Prior to Regional Council work he was a farm consultant and Ministry for Primary Industry Policy Analyst, based in Nelson. Part of his role in working for central Government was as a Government appointed director of the NZ Hop Marketing Board. He held this position for 13 years. NZ Hop Marketing Board was a grower owned single desk marketing organising that operated under the Cooperative Companies regulations.

Dennis was an early investor in the co-operative and sees his role as being a useful community-based member of the board with an understanding of Resource Management and the working of a successful co-operative.

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