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.

Merle Metekingi

Ki te taha o taku tūpuna koroua, nō Te Ati Haunui-ā-Pāpārangi, ko Ngāti Poutama te iwi, ko Ngāti Tumango te hapū. Ki te taha o taku tūpuna kuia, ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa te iwi, ko Ngāti Hinepare, ko Ngai Tumapuhia-ā-Rangi ngā hapū. Nō Copenhagen, Denmark ngā mātua o taku Māmā.

Kia Ora tātou, I have lived in Ōtaki for 24 years. I have raised, with the help of my community, three children. I am excited and enthusiastic about the kaupapa of “Solar Energy Radiant Light and Heat.”

I am currently employed at Te Kura-ā-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano where my youngest children have attended. I look forward to engaging with and empowering the community of Ōtaki.

Ngā mihi

Derek Gower

Derek came from a farming background and was a Nuffield Scholar to the UK in 1972.  In a major lifestyle change he moved to Hamilton and co-founded Houston Medical in 1986. After acquiring total ownership, Derek grew it to become one of the largest providers of medical software in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.  In 2015, after receiving an attractive offer from a large Australian medical software company, he retired to the Kāpiti Coast and is pleased to be involved in community projects such as Coastal Energy.

Barb Nixon Mackay

MBA, Victoria University of Wellington, 1998, Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies (Natural Resource Management and Landscape Management), Massey University, 2013. PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner, 2017.

Barb has been lucky to live on the sunny Kāpiti Coast for much of her life. Her passion is to live harmoniously and sustainably alongside our natural environment and the resources it provides.  She actively supports the technologies and innovations that will enable us to do this.  The development of a community owned and operated Solar Energy Farm is a prime example.

Barb has a background in Information Systems consultancy, including project management, business analysis and business planning. In recent years she has taken governance roles, including having been a past Chair and current Secretary/Treasurer of the Kapiti Women’s Centre. Barb believes that governance roles are both a privilege and responsibility and she undertakes this work for the benefit of the both clients, staff and investors.

In her spare time, Barb likes to explore our beautiful country, enjoying the diverse scenery and spectacular views at the beach or in the hills.

Eldon Potaka

Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Apa, Tūwharetoa, Whanganui iwi.

B.A Teaching Diploma (Canterbury University) Post grad diploma in Communications and Information Technology (Victoria University). Member, NZ and Australia Prefab association, Qualified Chemical Handler.

Eldon has held senior roles across diverse industries including; Tourism, education, construction, telco and renewable energy.

National and international business development, key relationship building and project co operation, collaboration / market researcher for Technomancy.

Project management experience in tier one infrastructure/ facilities management focussing on health and safety

A leader within Maori community, Eldon is passionate about values and principles of his culture and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the environment. Eldon is the Chair of the Ngāti Tama Mandate group for the Wellington Treaty Claim since 2009.

Formerly a pioneer freestyle skier achieving honours as a New Zealand representative internationally.

Pip Payne

From the UK, then Wellington, and recently home at Ōtaki Beach.

With a background in graphic design, print, visual communications and as a training provider, Pip also has a history of innovative community projects. He has been self employed for over 35 years, with clients all over NZ.

His background as a musician led to the formation of Capital Blues Inc. and the the Gospel Project.

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