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

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

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.

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.

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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