Tanya Houghton - Pou Ārahi
Chief Executive Officer

Tanya has been leading the Farmlands/Te Whenua Tāroa whānau as Chief Executive Officer since 2021. She brings extensive experience delivering organisational change, strong financial outcomes and performance focus to the role. Tanya is passionate about improving customer and team experience, delivering business growth by listening and responding to the needs of both. She is focused on instilling this way of operating across Farmlands/Te Whenua Tāroa.

Prior to joining the co-operative, Tanya held the role of Chief Executive of MoleMap ANZ Group. She also spent 15 years with Greencross Group, Australasia's largest integrated pet care and veterinary company, in various roles in both Australia and New Zealand. Tanya also has governance experience including as a director of Animates NZ Holdings Ltd and the Petbarn Foundation.

Tanya is passionate about the unique role Farmlands/Te Whenua Tāroa has in supporting New Zealand agriculture. Tanya is guided by the concept of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga in building strategy and in her approach to measuring success.  Tanya believes that, as CEO, she is responsible for the protection and care of Farmlands/Te Whenua Tāroa, to ensure the co-operative remains healthy and self-sustaining for the future.

Her connection to the whenua (land) is important to her. Away from work, Tanya loves spending time with her whānau (including Fergus the dog) walking in the Port Hills and enjoying the array of outdoors activities on offer in the greater Canterbury region.