urban task force

Meet the Board

Governance of the Urban Task Force (UTF) is provided by a leadership committee dedicated to delivering our key strategic priorities:

  • Growth
  • Governance & Leadership
  • Connections
  • Vision
  • Education & Economy
  • Iwi Partnerships
  • Civic & Community Facilities
  • Funding & Investment

UTF works closely with Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Ranginui, who both have representatives on our leadership committee.

UTF works in collaborative partnership with other local key stakeholder associations including:

Priority One, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Tauranga Maona Museum Trust and Property Council.

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Scott Adams


Scott Adams - Chair

Scott is the Managing Director and General Manager of Carrus group. He is responsible for the financial performance and day-to-day management of all projects throughout New Zealand, including engineering and design, plan changes, resource consents, and achieving commercial outcomes
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Simon Collett

Founding Member

Simon Collett - Founding Member

A longtime resident of Tauranga, Simon Collett is a partner at Holland Beckett Law. While he specialises in commercial property law, Simon also moonlights as a developer focusing on the CBD.
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Steve Cutfield

Founding Member

Steve Cutfield - Founding Member

Steve is recognised for his ability to identify, design, and deploy innovative techniques and solutions that result in the improvement of process and delivery efficiency, while driving commercial viability, quality results, and sustainable outcomes.
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Morgan Jones

Founding Member

Morgan Jones - Founding Member

Morgan has worked across all sectors of the industry including the delivery of new residential communities, town centres and commercial developments, integrated retirement and aged care projects and tourism projects.
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Peter McCawe

Founding Member

Peter McCawe - Founding Member

Peter is an experienced construction professional who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. He has played a large part in Tauranga’s built environment having been involved in many of the cities large scale commercial developments
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Scott McKenzie

Founding Member

Scott McKenzie - Founding Member

Scott has a wealth of commercial and leadership experience in diverse businesses across New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including ASB Bank in New Zealand, the Bank of New Zealand and the Royal Bank of Scotland in London.

Buddy Mikaere

Founding Member

Buddy Mikaere - Founding Member

Buddy Mikaere is a professional historian by qualification and specialises in Maori consultation and associated activities. For over twenty-five years, Buddy has facilitated Maori consultation for many development projects working closely with government departments, local government, large corporate companies, iwi entities and private clients.
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Omea Willows


Omea Willows - Member

Omea has extensive experience in the commercial property sector, having worked in the industry for over 10 years focusing on client engagement with previous experience in the legal sector. She is recognised for her leadership skills and focus on continual improvement.
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Rachel Emerson


Rachel Emerson - Member

Rachel has a strong background in all facets of real estate having worked in a wide spectrum of property roles for retailers, landlords and developers. Roles include Portfolio Leasing National Bank including both new branch rollout and CBD rationalisation, CBD high rise property and portfolio management, shopping centre leasing, development management, industrial land subdivision and sales.
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Kelvin Eden


Kelvin Eden - Member

Kelvin naturally sees projects through a wide lens and has experience working on international large scale developments. Kelvin is now leading teams delivering transformational projects in Tauranga’s CBD, that will reshape how the city looks and functions for generations to come
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Adam Ross


Adam Ross - Member

With over 20 years’ experience in commercial business development, Adam manages the big picture for Sabre and its related business entities. Throughout his career he’s acquired skills across a broad range of industries including property development, construction, product design, manufacturing and retail. Adam now focuses on the overall management and delivery of projects for Sabre’s clients. His strategic nature means he’s always looking for the right angle and opportunity to bring different parties together to collaborate.

Paora Stanley


Paora Stanley - Member

Chief Executive Ngai te Rangi

UTF employs paid executives to undertake the day-to-day operations of the organisation and work with the leadership committee to gather insights, provide advocacy and represent the UTF in its dealings with local and central authorities.

Beyond UTF’s advocacy workstreams, the organisation also hosts an extensive events programme which provides informative and educational networking engagements for members. These include events such as speaker series, site visits to new developments and panel discussions.

UTF’s Board Members are highly dedicated and committed business professionals who bring a combined 230+ years of property industry knowledge and expertise to the organisation.

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