On the move in the New Zealand political economy this week:
New Zealand Refining named Mike Fuge as its new chief executive, tapping a manager with experience in renewable energy as the company seeks to engage with the government over its policy of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Fuge is currently head of Melbourne-based renewable energy company Pacific Hydro, which has over 1 gigawatt of renewable projects in operation or construction and operates across Australia, Chile and Brazil. The Whangarei-based company said Fuge's start date hasn't been settled but he was expected to start no later than the fourth quarter.
NZ Refining announced in February that current chief executive Sjoerd Post would leave in July after five years in charge of New Zealand's only oil refinery. Under his watch, the company completed its $365 million Te Mahi Hou upgrade and extension to boost production, and more recently dealt with the outages on the refinery-to-Auckland pipeline. He has now agreed to stay on beyond his intended departure date to assist in the interim, it said.
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund board appointed Matt Whineray as chief executive, a role he has been acting in since March after Adrian Orr left the job to become Reserve Bank Governor at the end of March. Whineray, who was previously the fund's chief investment officer, first joined the organisation in 2008. His appointment will be effective from July 1.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford announced the appointment of former Labour cabinet minister and Maungakiekie MP Mark Gosche as deputy chair of the Housing New Zealand board. He replaces previous chair and former investment banker John Duncan, who will stay on as a director. Adrienne Young-Cooper was reappointed to be board chair until May 31 2019. Michael Schur was reappointed as board member until 30 June 2020.
Attorney General David Parker announced that Tini Clark will be sworn in as a District Court Judge on August 10 with a jury warrant to be based in Manukau. Clark began her career in general practice in Pukekohe, Te Awamutu and Hamilton before moving to the Hawkes Bay, where she specialised in criminal law as defence counsel and as a Crown panel member.
She then joined the Crown Solicitors’ offices in Gisborne and in Hamilton and has been a Crown prosecutor with Almao Douch .
Chief Ombudsman Leo Donnelly announced he was joining Chen Palmer Partners. He was ending a 12 month term started last June when he took over from Ron Paterson, who resigned three years into a five year term under the weight of overdue investigations. Donnelly had been Deputy Ombudsman from 2004 until he stepped up in June 2017. Donnelly will start as a special counsel in Chen Palmer starting on July 2.
BNZ announced its "chief risk officer" Peter Whitelaw was moving to parent National Australia Bank to take up the same role there. BNZ appointed Sam Perkins to the role
The Commission for Financial Capability's General Manager of Education, David Boyle, announced he would be leaving after almost four years to work in a sales and marketing role at Mint Asset Management.
Meanwhile, Mint announced its executive director and Chief Investment Officer Paul Richardson would resign from September to pursue his other interests, including as a director of MyFarm. Current Mint portfolio manager Anthony Halls would then step up to the Chief Investment Officer role.
Former Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO David Murray started as chairman of AMP on Thursday. Mike Wilkins, AMP’s interim Executive Chairman, will return to the role of acting Chief Executive Officer.
(Updated at midday on Friday)