Our People & Partners

MANAGING DIRECTOR – Manu Caddie has a background in community development and social enterprise. He has a design degree and work experience in the advertising industry, central government, local government and The World Bank. He worked for ten years as a researcher and project manager serving a diverse range of public and private organisations. Manu leads the business development of Hikurangi Bioactives by identifying and bringing together the best research team for each project with local stakeholders, committed investors and market opportunities.

DIRECTOR – Panapa Ehau is a co-owner in a number of Māori land blocks in the ancestral estate of Te Papa Tipu o Uepohatu. With more than two decades of business experience in housing development, environmental services and social enterprise, Panapa is focused on developing sustainable inter-generational economic pathways that utilise and enhance local natural resources. Panapa is head of sustainable development at the Eastern Institute of Technology.



Dr Nicky Solomon (plant science innovation & commercialisation)

Nick Gerritsen (IP protection and commercialisation)

Henare Walker (international trade, markets & exporting)

Rick Thorpe (manufacturing & exporting)


Hikurangi Bioactives has formal research and development relationships with the following organisations and institutions: University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Sydney, Massey University, University of Waikato, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research, Medical Research Institute of NZ, Callaghan Innovation and a number of private companies and research organisations.

We work closely with a number of government agencies including: Department of Conservation, NZ Trade & Enterprise, Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry of Health (MedSafe).

Hikurangi Bioactives uses these companies for professional services: Lowndes Jordan (company lawyers), AJ Park (IP lawyers), Coates & Associates (accountants), Everedge Global (valuations).