Matt Te Pou has a long history in leadership coaching, facilitating and team building. He spent 23 years of his career in the army and served as an instructor at the elite Officer Military College Duntroon in Australia for three years.
For 11 years Matt was the coach of the New Zealand Māori Rugby team, taking the team from an amateur sport to a professional game.
Matt was also a negotiator on behalf of eight iwi in the CNI Forestry deal and is now the Chairman of the CNI Holdings responsible for the 176,000 hectares. Currently Matt is Chairman of the Tūhoe Fisheries Charitable Trust and mentor to the Executive 28 Māori Battalion Board.