Biography

Morris has worked both in NZ and the UK in a range of commercial, strategic and project management roles for Mighty River Power, BG Group (FTSE-25) and Ernst & Young. 

He holds an MBA from the University of Oxford in addition to a Master of Laws with first class honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland. 

Since February 2009, Morris has operated Shea Pita & Associates Ltd (Shea Pita) together with Sharon Shea, where he advises organisations engaged in Maori economic development.   He uses his extensive commercial experience to provide clients with strategy and economic advice and has worked on a wide range of projects in the electricity, water, fishing, agriculture, SOE IPO process, forestry, carbon, aquaculture, education, health, justice and tourism sectors. 

Examples of clients include the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board, Te Arawa Group Holdings Ltd, Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Ngati Tuwharetoa Fisheries Trust, Poutama Trust, Ngati Rangi Trust (Ruapehu), Tauhara Moana Trust, Middle 15 Trust, Lake Rotoaira Trust, Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust, Lake Taupo Forest Trust, Te Arawa River Iwi Trust, Parahirahi C1 Trust, Puketapu 3A Incorporation and NIWA. 

Morris supports iwi and hapu entities as they negotiate agreements and joint ventures with partner companies ensuring they establish sound and well thought through commercial relationships capable of standing the test of time and delivering real economic benefits on an inter-generational basis.   He also assists clients with economic modelling and the creation of strategies for investment and asset development, and the design of appropriate governance and management structures.

Prior to the establishment of Shea Pita, Morris was a Commercial Manager for Mighty River Power, and has worked on some of New Zealand’s largest geothermal deals, including negotiations between Tauhara North No. 2 Trust and Mighty River Power leading to the construction of Nga Awa Purua, the world’s largest single turbine geothermal plant ($430m). 

In 2008 Morris was the Project Manager for Ngatamariki Geothermal Power Plant during its exploration drilling phase.  Ngatamariki commissioned in 2013 and generates sufficient electricity to meet the requirements of 82,000 households.  As inaugural Project Manager he was responsible for initiating this development on behalf of Mighty River Power which among other things involved the management of a $41mexploration budget, economic modelling and business case development, managing a team of ~110 engineering, geoscience and drilling personnel, drilling two successful 3000 metre exploration wells, and constructing and operating a (16,000m³) drilling water supply reservoir.

Morris has been a member of the Eden Park Trust Board since 2009 and is the Chair of its Finance and Audit Committee.  

In December 2013 he was appointed by the Minister of Health as a member of both the Auckland District Health Board and the Waitemata District Health Board. He sits on both organisation’s Audit and Finance committees as well as their combined Maori Health committee (Co-Chair).

Since 2003, he has been a trustee on his hapu trust in Whangaruru (Whangaroa Ngaiotonga Trust) where he helps oversee farm lease, forestry and investment issues on a 2000 acre block.  Morris is also the Treasurer of Nga Uri o Wiremu Moromona Raua Ko Whakarongohau Pita Incorporated, and a Director of Turuki Pharmacy Limited providing affordable medicines to low income families in South Auckland.