Executive Committee

Andrew Wilson

Chair of PNG NZ Business Council
2019 – present
e: andrew@wilsonsmith.co.nz

Andrew has recently been appointed Chair of the PNGNZ Business Council, having been a member through his company Beca, a New Zealand based engineering firm, with extensive international experience, including assisting in the design and construction of many of PNG’s infrastructure and industrial assets since the early 1990’s. Beca was one of the founding chairs of the Business Council back in 1993.

 Andrew has worked personally in PNG since 2010, leading Beca’s work in the country, including the first phase of the large, ADB funded CADIP Project, providing the design for the upgrade of runways of 11 regional airfields and the construction of the Hoskins airport and the new Mt Hagen Terminal.

Andrew Wilson has had a career spanning more than 40 years, has worked and travelled extensively and has overseen a number of infrastructure development projects throughout the Asia Pacific Region. He has recently retired as the International Director of Beca, New Zealand’s leading engineering and related consultancy services organisation, specialising in the design and management of projects throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Andrew is also on the board of PCF, where he joined in 2014 and is currently the Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Risk committee.


John Hayes – Patron

e: johnhayes862@gmail.com

After a period working as an economist, Hayes joined MFAT. He has represented New Zealand in Singapore, India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia where he was head of Mission, in Papua New Guinea  and in Iran (as Ambassador. He was made  an Officer of the Order of Merit for his work in the Bougainville conflict. He was Principal Private Secretary to Mike Moore for 3 years during The Ministers Moore’s tenure of the cabinet portfolios’ of Overseas Trade and Marketing, Tourism and Sport. He was elected as Member of Parliament for the Wairarapa for three terms from 2005.

He has business interests in Wellington and the Wairarapa and served as a Director of the New Zealand Export Import Corporation for three years. 

John was appointed as Patron to the NZ PNG business council at the Annual General Meeting in 2018

Greg Eden

Eden Palmer Prewitt
e: Greg@eppl.co.nz

Greg is very entrepreneurial in his approach to business. He enjoys high-level thinking and building
sound strategies that promote growth. He has the ability to look at existing business structures and
to work with clients to maximize the company’s and/or products’ potentials. Greg is a director on a
number Boards in the Property, Health and IT sectors. Greg is also a mentor and business coach to a
number of clients.
Greg believes business has to be built upon an ethical platform and rates integrity as the most
important asset any business should have. He is honest and totally committed to providing
partnerships based on service and loyalty.



Richard Busby

Business Link Pacific
e: richard.busby@businesslinkpacific.com


Peter Kiely

Kiely Thompson Caisley
e: kiely@ktc.co.nz

Peter was a founder member of NZPNGBC in 1993.  He has been a regular visitor to PNG since then.  He liaises, arranges and recommends professional legal services.  


Paul Pledge

General Manager – Operations, Tradestaff Global
e: paul.pledge@tradestaffglobal.com

Tradestaff Global is a New Zealand based international recruitment agency that specialises in the supply of Expat workers in contract, temporary and permanent positions across a variety of sectors.

Part of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment group we offer a unique method of supplying labour. Our approach delivers significant benefits to companies operating

internationally and in particular more remote locations.

We have supplied clients of varying sizes from one worker to large projects with over 100 Tradestaff Global workers on site at any given time in a multitude of different sectors including;-

  • Remote Projects
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power & Energy
  • Civil & Infrastructure
  • Mining
Eric van Duin

Vice Chair 

Plant & Platform – Technical Manager
e: evanduin@pandp.co.nz

Eric van Duin has a Chemical Engineering background. Eric has spent close to 30 years in the Oil and Gas industry in New Zealand and the Netherlands. He started his career at NZRC (New Zealand Refining Company). This was followed by a variety of roles with Shell in the Netherlands, at the head office and Shell’s refinery located at Pernis.

Eric returned to NZRC as part of the Future Fuels Team, responsible for the integration of new units into the existing refinery structure. Since 2009, he has been employed by Plant & Platform Consultants Ltd (P&P) and has been in his current role as Technical Manager for the last five years.

Eric has represented P&P on the NZPNGBC over the last few years, taking up the role as vice chair for the last three years. Based in New Plymouth Eric enjoys the outdoors as well as the arts in all its forms.

Dr Paul Hutchison

Honorary Consul to PNG
e: drpaulhutchison@gmail.com


Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

w: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/pacific/

New Zealand is a Pacific country connected to the region by culture, history, politics, people, language, and shared interests. We also share personal ties, including family connections and the links forged through education, business, travel, and friendship.

The Pacific is a unique part of the world. Its 30,000 islands may make up less than 2% of the Pacific Ocean but they’re brimming with unique species, rainforests and glorious beaches; surrounded by crystal clear waters, coral reefs and the world’s deepest ocean trenches; and they are home to an extraordinary community.

The Pacific Ocean itself has rich cultural, social and ecological significance, and ocean areas are an important economic resource for many Pacific countries.

The region does have its challenges: in some areas the soil can’t grow crops or feed farm animals, there are active volcanoes and extreme weather events, sea levels are rising, and there aren’t always the workers needed to build, design, plan, teach, protect and care for the community. New Zealand works in partnership with Pacific countries to meet these challenges, and to support peace, prosperity, and environmental protection in the Pacific region.

Now, more than ever, the well-being of New Zealand’s people, economy and environment is closely linked to the well-being of the Pacific region in which we live. We are committed to sustainable development with and for the Pacific, and tackling the global challenges – particularly climate change – that affect our region

Pacific Trade Invest

w: https://www.pacifictradeinvest.co.nz/

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand is part of the Pacific Trade Invest Network of offices operating out of Sydney, Australia; Beijing, People’s Republic of China; Geneva, Switzerland and Auckland, New Zealand. We are the Pacific’s lead trade and investment promotion agency, tasked to drive trade and investment between the economies of the Pacific Island Countries and New Zealand.

Our mandate is driven by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), supporting the 16 Forum countries from the Blue Pacific: the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands (Marshall Islands), Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.