Owner/Chairman, Robotics Plus
Steven Saunders (Ngāti Ranginui) has 34 years’ experience in the Horticultural and food sector and is the founder, owner and Managing Director of the Plus Group of companies, specialising in horticulture management consultancy, orchard ownership, global pollen production, Robotic development (Robotics Plus ltd), international ventures, applied technology, environmental research, innovation and science.
Steven is the co-founder of Newnham Park Innovation Centre in Tauranga (NZ), which hosts eight local export award winning independent companies predominately in the food sector, a major stakeholder in the Kiwifruit Industry, an active Angel investor, a Director of many privately-owned companies and tech startups, an elected member of the executive board for Priority One (driving economic growth in the Bay of Plenty, NZ), independent director Lincoln Hub, Agrigate, Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and founding shareholder and Director of Rockit Global Limited.
Steven is an active member of the Te Hono Stanford Business School Alumni, Nuku Ki Te Puku (Māori food and beverage cluster) and Te Tiro Toi Whakangao (Māori tech cluster).
Steven is a founder, shareholder and Director of “WNT Ventures” tech incubator and a founding member of PlantTech, Tauranga (NZ) recently awarded Regional Research Institute, a Private sector - Government initiative.
Steven was awarded the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Westpac “Business Leadership Award in 2014” and the Tauranga Boys College 2016 old boy award.