Board of Directors

Chairman – Peter Liddle (BCom,CA)

Peter joined the board as Chairman in June 2016  He is a Chartered Accountant with business degree from Auckland University. He has experience in senior management roles in the mineral and petroleum private sectors and is presently Company Secretary of TSX.V listed Antipodes Gold.

Managing Director - Chris Castle (BCA, ACA, CFIP)

 Chris is a chartered accountant with nearly four decades experience in the investment and corporate finance sectors. Chris was a founding director of Spectrum Resources and Premier Mining Securities and has held directorships in ten NZX listed companies. His mining and mineral exploration background includes a series of projects with AMOIL NZ, Kanieri Gold Dredging and Australian Anglo-American.

His investment sector experience includes Brierley Investments and the Regina Confections/Charter Corporation group. He established Aorere (formerly Widespread) in 1989 as an aggressively focused investor and share trader. He is also managing director of Chatham Rock Phosphate, a non-executive director of TSX.V listed Asian Mineral Resources, and Akura Ltd.

Director - Linda Sanders (Diploma of Journalism)

Linda has more than 35 years of experience as a communications executive and journalist. She is currently providing investor and stakeholder relations, marketing and communications management to Chatham Rock Phosphate. She has been a director of Aorere its inception in 1989, retiring as its chair in 2012. She has been a director of Chatham Rock Phosphate since 2008 and is also a trustee of various Golden Bay community organisations.

She participated in the Institute of Directors' 2013 Mentoring for Diversity programme, which identifies women candidates suitable for large New Zealand companies. Linda has also been a financial columnist for national current affairs magazine The Listener.  Her background as a journalist includes roles as business editor of the Evening Post and economics and deputy business editor of The Dominion.  She has also been a communications manager for Telecom New Zealand and the Department of Building and Housing, as well as a range of consultancy positions.

Director - Jill Hatchwell (BCA, ACA)

Jill Hatchwell is a formation director of Aorere and was appointed as a director of Chatham Rock Phosphate in 2008.She is an executive director of Nevay Holdings, a financial advisory consultancy established in 1988 that advises a range of clients in the private and public sector. 

Jill has an extensive background in financial and corporate management, including roles as company secretary and executive director of Charter Corporation and group accountant at Brierley Investments. Her other directorships include the newly merged Service IQ, the industry training organisation (ITO) for the Aviation, Travel, Tourism, Museums, Hospitality, Retail and Wholesale sectors of New Zealand’s service industry

Director - Simon Henderson

Simon Henderson was appointed as an independent director in May 2014.

He is the former chief executive and a current director of Antipodes Gold (formerly Glass Earth Gold), a NZX and TSX listed gold explorer.

Simon is an exploration geologist with more than 35 years’ experience in the gold mining and exploration industry in New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Chile, Vietnam, and Fiji. He has spearheaded successful exploration efforts supporting mine developments at Waihi, New Zealand and Tanami, Australia. 

He has a particular interest in the discovery, development and interpretation of data in the earth sciences field using advanced computer skills to compliment geological data.  He is highly experienced at all areas of exploration management experience including land ownership, access, tenement management, negotiation and liaison with Government and familiarity with a range of relevant legislation. 


Meetings of Directors

The board meets monthly, with some meetings held by conference call to reduce travel costs. The board has two sub-committees (audit and remuneration) that meet whenever required.



The company is managed by Chris Castle. The relevant terms of his management contracts are:

Chris Castle is contracted to Aorere with respect to company management services and oil, gas and mineral exploration activities. Responsibilities include strategic development, management, company administration, preparation of management accounts, regular reports to the board, portfolio management, investment research, liaison with brokers, investor relations and share-broker contact, maintenance of the website, NZSX related continuous disclosure, statutory filings, etc

These services are provided by Chris Castle directly under one contract with the base fees for the services Chris Castle provided directly to Aorere $60,000  plus GST per annum, plus $60,000 paid in shares.

 The independent directors will review the contract annually.