John Barrett

John is the managing director and founder of Kapiti Island Nature Tours and Nature Lodge, a family operated, multi award winning, tourism business located on one of New Zealand’s premier nature reserves – Kapiti Island. John also has 35 + years of management and governance experience in a range of private and public organisations, and is currently active as founding member on the Leadership Council of WINTA- World Indigenous Tourism Alliance, recently retired director of Tourism New Zealand, past chair of NZ Maori Tourism Council, past director of NZ Tourism Industry Training organisation, and is currently involved in social service and tertiary education governance roles.

John is also closely connected to his Iwi (tribal) organisations, serving in governance and management positions. Not surprisingly, John’s interests (when time away from the family business permits) are; nature based tourism, Maori and International indigenous tourism development – local/regional economic development, Indigenous higher education and conservation practise and education.