Meet our speakers

Phill Nosworthy

International keynote speaker - Phill Nosworthy is a multi-disciplined executive coach, global speaker and influential change-maker driven to assist organisations and the valuable people who make them tick over create businesses, brands, careers and personal life...

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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...

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Jenny Cameron

Jenny Cameron was appointed the General Manager Responsible Dairy in June 2018. Before joining DairyNZ she was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand. Prior to this, she was the Director of External Relations for the...

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Danielle Davies

Danielle joined the Sales team at SKYCITY in May 2015 and was promoted into the newly created role of Business Development Manager – International in September 2017. SKYCITY has been Danielle’s first job in tourism, spending her first working years post University...

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Jason Dawson

Jason Dawson is of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whātua descent and currently Chief Executive of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism. Jason completed his MBA at the University of Waikato and has extensive experience working in the local government sector, education, investment banking,...

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Kristin Dunne

Kristin Dunne is CEO of Tourism Bay of Plenty and has worked in the tourism industry for the past five years. Kristin is a Fellow of Marketing and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies. Prior to the tourism industry, Kristin held senior management roles at Vodafone and...

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Alex Gadd

Alex has recently completed her Masters of Tourism Management and is currently a Graduate at Deloitte. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships in the study of Tourism, including the Victoria Master's [by thesis] Scholarship Victoria...

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Peter Harris

Peter is the Economic Development Manager for the Queenstown Lakes District Council. His role focusses on delivery of the 2015 Economic Development Strategy which has getting more value from the Visitor Industry as one of four priorities. He is part of a group...

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 Reuben Keyes

Reuben Keyes was awarded with both the TINZT Academic Scholarship and the New Zealand School of Tourism Student of the Year Scholarship late last year. He has had a successful year having completed Level 4 and due to complete the Level 5 Hotel and Hospitality...

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Lisa King

Social entrepreneur Lisa King is on a mission to ensure no child goes to school hungry, starting in our own backyard. Lisa is the founder of Eat My Lunch, one of New Zealand’s most successful social enterprises. Lisa was named the Women of Influence in 2016 for...

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Richard Lauder

Richard Lauder has held chief executive positions at six successful companies over a 27-year career in tourism, manufacturing, aviation and infrastructure. Since joining Real Journeys in 2012, he has tripled the size of the company and recently restructured it to...

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Les Morgan

Les Morgan is the Director of Hotels for Sudima Hotels and Hind Management. The Organisation has an annual turnover in excess of $50m and employs over 450 people. The Group is currently on an expansion drive with four Greenfield Hotels under development. The company...

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Kauahi Ngapora

Kauahi Ngapora, General Manager, Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd Kauahi Ngapora is of New Zealand Māori descent with Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu links. Kauahi has been involved within the tourism and marine transport sectors for 25 years with Whale Watch Kaikoura. Kauahi is...

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Chris Roberts

Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts joined TIA as Chief Executive in July 2014. Prior to that he was a General Manager at Tourism New Zealand.Earlier in his career he spent three years at Parliament working for the Minister of Tourism. As well as...

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Lynn Robinson

Tourism Sustainability Advocate Lynn started in her new role in mid-June 2018, promoting the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment and helping businesses achieve their 14 Business Commitments. Based in Cambridge in the Waikato, Lynn has a strong background in...

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Eugenie Sage

Eugenie Sage is the Minister of Conservation, Minister for Land Information and Associate Minister for the Environment. She has been a Green MP since 2011. Before that she was an elected Environment Canterbury regional councillor. For much of her adult life she has...

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Luke Taylor

Luke hit the ground running when he joined the tourism industry after a career in the Navy. As General Manager of Queenstown’s Go Orange, he is charged with developing a dynamic growth strategy and building a powerhouse adventure brand, including leading a...

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Grant Webster

Chief Executive, Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl) Grant joined thl in 2005 in a Chief Operating Officer role and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2008. Grant is also currently Deptuy Chair of Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Grant is Chairman...

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Megan Williams

Tourism Sustainability Advocate Megan started in her new role in mid-June 2018, promoting the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment and helping businesses achieve the 14 Business Commitments. Megan’s career has largely involved tourism and conservation. She...

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Kylie Wilson

Kylie Wilson is the Chief Operating Officer for the New Zealand School of Tourism Group (NZST), a private training provider in the vocational space that in the last 2 years has amalgamated the brands of Elite School of Beauty and Spa and Cut Above Academy into the...

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Simon Dallow

Summit Moderator Simon Dallow co-hosts ONE News with Wendy Petrie each weeknight at 6pm. In his time with TVNZ Simon has presented many of the main News and Current Affairs shows, including the critically-acclaimed Agenda in 2005. After completing his legal studies,...

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Te Papa, Wellington

8 November 2018

Join us to exchange ideas and information on tourism New Zealand-wide.

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