Changes on the Board of Tourism New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand Chair Kerry Prendergast today announced changes to the Board with the completion of Director Norm Thompson’s term, a second term for Director Chris Parkin and new Board member Jan Hunt.

Jan Hunt, new Board member

Norm has been appointed to the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund panel, responsible for assessing proposals and recommending a package of infrastructure projects that best aligns with the Government’s priorities for the fund.

Kerry says: “Norm began his three year term on the Board of Tourism New Zealand in April 2014. His contribution has been significant and the knowledge that he brought to the table invaluable.”

Norm had a long career at Air New Zealand and held the role of Deputy CEO prior to his retirement at the end of 2013. He remains the Deputy Chair of ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development), director of Dot Kiwi Ltd, Queenstown Airport Corporation and Preno Limited, as well a trustee of the Young Enterprise Trust Board. Norm is also a Committee Member of the 2017 New Zealand Golf Open.

He formerly chaired the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand, New Zealand Golf Strategy Group, Air New Zealand Environment Trust and Altitude Engineering. He was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for services to business and tourism. 

“We wish to thank Norm for his contribution and acknowledge the expertise that he will bring to the Tourism Investment Fund panel,” says Kerry.

Prominent arts patron and entrepreneur Chris Parkin owned the Museum Art Hotel in Wellington for 22 years, over which time it became the home of one of New Zealand’s finest collections of art. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and business in 2011.

A former investment banker Chris was a Wellington City Councillor for nine years before retiring in 2004, and now owns several buildings and properties in the greater Wellington area.

Chris is Chair of Wellington Venues Ltd and Te Whaia Services, and a director of a number of New Zealand property companies. Director of Strada NZ Ltd (formerly Museum Hotel Ltd), Coalmyne Ltd, Form Apartments, Sloe Hand Ltd, Raglan Forestry Limited, and Gilmer Towers Ltd.

Newest Board member Jan Hunt is a director at Skyline Enterprises and Jumping New Zealand. Previously she was a Board member of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce and worked as a General Manager at Millbrook Resort, Sky City Hotel & Convention Centre, and Millennium Queenstown.                                                                                                                                                                   


Deborah Gray, GM Corporate Affairs

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