New Directors for Ngāi Tahu Tourism

20 November 2009

The Chair of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation Ltd, Trevor Burt, announced today that Elizabeth Hirst, David Clarke, Philip Broughton and Tony Marks have been appointed as Directors to the Board of Ngāi Tahu Tourism Ltd.

The appointments follow a decision by Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation that separate boards be appointed to each major Ngāi Tahu subsidiary, thereby bringing specific expertise to each entity. This is the final series of appointments in this process.

The tourism company stands to benefit greatly from the expertise of its new directors,” says Mr Burt.

“Tony Marks and David Clarke have significant experience at Chair and CEO level in many industries, with Tony having spent a number of years at the helm of Pacific Blue and prior to that roles with Origin Pacific Airways and Air New Zealand International. The major contribution of these leaders will be their excellent strategic thinking.

“Likewise, Liz Hirst and Philip Broughton will bring strategic thinking and very valuable linkages around Ngāi Tahu values. Both Liz and Philip bring to the table their extensive experience working with rūnanga and Māori communities.”

The new Directors will join chair Ross Keenan, who is the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation representative on the Board.

“I am quietly confident our industrious approach to business will flourish with these new subsidiary Boards all in place”, says Mr Burt

Philip Broughton (Ngāi Tahu/Kahungunu)
Philip is a Chartered Accountant who specialises in the development of strategic plans, business plans and mentoring. He also has extensive experience in training including course development and presentation. He is a director of a number of rūnaka-owned companies.

David Clarke
David’s background is in engineering, finance, marketing and sales. He is a director of Cranleigh Merchant Bankers, as well as chair of several high-growth IT and diagnostic companies.

Elizabeth Hirst (Ngāi Tahu)
Elizabeth’s background is in business, public health and welfare, and Māori development. She has held a number of significant community and public sector governance roles including chair of the Te Korowai Trust in Nelson.

Anthony Marks
Anthony’s background is in food, marketing and tourism. He is a director of the House of Travel, Polynesian Blue Airlines, Zespri Innovation Limited and Aragorn Limited, which is another Zespri subsidiary. His former chief executive positions include positions with Pacific Blue Airlines and Zespri International and he was general manager commercial, Air New Zealand International.