Talent Incubator & Workforce Development

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About the Speakers

Andrew is the Chief Executive of RotoruaNZ, the Regional Tourism Organisation and Economic Development Agency for the Rotorua district.

Andrew has spent much of his career working across diverse sectors, advising local and central government, and supporting small to large scale businesses. His current role puts him at the forefront of destination management and economic development in Rotorua focusing on unlocking the city’s potential through partnership and innovative thinking.

Andrew enjoys navigating complex issues in order to create impact and effect positive change. His career has been driven by his enthusiasm to strengthen connection between people and place by forging meaningful partnerships with iwi, government, public and private stakeholders and the wider community.

Melissa is the Destination Manager for RotoruaNZ.

Having worked in the Rotorua Tourism & Hospitality industry since I was 19 with a wide variety of work experience and formal training spanning across the Visitor Information Centre, Rotorua Convention Bureau, and International Sales & Marketing. My management experience started in my late 20’s when I headed up an adventure park with 24 staff and progressed when I became a minor shareholder in OGO Rotorua/ZORB. And as a side hustle I have developed & managed the Crankworx Rotorua expo since its inception in 2015.

I joined the team at RotoruaNZ in January 2022 as Destination Manager which draws on my wide experience of running businesses coupled with the ability to give projects momentum bringing people and resources together to achieve outcomes. In general anything to do with leadership, branding, storytelling and the business of tourism is my jam. 

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