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Executive appointments bolster BOP

August has ushered in a broad range of new executive appointments across the Bay. Please contact us if your organisation has personnel changes you would like to share.

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John Holyoake

John Holyoake has officially stepped into his new role as Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s CEO. The Tamaki Regeneration Company, which John has led since 2015, formally handed John over to Western Bay of
Plenty District Council in a pōwhiri ceremony held in the Council chambers last month.

John replaces retiring chief executive officer Miriam Taris, appointed to the role in 2014.

Most recently John was the chief executive of the Tamaki Regeneration Company – the largest urban regeneration project in New Zealand, a role he has held since 2015.

Previously, John has worked for Serco NZ, Housing NZ and Department of Corrections in senior leadership roles.

Originally from Rotorua, John says it is great to be back in the Bay of Plenty and eager to bring his skills and learnings to the rohe (area) and the inevitable challenges Council will face, particularly with reforms like the Future of Local Government and Three Waters.

Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber says he and his fellow councillors are looking forward to working with John on the opportunities that the local government reforms will present in the coming months.

Jaimee Kinzett

Jaimee Kinzett is Holland Beckett Law’s newest Associate. Most recently, Jaimee worked at Auckland Transport as a specialist in Technical Property Services, working alongside Auckland Council, Kāinga Ora and large-scale property developers.

Prior to this, she spent 10 years in a leading Auckland specialist commercial property and resource management firm, advising a listed national property company, institutional investors, corporate and private clients.

Jaimee’s vast experience includes acquisitions and disposals; commercial, industrial and retail leasing; developments/subdivisions; due diligence investigations; Public Works Act and Local Government Act matters; and roading matters, including road stoppings, legalisations and encroachments.

Oscar Nathan

Tourism Bay of Plenty is delighted to announce the appointment of its new General Manager Oscar Nathan.

Oscar has been acting Tumuaki since April and after a robust and highly competitive recruitment process has been appointed permanently to the role. Chair of the board, Laurissa Cooney, says Oscar has been chosen for his extensive background and expertise in domestic and international tourism including roles as the head of Tourism Rotorua and Destination Rotorua respectively.

Oscar has a history of visionary thinking and delivering in tourism, having been a pivotal figure in the New Zealand industry for more than two decades. He is also a previous winner of NZ Young Executive of the Year, with an extensive consulting background and roles in the private sector as Chief Executive for Tamaki Tours, Business Advisor for Māori Business Trust Poutama, and as acting Chief Executive for Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) in Wellington.

“We have a regenerative strategy that so many are excited about and would like to see what this looks like in action. With Oscar leading the incredible team we have, we look forward to collaborating with our stakeholders and host communities to bring this vision to fruition, not just for us in the Coastal Bay of Plenty, but for Aotearoa and the world to see,” adds Laurissa.

Mark Gibb

Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust have appointed Mark Gibb as their new Chief Executive Officer.

“Mark has extensive commercial experience in senior leadership roles at Westfield, Fonterra and as current CEO of Rotorua Airport Limited. We are delighted to welcome Mark to our team,” says Pukeroa Chairman Malcolm Short.

“With a number of new commercial projects on the go, and others planned for the near future, it will be great to have Mark’s skills on board to work with us on those projects, along with our current portfolio.”

Mark will commence work with Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust in early October.

James Dow

Sharp Tudhope Lawyers is delighted to announce the addition of James Dow to the Partnership.

James is a commercial, corporate and projects expert with extensive experience across many sectors gained from his time at top tier law firms in New Zealand and internationally at a top global law firm in London.

He provides practical solutions to complex commercial issues and in his first few months with the firm has already forged strong client relationships.

James brings a timely wealth of experience to the Bay of Plenty as its thriving industries continue to experience unprecedented growth.

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