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June 2021 – New executives appointed across the Bay

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As organisations in the Bay of Plenty bounce back from the effects of Covid-19 some of the region’s largest and most important groups are gearing up with new executive appointments.
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John Holyoake

A new chief executive officer has been announced for Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

John Holyoake will take the role of retiring chief executive officer Miriam Taris, appointed to the role in 2014.

John is currently 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.

Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber says John’s appointment reflects Council’s anticipation of Central Government’s well-signalled national reforms of Three Waters and the Resource Management Act and the desire to be ready for the changes.

“John combines considerable experience in the public and the private sectors with leadership of large-scale projects and strong relationships with government, agencies, and large stakeholder groups.

“Council looks forward to working with John to ensure Council continues to build on its reputation for proactively working with, and getting to know, its communities and stakeholders across the region.”

John says, “I’m looking forward to leading the Western Bay through this period of change and the opportunities that this will bring for the Council and the communities it serves.”


Christina Finlayson, Laura Murphy

Priority One has welcomed two new Young Professional Directors to its Executive Board in May.

Christina Finlayson and Laura Murphy were selected from a strong group of applicants and will join the Executive Board for 12 months.

“It’s great to continue the Young Professional Director Programme this year,” says Priority One Chair Simon Clarke.

“Christina and Laura are already standouts in their fields, we look forward to having them around the board table. Ensuring that Tauranga is an attractive place for talent is important to this economy, the viewpoints that our Young Professionals provide will help inform our talent strategy.”

“I’m passionate about the future of Tauranga and its prospects for businesses, the community and in particular young people living and working here,” says Laura, a Solicitor at Holland Beckett.

Christina, a Digital Product Owner at Ballance Agri-Nutrients shares, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join an organisation that cares deeply about the sustainable growth of our city. It is such a privilege to develop my governance skills, learning from local business leaders.”

The Young Professional Director Programme was started in 2020, with the view to providing Tauranga’s Young Professionals with governance experience, and Priority One with a diversity of thinking around the board table.


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