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Meet the #LoveTaupō board

The Destination Great Lake Taupō (DGLT) board provides governance and support to management. As a stand alone legal entity, the board has significant autonomy and responsibility to make decisions that deliver better outcomes for the Taupō region's visitor industry and community.

Tim Castle, Acting Chairman

What do you do?Barrister
What are your specialist areas?Designing culturally authentic and environmentally responsive tourism opportunities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
What do you love about Taupō?Its rich heritage and natural beauty across the whole region.

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Nicola Harvey, Deputy Chairman

What do you do? Owner and executive producer at Pipi Films, writer, columnist and cattle farmer.
What are your specialist areas? Storytelling, media and brand strategy, and crisis communications.
What do you love about Taupō? Taupō is my home, I grew up here. Yet I never tire of swimming in our pristine lake, or running the W2K section of the Great Lake Trails to catch a glimpse of Mount Ruapehu in the distance, or mountain biking the spectacular river trail from Whakamaru to Mangakino. I love the quiet natural wonders of our region.

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David Steele

What do you do? Chartered Accountant and Partner in DPA – a Taupō based chartered accountancy practice.
What are your specialist areas? Coaching and mentoring people and businesses through challenges and periods of growth, managing Entertainers and Sportspeople, facilitating strategy for small and medium sized businesses and National Sporting Organisations, Director and adviser of various commercial and philanthropic organisations.
What do you love about Taupō? Everything! Golf, tennis, mountain biking, waking up to a crisp bluebird day in winter, exploring the lake and surrounds but most of all I love the people – Taupō attracts cool people. I lived in Taupō for 30 years and still call it home.

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Kiri Atkinson‑Crean

What do you do? General Manager Sales & Marketing for Te Puia.
What do you love about Taupō? My husband’s whānau, my sons, whakapapa here. I adore this and treasure this knowledge each time I arrive to find the beauty of the lake and mountains. It is a privilege and a responsibility to ensure tourism that gives more than it takes, protects and enriches people and place – in order that future generations find wonder here too.

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Simon Jolly

What do you do? Managing director of Chris Jolly Outdoors in Taupō.
What are your specialist areas? Anything in the outdoors.
What do you love about Taupō? Taupō is the ultimate adventure playground. I have spent thousands of hours on our many spectacular rivers fly fishing, my passion has always been about being out in the open.

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