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Meet the DGLT board

The Destination Great Lake Taupo 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 Taupo District’s visitor industry and community.

Dennis Christian, Chairman

What do you do? Managing Director of Flying Kiwi Adventures
What are you interested in? Showcasing the best that New Zealand has to offer to the world.
What do you love about Taupo? I love the adventure activities. The region has world-class white-water rafting, epic skydiving and one of the best bungy jumping locations in the world.
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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 Taupo? Taupo 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 Mt 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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Tim Castle

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 Taupo? Its rich heritage and natural beauty across the whole region.
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Cushla Clark

What do you do? Marketing & Office Management for Inflite Charters.
What are your specialist areas? Marketing and business management.
What do you love about Taupo? I love the diverse activities that all four seasons offer my family. Taking a scenic flight over the mighty Huka Falls or Tongariro National Park still leaves me in awe!
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Andrew Te Whaiti

What do you do? CEO of Genio Global Entertainment.
What are your specialist areas? Tourism distribution, brand tourism, location based entertainment.
What do you love about Taupo? The lake is amazing, the land holds enriching stories, but it’s the people that make the difference to Taupo.
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Torben Landl

What do you do? Owner of 2mile Bay Sailing Centre
What are you interested in? Developing new businesses ideas and helping others to achieve their goals.
What do you love about Taupo? I love the sailing and watersports. There’s nothing quite like gliding across the clear waters of New Zealand’s largest lake.
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