Tourism Data Leadership Group

The Tourism Data Co-Governance Group is now the Tourism Data Leadership Group.

At the first group hui on 30 June, the Group agreed to a name change.

The new name better reflects the Group membership which includes individuals selected for their leadership and knowledge of tourism data, with experience covering tourism businesses, industry associations, Māori tourism, independent researchers, academia, local government, and central government. This also reiterates the purpose of the Group to provide leadership and advice on current and future collection of tourism-related data and insights as well as the strategic direction of data development.

The new name was formally announced at the Group's second hui on 29 August 2022 and acknowledged by the Minister for Tourism, Hon Stuart Nash. 

Tourism Data Co-governance Group establishment and appointments

At the Tourism Information and Data Hui in 2019, representatives from industry and government agreed that a co-governed data system would create significant value for the many users of tourism data and insights. After the initial disruptions of COVID-19, MBIE began coordinating a working group and consulted with the Tourism industry on a Terms of Reference for the Group, along with the application and appointment process.  The application process was announced on MBIE’s website and expressions of interest called for in December 2021.

An appointment committee made up of one representative from Tourism Industry Aotearoa, New Zealand Māori Tourism, Regional Tourism Organisations New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, selected two co-chairs and eight members. The committee made their decision based on a mix of skills, knowledge, experience and representation, as outlined in the Terms of Reference.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera, Senior Lecturer in Tourism at Auckland University of Technology, and Chris Roberts, former CE of Tourism Industry Aotearoa have been appointed as co-chairs of the Group. Dr Wikitera and Mr Roberts will be joined by eight members who are all highly regarded in their respective fields and have a wealth of experience across academia, government and the tourism industry. The full group, which will hold their first meeting on June 30, consists of the following membership:

Member Position(s)
Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera, Group co-chair Senior Lecturer in Tourism at AUT
Chris Roberts, Group co-chair Former CE of Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)
Dr Susanne Becken Principal Science Investment Advisor at Department of Conservation; Vice Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, UK; Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia
Dr Antony Kennedy Senior Manager for Spatial and Processing Services at Stats NZ/Tatauranga Aotearoa
Justin Kimberley Research Manager at Rotorua Economic Development (RED)
Graeme Osborne Senior Tourism Consultant for Stafford Strategy. Previously CEO and Deputy Chair for NZ Māori Arts & Craft Institute and CEO for Tourism Auckland
Carolyn Parker Research Director at Angus and Associates, a research and strategy service provider for the tourism industry
David Perks Chair of Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ) and GM for 'Takina' Commercial Development of Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre for Wellington City Council.
Wiremu Stone Head of Shared Services, Company Secretary and Accountant for Whale Watch Kaikoura Limited
Bruce Bassett Strategy and Policy Manager at Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)
Last updated: 29 August 2022