Our Staff


ANDREW LESLIE - CHIEF EXECUTIVE



Andrew has a long history in community recreation, events and advocacy.

He was previously involved in promoting everything New Zealand has to offer as i-SITE Manager for Tourism New Zealand, and prior to that held roles with Hutt City Council and Manukau City Council.

In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, mountain running, and getting into the outdoors with his wife and three daughters.


TRACEY PRINCE – AQUATICS PROGRAMME MANAGER


Tracey has been in the Aquatics Industry for over 17 years in various roles including lifeguard and facility manager.

In her role as Aquatic Project Manager Tracey is endeavouring to work with everyone in the industry to provide safe and fun facilities for our communities to recreate in.

In her spare time Tracey loves off-road running, triathlons and generally spending time outdoor recreating in the sunny capital of NZ.


SAM NEWTON – ADVOCACY MANAGER



Sam is passionate about outdoor recreation, with a wide variety of interests including mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring, tramping and mountain biking. He holds a BCom, a BA (hons.) and has been a recipient of a Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.

Sam has worked in many high-profile roles, including as a parliamentary advisor and General Manager of the New Zealand Alpine Club. He serves on the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board and New Zealand Mountain Safety Council executive and is a trustee of the Graham Dingle Foundation.


ESTHER BUKHOLT – COMMUNITY RECREATION PROJECT MANAGER



“My life philosophy is that we all have the right to live, work and play in ways that sustain us, our communities and the earth. Indeed, we are the richer for it.”

Esther has applied this philosophy to her work and life for over twenty years in community development, recreation and adult education.

As a community developer, she is committed to social inclusion and initiated a wide range of successful, multiple partner projects with community, public, and private partners. For a bit of light relief, Esther likes family escapes to the bush, growing vegetables in her windy garden and late night jazz piano.


KARL NESBITT – PARKS AND OPEN SPACES PROGRAMME MANAGER



Karl has been in the Parks and Open Spaces Industry for over 20 years in various roles including gardener and operations manager.

In his role as Parks and Open Spaces Project Manager Karl is endeavouring to work with everyone in the industry to provide safe and fun open spaces for you to recreate in.

In his spare time Karl coaches and plays Hockey and generally spending time outdoor recreating in the bush clad Hutt Valley of NZ.


DANIEL EVANS – EVENTS AND MEMBERSHIP MANAGER



Daniel is our newest addition to the team, and has recently relocated back to New Zealand after spending the last 14 years in Australia. He brings a wealth of event experience with over 11 years in the industry, he has managed all types of events across a variety of industries.

His role as Events and Membership Manager is to ensure that NZRA produces engaging events across each of its sectors with a view to increasing the membership base as a whole.

Daniel enjoys fitness, playing cricket and going on long walks with his wife.


SARAH FORD – MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS CO-ORDINATOR




Sarah has been working in Marketing and Communications for over fifteen years, specialising in the non-profit sector.

Sarah's role at NZRA includes social media, press releases, the NZRA website and all other communications.

After emigrating to New Zealand from the UK in early 2016, Sarah is enjoying exploring her new home country. She enjoys cycling to work, swimming and taking part in Team NZRA workouts on the waterfront at lunchtimes.

MARYANNE CHEATER – EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR


Maryanne is our Events Co-ordinator. She has 10 years of corporate events experience. She returned to her home town of Wellington two years ago following 11 years in London.

Maryanne's role at NZRA is to assist in the implementation of our exciting events programme, to facilitate connections within the recreation industry and to grow NZRA membership reach.

In her spare time she enjoys going to gigs, tramping and yoga.



RHIANN COLLINS – AQUATICS PROJECTS CO-ORDINATOR


Rhiann has been in the Aquatics industry for 12 years. After qualifying as a swim teacher in UK, she then emigrated, with her family, to New Zealand, where she has held various roles in the aquatics sector including swim teacher, competitive swim coach and swim school manager.

Her role of Aquatics Projects Coordinator sees her delivering the AUSTSWIM Swim Teacher Education Programmes to swim teachers throughout New Zealand, with the aim of developing a highly trained, professional workforce to deliver quality Swimming and Water Safety education to our communities.

In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, dog walking, running, swimming and spending time with her family enjoying all the New Zealand outdoors has to offer.

HARMONEY JACKSON – ADMINISTRATION MANAGER


Harmoney is our Administration Manager.

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