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 PROJECT 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, OUTDOORS SECTOR



Sam is passionate about the outdoors, with a wide variety of interests including mountaineering, rock climbing, tiki touring, kayaking, tramping and mountain biking. He holds a BCom, and BA (hons.) and has embarked on a study tour of alpine clubs and International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation members across Europe as part of a Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Sam has worked in many high-profile roles, including as a parliamentary advisor and General Manager of the New Zealand Alpine Club. He is also a member of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation and New Zealand Mountain Safety Council boards.


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.


NICOLE RAMAGE – EVENTS MANAGER


Working within the events sector for the last eigteen years, Nicole has delivered events, conferences, functions and festivals of all scales. Working in both the private and public sector, on community-focussed as well as financially viable events, she is both flexible and analytical in her approach to professional development.


HARMONEY JACKSON – MEMBERSHIP CO-ORDINATOR



SARAH FORD – MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS CO-ORDINATOR


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