OUTDOOR RECREATION SUBCOMMITTEE
The Outdoor Recreation Subcommittee was established in 2015 to advise and provide recommendations to the Recreation Aotearoa Board and staff on key priorities relating to the leadership, advocacy, and capability needs of the outdoor recreation sector.
In addition to providing key information and advice, they meet at least three times a year.
The Outdoor Recreation Subcommittee includes:
Chris project manages multi-use trail projects and workshops the IMBA sustainable trail build message across NZ, and he also runs NZ's well loved MTB Skills Clinics (est. 2004) - together with eight coaches around NZ, sharing the good word on developing proficient skills to open the doors to riding enjoyment.
Jo Parsons has 17 years' experience in the outdoor recreation and education sector in a variety of roles, and is motivated by a positive vision for the sector. Jo has worked in the tertiary education sector, served three terms on the NZOIA Board, and now mixes outdoor education contracting with home and office based work.
Mark is working in his 20th year in the outdoor industry, the lion's share of that, hands on as an instructor and manager at Adventure Specialties Trust. Mark is committed to bringing a common sense approach to this role.
Fiona McDonald works in the education and outdoors sectors. She is involved in qualification development and assessing with Skills Active Aotearoa, she is a lead auditor for Qualworx, and works supporting schools deliver quality Education outside the classroom for their students. She is co-chair of Education Outdoors NZ (EONZ), and on the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee. Fiona is a keen advocate for the high country environment and all things conservation, in particular the removal of wilding pines and wasps.