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:


Annie currently works as an educator at AUT University in the School of Sport and Recreation with responsibility for the relationships between AUT and many organisations in the sport and recreation industry. She considers tramping, mountain biking, skiing and camping as important parts of her life, and is looking forward to being a part of the sub-committee that helps shape the future of outdoor recreation leadership in New Zealand.


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.


For eight years, Michele has been at Opus International Consultants, where she wears two hats: Senior Consultant (Natural Environment & Recreation) and Work Group Manager (Environmental Services). She has played a leading role in building links between young recreation professionals and the broader recreation industry through her involvement with the Generate Network, which she chaired from 2011-2014.


Rob is a former School Director at the Outward Bound School at Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds, and now works on various projects across New Zealand. Originally from Christchurch, Rob has a background as an instructor and programme director with the US National Outdoor Leadership School and has also volunteered for the NZ Mountain Safety Council.

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