The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association Board is made up of eight members of the Tourism Industry.
Hamish Prins – Chairman – Owner Prinsys Tours
“I am married to Di and we have 2 daughters. We have lived in Hawke’s Bay all our lives. We have operated our own business for the past 36 years, the past 16 have been in tourism establishing and developing Prinsys Tours. Being involved in the ownership and operations of a small dry stock farm , a Tourism business, an Organic apple orchard and a Hair Salon gives me a broad knowledge and experience of the diversity within Hawke’s Bay. I also have 9 years of governance experience as a Board of trustees member of Pukehou School whilst we lived in that community and our daughters attended the school. Prinsys Tours has been a member and supported Hawke’s Bay Tourism for the past 16 years. We have seen many changes over this period during good and tough times. It is important that we foster and support the current growth that makes our region competitive and sustainable on the global stage. Hawke’s Bay has so much to offer to the people who live and work here, and to all our domestic and international visitors that visit our wonderful region. However we all know globally there are many of these wonderful regions therefore we need to be mindful and strategic in our regional development and growth. I am passionate about our region and what we offer and am thrilled to be a part of the leadership and governance moving forward.”
Megan Harris – Owner, In-House Marketing – Deputy Chair
“After 10 years working in and for the tourism sector I have gained invaluable experience, understanding and insight into the industry.
I am passionate about Hawke’s Bay as a place to live, to work, and as a fabulous visitor destination. I am committed to seeing us all work together for the greater good of the whole region’s economy and for your business.”
Michael Henley – CEO, Aotearoa Fine Wines & Chairman, Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers
Michael is now a Director of Aotearoa Fine Wines of New Zealand. Previously, Mike was CEO of Trinity Hill. He currently serves as the Chairman for Hawke’s Bay Wine Growers. He is also a member of the Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Marketing committee. Prior to his current role he was with Craggy Range Winery for close to 10 years where he held a number of roles including National Sales Manager, European Market Director based in London and finally the Global Marketing Manager based at the winery in Hawke’s Bay.
Diane Ross – Owner, Cottages on St Andrews & The Lodge on St Georges
“John & I moved to Havelock North in 2010 and purchased Cottages On St Andrews. During our four years in the Bay we have transformed the business from a “lifestyle property” to a very successful 5 star accommodator that continually attracts return and word of mouth guests. These include local, domestic and international – and the rapidly growing Asian Market. I am not tertiary qualified, I have learnt by hands on experience, a can do attitude and transferable business skills and attributes.”
Rebecca Tacon – Planit Events
“I am born and bred in Hawkes Bay and after travelling and living abroad returned home to Hawkes Bay. I am married and have two small boys who certainly keep me on my toes. I own an event management company called Planit Events and also run a hospitality temping agency called Planit Staff. I have a genuine love for the hospitality and event industry and have been involved in both these industries in Hawke’s Bay for about 15 years. I have a genuine passion for Hawkes Bay and love being involved in the Tourism Industry here.”
Charles Ropotini – Strategic Maori Advisor, Napier City Council
Charles is a local boy of Ngāti Kahungunu descent from Pakipaki. Charles has returned to Hawke’s Bay from Wellington to take up a role as the Strategic Māori Advisor for Napier City Council and advises across MTG Hawke’s Bay and the National Aquarium. Charles has a career in banking and for 10 years was the Māori Advisor for Kiwibank and NZ Post, and towards the end of that time lead the development of NZ Posts Heritage Brand Framework and World War One commemorations. At home, Charles represents his marae and hapū on various committees and is a member of the Ngāti Kahungunu Rūnanga Arts and Culture Board where his passion for Māori arts and heritage can come to the fore. Charles sees the tourism industry as a mechanism to uplift knowledge of our history through the telling of local Māori stories and genealogies. When spare time allows it, Charles enjoys flexing his classically trained voice and spending precious time with his wife and two children.
Anne Maloney – Waimārama Māori Tours
“I was born in Paris, France, and have lived and worked in New York, London and Tokyo as a Managing Director with 2 Global Investment Banks. I moved to Wellington when I married my husband Paddy, over 25 years ago.
Paddy was born in Hawke’s Bay and we retired to his favourite place, Waimārama, in 1998. It wasn’t long before we began to help our friend Robert Mac Donald create Waimārama Māori Tours by providing the business side of things to his extraordinary vision for The Hakikino Conservation Reserve and Waimārama Māori Tours. We learned about the tourism industry together.
After 12 years in business, Waimārama Māori Tours continues to work to further the understanding of Māori culture, provide meaningful work for whānau and ensure that the private Hakikino Conservation Reserve – the historical birthplace of the tribe – is protected and conserved in perpetuity for all people to enjoy.
I believe that when I married Paddy, I got my husband, my country and my Tūrangawaewae.”
Mitch Hyndman – Church Road Winery
Mitch was born and raised in small town Manitoba, Canada, and is a true Canadian at heart in his love of hockey and all things sport. He moved to Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand in 2006 after studying Hotel Restaurant Management, and met his wife, Nicola, while working at Church Road Winery. Mitch is the father of 2 young boys and a baby girl that keep him and Nicola very busy. Mitch is currently the Brand Home Manager at Church Road Winery. With over 14 years of valuable experience in hotels, hospitality and fine dining, Mitch has further developed his passion for exceptional service, and strives to make every customer’s experience memorable. He and Nicola have lived in both Canada and New Zealand but have chosen to make Hawke’s Bay home; Mitch loves the food and wine scene that is unique to Hawke’s Bay, and combined with the ideal climate, there’s nowhere else he’d rather live.