New CE for New Zealand’s longest walk­ing track

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

Mark Weather­all, a long time out­door en­thu­si­ast and se­nior ex­ec­u­tive has been ap­pointed Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Te Araroa Trust. Te Araroa Trust Chair­man, David McGre­gor, says he was pleas­antly sur­prised with the num­ber and cal­i­bre of ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion and to­gether with his fel­low trust mem­bers was very pleased when Mark ac­cepted the role. “Mark comes to us with over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence of working in the not for profit sec­tor, hav­ing held CEO and Se­nior Man­age­ment roles with Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand, Ca­noe Rac­ing New Zealand and Poverty Bay rugby, Mark un­der­stands the chal­lenges a trust such as ours faces and his out­door back­ground will re­ally help as he looks to step into the role, Mr McGre­gor said. “Te Araroa is re­garded by many as New Zealand’s “rite of pas­sage”, an icon that takes walk­ers on a safe and eas­ily nav­i­gated jour­ney that show­cases our beau­ti­ful coun­try” Mr McGre­gor says that with word –of-mouth and so­cial me­dia, num­bers are in­creas­ing but not to the ex­tent of many of New Zealand’s other great walks. This role is some­thing I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting stuck into with the clear in­ten­tion to make a real dif­fer­ence” Weather­all said. “I feel priv­i­leged to be given this op­por­tu­nity and I look for­ward to meet­ing the many key stake­hold­ers who are lo­cated around New Zealand, who are the back­bone to the trails suc­cess”

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