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Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:15

New chair at NZEA

Graham Rouse, Lauren Heaphy and Kevin Murphy Graham Rouse, Lauren Heaphy and Kevin Murphy

The NZ Events Association (NZEA) will farewell its outgoing Board Chair Graham Rouse as he comes to the end of his constitutional term.

Rouse, having served on the Board for six years, including three years as Chair leaves the NZEA in great shape. He has not only supported the industry in weathering the significant storm that is COVID-19, but ensured the NZEA has excellent industry credibility, and has set us up to further hone our strategic outcomes as we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19.

The NZEA has announced the appointment of Loren Heaphy as the Chair, and Kevin Murphy as deputy chair. With Heaphy having served two years on the NZEA board, and Murphy three, both are well placed to build on the Association’s success.

Heaphy brings her considerable experience in the events sector, including her current role as General Manager of Destination & Attractions for Christchurch NZ, and governance role on the Tourism Export Council New Zealand whilst Murphy, as the Events Manager for Napier City Council, brings a wealth of knowledge and connections throughout the New Zealand events sector and a particular passion for regional events and the economic impact they generate

They are both are excited by the future industry opportunities the current climate presents the Association with wider acknowledgment of the economic, social and cultural benefits of events to New Zealand communities.  “we know there is still much to do to support our industry in regrouping, and myself, Kevin, and the rest of the NZEA board and management look forward to working with everyone to achieve future resilience and sustainability in the sector”. says Heaphy