Three appointments made to Destination Great Lake Taupo Board

Taupo District Council today made three appointments to the governance board of its tourism marketing agency Destination Great Lake Taupo.

Current chairman Ray Salter and board member Dennis Christian were returned to their positions while Canoe and Kayak Taupo managing director Laura Duncan was appointed for the first time.

Mr Salter is a tourism consultant with TRC Tourism Ltd and Mr Christian is a managing director of Flying Kiwi Adventures, a nationwide tour operator focussing on sharing New Zealand’s outdoors with international visitors.

The positions on the board became vacant after the resignation of Andrea Blair and the completion of the three year term for the re-appointed directors.

The appointees were selected by the Mayor and councillors following an extensive recruitment process.   The selection criteria included business and tourism industry experience, marketing expertise particularly in the digital field, and an understanding of governance issues.

The appointments are for a three-year term.


Ray Salter

Ray Salter

Ray is currently a tourism consultant with TRC Tourism Ltd, an Australasian tourism consultancy with a broad range of clients throughout New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. He is also a board member of YHA ltd. Previously Ray was general manager of the Ministry of Tourism and has had extensive experience in the industry for over 14 years. Prior to that Ray was a policy manager with the Ministry for the Environment. He has degrees in Public Administration and Science and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has been a frequent visitor to Taupo since the 1970’s and has had the opportunity to see the region develop into the desirable tourism destination it is today.


Dennis Christian

Dennis Christian

Dennis is Managing Director of Flying Kiwi Adventures, a nationwide tour operator focussing on sharing New Zealand’s outdoors with international visitors. Prior to tourism Dennis had a career with the Bank of New Zealand. 

Dennis is also Chair of Nelson College Secondary school, Chair of the Industry Advisory Group for Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and represent the industry on the Targeted Review of Qualifications. He holds qualifications in Company Direction and is a member of the Institute of Directors. With his wife and three boys they have often holidayed in the Taupo region.


Laura Duncan

Laura Duncan

Laura is the managing director at Canoe and Kayak – a retail shop, tourism operation and kayaking school based in Taupo. Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Laura visited the district from an early age and is now proud to call Taupo home.  

With a degree in adventure tourism, and a strong background in management and tourism marketing, Laura is committed to promoting Taupo as a world class destination and Nature’s Ultimate Playground.



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