We are thrilled to introduce our new General Manager, Nick Chin.
Until recently Nick was the Director of Organisational Development for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT). He also held the position of Heritage Destinations Manager in HNZPT for 3 years where he was responsible for the management and development of 48 properties throughout New Zealand. During this time, he has transitioned Heritage to be more commercially focused and completed HNZPT’s two biggest projects the Melanesian Mission Development in Auckland and the Timeball rebuild in Lyttelton.
Prior to this, Nick was General Manager for the Switched On Group for 12 years, growing the business from humble beginnings to more than $40m annual turnover.
Nick has considerable experience in management process and policy, proven leadership of a vibrant organisation, success in implementing internal and external strategies, excellent commercial experience and business acumen with a proven record of delivering outcomes. He is committed to productive and collaborative relationships and holds integrity as his highest personal value. He holds a Masters in Marine Science and has many years experience with management and contracting of parks, rivers, waste and facilities management.
Nick and his wife Bridget have returned to Blenheim where Bridget is originally from and where they have whānau and business interests. His appointment will ensure growing engagement with our people and key stakeholders. We are sure you will enjoy meeting Nick and working with him to ensure the best cultural and social outcomes for our people.
This appointment has been a long time in the making and we thank you for your patience and the perseverance of all those who have provided cover in various ways over that time.
A word from our General Manager
My aim is summarised as by this whakatauki which talks to the way in which I wish to work, “Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra e tenei tuku, kia hiwa ra e tera tuku, kia hiwa ra” which translates to “be alert, be watchful, protect this rampart”.
To me, these words are meaningful as they explain a focus that can be expected of me as General Manager. I believe strongly in collaboration and focusing on the positive. To truly realise the fantastic opportunities that exist within Rangitāne o Wairau, we must all be attentive, conscious of competing interests and strong in our decision making, with a goal to protect and grow. It is critical that the ‘we’ relates to all of us – Trustees, Kaumātua, Directors, family, iwi, hapu, communities, groups, boards, and staff. There is better strength in a collective focus and it is my job to help lead us all there. I am hoping to meet most of you when it comes to discussing our strategic plan.