NZOIA Staff and Board

    Of the industry, for the industry

    Penny Holland
    Penny HollandOperations Manager
    Alpine, Kayak, Rock Instructor & Assessor. Penny became interested in outdoor recreation while at Otago University and began instructing through teaching Outdoor Education. Since then she has worked at Outward Bound, as a glacier guide, and latterly at Aoraki Polytechnic as Team Leader. Penny continues to be an avid rock climber and her twelve year old daughter has been to Arapiles 4 times! Penny is also into mountain biking, sailing, skiing, kayaking and pretty much anything in the outdoors.

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    Sonya Sutherland
    Sonya SutherlandBusiness Manager
    Sonya is an Aoraki and CPIT graduate, who specialised in Rock, Kayak and Bush. She has been instructing in the outdoor and recreation sector for 15 years and has organised a number of events. A passion for personal devlopment and the outdoors has seen her work for organisations such as Outward Bound, Chch YMCA, Foundation for Youth Development and Sport Tasman. Married to another outdoor instructor, with two children, Sonya is often out on family adventures in the hills tramping, mountain biking, orienteering and skiing.

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    Pip Russell
    Pip RussellAssessment Coordinator
    Pip has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years within NZ and overseas. From glacier guiding in her earlier years to the more recent contracts with Antarctica NZ and World Challenge, Pip calls herself a jack of all trades and master of none…but whatever the adventure, she’s in! Joining the NZOIA team has meant Pip has traded the pack and boots for a skirt and desk and while a bit of a shock initially, Pip is loving remaining connected to an industry she feels so passionately about while being in a completely new role. When she’s not in the office, she’s enjoying time at home in Golden Bay, hitting up the Rameka on her bike or the limestone cliffs and swimming holes of Paynes Ford.

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    Naomi Dakin
    Naomi DakinAdministration Assistant
    Naomi has recently joined the NZOIA team as our new Admin superstar! Alongside her part-time role with NZOIA, Naomi also works as a Yoga Therapist. She has in the past lived in Whistler teaching snowboarding, spent a year living in South Korea where she explored the multitude of crags, and hung out in the French Alps for more time in the snow. She loves living in Nelson, in her yurt, and get’s into the mountains as often as she can, either tramping, mountain biking or climbing.

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    Deb Hurdle provides Executive Services to NZOIA through Recreation Aotearoa.

    NZOIA Board

    Gemma Parkin
    Gemma ParkinChair - Elected Board Member
    Board Portfolio group: Operational Excellence

    Great Barrier Island

    021 907695
    Tim Wills
    Tim WillsElected Board Member
    Board Portfolio group: Qualifications and Standards, Membership and Advocacy


    027 245 2692
    Ben White
    Ben WhiteElected Board Member
    Board Portfolio group: TBC


    027 9343086
    Jo Thompson
    Jo ThompsonElected Board Member
    Board Portfolio group: Qualifications and Standards

    Great Barrier Island

    027 4154103
    Travis Donoghue
    Travis DonoghueAppointed Board Member
    Board Portfolio group: Operational Excellence; Qualifications and Standards


    021 824 791
    Dallis Parker Waters
    Dallis Parker WatersAppointed Board Member
    Board Portfolio group: Operational Excellence


    021 446263
    Karllie Clifton
    Karllie CliftonAppointed Board Member
    Board Portfolio group: Membership and Advocacy


    021 684 892
    Sash Nukada
    Sash NukadaTechnical Sub Committee Convenor
    Technical Sub Committee (TSC)

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