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Meet the Team

                                                     Founding Ambassadors


Sir Eion Edgar

Sir Eion Edgar retired as Chairman of Forsyth Barr Group Ltd in 2018, a Dunedin based firm of Sharebrokers and Investment Bankers  was then their Ambassador.
In 2004 he was named The NBR New Zealander of the Year and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and received the award of Senior New Zealnder of the Year in 2010.
He was the Chairman of the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Resort College. He was Chairman of the Sinclair Investment Group
Family holding company) and is a former Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and The Foundation for Youth Development (formerly Project K). Sir Eion was also a Life Trustee of The Halberg Disability Foundation, The Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust and The Skeggs Foundation.
Sir Eion passed away in June 2021


Kaye Parker

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Mark Taylor

Mark manages a private investment company, Prospect Investment Management Ltd and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand and  Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.      Being naturally commercially inquisitive Mark has been involved in a number of industries over his investing years with particular interest in property, technology, education and carbon markets. 
Close to home Mark is a founding Director and investor in Queenstown Resort College. ​ Mark has previously been the chair of the Wakatipu High School Foundation and Queenstown Alpine Ski team, a Trustee of Wakatipu Health Trust and is currently a member of the Investment Advisory Board for Central Lakes Trust. ​ Living in the Wakatipu permanently since 2002, Mark is married with 5 children, his wife Jane is a Barrister and professional Company Director and occasional QLDC independent hearings Commissioner. Pastimes include skiing, mountain biking and gardening.

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Jonathan Gurnsey


Vicky Onions


Wendy Pannett


John Edmonds

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Simon Green


Martin Hawes

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Ann Lockhart


Ron Mackersy


Andrew Davis


Miranda Spary


Tony McQuilkin


Mathew Rose


Duncan Fea


Monica Mulholland


Tess Wethey


Clare Irons

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Graeme Todd

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Jim and Karen Boult


Kristen Holtzman

Sector Advisors 


Mel Haarer, Wellbeing

Mel, short for Melisse, is an established wellbeing provider to businesses and community in the Wakatipu.  She is passionate about helping people best look after themselves, and each other.  She found her professional home after spending 18 months voluntarily researching ways to reduce isolation and vulnerability for others in this unique place she has called home for 14 years.
With a BA Hons in Leisure and Tourism Management it was her passion for travel that bought her to New Zealand, from the UK.  Mel is now a proud citizen of both countries.  
Mel is a member of Inner Wheel and is delighted to represent the Wakatipu Community Foundation as their trusted wellbeing advisor, keeping her finger on the pulse across community mental health and wellbeing need.  She is a strong advocate in this highlighted space.
Mel is passionate about driving positive social change, connecting and networking with local businesses and agencies to help our community be more socially sustainable.  She’s most passionate about her little boy who attends Arrowtown School. 
Mel founded an online platform STIG’S ARMY during lockdown 2020 to help community.
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