About Us

The Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) was established in 2007 for the following charitable purposes:

  • The education of persons involved in the New Zealand tourism industry and the education of all persons in New Zealand on matters relating to or for use in the tourism industry in New Zealand. 

  • The fostering and promotion of a tourism industry in New Zealand based on the sustainable use and preservation of New Zealand’s natural assets.

TINZT owns and derives income from key New Zealand tourism industry events including TRENZ. 

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) is the Trust Manager.



Richard Lauder 
Chief Executive
Real Journeys


Richard Lauder held chief executive positions at five successful companies over a 20 year period in manufacturing, aviation and infrastructure contracting prior to joining Real Journeys in 2012. Real Journeys runs extensive tourism operations from Te Anau into Fiordland National Park and operates the historic TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak Station in Queenstown. Other Real Journeys businesses include Cardrona Alpine Resort, the International Antarctic Centre and Stewart Island Experience.  

Richard was appointed Chair of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Board in September 2018.

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Steve Hayes
Audit & International Contact Partner
RSM New Zealand

Steve Hayes has been with RSM since 2002 and is the International Contact Partner for audit and assurance clients. Commencing his professional career with a small regional practice, Steve discovered a passion for working with small-to-medium businesses and not-for-profits.

Steve was appointed as Trustee in September 2019. 

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Fergus Brown
Chief Executive

Holiday Parks New Zealand

Fergus Brown is Chief Executive of HPNZ, which is a full member of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, BYATA and an allied member of the Tourism Export Council New Zealand. He is a co-Deputy Chair of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Board.

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Bruce Robertson
Tourism Consultant


Bruce Robertson is one of New Zealand’s most experienced advocates and lobbyist having completed 21 years as Chief Executive of Hospitality NZ and prior to that being a senior executive with Federated Farmers. He also has significant governance experience as current Deputy Chair of Service IQ, Current Board Member of Christchurch Casinos Ltd and currently a consultant to the Board of Skyline Enterprises Ltd. Bruce is also the Independent Chair of the Gaming Machine Association of NZ, Chair of the Hospitality Training Trust, Independent Trustee on the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust and Advocate for Vegetables.co.nz.


In his spare time Bruce enjoys following all sport (from the couch) and spending time creating pieces of wooden art in his shed. Having recently purchased a Motor Home he is enjoying exploring NZ with his wife Barbara and their two poodles Remy and Beau.

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Grant Webster 
Chief Executive

Tourism Holdings Ltd

Grant Webster was appointed Chief Executive of thl in December 2008, before which he was Chief Operating Officer – Attractions Division with the company for three years.  Grant’s background includes senior executive roles and directorships across the tourism, hospitality, gaming and retail industries.
Immediately prior to joining thl Grant was a General Manager at SKYCITY Auckland.

Grant is also co-Deputy Chair of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Board. He was previously the Chair of the TIA Board for two years (2016-2018).

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