Te Puia CEO appointed as new board chair for RotoruaNZ

Tim Cossar has been appointed by Rotorua Lakes Council to replace John McRae as chair of the RotoruaNZ board, following the end of Mr McRae's term as chair.

Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell says Mr Cossar brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in tourism and the local Rotorua economy to the position of board chair and looks forward to his continued contribution to RotoruaNZ’s governance table.

“We're fortunate to have Tim appointed as the new chair of RotoruaNZ, providing vital direction and leadership to our region’s economic development at a time that Council is focused on restoring our Rotorua brand as a world-class destination.”

Mr Cossar has been involved in the tourism industry for many years and returned to Rotorua 12 years ago to take up the CEO role at Te Puia after stints as the CEO of the Tourism Industry Association and Positively Wellington Tourism. Before that Tim was the CEO of Queen Elizabeth 2 National Trust.

“I have enjoyed being on the RotoruaNZ board and look forward to helping move things forward in the capacity as chair as we take steps to extract the maximum gains out of the reboot of international tourism. Ensuring Rotorua remains a destination of choice for Kiwis and international visitors alike is central to my thinking. There is certainly plenty to work on.”

Mayor Tapsell also acknowledges the significant contribution made by Mr McRae during his time as board chair.

“John’s leadership, business and finance experience, and community connection has been extremely valuable. His leadership to support economic recovery and our tourism and hospitality industry in particular was greatly appreciated. We want to thank him for providing stability to both the board and the RotoruaNZ leadership team during his term.”

Mr Cossar’s appointment as chair of RotoruaNZ is until 31 December 2024.


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