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Kerry Prendergast appointed Tourism Board chair

Ex-Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast can now add chair of the New Zealand Tourism Board to her list of executive responsibilities.

 Ex-Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast can now add chair of the New Zealand Tourism Board to her list of executive responsibilities.

Prime Minister John Key said Prendergast has the skills needed to lead the board – which trades as Tourism New Zealand  – in the effective promotion of the country as a destination.

 “Kerry is dynamic and focused, with a passion for New Zealand that is the number one requirement in this position. She also has board experience and is a great communicator.”

He said he was confident she would be a great asset to the tourism sector and looked forward to working with her in his role as Tourism Minister.

Prendergast will serve for a three-year term. Current chair Greg Muir did not seek re-appointment.

She is currently also chair of the Environmental Protection Authority, the New Zealand International Arts Festival Trust, and the Wellington Jazz Music Festival Trust.

 She holds an MBA specialising in marketing and strategy and as former mayor of Wellington, has extensive experience in promoting the city as a tourist destination.