Our Staff

ANDREW LESLIE - CHIEF EXECUTIVE



Andrew has a long history in community recreation, events and advocacy.

He was previously involved in promoting everything New Zealand has to offer as i-SITE Manager for Tourism New Zealand, and prior to that held roles with Hutt City Council and Manukau City Council.

In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, mountain running, and getting into the outdoors with his wife and three daughters.


TRACEY PRINCE – AQUATICS PROJECT MANAGER


Tracey has been in the Aquatics Industry for over 17 years in various roles including lifeguard and facility manager.

In her role as Aquatic Project Manager Tracey is endeavouring to work with everyone in the industry to provide safe and fun facilities for our communities to recreate in.

In her spare time Tracey loves off-road running, triathlons and generally spending time outdoor recreating in the sunny capital of NZ.


SAM NEWTON – ADVOCACY MANAGER, OUTDOORS SECTOR



Sam is passionate about outdoor recreation, with a wide variety of interests including mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring, tramping and mountain biking. He holds a BCom, a BA (hons.) and has been a recipient of a Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.

Sam has worked in many high-profile roles, including as a parliamentary advisor and General Manager of the New Zealand Alpine Club. He serves on the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board and New Zealand Mountain Safety Council executive and is a trustee of the Graham Dingle Foundation.


ESTHER BUKHOLT – COMMUNITY RECREATION PROJECT MANAGER



“My life philosophy is that we all have the right to live, work and play in ways that sustain us, our communities and the earth. Indeed, we are the richer for it.”

Esther has applied this philosophy to her work and life for over twenty years in community development, recreation and adult education.

As a community developer, she is committed to social inclusion and initiated a wide range of successful, multiple partner projects with community, public, and private partners. For a bit of light relief, Esther likes family escapes to the bush, growing vegetables in her windy garden and late night jazz piano.


KARL NESBITT – PARKS AND OPEN SPACES PROGRAMME MANAGER



Karl has been in the Parks and Open Spaces Industry for over 20 years in various roles including gardener and operations manager.

In his role as Parks and Open Spaces Project Manager Karl is endeavouring to work with everyone in the industry to provide safe and fun open spaces for you to recreate in.

In his spare time Karl coaches and plays Hockey and generally spending time outdoor recreating in the bush clad Hutt Valley of NZ.


NICOLE RAMAGE – EVENTS MANAGER


Working within the events sector for the last eighteen years, Nicole has delivered events, conferences, functions and festivals of all scales. Working in both the private and public sector, on community-focussed as well as financially viable events, she is both flexible and analytical in her approach to events. 

Nicole has been with NZRA for three years now and with the team has developed the professional development programming and delivery via the conference programme, sponsorship and webinar software. She looks forward to developing the careers portal and building the membership over the next three years to support the strategic plan. 

When she is not delivering events for NZRA she is out there delivering events in the community, you could call her an addict!


HARMONEY JACKSON – ADMINISTRATION MANAGER



SARAH FORD – MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS CO-ORDINATOR


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