New board chair and members

Jenn Bestwick, Arihia Bennett and Dave Bamford

This month we are celebrating three excellent additions to the Milford Opportunities Ministerial Advisory Board including new board chair, former Tourism New Zealand Board member, Jenn Bestwick who takes up the reigns from our acting chair Bill Day.

In her own words Jenn says she relishes the opportunity to steer Milford Opportunities through the vital coming months for the project.

“I’m passionate about New Zealand, particularly Te Wai Pounamu – the South Island which is my home. Having spent many happy times tramping, kayaking and generally enjoying our unique biodiversity and outdoors, I’m passionate about ensuring this legacy is preserved and that our connection to place, biodiversity and our amazing landscapes, remains central to our tourism reputation.

“Piopiotahi is a global attraction.  It’s vital we deliver viable options that will benefit this incredible place and those connected to it.”

Jenn is joined by two new board members Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett and independent tourism thought leader, Dave Bamford.

It’s fantastic to now have a full board with this level of skill and experience to steer our work.

We’re incredibly grateful to Bill Day who stepped into the acting chair role following Dr Keith Turner’s retirement in March 2023, and delighted that he remains committed to the project as a board member.

Find out more about the new chair and board members by reading today’s media release>


New board chair and members