The members of DunedinHOST Board are all active in tourism businesses and organisations in and around Dunedin. Each member is attributed a specific part of the Tourism Sector. If you would like to contact a board member with regards to any issues with that sector please email them using the email address provided below
Please note: The Dunedin Host Board meets regularly throughout the year. If you have something you would like the board to discuss please contact a board member via or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Cook grew up in Wanaka, and after completing a BCom in Marketing Management from Otago University, spent too long in Wellington and Auckland before returning to Dunedin 18 years ago. She was marketing consultant to three major hotels, the Carlton and Waipuna Hotels in Auckland, and the Plaza International in Wellington; and marketing manager for Pionair, which flew a restored DC3 from Queenstown. She freelanced in Auckland for media, exhibition, publishing and design, and managed key sponsorships including Russell Coutt’s Team Magic, and Sir Peter Blake support of Bayswater Marina.
In Dunedin she was founding director of the Dunedin Heritage Festival and NZ International Science Festival, worked for TVNZ before spending six years with NHNZ.
She is the sector representative on the DCC Premier and Major Events Funding sub-committee. Caroline is Director, Marketing and Development at the Otago Museum
Norcombe Barker has been director of Larnach Castle for 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and a 3 year diploma of Hotel and Catering Administration from C.I.T. Norcombe is a member of the institute of Directors and has achieved much as a director for many organisations across the city such as the Hereweka Harbour Cone Management Trust, Save the Otago Peninsula, the Otago Boys High School 150 Celebration Organising Committee, the Otago Boys High School Old Boys Society and the Otago Boys Foundation as a founding Trustee. Norcombe has established himself as a champion of the industry and under his tenure of Larnach Castle has been awarded the Hospitality Award in Customer Service in 2014, the Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Award – Tourism in 2012, and was the Winner of the Westpac Dunedin Business Awards – Large Tourism in 2012. He lives on the Otago Peninsula near the Castle with his partner Jane and their children Lily and Max.
Toby Mann is the Business Development and Improvement Manager at Taieri Gorge Railway. Prior to that he was the Campus Manager at Sir George Seymour National College of Airline Travel and Tourism and has spent 10 years as a Travel Agent. Toby has been on the Dunedin Host board for four years with one year a co-chair. Bred in Dunedin with a B.A. from Otago Toby lives with his wife Jules on five acres in Waitati and spends far too much time in the garden.
Chris Burns, age 66. Married to Glenda for 45 years. 2 sons & 2 grandsons. He started working life as an Engineer /Welder, with various jobs over the years in Sales Rep and Management positions, most notably with The Laminex Group for 18 years. After a brief and wholly unsuccessful early retirement in December 2010, he and Glenda formed Freedom Tours in 2011 and Chris became an owner driver with United taxis in 2013. Freedom Tours & Taxis Ltd, CityUnited Taxis and Alto Colourview Print is now owned and operated by their son Matt. While Chris and Glenda are still involved in the businesses, they are essentially semi retired and hoping to enjoy a bit more time for travelling, reading and relaxing. They both continue to enjoy the interaction with the many tourists they show around our beautiful City and region and hope to do so for many more years to come.
Nick Beekhuis is the owner/operator of Offtrack MTB Tours. He has BSc in Maths from the University of Otago and a Bachelor of Design from Victoria University. Born in Dunedin, Nick is a keen cyclist with a passion for mountain biking. After living overseas and returning to Dunedin, Nick discovered a renewed sense of appreciation for the Otago region and for the Otago Peninsula in particular. One of Nick’s favourite things about being a tourism operator in Dunedin is his customers’ reactions to the stunning scenery of the Otago region. He lives in Dunedin with his partner and three young children.
Deane Agnew is Manager of The Executive Residence Boutique Hotel , part of The University of Otago. Deane has been at The Executive Residence since 2011.
Deane has 30 years’ experience in hospitality, including stints at Huka Lodge and Kinnaird, both Relais and Chateau properties, as well as 3 years at The Executive Planning Centre in New York, owned and operated by Citigroup.
Richard was born and bred in Dunedin. He was an apprentice colour matcher in the dye room at Roslyn Woollen Mills and then a Sales Rep for Dairy Farmers.In 1980 his career in coach driving started with Newtons Coachlines, moving into tour driving around New Zealand.This is when Richard really became passionate about the beauty of Dunedin and its surrounding area. In the late 90’s he moved into a supervisory role for Citibus and then eventually became Operations Manager. Richard then went onto to become the owner/operator of a Corporate Cab for 2 years. He is currently the owner/operator of Good Company Tours & Sunshine Travel Club. Richard enjoys Art, running (used to) classic cars, gardening and walking the dogs. He is Married to Adele with 3 grown children and lives in Anderson’s Bay.