Regional Development, Destination & Attraction

A wildly diverse team which covers tourism, business events, the screen sector, and programmes that support local business growth which help make the region a great place to live and visit. They also lead various projects to deliver growth including the Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre

David Perks General Manager RDDA

David Perks

General Manager Regional Development, Destination and Attraction

David leads WellingtonNZ's large business-to-business support team, spanning business support, research and development grants, screen permitting and industry support, tourism, destination development, Wellington's convention bureau and regional development projects. His team is committed to growing Wellington's regional economy and advancing the prosperity of its businesses and people. 

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Business Growth

WellingtonNZ’s business growth team works with Wellington businesses to build capability and encourage innovation through their work as the Government’s Regional Business Partner. The team works with individual businesses at all stages of growth, from start-up to large established businesses, to understand their goals for growth and connect them to funding, expertise and programmes.

Mariana Askin
Business Support Coordinator
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Education, Talent & Skills

Wellington International Student Growth Programme

WellingtonNZ’s education team promote the Wellington Region as the ideal destination in which to study, with a focus on increasing the number of international students in Wellington. They partner with a number of education institutions throughout the region, focusing on curating the Wellington education story, student experience initiatives, and education and workplace pathways.

Sarah Grant
International Education Specialist
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Talent & Skills

The talent team work to maintain, attract and develop talent in the business sector in the Wellington region. They’re tasked with supporting employers to attract top talent to live and work in Wellington. They also connect businesses with talented students and graduates. 

Cath Randall
Workforce and Development Specialist
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Business Events Wellington

The Business Events Wellington team work with a membership-based group of operators and venues to promote Wellington as the best spot for your conference, meeting or incentive destination.

They also offer support in attracting large scale conferences to the Wellington Region. To find out more about maximising business event opportunities, get in touch with the team.

Stacey Pilcher
Business Events Coordinator
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Tourism Trade

Our tourism trade team are experts at making sure travel sellers understand how awesome Wellington is and why they should help their clients get here. They influence international travel sellers’ itineraries, train the agents at the frontline and wave the flag for the region at Tourism New Zealand events around the world. 

Len Yu
Tourism Trade Specialist
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i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

The Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre team are your local experts in all things Wellington. This Qualmark endorsed centre is operated by WellingtonNZ and is part of New Zealand's official Visitor Information Network (i-SITE). The i-SITE staff can help visitors make the most of their time in Wellington and travels around New Zealand, and are fluent in multiple languages. They also offer advertising opportunities within the visitor centre.

+64 4 802 4860
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