Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Grow Rotorua Ltd appoints first CEO


Grow Rotorua Ltd appoints first CEO

ROTORUA 05.10.12: Grow Rotorua Ltd, the Rotorua District Council controlled economic development organisation, has appointed its first CEO.

Grow Rotorua chairman John Green announced today that Christchurch-based Francis Pauwels has been appointed to manage the district’s new economic development entity charged with driving implementation of Rotorua’s Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy.

“Francis brings an impressive mix of private and public sector experience that will be immensely valuable to our Grow Rotorua objectives around lifting the district’s economic performance.

“He impressed the recruitment panel with his background and knowledge of business and the wider commercial world, and with his understanding of the unique challenges and economic aspirations of local authorities.

Mr Pauwels has an MBA from Canterbury University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln. He currently works for Environment Canterbury where he is programme director of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, a multi-party business project with an estimated $1.7 billion regional GDP contribution.

He has substantial private sector business experience from the wine, aquaculture, aviation and tourism industries.

From 2008 to 2011 Mr Pauwels was strategic policy manager for Marlborough District Council where his responsibilities included the district’s Urban Growth Strategy, reviewing the regional policy statement and resource management plans, and commissioning a new water allocation regime.

He has also served as general manager of New Zealand tourism product wholesale company Halifax, chief executive of specialist equestrian equipment business Zilco and commercial manager for AgResearch.

Mr Pauwels said he was looking forward to his move north to Rotorua and had been impressed by the way Rotorua business leaders, iwi and local government had worked closely together to develop a forward-looking strategy aimed at boosting the local economy.

“With Rotorua’s established strengths in areas such as tourism, agriculture, geothermal, forestry and wood processing I’m confident the district has the potential for a very positive economic future. I'm sure Rotorua can be well positioned to take advantage of business and inward investment opportunities as New Zealand and international economic environments turn the corner.

“Under the guidance of a widely experienced board of directors, and through collaborative partnerships with the council, iwi and the business sector, Grow Rotorua can make a real difference for the Rotorua community and its economic wellbeing. I'm really excited about being part of that process.

Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters welcomed Mr Pauwels’ appointment and said it meant the establishment of the council’s new economic development organisation was now virtually complete.

“Francis will be working with a very experienced board of directors, under the chairmanship of John Green, and we have high expectations of them.

“The Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy they will be responsible for implementing is a key component in the council’s plans to drive economic growth for Rotorua. With the support and cooperation of local business leaders, iwi organisations and the council, we have a very good platform for achieving those aspirations.

Francis Pauwels is expected to commence his new role as Grow Rotorua CEO in late November.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news