Former Auckland Councillor Penny Webster has been appointed executive chair of Matakana Coast Tourism (MCT).
Mrs Webster will replace retiring chair Warren Kitchin, who has headed the organisation for the past three years.
His term was marked by the acquisition by MCT of the Warkworth iSITE and the employment of a Regional Tourism Coordinator.
“Penny brings a wealth of experience to this role,” acting chair Liz Bays says. “She has worked with us during her time on Council and has always been supportive of the Puhoi to Pakiri regional concept for this area.”
Mrs Webster, who also recently took over the role of Warkworth A&P secretary, says she is honoured to have been approached for the role.
“We live in a great area with much potential,” she says. “I look forward to building on past successes and repositioning the Matakana region at the forefront of visitor experience. If visitors, whether local or overseas, come to our area many businesses from retail to service benefit.”