About Us

Māori tourism, as the first impression and final exclamation mark for visitors to Aotearoa New Zealand visitors, is important to NZ Māori Tourism.

The Māori world provides a key point of difference for visitors and entering this world offers a fascinating first impression, a unique connection, and everlasting memories.

NZ Māori Tourism works collaboratively with the Māori tourism sector to ensure visitors arrive as strangers but leave Aotearoa New Zealand as members of our whānau (family).

Staff Members

To learn more about the staff of NZ Māori Tourism, please read the profiles below. The contact details for each staff member can also be found here.

Pania Tyson-Nathan - Chief Executive

Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu
Since becoming CEO of NZ Māori Tourism Pania has focused on highlighting the unique opportunity that a Māori experience offers manuhiri (visitors) domestically and internationally.

Having grown up in business with her parents in the Hawke’s Bay and then owning businesses, Pania understands intimately both the pains and passion of a 24 hour personal and financial commitment. Fast forward to the mid 90’s she moved on to local and central government where she gained an appreciation of the important role that policy plays in our every day lives.

Pania has used all that she has learned over the years (and continues to learn) to position NZ Māori Tourism as a key contributor, participant and influencer within the tourism industry today.

Married to Evan (Te Roroa), between them they have 8 children and live in Wellington splitting their downtime between Mahia and Northland.

The next big job is to work through the leveraging opportunities that exist between international trade, tourism and investment. More on this later…..

Pania Tyson-Nathan
Phone: 04 474 4685
Email: info at maoritourism.co.nz

Hoki-mai Chong

Hoki-mai Chong - Deputy Chief Executive 

Chinese, Ngati Koroki-Kahukura, Waikato 
Hoki-mai joined NZ Māori Tourism in 2015 after a lengthy stint at Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, where he worked in the Policy Wahanga (on treaty settlements and international trade relations), and the Office of the Chief Executive.

Hoki-mai is heavily involved with his marae, Reretewhioi marae, Waiuku, and represents the marae on Waikato-Tainui’s Te Kauhanganui. Hoki-mai is also a sitting member of the iwi’s executive body, Te Arataura.

Hoki-mai’s current focus at NZ Māori Tourism is on supporting the organisation to meet its corporate commitments.

Contact: Hoki-mai
Phone: 04 474 4683
Email: hoki-mai at maoritourism.co.nz

John Doorbar - Director of Regions and Capability

Te Atiawa, Taranaki
John has returned to NZ Māori Tourism as the Director of Regions and Capability, where his tasks include building a framework for capability development in the Māori tourism sector and improving the gathering of Māori tourism data.

John was an integral member of NZ Māori Tourism from 2010 to 2014 as Chief Advisor to the Chief Executive. In 2015, he took on a role with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to lead the regional economic development work programme. We are rapt to have John back in the NZ Māori Tourism whānau.

In his downtime, John heads back to Waitara to the farm and to restoring lake ecology. He also enjoys restoring and riding classic motorbikes.

Contact: John
Phone: 04 474 4684
Email: john at maoritourism.co.nz

Lee Beazley

Lee Beazley - Office Administration

Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine

Lee is NZ Māori Tourism’s office guru, managing the ins and outs of the office, assisting the Chief Executive and providing support to the NZ Māori Board.  Lee has been ensuring the critical functions in our office run smoothly since she came on board with NZ Māori Tourism in 2009.

Lee enjoys playing indoor netball and puts her skills to use by proudly coaching the Wainuiomata High School Junior Netball team.  When the weather is nice, you will find Lee and her husband, Craig, walking or running the Wainuiomata firebreaks or even the Wainuiomata Hill.

The pair have just passed Level Two in their Te Reo Māori classes at Te Wananga o Aotearoa and will begin level three and four next year.   Lee and Craig have five children and three mokopuna.

Contact: Lee
Phone: 04 474 4685
Email: lee at maoritourism.co.nz

Amy Hodgkinson - Events 

With four years’ experience at NZ Māori Tourism, Amy has the magic touch of bringing ideas into fruition. Her role as events manager includes project management and corporate relationships - but she admits she’ll do anything she’s asked.

Originally from the Hawke’s Bay, Amy studied towards a Bachelor of Tourism Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Geography in Wellington.  She spent her twenties using her politics degree working for two political parties over three elections in communications and media roles.

In her down time time, you’ll find Amy hiking, learning to be a handywoman around the house, a better baker and training for her annual one big trail event (in 2018 it was the 50km Round the Mountain race at Mt Ruapehu) and training to become a pilates teacher.

This year’s goals include: increasing her Te Reo Māori and general cultural capability, continue to learn and be inspired by the people she meets in her job, hone her opportunity-making skills and, finally, learn the South Tyrolian dialect language of her partner, Paul.

Contact: Amy
Phone: 04 474 4687
Email: amy at maoritourism.co.nz

Alyse Lynch - Finance and HR Administrator 

Alyse is our longest serving employee at NZ Māori Tourism. She came on board as a receptionist with NZ Māori Tourism in 2008 after graduating college, before moving onto administration. Now, she manages all our finances and accounts.

During her time here, Alyse has given birth to a beautiful girl, Zaria, who has just turned two. Alyse’s downtime is mostly spent consumed with her little pride and joy. She hopes to continue to grow in her accounts role and be the best mum she can be to Zaria – especially during the next terrible two’s stage.

Phone: 04 474 4685
Email: alyse at maoritourism.co.nz

Harmony Morgan – Administration Support

Rongomaiwahine, Tainui, Ngāpuhi
The youngest child of four - Harmony grew up in Titahi Bay, Porirua. In 2017, finding her soon-to-be husband Faresa of Samoan whakapapa, the two have just bought their first home in Wainuiomata, where Faresa was born and bred.

Harmony enjoys sport, arts and whānau time.

Her background is hospitality landing her first job washing dishes in a restaurant when she was 17 to running FoH in the same restaurant, soon after, exploring bar tender and manager roles in Melbourne and Wellington.

In 2016, Harmony came on board NZ Māori Tourism as a temporary staff member who became permanent in February 2018.

Harmony is the administration support person in our office – making sure all staff, Board members and manuhiri get the right plane ticket, rental car, taxi and accommodation.

Since joining the team, Harmony has become more passionate about her role, and providing her team with as much support as possible.

Contact: Harmony
Phone: 04 474 4682
Email: harmony at maoritourism.co.nz

Dani McDonald – Communications / Media

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha
Dani has taken on the role of Communications Advisor this year, coming from a background in journalism. Dani has reported in Wellington, Cambodia, Northern Territory and more recently, for Stuff’s national arts and entertainment section.

Dani’s role includes liaising with media, managing the monthly newsletter Te Tai Kōrero and social media as well as writing stories from around the motu.

Originally from Dunedin and Otākou, Dani enjoys reading, travelling, observing, spending time with her loved ones, photography and going to the tip shop to upcycle furniture. This year, her goals include getting fit for a holiday to Italy and France, continue learning Te Reo and French, as well as understanding more about her Southern Māori ancestry.

Contact: Dani
Phone: 04 474 4704
Email: dani at maoritourism.co.nz

Moetu Williams - Intern

Ngāti Pukenga, Te Arawa
Moetu is our newest addition at New Zealand Māori Tourism. Since arriving, he has been assisting the team with data collection and verification.

Moetu comes from a strong Māori background, having grown up in kohanga and kura kaupapa. As a result, he is passionate about Māori history, politics, culture and te Reo. After kura, he went on to Wellington College for secondary schooling, and graduated in 2016. Moetu’s inquisitive mind led him to study a degree in a Politics Philosophy and Economics at Otago University. After completing his first year, he has returned to Te Whanganui-a-Tara to gain some hands-on experience.

Moetu is a huge fan of sport and maintains an avid interest in current affairs, history and politics. When he’s not at work, chances are you’ll find him playing basketball, video gaming or out op-shopping.

Moetu aspires to better his Reo Maori as well as his understanding of tikanga Māori.


Contact: Moetu
Phone: 04 474 4703
Email: moetu at maoritourism.co.nz

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