Rachel Taulelei appointed President of Wellington Regional Stadium Trust



The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, operator of the New Zealand capital’s Sky Stadium, has announced the appointment of Rachel Taulelei as President.

Taulelei, who served as a director for seven years, after being appointed in 2014, is Managing Director of Kono, a vertically integrated Maori food and drink producer and exporter and exporter of wines, ciders, craft beers, seafood. , fruit and natural fruit bars.

Taulelei also currently chairs the APEC New Zealand Business Advisory Council, and her career includes serving as a former U.S. Trade Commissioner, founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road Limited, and member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council. His governance experience includes The Warehouse Group, Moana NZ, New Zealand Wine Growers, Aquaculture New Zealand, NZ Hops, the Young Enterprise Trust and Sir Peter Blake Trust. Rachel has received the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her catering and hospitality services. She is a world-class KEA New Zealander and in 2018 was named Māori Woman Business Leader at the prestigious Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards at the University of Auckland.

Outgoing president John Shewan, who has held the post for the past nine years, said the stadium is delighted Rachel is taking on the role.

Shewan said, “Rachel is a strong advocate for Wellington and the stadium’s key role as the region’s premier community sports and entertainment facility.

Taulelei holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

She will assume the role from July 1, 2021.

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