Zane Smith

Zane has owned and operated many businesses across many sectors in the Tourism industry over the past 20 years. These vary from white-water rafting, Eco-Tourism guiding, cafés and accommodation and all were developed as strong Eco-Tourism products, where the ‘triple bottom line’ was always at the forefront of systems planning.

Zane’s tourism operational experience is a major point of difference from the general tourism development and marketing specialists. Zane has worked extensively internationally in adventure tourism & Eco-Tourism management positions which provides him with a world view of the tourism sector from his own personal and professional experiences.

He has been working on the Outdoor Leadership & Management, Outdoor Recreation and Eco-Tourism programmes at Tai Poutini Polytechnic since 1997 and has been involved in the Eco-Tourism programmes since their inception. He also has a strong role in the programme advisory committee for these courses.

Dave Ritchie

B Phys Ed Otago
NZRCA Canoeist of the Year 2006

  • Safety audits
  • Safety management plans
  • Risk management planning
  • Outdoor skills training
  • Guiding assessment and training

Dave is a highly-regarded outdoor recreation instructor and adventurer. He has extensive outdoor education experience in New Zealand and overseas, including New Zealand’s prestigious Outward Bound School and the New Zealand Kayak School. Dave currently runs the Outdoor Education department at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Jo Parsons

BSc in Ecology, University of Otago

  • Safety audits
  • Safety management plans
  • Risk management planning
  • Outdoor skills training
  • Guiding assessment and training


Jo has 13 years’ experience working a wide variety of outdoor education contexts. Jo sits on the NZOIA (NZ Outdoor Instructors Association) executive board. Jo is Programme Leader for the Outdoor Education department at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Ian Hooker

MA, University of Canterbury

  • Business viability assessments
  • Cash flow planning
  • Business plans
  • Marketing plans
  • Basic economics

Ian has over 20 years ‘experience in the commercial business environment. He has held a range of executive management positions including in marketing roles and as a foundation manager of a bicycle manufacturer. Ian has ten years’ senior management experience in polytechnics in New Zealand and five years as an Associate-Professor of International Business and Economics at Nanchang University, a leading university in China.