Aoraki and the Mackenzie Basin is an area that is extremely special to Fiona, both aesthetically and spiritually. As a former rock and alpine climber she has climbed in Te Manahuna Aoraki and loves the aspirational goals of the project.
Fiona has 20 years experience in project and programme management in the private sector, local, and central government. She has an MA (Hons) in political science and her career has taken her from home-town Christchurch, to Wellington, Australia, Canada, Wales, Italy, Austria and back to Christchurch.
Most recently she managed the Christchurch City Council Land Drainage Recovery Programme, which saw her overseeing over 150 projects and a $1.2billion budget.
A self-described “active relaxer” she says she loves a challenge and being positively connected with the landscape so had to put her hand up for this role. Motherhood means she doesn’t get much climbing in these days but she enjoys skiing, biking and surfing and is looking forward to becoming immersed in the Te Manahuna Aoraki project, the land, and the people.