Christchurch council man is new Queenstown ski boss


A top council bureaucrat is the new big cheese at the operator of Queenstown’s ski areas.

NZSki has announced the appointment of Christchurch City Council corporate services general manager Paul Anderson as its new chief executive.

The 42-year-old replaces James Coddington who has been at the helm of NZSki for six years.

NZSki Ltd owns and operates Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt and The Remarkables ski areas in Queenstown and Canterbury.

Anderson is a Cantabrian who has spent considerable time in Central Otago during the past 20 years.

Anderson and his wife will move to Queenstown where he takes up his new position in early August.

At Christchurch City Council for more than five years, Anderson most recently managed the funding strategies for earthquake response and recovery, and has also been tasked with improving the council’s performance focus, increased staff engagement and was a founding member of the Local Government Funding Agency in 2011.

The keen skier and outdoor enthusiast is a Chartered Accountant who in the past has held finance and operational roles with large corporate and government organisations including Telecom New Zealand, NatWest GFM (London) and the NZ Treasury.

Anderson says hugely excited about the opportunity to work with the team at NZSki in a field he’s passionate about.

“I’m impressed with the huge investment the company has made as well as their on-going focus on creating a superb experience for their customers at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt.

“I have a lot of passion for the ski industry, because apart from my personal love of skiing, the industry is one of NZ’s most important attractions for domestic and international tourism.

“NZSki is a company that understands its role in the industry and its significance to the New Zealand economy.”

NZSki board chairman John Davies says he’s looking forward to formally welcoming Anderson.

“We’re thrilled to welcome someone of Paul’s calibre and aptitude,” Davies says.

“He has an excellent track record and seasoned experience in corporate management, finance and staff engagement, which combined with his personal love of skiing makes him an ideal person to lead the development of The Remarkables ski area and our organisation as a whole.

“We look forward to working with him to continue in our vision of leading the world in snow sport experiences.”

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak is scheduled to open for the 2013 winter season on June 8, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt on June 15 and The Remarkables on June 22.