Looking to the future

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Our Vision

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Ross Butler


    Christchurch born and educated, Ross Butler is a professional director, with a range of governance roles on commercial, Crown entity, sporting, and community boards and trusts. After spending most of his executive and governance career in financial service and insurance entities in Australia, Ross is now based in Nelson.

    Ross is currently chairman of Southern Response, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Mercer Investments Australia Pty Ltd and Mercer New Zealand, Rangitane Holdings Limited and Rangitane Investments Limited, and a Member of the Code Committee (Financial Advisers Act). He has previously been deputy chair, and chair of audit and risk committee, of GNS Science.

  • Peter Townsend



    Peter Townsend is the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce and has held that position since 1996. The Chamber, as the largest business support agency in the South Island, concentrates on assisting members to improve their enterprises; ensuring members can operate in a business friendly environment; and encouraging new levels of business activity.

    Peter holds several directorships including Chair of the New Zealand Defence Employer Support Council, Director of Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd, Member of Callaghan Innovation Grants Committee and Board Member of the Air Force Museum Trust. He is a Trustee of the Canterbury Youth Development Programme and was a member of the CERA Transitional Advisory Board until December 2015.

    Since 4 September 2010, and especially since 22 February 2011, Peter has been actively involved in earthquake recovery issues.

    Peter is the Honorary Consul for Chile for the South Island, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Management. Peter has a BSc (Hons) and a post Graduate Diploma in Business and in May 2014 Lincoln University made Peter an Honorary Doctor of Commerce for his services to business. In 2013 Peter received the Individual Leadership Award at the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards. In December 2013 Peter was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

  • Miriam Dean

    CNZM, QC


    Miriam Dean has 35 years of legal experience as a former partner of law firm Russell McVeagh and is a long-standing member of the independent bar in resolving commercial disputes with an emphasis on competition and consumer laws. She was president of the New Zealand Bar Association from 2011-2012.

    With 20 years of governance experience, Miriam is also the current chair of both New Zealand on Air and the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, as well as a director of Crown Fibre Limited and the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. Past directorships include deputy chair of Auckland Council Investments and a member of the Auckland Transition Authority.  

    Miriam chaired the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident (the Fonterra botulism scare).  More recently, Miriam facilitated and reported to the Government on, discussions with engineers for the Church Property Trustees and the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust on engineering options for repair, restoration or replacement of ChristChurch Cathedral

  • Corinne Haines



    Corinne Haines, the Managing Director of Trimble Navigation New Zealand Limited, has more than 40 years’ business experience and has been at the helm of Trimble since 2003. Christchurch born, Corinne has a passion for the city and the opportunities and lifestyle it provides for residents. She was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to business in 2016 New Year’s Honours.

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Contact Details

For any questions or enquiries please email us at:


03 357 6300


Ōtākaro Limited​

Level 8, HSBC Tower, 62 Worcester Boulevard Christchurch, 8013 - New Zealand
PO Box 73, Christchurch, 8140 - New Zealand


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Phone 03 357 6380 or 0274188588 
Email: media@otakaroltd.co.nz


Other organisations

For information about Council-led Anchor Projects, suburban master planning, the horizontal infrastructure repair programme and other essential services needed to keep the city running, contact Christchurch City Council
www.ccc.govt.nz and 03 941 8999

For information about Attracting and facilitating investment, implementing key development projects, contributing to the implementation of Suburban Master Plans and providing commercial and strategic advice to Christchurch City Council, contact Development Christchurch Limited:
dcl.org.nz and info@dcl.org.nz

For information about regeneration activities across Christchurch district to plan and drive development in key areas, contact Regenerate Christchurch:
regeneratechristchurch.nz and info@regeneratechristchurch.nz

For information about policy, planning, legal and monitoring support on a range of regeneration issues across the greater Christchurch region, contact the Greater Christchurch Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet:
dpmc.govt.nz/gcg and info@dpmc.govt.nz