New ‘Future Director’ announced

31 October 2016

Auckland Airport’s Board announced today that it has selectedKiriwaitingi Rei to participate in the Future Director Programme during the 2017 financial year.

Ms Rei is the chief executive officer of Maori Investments Limited and managing director of Tarawera Land Company. She has a legal background and extensive knowledge of the tourism, forestry, geothermal, agri-business and property sectors. Ms Rei was previously the Corporate Affairs Manager and Company Secretary at Te Arawa Group Holdings Limited, and has practiced commercial law and litigation in Rotorua, where she lives.

The Future Director Programme seeks to identify talented young New Zealanders with strong potential to succeed in a governance role, and provide them with opportunities to observe and participate in Boardroom discussions. While the aspiring directors participate in real discussions, they do not have a role in Board decision making, and Auckland Airport has protocols in place that prevent future director participants becoming "deemed directors".

Auckland Airport’s Chair, Sir Henry van der Heyden, says, “Our company has benefited considerably from the three Future Directors we have welcomed to date. Auckland Airport strongly believes in the value of the Future Director Programme and we were proud to appoint New Zealand’s inaugural participant in the Programme in 2013. Our ongoing participation in the Programme helps to promote diversity of leadership and the development of governance talent. The Board looks forward to Kiriwaitingi joining our discussions over the next 12 months.”

Ms Rei says, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the Future Director Programme with Auckland Airport. I look forward to further developing my governance career by observing and interacting with the highly skilled and experienced directors, and contributing a different perspective to discussions around the Board table.”


For further information please contact:

Simon Lambourne
+64 27 477 6120