Meet the Team

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Tony Porter: Director

Tony has served as a director of the Airport Company since 1997 and was elected Chairman of Directors in July 2014. He has enjoyed a noteworthy engineering career in structural and bridge design, transportation asset management and business management, specializing over the latter years in asset management and procurement options for managing road networks. He is a partner in Opus International Consultants and until recently was the Director of their Global Asset Management Team. In this role, he was responsible for leading and co-ordinating the company’s strategies to deliver and grow Opus’ asset management business around the globe. Tony has a BE (Hons) in Civil Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers, Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand and is a Chartered Professional Engineer. He and his wife Rose have raised three children in Hawke’s Bay and are great advocates for the region.

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Sarah Park: Director

Sarah was appointed to the Board of HBAL on 1 July 2014. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and has 15 years experience in the financial services sector in a variety of roles across investment banking, venture capital and business advisory in NZ and overseas.

Sarah brings to the Board her strengths in financial analysis with a focus on how can an entity optimise its commercial and strategic approach to maximise value for all its stakeholders. She has expert knowledge in business model development, project evaluation, valuations, transaction advisory, financing options and capital markets. She has worked for and with both large financial institutions such as HSBC and PwC as well as public and private growth companies across a range of sectors.

Sarah is also an independent director of Focus Genetics Ltd. (owned by Landcorp).

Sarah is a Member of the Institute of Directors and has gained their Certificate in Company Direction.

Sarah is passionate about improving the quality of life in Hawke’s Bay for all who live in the region. A love of fine wine and sunshine brought her to live in the Hawke’s Bay with her husband Mike for 6 months in 2003 and they have not left. As a mother to two young boys she is fully invested in using her skills and energy to the benefit of the region.

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Wendie Harvey: Director

Following an extensive legal career specialising in employment law and human resource management Wendie brings to HBAL over 25 years experience as a lawyer, executive manager and business consultant.

Keen enthusiasts of the Hawkes Bay lifestyle and the richness of opportunities on offer across the region, Wendie who hails from Dannevirke and her husband Paul (from Wairoa) made the decision to return to the Bay in 1990 to raise their 3 sons, Ben, Sam and Jake. Their decision to return to the Bay was not only a great one for her family, it also led to Wendie being able to realise a number of her career ambitions resulting in employer advocacy roles, the establishment of her own successful employment relations consultancy practice, and in 2004 taking up employment with Hawkes Bay electricity company, Unison Networks Limited.

Since leaving her role as a General Manager at Unison in 2011, Wendie has pursued a governance career which reflects her interests in strategy development, infrastructure management and the promotion of health and safety in the workplace. Her appointments include the Boards of Port of Napier, Centralines Limited, QRS (Quality Road Services (Wairoa) Ltd), ETCO (Electrical Training Company Ltd) and Hohepa Homes Hawkes Bay. Currently Wendie also serves as a Commissioner on the New Zealand Gambling Commission.

Acutely aware of the importance of our airport to Hawkes Bay’s regional development and growth, Wendie was thrilled to be appointed to the Board of HBAL on 1 July 2016.

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Taine Randell: Director

Following an extensive professional rugby career in New Zealand and United Kingdom, including Captaincy of the All Blacks, Taine pursued a career in finance and commodity markets both offshore and locally. These skills have enabled him to contribute to a number of governance roles in both commercial and social sectors. He holds directorships of Kahungunu Asset Holding Company, Fiordland Lobster Company and Kiwigarden. He is also a board member of the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union and U-Turn Trust, an organisation that provides social services in Flaxmere. Taine was born in Hawke’s Bay and in 2008 together with his wife Jo, and their two sons and one daughter, returned home to enjoy the region they are very passionate about.

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Nick Story: Chief Executive

Nick was appointed Chief Executive in 2013. He brings Marketing Strategy, Business Development and people leadership skills and experience to the Airport Company.
Nick has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Master of Professional Studies. He is Director of Centralines Limited as well as the Chair of Audit and Risk Committee. Nick maintains an active involvement in the community as an active member and the prior President of the Rotary Club of Hastings Karamu.


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Jacqui Leake: Accounts and Administration Assistant

Jacqui is an experienced accounts administrator with a broad range of office administration skills. She joins the airport team after spending time raising her family. 

Jacqui is a Trustee on the Charitable Trust Board for a Children’s Centre in the Napier community which strives for excellence in governance and ongoing project initiatives.


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Graham Eagles: Infrastructure Manager

Graham has 30 years’ experience as a civil engineering designer and project manager in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, as a consultant he held a senior project management role and has been involved in the design management of a wide range of projects.

Graham has a Diploma in Civil Engineering along with an Engineering Practice Diploma, he is an associate member of IPENZ and member of IPWEA.

He is married to Leanne and maintains an active involvement within the Hawke’s Bay community with both children attending local schools.


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Olivia Pierre: Operations Manager

Olivia has extensive airport and airline experience. Her experience includes management of Air New Zealand’s parking businesses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, project management involving regional airports and held the role as airport manager for Air New Zealand’s operations at Hawke’s Bay Airport.

Olivia is excited about the continued growth of the airport and is focused on enhancing the airport’s operations to improve the customer journey and experience at the airport.


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Dean Smith: Commercial Manager

Dean is an experienced sales and marketing professional with a customer centric approach to business development. He takes pride in developing robust and mutually beneficial commercial relationships.

Dean has over 15 years of professional experience spent in both the financial services and wine industry including three years based in mainland China. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both commerce and science from the University of Auckland.

Dean was born and raised in Hawke’s Bay and is a proud resident the region where he lives with his wife and young family.