Meet Our Advisory Board
Marijke Dunselman is one of New Zealand's leading tourism business & marketing consultants and trainers and has run her own consultancy and training business for over 20 years. She has helped grow hundreds of tourism businesses over the years and has set up several tourism marketing networks.
Having worked with many farmers over the years in developing their agritourism business, the Agritourism Network NZ is her passion project bringing together tourism and agriculture.
Prior to setting up Strategies Marketing Consultancy & Smartraining, she worked as a Marketing Consultant for SMS Ltd and as Manager of Tourism Southland, a regional tourism organisation (RTO).
Other work experience includes working for several corporates internationally, including Heineken, Randstad, KLM (Dutch airline) and in market research and education.
Her qualifications include:
Marijke grew up in the Netherlands, France and the USA and speaks four languages. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1994 and loves living here.
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Advisory Board member & Financial Expert
Martin Hawes is a well-known financial advisor, author and TV & radio commentator.
Martin has spent most of his career working in business and personal finance.
He has worked with many farmers over many years helping with both their financial affairs and succession plans. Martin is an Authorised Financial Adviser and the author of over 20 best-selling books including one on Family Trusts.
Martin sits on a number of Boards and now lives in Christchurch.
Martin's current positions are:
Advisory Board Member & Agritourism Operator
Janene Divers and her husband Dave run a successful agritourism business on their large sheep and beef farm in South Otago.
They built Cascade Creek Retreat, a beautiful off-grid 5-Star Qualmark Gold accommodation business in a stunning location on their farm located near Milton.
Janene joins the Agritourism Advisory Board with a wealth of experience in the travel and tourism Industry. Her tourism career began working for a highly regarded tourism company in Europe and the UK, before returning home to NZ to continue her passion in the industry.
She has earned several awards throughout her career such as the top new consultant in travel in NZ. Janene decided to utilize her experience and put her passion into creating her own business, Cascade Creek Retreat.
Janene and Daveca have three adventurous young children who love getting amongst the outdoors as much as their parents do!
Janene thoroughly enjoys being able to ‘marry’ her passion for the travel and tourism industry while being based on a farm; a perfect combination that is ‘Agritourism’.