Hospitality NZ Board Nominations 2019




Chris Buckley

Chris Buckley

Chris Buckley grew up in a small pub in rural North Canterbury and now operates two successful venues in Queenstown. Acutely aware of the issues facing hospitality operators due to his hands on role, Chris continues to work hard in areas such as immigration and peer to peer accommodation, while providing an insight to the board form one of New Zealand’s most popular tourism destinations.

Pragmatic in his approach Chris is capable and enjoys working through change that can benefit our members. 

While we continue to push for growth and if we want a strong Hospitality New Zealand into the future we will need to address many different situations and see a way through, businesses throughout New Zealand are been pushed through changes like never before, we need to lead the way at Hospitality New Zealand so we all have the best chance of success.



Russell Gray 

His skills have been developed through executive experience in managing operations, divisions, units and businesses from start-ups through to the New Zealand operation of a global multi-national.  He has exposure to both public and private sectors in New Zealand and experience working with foreign markets including Australia, USA, and the UK.

Russell has worked in most business cycles, spanning times of growth, business development, mergers and acquisitions and product innovation and also in times of economic decline requiring business consolidation, retrenchment and product and market withdrawal.

Russell has been heavily involved in the hospitality sector through Good Group since 2008. He is a Director and Shareholder in that Group and was Queenstown based until his shift to Auckland in October 2012 and in late 2018 he relocated to Melbourne to commence due diligence on brand roll outs in Australia. He is CEO of Good Groups operations on both sides of the Tasman.

Hospitality is in his blood having grown up in Canterbury/South Canterbury where his parents ran a number of Hotels including The Madeira in Akaroa, The Terminus in Timaru, Burkes Pass Hotel and Gladstone Grand in Fairlie and The Gretna in Taihape. The experience gained at a young age working with his Parents in their businesses made it easy for him to understand the requirements of hospitality borrowers during his 20-year banking/finance career.

Russell has been on many Council working parties including the Carisbrook/Stadium Working Party in Dunedin and Liquor Liaison Trust in Queenstown.

Russell is President of Hospitality NZ Auckland and Chaired their Local Alcohol Policy Working Party.

Russell was on the Board of Destination Queenstown from 2009-2012.

Russell completed an MBA through Henley in the UK in 1998, has a Diploma in Banking from Massey University, was a Fellow of FINSIA (Finance & Securities Institute of Australasia) and is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Nigel Humphries

 would like to introduce myself as a candidate for the Hospitality New Zealand National Board


I have lived in Fiordland with my wife Fiona for around 25 years with time in Dunedin as a Property Valuer before returning to Te Anau to run Anchorage Motel 20 years ago. I am a director for our motel chain (Golden Chain) and the Chair of the NZ Accommodation Advisory Council and on the National Hospitality NZ board. I have a strong understanding of tourism and the impact it has on our local community.  I am beginning my 4th term on the Fiordland College BOT and am currently the chair.


My wife, Fiona, is the Guidance Counsellor/teacher at Fiordland College and our three children grew up in Te Anau.


In my current role as the Chair of the Accom Advisory Council, we have transitioned many of our ex MANZ members across to the new organisation. There is still more work to do to and I would like to carry on this work on the board. The board needs an accommodation voice which I represent.


Nick Keene

Nick Keene

Nick owns Schnappa Rock Restaurant in Tutukaka, Wahi at Oceans and Core Fitness also in Tutukaka. Nick has been in Hospitality and Tourism his whole working life, including a 3 year stint as a Dive Charter skipper and guide.

Nick has a Hotel and Catering Administration Diploma from AIT and following that moved to London where he worked for Conran Restaurants before returning to NZ in 2001 after 3 years in Australia, also in Restaurants. In 2006 he purchased Schnappa Rock.

Nick sees an exciting time ahead for our industry. There is an industry wide acknowledgment that growth is coming and we are under prepared. He would like to be involved in shaping the way we manage high visitor numbers while maintaining the integrity of our offering. Initiatives around waste management, recycling and use reduction are important to him as well as the training and formation of a strong and capable hospitality workforce.


Peter Morrison

Peter Morrison 

For over 35 years, Peter Morrison has attributed his whole career to the hospitality industry, especially in the accommodation sector and to the many organisations where Peter holds various executive roles, including his current role as a member of our national board and our national treasurer.

In the mid 1970s Peter started his career as a management trainee for Lion Nathan (as it is now known) gaining invaluable experience from various hotels. His first Managers job was the Gables Tavern in Herne Bay, Auckland. He moved to New Plymouth in 2001 and managed the State Establishment (Cobb & Co) and Westown Motor Hotel and then moved to Christchurch in 1986. From the early 90s, Peter started his own company called Morrison Hospitality Management Ltd, where he continued to manage the Hotel Russley after becoming one of the owners.

Since the mid 90s, Peter's company has successfully owned and managed a number of accommodation, bar and restaurant establishments. Since 2006 Peter has been hosting guests at the Classic Villa in Christchurch that has received a number of national and international accommodation awards while maintaining a 5 star Qualmark rating and Silver Enviro Qualmark.


Matt McLaughlin

My name is Matt Mclaughlin. I am the current wellington Branch president of HNZ and am an owner/operator of 5 premise in Wellington.

I am extremely passionate about Hospitality and I feel I am in a strong position now to give something back to our fantastic industry.

Having started as a kitchen hand at Cobb & Co Trentham as a skinny 13 year old and have stayed in the industry ever since. I’m now a 32 year not so skinny industry veteran.

I have been a business owner for 18 years and have seen our industry change dramatically over this time. We are in a time of social change and as an industry we have a lot to give. But we also need to stand firm and not be bullied by the government, councils and police. WE are an industry with a strong social conscience, and we need to been as part of the solution rather than part of the problem!

There are several issues I am passionate about and have been working hard on for our local branch.

I am working closely with the Wellington City Council to try and overhaul our licencing process. We get a raw deal with Licencing and this needs to change.

I am an advocate for a safe city and have been instrumental in implementing a sexual assault prevention campaign in Wellington that I feel we should be rolling out nationally.

I felt that it would be great for our industry to ensure our patrons feel safe in an on-premise environment. This will also bring a busier premise for us and better profit.

I have loved my time as Wellington Branch president, and I would love to become a member of the national board. I feel I have the experience and contacts to really make a difference.


Seaton Read

Seaton Read

I am a lawyer by profession but have been involved with giving advice to operators in both the accommodation and hospitality industries for much of my working life. I have also earned some stripes in the industry having owned a licensed premise in partnership with a colleague; an experience that has taught me more about the challenges faced by many of you than I have observed in thirty years of advising from the side lines.

Both experiences have taught me that the industry is now facing a significant raft of challenges. I am disappointed with the attitude of both local and central government towards the industry. While licensees are being subjected to ever increasing regulation, those in the accommodation sector are facing unregulated competition threatening the viability of their businesses.

Combined and targeted responses are essential to combat these threats. The continuing success of this association is essential to the organization of a response to the challenges now faced by both groups which it represents.

I would like to contribute to an industry that I have a strong affinity with, by assisting the association to meet these challenges.