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New CEO Appointed to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

New CEO Appointed to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

11 November 2022

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Peckham as its new Chief Executive. 

Peckham will begin in December, just prior to Christmas this year and is looking forward to joining our award-winning conservation and tourism project. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Co-Chair Don Scarlet says the organisation is delighted Andrew will be moving into the leadership position. 

"We were pleased to have such high calibre applicants for this role offering a wide range of local and international experience. One of the many benefits of the mahi that has been done on the maunga over the years is it helps us attract new talent in all areas of our business. The Board are very confident in our appointment of Andrew," he says. 

Peckham is committed to a future where Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is recognised as a Waikato tourism must-see, a national leader in conservation and a sanctuary of global significance. As well as continuing to build on the mana whenua, landowner, local government and community partnerships that underpin Sanctuary Mountains' success, he will focus his attention on the Sanctuary's visitor experience and sustainable growth as New Zealand's tourism sector recovers from the past two years. 

Growing up in the Waikato and attending schooling in Hamilton, Peckham completed his education at St Pauls Collegiate and then the University of Waikato. 

"It's an incredible privilege to lead a conservation project of such significant scale and impact," says Packham.  

Peckham is a chartered accountant, a chartered member of the Institute of Directors and an experienced people leader. He has worked in various commercial areas. His career has included leadership roles at Air New Zealand, Mercury NZ and most recently Taupo District Council. His experience includes strong elements of both operational leadership and culture, marketing and customer experience. 

Andrew is passionate about Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and about playing a part in conservation in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

"It only takes a morning at the maunga to understand the incredible value we are creating here for our community, our partners and our tamariki". 


Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island in the North Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by one of the world's longest pest-proof fences, our ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species, such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats, and insects. 

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