Roger Wigglesworth is a Director in the Tourism, Sectors, Regions and Cities Team in the Labour, Science and Enterprise Branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The focus of his current work is advising on tourism and major events issues, including business events attraction, the development of New Zealand's convention centre infrastructure, and Nga Haerenga : The New Zealand Cycle Trail.
Roger has worked in both the private and public sectors. He has held HR and organisational development positions and undertaken a variety of national and international economic development-related public policy roles.
Thursday 19 October | 11:00am
The New Zealand Cycle Trail
Nga Haerenga -The New Zealand Cycle Trail began as a job creation project with tourism potential. What it has turned into is 22 Great Rides (all of international standard and several already with icon status) and a growing number of Heartland Rides (connecting to the Great Rides).
The Great Rides attract over one million users each year and in 2015 returned more than $3.0 for every $1.0 invested in their construction and maintenance.
But the project has been about much more than creating cycle trails. It has become a dynamic and enduring partnership between central government, advocates for world-class cycling experiences in New Zealand, and local communities wanting to host active visitors and proudly to showcase their region.
The three speakers in this session have travelled the journey that is Nga Haerenga- the New Zealand Cycle Trail. They will share their passion for this project with you.