Connie Nicholson-Port

Connie Nicholson is General Manager People & Capability at Ngāi Tahu Tourism. She has overall responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s workforce and, through them, for the safety of a million customers each year. Recently, her role was expanded to include oversight of health and safety for Ngāi Tahu Seafood too. She is based in Christchurch.

Connie has more than 20 years of experience in HR and health and safety management in both the private and public sectors. Before joining Ngāi Tahu in 2015, she was Head of People at Airways. Previously, she held senior management positions at Housing New Zealand, the Ministry of Education, Christchurch City Council and the NZ Racing Board.

In her current role, Connie is driven by Ngāi Tahu’s commitment to Tuia – making the connection – “where health and safety is at the heart of all our decisions and where our te whānau tāpoi are proud to work and feel valued, and manaakitanga, or care for others, is evident in everything we do”.