Meet the Team


2020-10-12 Patrick Dault (High Res) (5).jpg


Destination and Tourism Manager

Patrick’s role is to develop and implement the regional destination management plan; formulating what will be the region’s roadmap for economic, cultural, and environmental development. Bringing together communities, Iwi, government, and local businesses to build the region’s reputation and mitigate the risks to our communities and our environment whilst attracting new residents, businesses, and visitors.

2023-06-07 Lara Thomas (2)


Tourism and Events Executive

Lara joined the team at DWC in May 2023. She is a “true coaster” having spent her entire life on the West Coast. While Lara has the desire to travel, she has also visited many countries overseas but is convinced the West Coast is the best place to live. Lara has a strong passion for tourism and events which fits her role perfectly. Her role includes attending tradeshows, arranging and hosting media and trade familiarisation tours across the region as well as promoting the West Coast as the destination for business events.

Prior to joining DWC, she spent eight years in the travel and tourism industry, studying tourism and working at a local i-SITE Information Centre and the past four years as the Community & Events Facilitator at the Grey District Council.

Taylor Tian - website photo (B&W)


Tourism - China Market

Taylor is originally from mainland China and moved to New Zealand in 2015. His tenure in the tourism industry began with establishing and spearheading the Chinese department for a prominent tourism operator based in Marlborough.

Over the years, he has been involved with remarkable transformations in regional awareness and visitor influx.

In recent years, Taylor has become an independent advisor specialising in the Chinese tourism market, extending his expertise to various regions across the South Island. Taylor is dedicated to promoting the allure of the Untamed West Coast in the Chinese market by collaborating with neighboring regions.

Taylor is committed to assisting the West Coast in navigating the dynamic landscape of the Chinese tourism industry, fostering awareness among visitors, promoting regional dispersal, and facilitating partnerships with key industry stakeholders.

2024-07-16 Maia Peart-Anderson (website)


Trade and Marketing Executive

Maia joined the team at DWC in 2024. Her role focuses on promoting the West Coast as a tourism destination and involves domestic consumer campaigns, international consumer activity, business to business promotions, conference marketing, media, and event attraction.

Maia brings with her valuable experience in a variety of marketing, communication and engagement roles, including Cardrona X Treble Cone, and central and local government agencies. She is passionate about the region and is looking forward to showcasing the unique offerings of the West Coast.