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David Hiatt is a fifth-generation Cantabrian, businessman, father and community advocate. He lives in Christchurch with his wife Nichola and two young sons.

Raised on a sheep farm north of Christchurch, David graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Management. He went on to work in marketing roles for a number of corporates in both New Zealand and Canada.

David has been involved in the tourism sector since returning home in 2004, more recently as the founder and Managing Director of Canterbury Guiding Co., an award-winning business focused on visitors looking for a luxury New Zealand experience.

One of David’s big passions is helping other businesses grow. Since 2012, he has been passing on his experience as a member of the Small Business Development Group, run by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Outside of work, David serves as the Chairman of the Medbury School Trust Board, is a member of the Society of St George’s Hospital, coaches junior rugby, and has raised $65,000 for Cure Kids.