Staff Profiles New Zealand

Here's the low down on our New Zealand based staff:

Martin Horgan    Managing Director
Year Joined: 1993

Martin Horgan
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It's not until you sit down to write this sort of stuff that you realise you're getting old! Almost 25 years in the Tourism Industry – yikes!

I did my Tourism ‘apprenticeship’ with Newman's Tours, initially in Christchurch and then in Auckland for 4 years. Newman's was a blast – and I still have many friends from the Newman's ‘era’. I moved back to Christchurch to work for Southern World in 1993, just in time to marry my wife Shirley.

I had a couple of years away from Southern World, working for Tourism Holdings, but I returned to Southern World in Jan 2000 – to manage Southern World Fiji in Nadi.

In the end we (Shirl and our newly born daughter, Alex) spent just under 2 years in Fiji. We just loved the place…. the climate, the sea, the people, the culture, the resorts and even the beer (Fiji Bitter – the best!). How could you not love Fiji ... ?

We moved back to New Zealand in 2001 just in time for the birth of our son Sam. A few months later I took the plunge and became a shareholder and director of Southern World New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.

Our 3rd (& final!) daughter Isabel was born in 2003. I’ve got 3 pretty cool kids, love em to bits although they also drive us insane at times. They make us laugh a lot.

I love sport, playing and watching. Like most Kiwi males I played a fair bit of rugby when I was younger (& fitter & leaner for that matter) but now enjoy squash, tennis & pretty bad golf.

I will always enjoy exploring New Zealand, always something new to see and do. Within half an hours drive we’ve got the sea, wonderful alluvial rivers for swimming and 4wd’ing & awesome forests for walking and tramping. Within an hour or two we can easily be in the middle of the magnificent Southern Alps or jet-skiing on stunning West Coast lakes. New Zealand’s to me is even more spectacular when you’re off the beaten track.

I look forward to welcoming you or your clients to New Zealand, don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.