by Greta Yeoman
Shayne Te Aika has been appointed as the business manager for the Earth and Sky stargazing venture.
The Earth and Sky astronomy centre is expected to open in Tekapo in July.
Mr Te Aika has been appointed by Ngai Tahu Tourism, which is a joint partner in the astronomy centre along with the Murray and Ozawa families.
His recent roles include as general manager for Southern Eye Specialists and Mortlock McCormack Law, and he is also the Ngai Tahu representative on the University of Canterbury Council.
Mr Te Aika will join the Earth and Sky team on June 4.
He said he was “privileged as a Ngai Tahu descendant” to be leading a team at a centre focused on both scientific and Maori astronomy perspectives.
“Earth and Sky has been working closely with mana whenua to ensure the cultural astronomy content is authentic and it will be brilliant to see these stories come to life in a way that has never been done before.”
Earth and Sky is partly owned by Ngai Tahu Tourism, which is a subsidiary of Ngai Tahu Holdings.