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Queenstown Wedding Association


Meet The Board

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Tracey Maclaren, President

Tracey Maclaren is a permanent long term resident of Queenstown, currently residing in beautiful Arrowtown. She has enjoyed living and working in the Southern Lakes Distract for more than 23 years. She is a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand and more recently became a Marriage Celebrant for New Zealand. She is privileged to be able to offer her services to couples who come to Queenstown to be married, new their vows or join in civil union.

Sarah Arkin, Vice President

Sarah is the inaugural President of the Queenstown Wedding Association and also Director of Simply Perfect Weddings (Simply Perfect Events & Experiences). As a dedicated wedding planner, she has helped countless couples from near and far plan their perfect wedding day in the stunning surrounds of Queenstown. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or ideas.

Philippa Thomas, Secretary

Philippa has been a celebrant in the Queenstown area for over a year now, having moved here from Wellington (and two very busy wedding seasons up there) in 2015. She loves all things weddings and has a particular passion for showcasing what Queenstown has to offer for people getting married from all over the world. Philippa loves working with people to give them the wedding they want, no matter what that might be and regardless of their budget. She truly believes weddings should be fun, relaxed and enjoyable occasions and offers a young, fun approach to the wedding industry here in Queenstown. 

Hayley Rand, PR and Marketing Coordinator

Hayley is the newest recruit to QWA staff – she is our part-time ‘everything’ and is the girl who appears at the end of most emails! British, who classes herself as a Queenstown ‘local’ – here since 2010 and also being part time at In2food as their ‘Functions Coordinator’ Hayley has met and worked with many of our vendors and members. With a degree in Event based PR and marketing, travelling the world and running all sorts of weddings and functions for the past 16 years – she has a pretty good knowledge of what we all need to get noticed!  E:

Lizzie Christopher, Networking/Social Chair

Lizzie is one half of the family operated, professional private chauffeur service ‘Classic Car Journeys.’ She has a passion for iconic cars and the magnificent destinations around Central Otago which she chooses to share with her special couples. Lizzie is our social butterfly when it comes to events and she is here to assist you with any questions you may have about what the QWA has been up to or planning.

Charlotte Winkel, New Member Chair

Charlotte is a creative marriage celebrant and wedding blogger who’s passionate about everything wedding and Queenstown related. As QWA Membership Chair Charlotte will welcome you as a new QWA member and help integrate you into our ever growing network of Queenstown wedding industry professionals. The QWA is committed to continuous improvement, so if you have ideas for added benefits to QWA members speak to Charlotte today.


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