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Your Board Members

The Association is governed by its Board (active hosts and members of the Association) and is led by its President, Ann-Marie Johnson.  Ann-Marie is supported by five elected Board Members and the Association Secretary.



Ann-Marie Johnson

P     +64 27 600 4565

Although Ann-Marie is an independent Board Member she came to the Board with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry through her work with TIA, the Tiaki promise and two years’ experience on the Board.

Ann-Maree Johnson

Board Member

Jan Roberts

Breakers Boutique Accommodation
1367 Coast Road, Runanga, West Coast

P    +64 (0)3 762 7743

Jan and her husband Stephen own Breakers Boutique Accommodation, a beachfront b&b on the Coast Road overlooking the Tasman Sea between Greymouth and Punakaiki.  They have a passion for exploring the region’s natural beauty and history and sharing that passion and their discoveries with their guests.  Breakers is set on 2 acres of native bush and landscaped gardens with a Wahi Tapu on the property from Ngai Tahu that is being investigated further. 

Jan Roberts

Vice President / Board Member

Scott Riches-McPherson

Omaka Lodge
11 Omaka Road, RD 1, Taumarunui

P    +64 21 821 405

Scott, and his husband Christopher, own and run Omaka Lodge, a boutique bed and breakfast 7km south of Taumarunui on the Forgotten World Highway.  They bought the house (then a family home at the centre of a 5,500 acre sheep and beef station) and 10.5 acres in early 2017 moving there in June 2017.  Scott and Chris devote all their attention to the creation and running of Omaka Lodge, blending Chris’ hospitality background and Scott's sales & marketing background.  They opened on 27 December 2017, and haven’t looked back. 

We recently interviewed Scott:

  • To watch the interview - click here
  • If you'd like to read a transcript of the interview - click here
Scott McPherson

Board Member

Garth London

Whakaipo Lodge
1/504 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo

P    +64 22 547 0399

Garth and Angie set up Whakaipo Lodge in 2013 having come from corporate backgrounds.  Garth also established Adventure Shuttles, a small tour business specialising in transport, guiding and mountainbiking in the central North Island.  He trained as a civil engineer and spent most of his professional career working in sales and general management, including executive roles in business units of large organisations. 

Garth previously served as President of Taupo Home Hosts Association and has also served as Chair of the New Zealand Alpine Club in Wellington.

Garth London

Board Member

Louise Compton

Aston Road Villa
38 Aston Road, RD1, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand

P    +64 27 201 8904

Louise (and her husband Dean) opened Aston Road Villa Bed and Breakfast, Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast in 2018.  They had owned the rural block for 20 years and decided to build a purpose-built B&B guest wing as part of their new build.  They thoroughly enjoy the interaction with guests.  Her most recent business background includes completing a diploma in business which she has used to work in various Wellington based businesses and trained as a primary school teacher and taught for many years.

Louise Compton

Board Member

Currently Vacant


Association Secretary

Alison Gygax

Birds Ferry Lodge
Birds Ferry Road, Westport RD2

P    +64 27 2690905

Alison and her husband Andre built Birds Ferry Lodge in 2004 and have run this successful business since then, with a short "Covid Break". They re-opened the lodge at the end of 2023. As well as running the B&B they are well known for the high standard of dinners served to guests and their extensive native and kitchen  gardens. Alison has a degree in Hospitality Business Management and worked in contract catering management in Scotland for 15 years before moving to New Zealand.


Alison Gygax




We are New Zealand’s national association working exclusively to support bed and breakfast operators.

Bed & Breakfast Association NEW ZEALAND Incorporated is a non-profit organisation incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

The Association was formed in 1986 as the NZ Association of Farm and Home Hosts with advice and the support of the New Zealand Tourism Board and industry operators.

The main aim of the Association is to create a national voice and unity amongst hosted accommodation owners and to help address the problem of varying standards throughout the country.

The Association now has a list of objectives designed to help and support its members in all areas of their businesses. 

We provide shared professional expertise

The Association works for its members providing up to date information in relevant areas such as health and safety, insurance, ACC, regional rating criteria, etc., enabling members to provide a service to their guests by the provision of best practice guidelines, business support and training. Along with a business listing on our website, the ability to network with members in their region and by attending the annual Bed & Breakfast Conference, the Association empowers hosted accommodation owners to effectively manage challenges that have the potential to adversely affect the viability of their businesses.

The Association also lobbies Government and Local Bodies on issues ensuring their policies and regulations are favourable to bed and breakfast owners. We work with other accommodation associations and tourism bodies to ensure the voice of bed and breakfast owners heard in the tourism industry.

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