Meet the Waipuna Team

David Comery
General Manager

David has been in the hotel industry for over 30 years managing hotels around New Zealand and also in Fiji and Africa. Nearly 20 years managing Waipuna means that he has intimate knowledge of the hotel and its' clients. David's active involvement in the Auckland Hoteliers' Association, NZ Convention Association, Mitchell Corp NZ, Auckland University of Technology's Hotel School, and a number of local community associations demonstrating Waipuna's culture of corporate citizenship.

DDI: 09 526 3000
FAX: 09 526 3035


David Forgie
Executive Assistant Manager

Dave started his career in hotels in Vancouver in 1985, where he worked in various positions in Rooms Division. He started with Waipuna in 1991 and has worked his way from Reception to Executive Assistant Manager, via 8 years as the hotel Accountant and 7 years as Rooms Division Manager.

DDI: 09 526 3018
FAX: 09 527 1937

Christian Pulley
Group Director of Food & Beverage

Christian joined the Waipuna in 2012 from the Stamford Plaza Auckland, where he had been Director of Food and Beverage for six years. Prior to this he has worked as Food & Beverage Manager for a number of international hotel companies, including Outrigger Resorts and Castle Hotels.
DDI: 09 526 3019

Daron Gray
Director of Sales & Marketing

DDI: 09 526 3007
FAX: 09 526 3035

Angharad Sturrock
Convention Sales Manager

Angharad studied Hospitality Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University then followed this up by completing the 2 year Inter Continental Hotels Graduate Programme where she worked across various departments before joining the events team at the Holiday Inn London-Kensington and finding her passion. She then moved to Auckland and worked at Heritage Auckland as Events Coordinator and then at Rendezvous Auckland as Conference and Events Manager.
DDI: 09 526 3046
FAX: 09 526 3025


Patricia Haddock
Finance & Administration Manager

Pat has held numerous accounting positions in the hotel & tourism industry both in New Zealand and Overseas. She graduated with an accounting degree from Waikato University and is CA qualified. She has worked for several Hotel chains including Hyatt, SPHC and Rydges. Her most recent Hotel position was as Area Financial Controller for Rydges New Zealand.

DDI: 09 589 3233
FAX: 09 589 3230

Ajay Zalte
Executive Chef

Ajay has worked in leading hotels and restaurants worldwide including in England, Europe, Dubai and of cause his country of birth, India. He has been fortunate to work with some leading international chefs and to have served some very food-savvy celebrities and has not only provided him with experience but also allowed him to enjoy so many interesting cultures and culinary preferences.    

DDI: 09 526 3026

Wayne Cheung
Maintenance Manager
DDI: 09 526 3004
FAX: 09 526 3035

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