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Tavalea Feagaiga

Sky Tower Operations Manager


When Tava joined SKYCITY in 2002 as a part-time Waiter, she had no idea her role would eventually take her to the top... literally!  As Operations Manager of Sky Tower, she leads a team of 50 people who welcome over 400,000 visitors annually at New Zealand’s most popular tourist destination.

“I was working part-time at the Convention Centre during my second year of a Film & Media degree when SKYCITY offered me a full-time job.  I was struggling a bit with all the theory at university because I’m a much more practical learner, so I took the job.”  Over the next six years, Tava proved herself to be a capable leader, taking on several hospitality management roles before becoming Catering & Events Operations Manager.

“As part of my professional development, SKYCITY put me through the Best Pasifika Leadership Programme which coached me to become a more effective leader.  It was a real turning point, giving me the commercial insight and confidence to take my team and my career to the next level. ”

Soon after completing the leadership programme, Tava was promoted to her Sky Tower role.  "It’s a great job and SKYCITY is a fascinating place to work.  I have a really diverse team, some of whom are just starting out in their careers.  And that’s one of the things I enjoy most; coaching and developing my team so they have the tools to forge successful careers.”