Laurissa Cooney

Independent Non-Executive Director at Air New Zealand

Ms Cooney is of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpā Rangi (Whanganui) descent and is a professional independent Director with several iwi affiliated entities, as well as Chief Financial Officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is a Chartered Accountant of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She has previously held senior manager, auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte in New Zealand and Deloitte Touche in London.

Ms Cooney currently serves as a Trustee on the Charitable Investment Trust for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki and is the acting Chair of Tourism Bay of Plenty. She also holds roles as independent directors on the Audit & Risk boards of Āti Hau Incorporation Limited and Ngā Tāngata Tiaki and was previously a committee member for the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch. She was a 2017 recipient of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award.

She is currently studying towards a doctorate in the leadership and organisational culture space.

Appointed 1 October 2019.


  • Independent Non-Executive Director

    Current role