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The Dunedin City Council staff member who played a key role in bringing this year's Trenz conference to the city for the first time has resigned to take up a new role in Christchurch.
Bree Jones, Enterprise Dunedin's business tourism events adviser, left the council on July 6 and started her new role as a business development executive with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union on July 16.
Enterprise Dunedin's director, John Christie, said Mrs Jones had been tasked with attracting conferences and events to the city, including Trenz, which brought with it 1200 international travel and tourism buyers, media and tourism operators.
Her departure was ''a big loss'', but another council staff member, Nicole Carvell, had already been appointed to replace her, Mr Christie said.
''For us, it's obviously a big loss in terms of not having Bree in that role, but we've been able to continue the momentum.''