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11 September 2015

NewsLine is a short weekly summary of stories that may be of interest to those involved in the Māori Tourism community.


North Island domestic guest nights drive July rise 

National guest nights for July 2015 were 4.0 percent higher than in July 2014, Statistics New Zealand said this week. For July 2015, compared with July 2014:

  • North Island guest nights were up 5.7 percent, and South Island guest nights were up 1.4 percent.
  • Domestic guest nights were up 4.4 percent, and international guest nights were up 3.3 percent.
  • Eleven of the 12 regional areas had more guest nights.
  • All four accommodation types had more guest nights.

For the year ended July 2015, national guest nights were up 5.3 percent from the July 2014 year. Read more here.


Māori tourism developing rangitahi

The growing strength of Māori tourism ventures is being seen as a way to develop rangitahi, as well as providing experiences for visitors.

More than 50 companies ready to take their business to the international market attended a recent trade day in Auckland pitched at inbound tour operators.

Māori Tourism Board chair Dale Stephens said the tourism businesses, ranging from small operations to large companies, all wanted to get Māori youth involved.

"They are the future of the country, they have a real role to play in presenting New Zealand in a such a great light to visitors." Read more here.

Abel Tasman National Park generates $1m revenue after record-breaking season

A record number of visitors to the Abel Tasman National Park has generated more than $1 million revenue for the Department of Conservation for the first time.

An estimated 228,000 people visited the park between July 2014 and June 2015, paying more than $1m in campground and hut fees. Read more here.


New brand for cultural attraction

One of Bay of Plenty's largest Māori cultural tourist attraction has been given a brand make over.

Te Puia and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute have unveiled the organisation's new brand marks – the culmination of more than three years work to define and articulate the two legacies (cultural development and tourism) that make up the organisation. Read more here.

Go-ahead for $200m Auckland waterfront hotel

Work on a $200 million luxury hotel on Auckland's waterfront will start next year after the project was granted resource consent this week.

Auckland Council's Panuku Development Auckland branch made the announcement this morning. The building will be one of the largest Chinese investments in New Zealand infrastructure.

The hotel - to be referred to as the Park Hyatt Auckland - will be managed by the world-renowned Hyatt Group and will be built with the help of the Fu Wah International Group, which announced its plans for the hotel in November. Read more here. 



To Dale Stephens who was elected Chairperson of NZ Māori Tourism this week, and Dan Walker who was elected Deputy Chairperson.

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