Friday 15 April 2016

NZ Māori Tourism's Website

Have a look at our redesigned website where there are resources for both Māori tourism businesses, and for visitors wanting to have a Māori tourism experience while in Aotearoa New Zealand. To have your Māori tourism business listed on the site for free, please email Amy

The New Zealand Tourism Dashboard is a one-stop shop for all information about tourism. It brings together a range of tourism datasets produced by MBIE and Statistics New Zealand into one easy-to-use tool.


Budget 2016: SME-friendly tax package

An SME-friendly tax package announced by the Prime Minister today will reduce compliance costs and make tax simpler for small businesses, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse say. The key changes include:

Provisional tax is being reformed, with a new pay-as-you-go option giving up to 110,000 small businesses a way to pay tax as they earn income from 1 April 2018.

  • Provisional tax is being reformed, with a new pay-as-you-go option giving up to 110,000 small businesses a way to pay tax as they earn income from 1 April 2018.
  • Use-of-money interest will be eliminated or reduced for the vast majority of taxpayers.
  • Contractors will be able to choose a withholding tax rate that suits their needs, rather than one being set for them.
  • The ongoing 1 per cent monthly penalty will be scrapped from 1 April 2017 for new debt – although immediate penalties and interest charges for late payments will continue to apply. Read more and comment on the proposals here.

Sharing the taonga: who owns Māori intellectual property?

The thought snuck up from nowhere while watching a US television reality show. Hey, that chick just sat her bum on the kitchen bench!

Even as a Pakeha Kiwi – as old and white as they come – it struck a jarring note. So am I starting to get the first stirrings of an authentically bicultural identity? Mixing bottoms and food preparation areas is now instinctively felt as tapu?

Biculturalism is a tricky subject. As still a young country, New Zealand is on a journey of discovering itself. It wants to grow into something that is both authentic and distinctive in the world.

And a conscious browning of its culture seems a good thing. It would strengthen the national sense of identity. A "Māori cool" could even be taken as a international branding exercise – the way to cement New Zealand as a distinctive proposition in the world's eye. Read more here.


Leap year and warm weather boost guest nights

National guest nights for February 2016 were 7.0 percent higher than in February 2015, says Statistics New Zealand. This February, the extra day for the leap year and warm weather contributed to the rise. Read more here.

Tourist towns want more cash

Councils in tourist hotspots want more money than they can get from rates to pay for infrastructure.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) says towns like Tekapo and Franz Josef, which only have a few hundred permanent residents, can't afford to maintain roads and public toilets used by tens of thousands of tourists every year.

"Small communities with iconic tourist environments have to fund an infrastructure far greater than that which is necessary for themselves," says LGNZ vice-president and Mayor of Horowhenua, Brendan Duffy. Read more here.


Business mission to Malaysia and Thailand

Thailand and Malaysia are two of ASEAN’s strongest economies and are our eighth and ninth trading partners respectively. As part of this programme you will have one-on-one meetings with key decision makers, customers and partners, to help you generate new business and deeply understand these markets. This Mission is organised by ASEAN NZ Business Council and Export New Zealand with support from New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. The mission takes place from 14 August 2016. To place an expression of interest, please email Catherine Lye at

NZ Story Workshops

Every business has a great story to tell … But often it’s not being as told as well as it could be. This hands-on NZ Story workshop will help you develop your story so you can stand out from the competition, close sales and win new business. Register to attend the free workshop here.

Regional Tourism Summits

These one day events hosted by TIA provide an important forum to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities facing tourism businesses as well as connecting local businesses with industry leaders. These six Summits are focused on business learning with practical tools and tips to take away and implement in your organisation. Registrations will open in May.

Queenstown -12 July - Millennium Hotel
Christchurch - 19 July - Sudima Hotel
Nelson - 21 July - Grand Mercure Monaco
Wellington - 4 August - CQ Hotel
Rotorua - 9  August - Novotel
Auckland - 10 August - Auckland Museum

Learn more about China FITs

A series of free regional workshops are being organised by MBIE for tourism operators to learn more about the research on China FITs and how they can apply the findings to add value to their businesses.

They are being tailored to the regions where they are being held and the content will include: Why Chinese visitors find our ordinary their extraordinary, why not all Chinese FITs are the same and who to target, how tourism businesses can develop and optimise their offers for Chinese FITs, the importance of tourism businesses connecting with Chinese FITs by developing unique stories about their offers, how to build on Chinese interest in travelling to New Zealand year-round and discovering new areas, and how tourism businesses can develop digital and communication plans to build connections with Chinese FITs. Find out more here or email Liane at


Your business on Māori Tourism's website

As a Māori tourism experience, we want to ensure you are exposed to thousands of visitors to New Zealand via our site - it is free to list and the site has lots of other valuable information for both visitors and Māori tourism experiences. Email Amy to list your experience.

Listing on

A presence on can help grow your business by connecting you with consumers considering a visit to New Zealand. A key role of the website is to drive qualified traffic to you. There is no charge for listing on - update your details, or list here.

Get figures for your business collect data from all over New Zealand. Discover the information that can help your business make smarter decisions and succeed.

Planning for Inbound Success

Together with the Tourism Export Council, this is a guide to working with New Zealand Inbound Operators. Read it here, or email us to request a hard copy.

Māori Tourism Quarterly

One of the most consistent messages we receive from the Māori tourism whānau is the need to interpret the tourism and economic data so businesses can better plan, look for opportunities, and identify future markets - so we've partnered with Berl to produce the Māori Tourism Quarterly newsletter. Read the first edition here.

Regional Economic Activity Report

Explore your region - look at international visits,  visitor spend, economic performance, and more.


The NZ Māori Tourism team: Hoki-mai Chong, Alyse Lynch, Lee Beazley, Amy Hodgkinson, Simon Phillips, and Pania Tyson-Nathan.

NZ Māori Tourism
PO Box 5038, Lambton Quay,
Wellington 6145 |  P +64 4 474 4682 
Mezzanine Floor, Seabridge House,
110 Featherston St, Wellington 6011