Friday 1 July 2016

John Key floats departure tax idea

Prime Minister John Key has suggested a departure tax as a means to raise $80 million in infrastructure needed by tourism towns like Taupo. 

Key,visited Taupo on June 24 to speak to tourist operators and community leaders about the changing face, and potential big earnings, in the tourism sector. 

Key said a departure tax was one way they could also charge international visitors for use of New Zealand's facilities. 

"New Zealand is the only country that does not have a departure tax," he said.

"If we put it on at $20 it would raise $80 million a year." Read more here.

Entries close today for the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2016

This is the second year of a new-look and expanded awards programme celebrating individuals and organisations that are fast-tracking the industry towards the Tourism 2025 $41 billion annual revenue goal. There are three individual awards and eight business awards. Register your interest by the end of today to select the categories you wish to enter your business in. Written submissions are due by 11 July.  Read more and enter here. 

Māori SMEs cast net to 53 export markets

Smaller Māori businesses are stretching their nets to dozens of countries around the world as they come up with new ways to grow, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Tatauranga Umanga Māori 2016: Statistics on Māori businesses, released this week, looks at the performance of 660 small and medium-sized Māori businesses.

Despite their relatively small individual size, the small and medium-sized Māori businesses (SMEs) reeled in exports worth $44 million in 2015, up 15 percent on the previous year.

A factor in Māori export success may be the high rate of innovation, which stood at 63 percent in 2015, compared with 49 percent for all New Zealand business. Innovative firms trying to create better goods and services invest in research and development, marketing, and design.
Read more here.

NZ 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 website - 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.


Māori business booms, as assets grow $2 billion

Māori authorities’ assets grew in 2014, up 15.5 percent ($2.0 billion) from 2013 to reach $15 billion, Statistics New Zealand said today. It was the second strong year of asset growth – in 2013 the increase was 13.7 percent ($1.6 billion).

Tatauranga Umanga Māori 2016: Statistics on Māori businesses, released today, provides an insight into the economic strength of 1,050 Māori authorities. It is the most extensive survey of Māori business in New Zealand.

“The role of Māori business and Māori economic development is an important driver of New Zealand’s economy.  While maintaining their strong base in land and primary assets, Māori authorities are making solid investment choices for future growth.”

The main contributor to Māori authorities’ asset growth was other assets such as goodwill, trademarks, shares in associated and subsidiary companies, and long-term bonds and loans." Read more here.

Tax the tourist tsunami and give us citizens a break

The numbers are out and the news is both bad and good.

We have become the victim of our own success. But stay with me – it's good news with a little twist.

Tourists are flooding into this country to experience our little slice of paradise. This week new figures show 3.29 million foreign tourists visiting New Zealand in the year to May.

Ka-ching! It's a record number and it means jobs and growth – we're making billions from them. But I say it's time to sting them for just a bit more. Read more here.

Tourism guru: Food offering needs lift

A visiting tourism industry expert says Rotorua has got everything in place to become a world leading destination, but the city does need to improve on its "housekeeping" to keep visitors here longer.

World-renowned tourism consultant Professor Terry Stevens has been in Rotorua this week after being commissioned by the Rotorua Lakes Council to compare Rotorua against 12 similar international destinations to help identify why they were successful.

Professor Stevens is the founder and managing director of multi-award winning international tourism consultancy Stevens & Associates and in recent years has done a range of benchmarking studies at many tourism destinations around the world. Read more here.

Calling Māori interested in establishing a business

Kuma is holding hui in Dunedin, Central Otago and Southland, aimed at Maori in business or Maori interested in establishing a business.

The first hui will be held in Dunedin, venue TBC
DATE:   Thursday 14th July 2016
TIME:    5:30pm to 7:30 pm - Refreshments and kai provided.
RSVP:    By 8th July 2016 to Rachael at or 022 674 7304

The Dunedin hui is proudly supported by Te Puni Kōkiri and Poutama Business. Come along to find out if you are eligible for support through these organisations. 

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. Read more and register your interest here.

Exchanging ideas on tourism

In 2016 TIA will be discussing tourism and exchanging ideas in six locations across the country. 

These one-day events provide an important forum to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities facing tourism businesses as well as connecting local businesses with industry leaders. These discussions are focused on business learning, with practical tools and tips to take away and implement in your organisation. Read more and register here.


Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship - Apply Now 

This Fellowship is for travel to China to gain knowledge, understanding and experience of Chinese culture and values, and sharing of New Zealand culture and values in China for the benefit of an occupation, profession or trade, or to the benefit in general of New Zealand through the creation or deepening of New Zealand-China relations. Read more and apply here.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism Scholarship applications now open

This scholarship is an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu students who are studying towards a tourism qualification. Ngāi Tahu are looking for future stars who love the tourism industry and want to make their mark. Ngāi Tahu will be offering support with study fees, the chance for paid holiday work and invaluable work experience plus amazing opportunities to grow your cultural skills and learn more about your iwi. If this sounds like an opportunity for you or someone you know then please register your interest here.

Artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood at Auckland Museum

Acclaimed artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood showcase their artwork alongside historical objects from Auckland Museum’s collections in this new exhibition.

Discover the associations that Wilkinson’s jewellery and other work have with items from the breadth of the Museum’s collections. Then see Kirkwood’s shimmering coloured glass kākahu (cloaks) flanked by six of the Museum’s exquisite cloaks – some on display for the first time.

This fascinating exhibition is for anyone interested in contemporary art, Māori arts and crafts, and contemporary jewellery design. Read more here.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Regional Economic Activity Report

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


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Wellington 6145 |  P +64 4 474 4682 
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