Friday 3 June 2016


Maketū sisters Karena and Kasey Bird have won Best TV Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China.

The duo took out Masterchef New Zealand in 2014 and since then have toured the world showcasing their culinary creations.   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.

More flights for Tauranga

Air New Zealand has announced it will operate up to 10 new weekly flights between Auckland and Tauranga by the end of the year.

The airline is also reinstating the 6.05 am service from Tauranga to Christchurch.

Air NZ described the region as a "significant growth market" and said it would operate up to 80,000 additional seats to and from Tauranga in 2017.  Read more here


Emotiki is the world's first Māori emoji Keyboard

A green smiling tiki will replace the ubiquitous yellow smiley face in the first Māori emoji keyboard.

Rotorua visitor attraction Te Puia has developed Emotiki, a 150-character emoji keyboard with distinctly Māori icons ranging from piupiu (flax skirts) and hangi, to kete and koura (crayfish).  Read more here


Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards

To enter, click here to find entry forms.  If you know travel writers, travel photographers or those aspiring to become a travel writer or photographer please pass on the details to them.

The deadline for entering is Friday 17 June 2016. Winners will be announced at the awards presentation gala evening on Friday, 19 August 2016 at the Heritage Hotel, Auckland.


Kiwi Link Brazil and Argentina

To support the promotion of New Zealand in the South America market, Tourism New Zealand will be organising a Kiwi Link event in both Buenos Aires and São Paulo.

These events will provide a great opportunity for tourism operators to develop relationships, promote products, educate and upskill wholesale and retail travel sellers throughout Argentina and Brazil. Read the prospectus and register here.

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. Find out more and register 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.


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


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