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23 October 2015

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


Goal to boost domestic tourism by $9b

A new group has been charged with finding ways to get New Zealanders to travel in their own country with the aim of boosting domestic tourism spending by $9 billion in 10 years. Tourism leaders have been brought in to work together on the Domestic Travel Strategy with the aim of growing the value of domestic tourism from $13.4 billion to $22.6 billion by 2025. Read more here.


Regional Economic Activity Report

The Regional Economic Activity Report presents economic data on New Zealand’s 16 regions. It highlights the strengths and challenges each region faces. This year the publication includes a special feature on tourism to the regions.

The mobile app makes access to key economic information on regions easy and immediate for anyone with an interest in New Zealand regions, whilst the web tool enables comparison of regional data in maps and dynamic charts, and will be of special interest for analysts and anyone else wanting a more in-depth tool for exploring regional data.
Both the web tool and mobile app include information on commercial guest nights, tourism spend, international visitor nights and international visits.

Regional tourism indicators

The regional tourism indicators (RTI) measure the change in level of expenditure of both international and domestic travellers in New Zealand by region.

The data is based on electronic card transactions. Read more here.

Bike trail initiative targets slice of action

The dream is for Northland to become a "go to" region for recreational cycling and a park under construction in the Bay of Islands will be a huge help.

Before the announcement of the Waitangi trail network, the region had already invested in the Twin Coast/Pou Herenga Tai Cycle Trail. Read more here.


Key tourism statistics

This fact sheet provides a quick summary of the most up to date results for each of the key tourism statistics for New Zealand. It is updated regularly throughout each month as new data is released. Key tourism statistics October 2015.

Tourism Data Alerts

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Couple walk in the footsteps of Māori legend

An American couple have "brought Rotorua into their lives forever" after they renewed their wedding vows with a Māori-themed ceremony.

Spider Mattos surprised her husband Richard last week at the Rotorua Band Rotunda with the ceremony conducted by celebrant Darren Brown and his wife, Michelle of New Zealand Māori Weddings.

The couple, who have been married for more than 27 years, donned korowai, were welcomed on to the rotunda to the strains of a conch shell and heard of the Te Arawa legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai before reciting their vows to each other. Read more here.

Movie star promotes NZ to the world

A Bollywood heartthrob has tweeted images of Northland to his millions of followers around the world as he played tourist in the region.

Sidharth Malhotra, a New Zealand tourism ambassador for India, spent the weekend up north. Read more here.


Destination Porangahau - A Great Escape

Earlier this year, a chance meeting in a Wellington café led to a trip up to Porangahau to discuss tourism opportunities in the area. Eight months later we were invited back to attend the launch of ‘Destination Porangahau’.

The Porangahau Community Centre was a hive of activity as we arrived – there were tables set up displaying the many activities and accommodation options on offer. Simon and I made our way around the hall, greeting those from our previous visit, and meeting those that we hadn’t had a chance to meet last time. Everyone was incredibly welcoming, and the buzz was infectious! Read more here.

2015 Māori Business Key Insights Report - Adapting To Change - Māori Leading The Way

ANZ recently released the Māori Business Key Insights Report,
‘Te Tirohanga Whānui 2015’.  The key findings this year are very positive showing Māori businesses are upbeat, leading the way and enjoying success.
ANZ has pleasure in bringing together prominent Māori leaders to share their extensive experiences and insights, and would be delighted if you could join us for this luncheon event where we will recap some of our key learnings from our report. For a preview of our insights report, click here.
Wednesday 28 October, 12.00pm-2:00 pm.
Quality Inn Collegiate
122 Liverpool Street,