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30 October 2015

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


Regional Tourism Indicators - September 2015

This week, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment released the Regional Tourism Indicators (RTI) for September 2015. The RTI are based on electronic card transaction data and provide regular updates on both international and domestic tourism expenditure at a regional level. Read more here.



Kapa haka expert and cultural entrepreneur Wetini Mitai-Ngatai is one of five artists awarded the Arts Foundation Laureate Award. Read more here.

CEO Q & A: Chris Joblin, Tainui Group

Chris Joblin was appointed chief executive in mid-August. But he originally joined the fast-growing business in 2009 as chief financial officer. He talks about the next phase of growth.

Why did you get the job?
Tainui wanted the best person with the skills for the job and that's me. I'm not Maori but obviously I know the tribe really well and enjoy working with the iwi. People want to work at TGH for that higher purpose, to see the benefits of success go back to the people and that's part of the reason why I enjoy working there. Read more here.

Directors Risk Forum

As a director or executive of a New Zealand subsidiary of an European parent company, you will learn: a. common areas of liability risk for directors and executives in New Zealand;  b. how to protect yourself against New Zealand liability.

Following the success of the Directors Risk Workshop last year, the New Zealand German Business Association, Hesketh Henry,  and Jardine Lloyd Thompson have come together again to provide you with information on Directors Risk. Read more and register here. 


Tourism earnings almost trump dairy

Tourism is edging closer to dairy as New Zealand's top export earner with a 17 per cent boost to nearly $12 billion in the past year.

Statistics NZ figures show dairy exports in the year ended March were $14.1 billion while tourism receipts were more than $11.7 billion.

The figures don't cover the period of substantial dairy price falls in global auctions during winter.

Domestic tourism expenditure increased 6.3 per cent to $18.1 billion. Read more here.

'Halal tourism' on the rise, with apps and curtained pool decks

The "halal tourism" market was once seen as a niche revenue stream, limited to pilgrimages like the multibillion-dollar-a-year revenue stream generated by Muslim travellers to Mecca.

But now there is movement in the tourism industry to widen the halal tourism market to cater to Muslim travellers worldwide, particularly those from wealthy Gulf Arab states.

Travellers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman will spend $US64 billion ($NZ94.3 billion) travelling this year and are expected to spend $US216 billion by 2030, according to a 2014 study for the travel tech company Amadeus. The study found that, on average, a traveller from these countries spends about $US9900 a trip outside the Gulf. For Emiratis, the figure reaches $10,400. Read more here.


Island praise well deserved

Not so long ago, Aucklanders seeking more peace and quiet in their lifestyle would quit the mainland and head to Waiheke.

That might all change if Lonely Planet has its way.

The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf has been named as one of the world's best regions in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2016, the publisher's annual summary of the travel trends for the upcoming year. Read more here.

2015 Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards

The Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, established in 2010, recognise and reward high-achieving young Pacific New Zealanders who have potential to make a big contribution to New Zealand. This year the Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs and other supporters of the Awards are on the search for the highest achieving Pacific young people to recognise and celebrate their success stories. There are five categories of the Awards and an award to suit all talents. Details are on their website.

NZX gender diversity stats show women directors up, senior managers down

The number of women on public company boards has lifted although the number of senior women executives has gone down slightly in the past two years, according to NZX's gender diversity statistics. Read more here.


Regional Economic Activity Report

Explore your region using either the mobile or web app - look at international visits,  visitor spend, economic performance, and more.


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.


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.