Friday 1 April 2016

Health and Safety at Work Act

This Monday 4 April 2016, the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) comes into force bringing new responsibilities for everyone in the workplace.

What is crucial under HSWA is that you identify the health and safety risks in your business that could seriously harm workers and others, and then consider and put in place the behaviours, practises, systems, processes and training needed to eliminate, and where they can’t be eliminated, minimise those risks.

This needs to be done collaboratively with the people in your business and with the other businesses you work with. Everyone has a role in managing health and safety. Learn more here.

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.

Latest quarterly market insights available from TNZ

Tourism New Zealand’s quarterly market insights reports are now available. Using the latest Active Considerer Monitor research and core tourism data the reports provide high level insight into tier one and two markets which guide Tourism New Zealand’s strategic direction.  Read more here.


Instagram thanked for South Island tourism boom

A booming tourism trade in the South Island is breaking records, out-growing the North Island nearly two to one.

Tourism authorities have attributed the growth, in part, to one thing: the South Island looks good on Instagram.

For the second consecutive year, the number of guest nights in parts of the South Island have grown at unprecedented levels, as tourists surge into nooks and crannies previously unknown to outsiders. Read more here.

Fast chance track for hospitality career

There's still time for school leavers with connections to Rotorua iwi Ngati Whakaue to apply for a scholarship that gives them hands on experience in the sulphur city's most important industry.

It's the result of a partnership between the 135 year old Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board and Sudima Hotels & Resorts.

The scholarship gives a 12-month paid employment placement at Sudima Lake Rotorua as well as $7500 towards tertiary study. Read more here.


25 Digital-Marketing and Social-Media Experts to Follow on Twitter

Twitter is a great source of information. Every tweet is 140 characters or less, allowing you to quickly scan your feed and engage with the content that interests you. While this eliminates a lot of unnecessary noise, you still need to be following the right people if you want to be constantly flooded with great information. In no particular order, here are 25 digital marketing and social media experts to follow on Twitter.


TIA Adventure Safety Workshops

Improving your Safety Management System is an ongoing task for every adventure and outdoor operator. To be effective, it must be constantly reviewed and adjusted to reflect learnings from your own operation and the wider industry.

TIA is running six Adventure Safety Workshops throughout New Zealand during April. These practical workshops are valuable for ALL operators working in the adventure and outdoor sector (not only those covered by the adventure activities regulations).

You will learn:

  • Ways to improve your Safety Management System
  • Current industry good practice
  • How to develop a proactive safety culture and continually improve it. Read more 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.

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

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


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.

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.

Regional Economic Activity Report

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

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 will have lots of other valuable information for both visitors and Māori tourism experiences. Email Amy to list on the updated site, which will be live very soon.


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