4 December 2015

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


Rogue operators need to be brought into line

The Department of Conservation (DOC) needs more “teeth” to prosecute commercial tourism operators offering products and services illegally on public conservation land, say tourism industry organisations.

Many tourism operators have paid concessions which allow them to access public conservation land, however there are real concerns about the number offering guided walks of less than one hour and photographic sightseeing tours who are not paying DOC concession fees, says Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Chris Roberts. Read more here.


'The reo is your reo too'

Plans are under way to get everyone in Auckland speaking te reo Māori.

The new Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Languages Strategy aims for all Aucklanders to be multi-lingual in English, Māori and a third language.

The plan, spearheaded by COMET Auckland, was launched at the University of Auckland last week.

Chief executive Susan Warren said 160 languages were spoken in Auckland. Read more here.

Expedia's New Zealand boss speaks out on competition fears

Online booking company Expedia has rejected claims it dominates the New Zealand market and holds local companies to ransom.

And while the US-based multinational pays almost no tax here, its local boss says it brings other benefits.

Last year the Commerce Commission gave Expedia clearance to buy Australian rival Wotif.

Hoteliers were concerned the new owner would hike commissions, which previously averaged about 12 per cent. Read more here.


Malaysia and Thailand Trade Mission, August 2016

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Te Kete Tikanga Māori

The New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Te Kete Tikanga Māori is an introduction to Māori culture and some of its key phrases, customs and songs. The kete includes commonly used words and phrases, some basic written greetings, and helpful tips such as how to greet visiting business delegations, and steps for a basic powhiri. To aid pronunciation, audio guides are also provided: simply touch on any Māori word, phrase or song to hear it said out loud. Download the app here.


How many tourists are too many tourists?

It's a question that people who live in New Zealand's most beautiful and popular spots eventually have to grapple with.

Now it's the turn of the residents of Hahei in the Coromandel. Cathedral Cove attracts thousands of tourists every day and a new coastal walking track is expected to increase visitor numbers and tensions in the community.

"Currently Cathedral Cove has visitors of around 150,000 people per year," says Hahei Beach Ratepayers Association chairman Bill Stead. "It's growing by 15,000 more people every year." Read more here.

$23.5 million plan uses money from lodger's tax

The plan starts with upgrades to Civic Plaza to make the area more attractive to visitors and businesses, said Mayor Richard Berry. His plan calls for $23.5 million in improvements, but the city will not have to raise taxes or impose any fees.

The money is already there in the city's treasury, collected from the city's lodger's tax. People who stay in Albuquerque hotels pay the fee, and the city can only use the money for tourism marketing and building facilities used for tourism.

"Our economy is on the upswing; our lodger's taxes are on the upswing," Berry said. Read more here.


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