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20 February 2015

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


City reaps benefits from Chinese New Year influx

Dunedin is riding a wave as Chinese New Year celebrations deliver more visitors and a boost to the city and its businesses.

The influx is on top of the arrival of Cricket World Cup teams, fans and media, and students - some with parents in tow - returning for the start of the academic year.

As a result, Dunedin had joined Queenstown in putting up the ''no vacancy'' sign, and was likely to remain full for at least the next two weeks. That was due in part to Chinese New Year and the anticipated arrival of more than 40,000 visitors to New Zealand from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong in February alone. Read more here.


Queenstown competing to win a place on the new global Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition game.

Celebrating the MONOPOLY brand’s 80th anniversary, the special new edition will feature great cities from around the world that have been voted onto the board game by fans.

Queenstown is the only New Zealand destination chosen to be a contender for the Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition and is up against some of the world’s hot spots including Barcelona, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. With only 20 spots available, and 80 countries competing to occupy real estate on the world’s most popular game, competition is tough.

Getting Queenstown on the board depends on the number of people who visit and vote for Queenstown. Read more here.



Air NZ 'NightRider' flights to the regions.

Air New Zealand has resurrected its $29 Night Rider service, this time extending the promotion to the regions.

Air New Zealand promised Palmerston North would be the next regional stop to receive Night Rider flights and it has delivered. From March 20 through until April 16 every seat on an additional late night service will be priced at just $29 one way or $39 for the seat plus bag option. The Night Rider service, which will go on sale from Monday, equates to an extra 2000 seats into and out of Palmerston North being available.

Air New Zealand said the hope was that the cheaper flights would increase tourism to the regions. Read more here.


3 News defends use of Te Reo

3 News is shrugging off criticism for its weather presenter's regular use of Te Reo Māori.

Kanoa Lloyd started working for the channel five months ago, and was surprised by the backlash to her using the language.

"It's been a new thing to me, people writing to me to request I don't refer to New Zealand as Aotearoa, and to be honest I was a bit surprised by it.

"I thought I had a bit of a thick skin but I've never really encountered people who take offence to Maori being used," she said. Read more here.