29 January 2016

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


Workplace health and safety reform

The Health and Safety at Work Act will come into force 4 April 2016.

The Bill is part of “Working Safer: a blueprint for health and safety at work” and reforms New Zealand’s health and safety system. The Bill works to focus effort on what matters, based on business risk, control and size:

  • It reinforces proportionality – what a business needs to do depends on its level of risk and what it can control
  • It shifts from hazard spotting to managing critical risks – actions that reduce workplace harm rather than trivial hazards
  • It introduces the “reasonably practicable” concept – focusing attention on what’s reasonable for a business to do
  • It changes the focus from the physical workplace to the conduct of work – what the business actually does and so what it can control
  • It supports more effective worker engagement and participation – promoting flexibility to suit business size and need. Read more here.

TripAdvisor Tips

Are you taking advantage of TripAdvisor's free listings? It's recommended that if you have a listing, you claim it and respond to feedback (if you aren't already), as some 280 million people now use the site to research travel. You can claim your business listing here

Māori economy in 'strong' position

The Māori economy is doing well. It's estimated to have a shared wealth of $40 billion, with the biggest investments in the fishing, forestry and farming industries.

TDB Advisory, a Wellington financial firm, has been watching the rise and fall of iwi over the past two decades. Company director Phil Barry investigated seven established iwi and their performances.

Both Ngai Tahu and Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei outperformed the other five iwi with returns of 15 percent per annum. Read more here.


Māori Language Week resources are now available online to order & download from here.


Tourism New Zealand events

Here you will find further details about upcoming events that Tourism New Zealand is hosting or has booked space for in New Zealand and offshore, including participation information and how to register.

The Trade Calendar is updated monthly and is an 18-month rolling calendar of all upcoming tourism trade related activity. Activity is broken down into six-month sections where activity in the next six months is considered 'fixed', 6-12 months is 'planned' and 12-18 months is 'indicative'. Find out more here.

Holidays and leave

This website points you in the right direction if you want to know more about public holidays, alternative holidays, sick, and bereavement leave. It also has information about calculating payment for these days, as well as determining entitlements to public holidays. Read more here.

Regional Tourism Indicators - December 2015

This week MBIE released the Regional Tourism Indicators (RTI) for December 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.


Air NZ: Domestic and international fares to drop

Flying is about to get substantially cheaper, the head of Air New Zealand says.

Lower fuel costs, an expanded fleet and increased competition from the likes of Jetstar would all pull down domestic and international prices, the airline's chief executive Christopher Luxon said.

Although he said prices were likely to drop "substantially", Mr Luxon said he was unable to put a figure on how much airfares could fall. Read more here.

Cuzzie Bro burgers opens for business in Rotorua

This week Rotorua welcomed a new Māori takeaway outlet which was opened in memory of Ashley Davy a local hero of the Koutu and Waikite communities of Rotorua who died last year.

Cuzzie Bro Burgers incorporates traditional Māori food served on fresh rēwana bread. 

Cuzzie Bro Burgers hopes to develop a rep as a place where Māori food is made to perfection and served fresh in Rotorua. 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.