Friday 4 March 2016

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. Information is presented using dynamic graphs and data tables.

Te Ao Māori mourns the loss of esteemed leader Dr Ranginui Walker

Te Ao Māori has lost a prominent leader, historian, academic and stalwart of Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga, Dr Ranginui Walker.

Dr Walker of Te Whakatōhea and Lebanese descent passed away in Auckland. Read more here.

Tourism New Zealand announces Megan Gale as new ambassador

Tourism New Zealand has announced Aussie star Megan Gale as its first ever ambassador to promote tourism and The New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) to the Australian market.

A new social and digital campaign using images of Megan on the trails will deliver the message that The Great Rides are suitable for all ages, cycling tastes and levels.

New Zealand is in Megan's blood - her mother is part Māori so her connection to New Zealand has always been strong. Watch Megan cycle The Timber Trail here.


Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA)

On 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 and sign up for updates here.

New law for businesses that sell food

From 1 March 2016, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law. This includes anything from restaurants, to corner dairies, market stalls, or internet cake sellers. Existing businesses also need to make changes, although they have longer to do so.

The new law applies to a wide range of businesses, and includes any which make, sell, grow or transport food commercially. This includes those who serve food as part of their business, like education providers. MPI have made it easy for businesses to see how the new law applies to them with an online tool. Find out more here.


Minister calls for applicants for Whenua Māori fund

A fund set up to help support the use of underused Māori land is available for owners and trustees to access.

Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell has welcomed applications for grants from the Whenua Maori Fund, established last year to complement proposed changes to Te Ture Whenua Maori Act.

It has a putea of $12.8 million available over four years, with $3.2m offered in the current round for initiatives such as the improvement of existing operations, diversification or preparation for new opportunities. Read more here and find out about the Fund here.

International Visitor Arrivals - January 2016

This data is derived from information by the New Zealand Customs Service, as well as from arrival and departure cards completed by passengers.

This report contains statistics on short-term overseas visitor arrivals, defined as overseas residents arriving in New Zealand for a stay of less than 12 months. Read the report here.

Artists transform Northland beach with a spectacular ta moko design

A world-renowned landscape artist has been transforming New Zealand's beaches into incredible works of art that disappear with the high tide.

Andres Amador, of San Francisco, has been creating massive ephemeral sand drawings on beaches for the past 13 years. He is in New Zealand working on his project, together with Kiwi photographer Jonathan Clark.

The project saw the sands of Piapia Beach in Wainui, Northland brought to life this week with a giant ta moko (tattoo), designed by local Māori artist Lloyd Morgan. Read more here.

The man who sold New Zealand

Now into his sixth year as head of the country's tourism promotion agency, Kevin Bowler has a good problem to solve.

Tourists are flooding into the country as never before and they're spending up a storm. Read more here.


Event: Showcasing NZ Regions

The annual Regional Tourism Organisations – Inbound Trade Event has been confirmed to be held in April, in Auckland. There are 27 RTO’s from all over New Zealand registered.

“The RTO’s come armed with destination detail and information on product suppliers in their regions, particularly any new product.  It is the perfect showcase for inbound managers to be updated on the latest from around New Zealand, especially in advance of TRENZ.” comments Charlie Ives, Executive Officer of RTONZ. Read more 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.

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.


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