Friday 11 March 2016

Iwi cultural well-being from Te Kupenga

Statistics NZ has a new interactive data tool that looks at four cultural well-being measures for iwi. The measures available are:

  • te reo Māori proficiency

  • importance of involvement in Māori culture

  • visited ancestral marae in the last 12 months

  • ease of getting help with Māori cultural practices.

See Iwi cultural well-being the interactive iwi data tool (with downloadable graphs and tables) on their new innovation website. The site is a place to explore and provide feedback to Statistics NZ as they experiment with new ideas and initiatives.

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.

Guest nights at record high

National guest nights reached a record high in January 2016, with numbers up 6.1 percent on January 2015, Statistics New Zealand said this week.

Guest nights for January 2016 are the highest in the 20-year history of the survey. International guest nights, especially in the South Island, contributed to most of this rise. Read more here.


Three Waikato businesses get funding boost

WEL Energy Trust has thrown its weight behind three priority business projects in the Waikato. 

The trust  has made its first allocation from a business fund set up in 2015 to support Waikato projects that improve business and economic development.

The trust granted $100,000 to Hamilton and Waikato Tourism. The money will help implement the organisation's 10-year visitor strategy and has been tagged for a tourism development plan to grow visitor expenditure from $1 billion to $1.35b by 2025.  Read more here. 

This app teaches Australia about its 500 Indigenous first nations

When Kevin Rudd was prime minister of Australia, Ngarluma man Tyson Mowarin was struck that the Mandarin-speaking leader could say hello at the foot of the Great Wall of China, but could not say hello in the local indigenous language at the foot of Uluru.

Using Welcome to Country, his free iOS app that uses geo-location to deliver users cultural information about Aboriginal groups indigenous to the area, Mowarin hopes to ensure all Australians know as much about the country's native people as they do about countries across the ocean. Read more here.

TPP Hui-a-Iwi

The TPP roadshows will be an opportunity to learn about how outcomes in TPP are directly relevant to your area of speciality and markets, and also to connect with online tools, business groups, and government agencies that can assist with your planning for TPP’s entry into force.To explain the TPP to mainly Māori audiences, hui are planned around New Zealand. Learn more and register here.

NZ Story Workshops

Every business has a great story to tell … But often it’s not being as told as well as it could be. This hands-on NZ Story workshop will help you develop your story so you can stand out from the competition, close sales and win new business. Learn more and register here.


Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund

The $2 million per year fund assists Māori collectives to gain the understanding and knowledge needed to realise the economic potential of their assets. It comprises two schemes that seek to increase the skills, knowledge and networks of Māori collectives, and help them to engage more effectively with the wider enterprise development and innovation systems. Learn more here.

Whenua Māori fund

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


How they are selling New Zealand to rich US golfers

New Zealand has two of the world's greatest golf courses. Thanks to Californian financier Ric Kayne, it may soon count a third.

Kayne's Tara Iti Golf Club, about 105 kilometres north of Auckland, offers jaw-dropping Pacific Ocean views from every hole. Opened in October, it's the latest in a string of American-designed courses helping to drive golf tourism in New Zealand.

Investors, including Kayne and billionaire Julian Robertson, see New Zealand's dramatic coastline and alpine valleys as potential magnets for overseas golfers. Spending by the sporting vacationers is increasing 10 percent a year, reaching NZ$170 million in the 12 months through September, according to the government. Read more here.

Rocket Lab 'lift-off' for local region

Wairoa District Council for pushing to get US-based company Rocket Lab to choose the district to be the base of a manufacturing facility.

The council is aggressively pursuing a bid for the facility. Rocket Lab hopes to complete construction of New Zealand's first commercial rocket launch site on Mahia Peninsula this month, with a target to complete infrastructure and commissioning in late April.

Wairoa council chief executive Fergus Power said that the plant would provide a number of jobs for the area. This can only be a good thing. Read more 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. 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. Existing businesses also need to make changes.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. Find out 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.

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
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Wellington 6145 |  P +64 4 474 4682 
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