Friday  26 August 2016

Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards

The Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards are organised by Travcom (New Zealand Travel Communicators) to celebrate excellence in travel writing and photography.  NZ Māori Tourism sponsored two awards this year. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

NZ Māori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Story about a Māori Experience
Winner:   Justine Tyerman
Published in Destinations magazine 

NZ Māori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Image that Captures the Essence of Māori
Winner:   Peter de Graaf
For his image published in the Northern Advocate

Kaihoe (waka paddlers) share a hongi during Waitangi Day commemorations at Te Ti Bay, Waitangi
To read all stories and view all the images, click here.

International Visitor Arrivals

The latest edition of International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand (IVA) is now available on the Statistics New Zealand website.

IVA is a monthly report produced by Statistics NZ and sponsored by Tourism New Zealand. It contains detailed tables and graphs of monthly and annual data, showing the number and characteristics of visitor arrivals.

NZ 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 website - it is free to list and the site has lots of other valuable information for both visitors and Māori tourism experiences. Email Amy to list your experience.


Funding for regional tourism infrastructure opens

Applications are now open for a new fund that will help communities develop small infrastructure projects that enhance visitor experiences.

Up to $3 million is available each year through the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund, which aims to support communities and territorial authorities to manage and benefit from growing numbers of tourists and independent travellers.

The fund seeks to maximise the tourism growth potential of the regions by providing new or enhanced infrastructure for visitors – facilities such as toilets, carparks, waste disposal or minor water management projects. Applications close 15 September. Read more and apply here.

New regional focus for Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP)

Changes to the TGP announced recently will see half of the $8 million fund targeted each year to projects that boost tourism and tourism jobs in the regions.

Part of the Government’s tourism strategy is to ensure all regions can respond to and benefit from increasing visitor numbers, and the changes to the TGP fund will support this goal. The tourism strategy also focuses on attracting the right mix of visitors and ensuring visitors have a high quality experience.

Through the new TGP ‘Regional Stream’, tourism operators in the regions now have more opportunity reap the benefits of growth in the sector with co-funding support from the Government.

The remaining $4 million of TGP funding will continue to support innovative projects that increase productivity in the tourism sector. Other changes will see funding now available for feasibility studies for up to ten projects per round. Round five of the TGP opens in September. Read more here.

Carving out Queenstown's history

Long before the discovery of gold in the Queenstown Lakes, treasure hunters sought another prize - pounamu, or greenstone. It was valued as a tool, for trade and its beauty, and remains an important part of Māori culture.

The discovery of pounamu was a major breakthrough for Māori.

It was easily cut and the dense rock shaped into essential tools such as chisels and knives, as well as ornamental pieces and jewellery. Read more here.


Working with an Inbound Tour Operator (ITO)

The Tourism Export Council (TEC) have produced this video, explaining how ITOs work and what they do. Watch it here.

Tourism Awards Dinner

Tickets are on sale now for the New Zealand Tourism Awards Dinner, to be held in Auckland on Thursday 29 September. Buy your ticket here.


Tourism New Zealand’s consumer website will undergo a significant technology upgrade over the next two years to ensure its ongoing success into the future.

The organisation this week posted a Registration of Interest on the Government Electronic Tenders Service for technology partners who can design and deliver software to create and publish digital content.

The work is to replace’s technology platform, which was originally developed to launch Tourism New Zealand’s digital presence and the 100% Pure New Zealand campaign in 1999. Read more here


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.

Māori Tourism Quarterly

One of the most consistent messages we receive from the Māori tourism whānau is the need to interpret the tourism and economic data so businesses can better plan, look for opportunities, and identify future markets - so we've partnered with Berl to produce the Māori Tourism Quarterly newsletter. Read it here.

Get figures for your business collect data from all over New Zealand. Discover the information that can help your business make smarter decisions and succeed.

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.

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.

Regional Economic Activity Report

Explore your region - look at international visits,  visitor spend, economic performance, and more.


NZ Māori Tourism
PO Box 5038, Lambton Quay,
Wellington 6145 |  P +64 4 474 4682 
Mezzanine Floor, Seabridge House,
110 Featherston St, Wellington 6011


The NZ Māori Tourism team: Hoki-mai Chong, Alyse Lynch, Lee Beazley, Amy Hodgkinson, Simon Phillips, and Pania Tyson-Nathan.