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9 Mar 2021   /

$950k boost for World Conference on Women and Sport

The government has injected $950,000 in support of the 8th World Conference of the International Working Group on Women in Sport in Auckland in 2022.


Guidance for transport operators updated after alert level changes
9 Mar 2021  

Guidance for transport operators updated after alert level changes

The Ministry of Transport has updated its Alert Levels 1 and 2: Covid-19 Guidance for Transport Operators document.


Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event
9 Mar 2021   /

Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is launching a ‘Taste of Te Pae’ pop-up activation event ahead of the venue’s launch later this year.


Tourism boost expected after shared path project secures consent
9 Mar 2021  

Tourism boost expected after shared path project secures consent

Hutt City Council says it has reached a ‘major milestone’ with resource consent granted for its Eastern Bays shared path project.


EVENT targets family market in new hotels campaign
9 Mar 2021   /

EVENT targets family market in new hotels campaign

EVENT Hotels and Resorts is making a push for the family market with its ‘Family Getaways’ packages available across its QT, Rydges, Atura and JUCY Snooze brands.


YoungTEC chair, vice chair appointed
8 Mar 2021   /

YoungTEC chair, vice chair appointed

Young Tourism Export Council of New Zealand has reappointed Auckland Unlimited’s Zac Watson its board chair.


Vaccinations of border, MIQ workers’ families to start
8 Mar 2021  

Vaccinations of border, MIQ workers’ families to start

The Covid-19 vaccination roll-out started on 20 February has reached its two week mark.


Auckland Pasifika Festival postponed
8 Mar 2021  

Auckland Pasifika Festival postponed

Auckland’s Pasifika Festival has been postponed following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will remain in Covid-19 alert level 2 until at least Friday 12 March.


SkyCity re-opens Auckland casino
8 Mar 2021   /

SkyCity re-opens Auckland casino

SkyCity Entertainment Group has re-opened its Auckland casino and facilities.


PCE Upton to launch 2021 Tourism Policy School
8 Mar 2021   /

PCE Upton to launch 2021 Tourism Policy School

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton will launch this year’s Tourism Policy School.


Sky Tower lights up for International Women’s Day
8 Mar 2021  

Sky Tower lights up for International Women’s Day

Auckland’s Sky Tower will light up purple tonight for this year’s International Women’s Day in support of diversity and inclusion in New Zealand.


Auckland’s lockdown fate to be decided today
5 Mar 2021  

Auckland’s lockdown fate to be decided today

The Government will announce at 4pm today whether alert level 3 restrictions in Auckland and alert level 2 in the rest of New Zealand will be lifted on Sunday. 


More than $300m returned to Covid disrupted travellers
5 Mar 2021  

More than $300m returned to Covid disrupted travellers

The government’s Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme has returned more than $300m to New Zealanders who had overseas travel cancelled due to Covid-19.


MOH to start saliva testing trial of border workers
5 Mar 2021  

MOH to start saliva testing trial of border workers

The Ministry of Health will roll out saliva swabbing for asymptomatic surveillance testing of border workers for Covid-19.


DOC, Air NZ transport rare pāteke to Milford Track
5 Mar 2021   /

DOC, Air NZ transport rare pāteke to Milford Track

The Department of Conservation and Air New Zealand have given Milford Track’s resident pāteke or brown teal duck a boost.


DOC starts new phase of Taranaki Crossing project
5 Mar 2021   /

DOC starts new phase of Taranaki Crossing project

The Department of Conservation has started construction of new boardwalks across the Pouakai Tarns and the Ahukawakawa wetland as part of its Taranaki Crossing project.


Reshaped Ōtautahi Pride Festival goes ahead
5 Mar 2021   /

Reshaped Ōtautahi Pride Festival goes ahead

Ōtautahi Pride Festival will go ahead with some events cancelled or postponed due to current Covid alert levels.


Reactivated wage subsidy opens for application
4 Mar 2021   /

Reactivated wage subsidy opens for application

Businesses affected by the latest rise in Covid-19 alert levels can apply for the government’s reactivated wage subsidy from today, Thursday 4 March.


KiwiRail’s first ‘Rainbow Explorer’ opens for bookings
4 Mar 2021  

KiwiRail’s first ‘Rainbow Explorer’ opens for bookings

KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer has opened bookings for its first dedicated pride train service.


More Covid vaccine arrives, border worker families next in line
4 Mar 2021  

More Covid vaccine arrives, border worker families next in line

The third shipment of Pfizer’s Covid vaccines has arrived in NZ and border worker families and household contacts are next in line to be vaccinated next week.


Jobs for Nature invests $1.28m in Central Otago jobs
4 Mar 2021  

Jobs for Nature invests $1.28m in Central Otago jobs

More than 23 jobs will be created in Central Otago following a $1.28m investment from the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme.


MIQ fees hiked for temporary visa holders
4 Mar 2021   /

MIQ fees hiked for temporary visa holders

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says it will increase managed isolation and quarantine fees from 25 March for temporary entry visa holders.


Value of hotels, motels consents falls 25% in Jan
4 Mar 2021   /

Value of hotels, motels consents falls 25% in Jan

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation in January 2021 was $9m, down 25% for the same month in 2019, according to Stats NZ.


2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup to be postponed
3 Mar 2021  

2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup to be postponed

The 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup appears likely to be postponed until next year due to the ongoing pandemic.


Wellington Airport urged to support climate goals
3 Mar 2021  

Wellington Airport urged to support climate goals

Wellington regional councillors have called for Wellington Airport’s expansion plans to support the region’s climate goals. 


Air, sea transport spend rises $100m in Dec quarter – Stats NZ
3 Mar 2021   /

Air, sea transport spend rises $100m in Dec quarter – Stats NZ

Spending on international sea and air transportation services has risen steadily from the Covid-affected low in the June 2020 quarter, says Stats NZ.


New Wānaka venture to showcase local food, chefs
3 Mar 2021  

New Wānaka venture to showcase local food, chefs

New Wānaka-based business Forage & Feast aims to showcase Central Otago’s locally cultivated food and chefs through an “immersive culinary adventure”.


Budget Rentals picks NZ’s top toilet pit stops
3 Mar 2021   /

Budget Rentals picks NZ’s top toilet pit stops

Budget Car Rentals has created a list of its top eight ‘unusual’ public toilets while road tripping around New Zealand.


Tourism potential in large Waiheke estate sale
3 Mar 2021   /

Tourism potential in large Waiheke estate sale

Waiheke Island’s Carey Bay is for sale with the development potential of a golf course, resort, or an eco-tourism venture, says property agent Bayleys.


Tourism Talent launches new support for displaced workers
2 Mar 2021  

Tourism Talent launches new support for displaced workers

Tourism Talent has launched a new free programme to support tourism and hospitality professionals or graduates who have had their employment disrupted by Covid-19. 


TIA’s Roberts recognised as top association influencer
2 Mar 2021  

TIA’s Roberts recognised as top association influencer

Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts has been selected as one of 13 New Zealand and Australian Association Influencers in 2020. 


Scenic Te Pania reopens refurbished following flood
2 Mar 2021  

Scenic Te Pania reopens refurbished following flood

Napier’s Scenic Te Pania Hotel has reopened after flooding last year caused extensive damage to the building.


Cruise absence sees ship visits fall at Port of Tauranga
2 Mar 2021  

Cruise absence sees ship visits fall at Port of Tauranga

Port of Tauranga saw ship visits decline by 15.3% to 661 for the six months to December 2020.


Tourism headquarters comes to market
2 Mar 2021  

Tourism headquarters comes to market

Tourism House in Napier is up for sale.


DOC launches NIWA weather forecasting service
2 Mar 2021   /

DOC launches NIWA weather forecasting service

The Department of Conservation’s partnership with NIWA officially launches its new weather forecasting service today.


Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats
1 Mar 2021   /

Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats

The Government must provide targeted support for struggling Fiordland and Glacier Country operators, says the National Party.


$4.5m Kāpiti Gateway visitor centre gets green light
1 Mar 2021  

$4.5m Kāpiti Gateway visitor centre gets green light

Kāpiti Coast District Councillors have voted seven to four to proceed with the Kāpiti Gateway visitor centre.


Whakatāne launches cheeky “sunniest place in the world” campaign
1 Mar 2021  

Whakatāne launches cheeky “sunniest place in the world” campaign

Whakatāne has launched a new tongue-in-cheek “sunniest place in the world” campaign.


Air NZ transports 700+ RSE workers from Samoa
1 Mar 2021   /

Air NZ transports 700+ RSE workers from Samoa

Air New Zealand has flown more than 700 workers from Samoa for the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) programme.


Inaugural Snow Machine festival sells out
1 Mar 2021   /

Inaugural Snow Machine festival sells out

Snow Machine festival has sold out its inaugural festival in Queenstown. 


Gallery puts on publicly selected exhibition
1 Mar 2021   /

Gallery puts on publicly selected exhibition

Timaru’s Aigantighe Art Gallery is exhibiting its most popular works from its permanent collection of 1,800 pieces.


Northland Inc, Auckland Unlimited to launch joint campaign
26 Feb 2021   /

Northland Inc, Auckland Unlimited to launch joint campaign

Northland Inc has partnered with Auckland Unlimited to deliver a campaign through AA promoting travel to the two regions.


EVENT opens first golf resort
26 Feb 2021  

EVENT opens first golf resort

Event Hospitality & Entertainment has opened its Rydges Formosa Golf Resort in Auckland.


Fault mapping raises tsunami hazard for Wānaka
26 Feb 2021  

Fault mapping raises tsunami hazard for Wānaka

Seismic mapping of the bed of Lake Wānaka has provided further evidence of a likely active fault at the popular destination.


New event to showcase Southland F&B
26 Feb 2021   /

New event to showcase Southland F&B

A new event to support Southland’s hospitality and accommodation sector and boost the region’s reputation as a food and beverage destination will run from 1 April to 16 May 2021.


DOC opens popular track after upgrades
26 Feb 2021   /

DOC opens popular track after upgrades

The Department of Conservation has reopened the popular Mount William Walkway after closing it in November. 


Arterial route to Auckland Airport to close for improvements
26 Feb 2021   /

Arterial route to Auckland Airport to close for improvements

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will close a main arterial route to Auckland Airport for safety improvements and road widening.


500 visa approvals would save pilot training industry – Aviation NZ
25 Feb 2021   /

500 visa approvals would save pilot training industry – Aviation NZ

Almost 500 international pilot students have been waiting to get to New Zealand since March 2020, according to a survey by Aviation NZ.


First dose vaccinations pass 1000 mark, more vaccines arrive
25 Feb 2021  

First dose vaccinations pass 1000 mark, more vaccines arrive

Around 40 border workers at Christchurch Airport have received their first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – the first to do so in the South Island.


CAA bans some Boeing 777s from NZ skies
25 Feb 2021  

CAA bans some Boeing 777s from NZ skies

The Civil Aviation Authority will temporarily ban Boeing 777’s equipped with a Pratt and Whitney 4000 series engine from entering New Zealand skies.