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Te Papa, Tākina & tourism: Jake Downing on new opportunities
2 Dec 2022   /

Te Papa, Tākina & tourism: Jake Downing on new opportunities

Te Papa’s new director of museum and commercial services on the priorities ahead.


Weekly hotel results: Wellington shifts into summer in strongest shape
2 Dec 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Wellington shifts into summer in strongest shape

Of the country’s major hotel markets, Wellington appears to have come out of spring the strongest with average weekly occupancy mostly above 80% since mid-October, according to figures from STR.


Kāpiti ready for 35k visitors over summer
2 Dec 2022  

Kāpiti ready for 35k visitors over summer

Kāpiti Coast District Council is preparing for more than 35,000 visitors who are expected in the region this summer.


WOW sold, remains in NZ ownership
30 Nov 2022  

WOW sold, remains in NZ ownership

The World of Wearableart event has been sold and is now under new ownership, remaining within New Zealand hands.


Zealandia, GHD partner on waterway restoration
29 Nov 2022  

Zealandia, GHD partner on waterway restoration

Zealandia and professional services firm GHD have partnered to restore a key Wellington waterway and catchment home for species including kōkopu, as well as tuna and eels, and the kākā.


East By West calls out wharf jumpers
25 Nov 2022   /

East By West calls out wharf jumpers

Easy By West Ferries and Hutt City Council have raised concerns over young people jumping into the direct line of ferries on the northern side of Days Bay wharf near Wellington.


Wellington Airport awards honour local community groups
18 Nov 2022   /

Wellington Airport awards honour local community groups

Seven community groups have received awards at the 2022 Wellington Airport’s Regional Community Awards.


Wellington Zoo grants $14k to local conservation initiatives
17 Nov 2022  

Wellington Zoo grants $14k to local conservation initiatives

Projects include the restoration of kelp forests, scientific analysis of the Sooty shearwater, GPS tracking of the Chatham Islands Tāiko, a plant nursery, and the purchase of predator control traps.


NZ Tourism Awards: East by West’s electrifying endeavours
8 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: East by West’s electrifying endeavours

In a series of profiles leading up to Thursday’s event, the Ticker talks to East by West, a finalist in the Environment Award.


Capital operators wrap up sustainable tourism programme
8 Nov 2022   /

Capital operators wrap up sustainable tourism programme

The programme took participants through their environmental, cultural, social, and economic sustainability journeys.


Taste Trail strives towards sustainability
7 Nov 2022   /

Taste Trail strives towards sustainability

Sustainability is a major focus at the 2022 Horowhenua Taste Trail this year, with its 16 producer participants aiming to lessen the food event’s impact on the environment.


Treefall threat forces DOC to close campsite
4 Nov 2022   /

Treefall threat forces DOC to close campsite

The Department of Conservation has closed the Graces Stream Campsite at Remutaka Forest Park near Wellington due to the threat of treefall.


Wellington Airport interim profit jumps as internationals return
31 Oct 2022  

Wellington Airport interim profit jumps as internationals return

Wellington International Airport Limited has reported net profit after tax of $11m for the six months ended 30 September 2022, up from the $2.9m reported for the same period last year.


Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return
26 Oct 2022   /

Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return

Operators say good weather and the return of cruise contribute to the best customer numbers since Covid began.


Police Museum unveils memorial honouring the brave
20 Oct 2022  

Police Museum unveils memorial honouring the brave

A new memorial honouring the outstanding courage of Police and members of the public has opened at the Royal New Zealand Police College’s lower grounds near Porirua.


East by West wins sustainable tourism award for e-ferry
18 Oct 2022   /

East by West wins sustainable tourism award for e-ferry

East by West Ferries has received the 2022 Skål Sustainable Tourism Award for its Ika Rere (Flying Fish), the first fully electric, zero-emission fast passenger ferry in the Southern Hemisphere.


Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations
17 Oct 2022   /

Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations

Tākina Events has appointed Wētā Workshop head of tourism Jake Downing its new director of museum and commercial services.


Weekly hotel results: WOW puts spring in Wellington’s step
14 Oct 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: WOW puts spring in Wellington’s step

The capital is having a strong spring with the return of the World of WearableArt after three years helping to drive occupancy and ADR.


Tansy Tompkins takes Wellington CEO role
12 Oct 2022  

Tansy Tompkins takes Wellington CEO role

Tansy Tompkins has been appointed chief executive at Wellington Cable Car.


Fiji Airways ramps up Wellington flights
11 Oct 2022   /

Fiji Airways ramps up Wellington flights

Fiji Airways is ramping up flights between Wellington and Nadi over the peak summer period.


Wellington’s conference market share rises to 30%…
7 Oct 2022  

Wellington’s conference market share rises to 30%…

Wellington’s reputation as a business events destination is on the rise, with the region seeing an increase in market share in the June 2022 quarter of 30% year-on-year for all conferences.


…while Tākina hits milestone, on track for June 2023 opening
7 Oct 2022  

…while Tākina hits milestone, on track for June 2023 opening

Construction on Wellington’s Tākina convention centre’s façade, the exhibition and plenary spaces on the first floor are both fully complete.


WOW a $28m boost for Wellington
3 Oct 2022   /

WOW a $28m boost for Wellington

More than 60,000 people, including 35,000 from out of town, are expected to attend the event, which runs until 16 October.


Wellington moves to reduce visitor transport emissions
27 Sep 2022   /

Wellington moves to reduce visitor transport emissions

WellingtonNZ and GWRC partner to try and make it easier for visitors to the capital to take public transport.


Te Papa splashes $627k at BNZ art sale
19 Sep 2022   /

Te Papa splashes $627k at BNZ art sale

Te Papa has spent $627,000 on the acquisition of two paintings by New Zealand artists from the Bank of New Zealand’s art collection.


Wellington Airport e-bus popular
16 Sep 2022   /

Wellington Airport e-bus popular

The return of Wellington’s Metlink Express bus service between the airport and railway station has exceeded expectations.


Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport
14 Sep 2022   /

Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport

Masks are no longer required on Metlink’s bus, rail, ferry, and total mobility services, but remain strongly recommended on public transport.


Wellington Airport Job Fair offers 220+ roles
13 Sep 2022   /

Wellington Airport Job Fair offers 220+ roles

Wellington Airport will have more than 220 jobs on offer, including entry-level, highly-skilled and shiftwork positions at its job fair this month.


Tākina chalks up 80+ events in countdown to 2023 opening
7 Sep 2022   /

Tākina chalks up 80+ events in countdown to 2023 opening

More than 80 multi-day conferences are lined up for Wellington’s Tākina, including one event that will take place before its official opening.


Tourism sector opportunities highlighted in new Wellington plan
29 Aug 2022   /

Tourism sector opportunities highlighted in new Wellington plan

The new plan identifies key initiatives that can help help grow and maintain a sustainable and thriving visitor economy for he region.


Wellington secures new conference
25 Aug 2022   /

Wellington secures new conference

Wellington will host New Zealand’s first Life Sciences Summit Life Sciences Summit on 22-23 March 2023 at Shed 6.


Zealandia underscores visitor value from regenerative tourism
24 Aug 2022   /

Zealandia underscores visitor value from regenerative tourism

The eco-sanctuary’s commitment to to conservation can only be achieved with the help of visitors, says CEO Danielle Shanahan.


Role of WellingtonNZ needs clarity – chamber
24 Aug 2022  

Role of WellingtonNZ needs clarity – chamber

The role of WellingtonNZ needs to be better clarified and its organisational structure simplified, says a new report from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.


Round The Bays Wellington 2023 date confirmed
23 Aug 2022   /

Round The Bays Wellington 2023 date confirmed

The date for the Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays in Wellington has been confirmed for 19 February 2023.


…while Wellington Zoo receives $811k for new experience
23 Aug 2022   /

…while Wellington Zoo receives $811k for new experience

Wellington Zoo has received an $811,702 grant for the construction of a new snow leopard habitat and visitor experience in partnership with Nepali conservation group Mountain Spirit.


Beervana draws local, international visitors
22 Aug 2022   /

Beervana draws local, international visitors

The 21st annual Beervana festival attracted beer lovers from all around the world to Wellington’s SKY Stadium last weekend.


Wellington urged to approve electric bus, stadium project
18 Aug 2022  

Wellington urged to approve electric bus, stadium project

Greater Wellington’s climate committee is urging the regional council to approve two carbon reduction and energy efficiency projects from Metlink and Wellington Regional Stadium Trust.


Zealandia to host wānanga on native karaka protection
17 Aug 2022  

Zealandia to host wānanga on native karaka protection

Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne and Ōtari Wilton’s Bush will host a two-day wānanga on the management of native karaka trees and conservation efforts to protect them.


Marsden launches Microtel by Wyndham in NZ
10 Aug 2022   /

Marsden launches Microtel by Wyndham in NZ

The first Microtel by Wyndham in Wellington marks the brand’s entry into Aotearoa.


Weekly hotel results: How did Queenstown do during the holidays?
5 Aug 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: How did Queenstown do during the holidays?

Queenstown hit an average weekly occupancy high of 70.5% during the July New Zealand school holidays, according to figures from STR.


Quest opens new Wellington apartment hotel
3 Aug 2022  

Quest opens new Wellington apartment hotel

Quest Apartment Hotels has opened a new Wellington property at 256 Lambton Quay, operated by franchise directors Sean and Lena Chin.


Wellington pathways open region to walkers, cyclists
26 Jul 2022  

Wellington pathways open region to walkers, cyclists

New tracks open around Kāpiti’s Queen Elizabeth Park and a the Te Ara Tupua shared pathway will connect Wellington with the Hutt Valley.


Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies
25 Jul 2022   /

Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies

While outdoor attractions outside of ski saw demand impacted, indoor activity iFLY Queenstown saw its busiest month on record.


Air NZ cancels 140+ flights after wild weather hits Wellington
22 Jul 2022   /

Air NZ cancels 140+ flights after wild weather hits Wellington

It may take several days to return to normal schedules, says the airline.


Host cities mark one year count down to FIFA Women’s World Cup
20 Jul 2022   /

Host cities mark one year count down to FIFA Women’s World Cup

Dunedin and Wellington are counting down to the first FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, with today marking one year to go until the tournament begins.


Wellington hospo gets rates extension, shares occupation fund
19 Jul 2022  

Wellington hospo gets rates extension, shares occupation fund

Hospitality and retail businesses in the Wellington central business district have received an extension on their rates payments under the $2.3m pandemic response package released by Wellington City Council.


‘Wellington Effect’ promoted for work, life, and play
19 Jul 2022   /

‘Wellington Effect’ promoted for work, life, and play

WellingtonNZ has kicked off a new campaign showcasing the best of Wellington’s businesses in an effort to attract people to the destination to work, live, and play.


Wellington wins MEETINGS 2023
14 Jul 2022   /

Wellington wins MEETINGS 2023

BEIA takes its business events conference to the capital for the first time, helping to showcase the brand new Tākina venue.


…while poly fest gets a new venue
14 Jul 2022   /

…while poly fest gets a new venue

The 44th TuTagata Polynesian Festival will begin at the TSB Arena in Wellington on 27 July.


Wellington promo, culture spend nears $60m
13 Jul 2022  

Wellington promo, culture spend nears $60m

Wellington City Council says its city promotions and business support costs the capital’s residents $35.3m every year, with arts and cultural activities costing an additional $24.5m.