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Pūkaha releases rare parakeets into the wild
16 Nov 2022   /

Pūkaha releases rare parakeets into the wild

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is releasing six young yellow-crowned kākāriki back into the wild today.


Regions lean into quirky in campaigns to entice visitors
3 Nov 2022   /

Regions lean into quirky in campaigns to entice visitors

Manawatū and the West Coast are taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to attracting visitors to their regions over the summer, with the launch of two new ad campaigns.


Pūkaha crowdfunding $150k for education, accommodation centre
11 Oct 2022   /

Pūkaha crowdfunding $150k for education, accommodation centre

Pūkaha Wildlife Centre is seeking at least $150,000 for the completion of its Environmental Education and Accommodation Centre.


Pūkaha open day ropes in Richie McCaw
23 Sep 2022  

Pūkaha open day ropes in Richie McCaw

The Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre near Masterton is holding an open day on Sunday 24 September, with special guest Richie McCaw who will read the book Three Little Kiwi to the audience.


McCaw headlines Pūkaha open day return
29 Aug 2022  

McCaw headlines Pūkaha open day return

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will join the Pūkaha Wildlife Sanctuary’s first community open day in three years on Sunday 25 September.


Drag Fest drawcard for Manawatū
19 Aug 2022  

Drag Fest drawcard for Manawatū

More than 900 tickets have been snapped up for the Palmy Drag Fest in Palmerston North this September.


Museum partnership supports local arts
12 Aug 2022   /

Museum partnership supports local arts

Whanganui Regional Museum is partnering with the Blumhardt Foundation in an effort to support public art galleries and museums in their acquisition of work by contemporary New Zealand craft practitioners.


Taste Trail returns after three-year hiatus
1 Aug 2022   /

Taste Trail returns after three-year hiatus

The Horowhenua Taste Trail is returning in 2022 following a three-year hiatus, promising a showcase of some of the region’s most successful family food businesses.


Whanganui funding boosts 13 events
18 Jul 2022   /

Whanganui funding boosts 13 events

Thirteen events encompassing music, film, comedy, sport, culture, kai and history have all received funding from Whanganui & Partners for the 2022-2023 season.


Manawatū Gorge masterplan projects proposed
30 May 2022   /

Manawatū Gorge masterplan projects proposed

A masterplan for the future of the Manawatu Gorge is proposing 11 projects for the area, including recreational tracks, suspension and sky bridges, visitor accommodation, cultural projects, and UNESCO ‘Geopark’ status for Te Apiti.


Whanganui welcomes event funding applications
2 May 2022   /

Whanganui welcomes event funding applications

Whanganui & Partners has opened funding and support applications for events taking place between 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.


Covid cases close Whanganui Journey Great Walk
3 Mar 2022   /

Covid cases close Whanganui Journey Great Walk

The Department of Conservation has closed the Whanganui Journey Great Walk due to confirmed cases of Covid-19 among a group of paddlers.


Jobs for Nature: Kiwi restoration project launches
2 Mar 2022   /

Jobs for Nature: Kiwi restoration project launches

The Southern Ruahine Kiwi Habitat Restoration Project has officially launched.


Whanganui urges support for local hospo
25 Feb 2022  

Whanganui urges support for local hospo

Whanganui & Partners is encouraging the public to show support for the local businesses that are facing extraordinary challenges as the Omicron outbreak grows.


“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism
17 Feb 2022   /

“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism

CEO Jerry Shearman lays out his tourism priorities for the region.


ADP: December occupancy takes Delta hit, but Aucklanders start revival
16 Feb 2022   /

ADP: December occupancy takes Delta hit, but Aucklanders start revival

Occupancy rates in December at accommodation types nationwide improved to 34.2% for the month continuing an uptrend that started last month, according to Accommodation Data Programme (ADP) results.


Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…
18 Jan 2022   /

Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…

Regions that rode the “do something new” tourism wave last summer are not benefitting as much but there have been bright spots.


Coastal Arts Trail,  Quirky Campers NZ launch Gallery-Camper
18 Jan 2022   /

Coastal Arts Trail, Quirky Campers NZ launch Gallery-Camper

The Coastal Arts Trail has teamed up with Quirky Campers NZ to launch a new art-immersive campervan.


DOC ranger ordered to pay kayaker $10k reparation
26 Nov 2021  

DOC ranger ordered to pay kayaker $10k reparation

A Department of Conservation ranger has been ordered to pay reparation of $10,400 by the Whanganui District Court for a jet boat collision with a kayaker on the Whanganui River in November 2020.


Te Papa, Whanganui Museum mandate vaccination
23 Nov 2021   /

Te Papa, Whanganui Museum mandate vaccination

More attractions require visitors and staff be fully vaccinated against Covid.


NZ Tourism Awards: Operator takes NZ farm to the world
22 Nov 2021   /

NZ Tourism Awards: Operator takes NZ farm to the world

In the first of a series of profiles leading up to the 2021 NZ Tourism Awards, the Ticker talks to NZ Nature Highlights.


$1.8m Jobs for Nature funding to create 10 roles
15 Nov 2021   /

$1.8m Jobs for Nature funding to create 10 roles

Ten new jobs in Dannevirke will be created thanks to $1.78m Jobs for Nature funding.


Pūkaha secures $1m for wildlife centre expansion
2 Nov 2021  

Pūkaha secures $1m for wildlife centre expansion

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre has secured a $1m loan from Tararua District Council for development.


Balme holds on to FWA, endures “bloody tough” trading
27 Oct 2021  

Balme holds on to FWA, endures “bloody tough” trading

“It probably wasn’t my smartest move, putting the business on the market in the middle of a pandemic,” says Ian Balme


CEDA to refresh DMP, develop tourism products with $1m
22 Sep 2021  

CEDA to refresh DMP, develop tourism products with $1m

CEDA plans to spend the $1m awarded as part of the government’s Tourism Communities plan on refreshing its destination management plan, developing capability, marketing to drive visitation in the shoulder season, and product development.


Whanganui & Partners CEO takes leave
13 Sep 2021  

Whanganui & Partners CEO takes leave

Whanganui & Partners chief executive Hannah Middleton will go on six months parental leave from today, 13 September.


No Airports Hui for 2021, next year’s event in March
10 Sep 2021   /

No Airports Hui for 2021, next year’s event in March

The annual New Zealand Airports Hui will not be held as planned in 2021 as the Delta outbreak continues to upset the events calendar.


ADP: Wellington, Manawatū get best of July school holiday bump
30 Aug 2021   /

ADP: Wellington, Manawatū get best of July school holiday bump

But average occupancy in the year to July 2021 across all commercial accommodation types was only 42%.


Museum to host world-renowned photo exhibition
13 Aug 2021  

Museum to host world-renowned photo exhibition

Puke Ariki Museum in New Plymouth is set to host the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, starting on Saturday 14 August.


Proposals remain open as Manawatū events secure regional events funding
12 Aug 2021   /

Proposals remain open as Manawatū events secure regional events funding

Two events in the Manawatū region received funding from the government’s $50m Regional Events Fund.


Originair launch reflects confidence in Hawke’s Bay – Saxton
10 Aug 2021   /

Originair launch reflects confidence in Hawke’s Bay – Saxton

Hawke’s Bay Tourism’s chief executive welcomed Monday’s announcement that Originair would start routes between the region and Nelson, Palmerston North and Hamilton.


Multi-region arts trail industry first for RTOs
2 Aug 2021   /

Multi-region arts trail industry first for RTOs

Whanganui, Taranaki and the Manawatū are jointly launching a pan-region arts trail to showcase works and entice visitors to the lower west coast of the North Island.


ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot
27 Jul 2021   /

ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot

Around 11% of core tourism accommodation properties were closed or had no guests during June due to a combination of seasonal closures and the effects of Covid-19 on guest numbers.


Whanganui calls for feedback on freedom camping bylaw
15 Jul 2021  

Whanganui calls for feedback on freedom camping bylaw

New rules aim to restrict number of nights, number of vehicles, and allow only self-contained vehicles.


TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions
2 Jul 2021   /

TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions

Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.


River Valley Lodge goes regenerative for a ‘less is more’ experience
29 Jun 2021  

River Valley Lodge goes regenerative for a ‘less is more’ experience

River Valley Lodge has reimagined itself with a focus on niche offerings such as its new permaculture course.


$10m centre mooted for Whanganui River living entity
16 Jun 2021  

$10m centre mooted for Whanganui River living entity

The new visitor centre project dovetails with plans to promote Whanganui River Road as a tourism driving route.


Historic Whanganui riverside accommodation for sale
9 Jun 2021  

Historic Whanganui riverside accommodation for sale

Villa has 14 rooms and was formerly used as a maternity hospital.


CEDA to seek investment for key tourism assets
26 May 2021   /

CEDA to seek investment for key tourism assets

The agency will look for funding for two tourism-related developments in the Manawatū.


Beyond dolphins, bungy jumping – a blueprint for domestic tourism
25 May 2021   /

Beyond dolphins, bungy jumping – a blueprint for domestic tourism

CEDA’s Linda Stewart calls it a day but she’s proud of what the agency has achieved in tourism.


DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks
11 May 2021   /

DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks

Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.


ADP: March occupancy falls with season end
29 Apr 2021   /

ADP: March occupancy falls with season end

Hotel guest nights beat holiday parks and campgrounds for the first time in several months.


Pūkaha to host iwi’s gifting of forest to NZ
22 Apr 2021   /

Pūkaha to host iwi’s gifting of forest to NZ

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre will host the gifting of the 942ha Pūkaha Forest to New Zealand.


Inaugural Dutch Week to launch Saturday
22 Apr 2021  

Inaugural Dutch Week to launch Saturday

The Dutch community will celebrate the first-ever ‘Dutch Week’ in New Zealand from Saturday 24 April.


Millennium & Copthorne launches legal action over hotel lease
19 Apr 2021   /

Millennium & Copthorne launches legal action over hotel lease

The hotel group has launched legal action over the lease renewal of the land on which its Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is situated.


Historic Whanganui accommodation on the market
13 Apr 2021   /

Historic Whanganui accommodation on the market

Braeburn Apartments, a category 2 Heritage New Zealand listing, with existing tenants is up for sale.


Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy
23 Feb 2021   /

Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy

How did the river city, traditionally overlooked by visitors, top RTO area spend in 2020?


Whanganui & Partners appoints CEO
9 Dec 2020  

Whanganui & Partners appoints CEO

The combined EDA and RTO has found a replacement for former CEO Mark Ward, who left suddenly in May.


CEDA launches spring, summer campaign
23 Nov 2020   /

CEDA launches spring, summer campaign

The Central Economic Development Agency has launched a new How Manawatū Are You spring-summer visitor campaign.


Marathon returns to Whanganui
19 Oct 2020  

Marathon returns to Whanganui

The event is expected to attract more than 1000 competitors this year, half of which are coming from out of town.