Travel

Chinese company to build $200M hotel on Auckland waterfront

16 Apr 2014 Travel & Tourism By Suze Metherell
  Company linked to one of China’s richest women to spend $200 mln on Auckland hotel April 16 (BusinessDesk) – Fu Wah International Group, chaired by Chan Laiwa who is one of China’s... more

SmartGate opens to arriving UK & US travellers

3 Apr 2014 Travel & Tourism
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today announced SmartGate is now open to United Kingdom and American travellers on arrival. The automated border clearing technology uses information in ePassports and facial... more

Tourism fund opens for second round

1 Apr 2014 Travel & Tourism
Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key today announced the opening of the second funding round of the Tourism Growth Partnership. This $28 million Government incentive is available over four years and is... more

Save on summer tours

31 Mar 2014 Travel & Tourism
Get in quick to save NZ$300 per couple on over 30 unique small group tours with Back-Roads Touring when booked and paid in full by 15 April. The discount applies to all summer 2014 tours across the UK and... more

International Visitors to Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow

28 Mar 2014 Travel & Tourism
Wanaka, 28 March 2014 - A large contingent of overseas participants is expected to add a strong international flavour to the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow this Easter. Guest performers, exhibitors and media will ... more

Impact of Tourism Marketing Quantified

28 Mar 2014 Travel & Tourism
Middle-earth marketing the key reason for growth Research completed by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research has shown that tourism marketing efforts have had a significant and quantifiable impact on... more

Travel deals of the week

25 Mar 2014 Travel & Tourism
We bring you some of the best travel deals going - both in New Zealand and abroad. Bookmark this new page for 2014 and check back each week for all the latest specials. Spring into Paris It's springtime in Paris... more

Wellington Airport welcomes charter flight direct from Japan

17 Mar 2014 Travel & Tourism
This morning Wellington Airport hosted a direct flight from Tokyo for a Japanese delegation who are visiting the Capital. The ANA charter flight is a Boeing 777-300ER which is a wide-body long haul... more

Passenger security charges to reduce

4 Mar 2014 NZ Tourism
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a staged 20 per cent decrease in the airline passenger security charges for domestic passengers over the next two years. “Passenger security charges are paid... more

Visitor spend reaches $6.7 billion

20 Feb 2014 Travel & Tourism
    Spend by international visitors in New Zealand has increased by 5 per cent for the year ending December 2013 to reach $6.7 billion, according to the latest more

Chinese travel regulations trim tourist numbers, encourage broader experiences

31 Jan 2014 Travel & Tourism By Suze Metherell
Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – New Chinese travel regulations have prompted a drop-off in the number of tourists coming to New Zealand, though the local industry is expected to reap the financial rewards from... more

Air NZ signals codeshare alliance with Singapore Airlines

16 Jan 2014 Travel & Tourism
Jan. 17 (BusinessDesk) – Air New Zealand, the country’s national carrier, is targeting a return to Singapore with a planned codesharing alliance with Singapore Airlines. The Auckland-based airline... more

Popular Marlborough Sounds campground upgraded

10 Jan 2014 Travel & Tourism
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed a $2.2 million upgrade to the DOC campsite at Momorangi Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound. “This investment illustrates the Government’s commitment to ... more

Book Review: Brief guide to walking the Otago Central Rail Trail

7 Jan 2014 NZ Tourism
A Great book to read from Heather Kinsey...   So, Who Needs Wheels? A brief guide to walking the Otago Central Rail TrailBy Heather Kinsey Book Review by Liam Butler $12 ... more

Jetstar loses ground on Trans-Tasman routes, sends cash home to parent.

6 Jan 2014 Travel & Tourism By Paul McBeth
Jan. 6 (BusinessDesk) - Jetstar, the discount unit of Australian airline Qantas Airways, lost ground on trans-Tasman routes last year, though still managed to send some $156.2 million back to its parent. The... more

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News

Govt to establish Food Safety Science & Research Centre

16 Apr 2014 News
  Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that expressions of interest... more

Australia readies for royal visit

15 Apr 2014 News
Prince William and Kate can expect big crowds and even bigger interest in their son, eight-month-old George, during a jam-packed... more

Business

MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares gain on global rally; Diligent rises

16 Apr 2014 Business News By Suze Metherell
  MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares gain on global rally; Diligent, Pacific Edge lead gain April 16 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand stocks... more

NZ government scales back larger applications for Genesis Energy float

16 Apr 2014 Business News
April 16 (BusinessDesk) - The government will progressively scale down applications for large shareholdings in Genesis Energy ahead... more

Living

3 Mile Limit Movie Continues to Win Awards in the U.S

15 Apr 2014 Lifestyle
New Zealand movie ‘3 Mile Limit’ has won Best Feature Film at both the North Hollywood and Charleston International Film... more

NZ's Shapeshifter - still giants of drum and bass, with sell-out London show

14 Apr 2014 Entertainment By Charlotte Everett
New Zealand band Shapeshifter have demonstrated that they are truly giants of the drum and bass scene, with a stellar performance in... more

Property

NZ house values rise at slowest annual pace in 6 months in March, QV says

7 Apr 2014 Property
April 7 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand property values increased at the slowest annual pace in six months in March as lower... more

Auckland landlords lead in capital gains

28 Mar 2014 Property
Three-bedroom houses in Glen Innes giving an annual capital gain of 18.9%, followed by New Windsor. Auckland landlords are making... more

Migration

New working holiday agreement between New Zealand and Croatia launched

28 Mar 2014 Migration
Citizens of Croatia aged between 18 and 30 will soon be eligible to apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, giving them the... more

New Zealand immigration hits ten year high

28 Mar 2014 Migration
New statistics have shown net migration to New Zealand to be at a 10 year high, with China becoming the largest source of new... more

Travel

Chinese company to build $200M hotel on Auckland waterfront

16 Apr 2014 Travel & Tourism By Suze Metherell
  Company linked to one of China’s richest women to spend $200 mln on Auckland hotel April 16 (BusinessDesk) – Fu... more

SmartGate opens to arriving UK & US travellers

3 Apr 2014 Travel & Tourism
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today announced SmartGate is now open to United Kingdom and American travellers on arrival. The... more

Sport

HBHS First XV to Japan for international rugby tournament

16 Apr 2014 Rugby
The 2014 Hamilton Boys High School (HBHS) First XV rugby team will this week come face to face with 16 of the world’s best... more

Test candidates catch Kearney's eye

16 Apr 2014 Rugby League
With only three weeks until the Anzac Test in Sydney, NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney is encouraged by the performances of players in... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the life & ACC work of Sir Owen Woodhouse

16 Apr 2014 Opinion
With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the... more

Gordon Campbell on royalty and its tourism spin-offs

15 Apr 2014 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while... more

Kiwi Success

Kiwi alpinist is finalist for prestigious award

26 Mar 2014 People
NZ Alpine Club Kiwi alpinist is finalist for prestigious mountaineering award New Zealand Alpine Club President John Cocks has today... more

Kiwi dog gear firm takes on the world

25 Mar 2014 People
Maniototo in Central Otago seems an unlikely place to set up an online business, but for dog lover Rose Voice, the isolation has... more

Recruitment

Growth seen further lifting average wage by $7,500

15 Apr 2014 Recruitment
  The average annual wage is expected to increase by $7,500 to around $62,200 a year by 2018 if New Zealand achieves its ... more

NZ employment confidence lifts in 1st-qtr

31 Mar 2014 Recruitment
Article - BusinessDesk   NZ employment confidence lifts in 1st-qtr, current job opportunities seen less negative March 31 ... more