Travel

$20 million extension to Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand partnership

21 May 2014 Travel & Tourism
Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have today announced a $20 million extension to their marketing partnership. The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tourism New Zealand last year to undertake... more

International visitor expenditure up nine per cent in March 2014 year

20 May 2014 Travel & Tourism
Total visitor spend in New Zealand was up by nine per cent in the year ended March 2014 compared to the March 2013 year, according to the latest quarterly International Visitor Survey released by the Ministry of... more

Auckland Airport forecasts $19B worth of tourism by 2025

16 May 2014 Travel & Tourism By Suze Metherell
May 16 (BusinessDesk) – Auckland International Airport, the nation's busiest gateway, is targeting 6 percent growth in visitor arrivals by 2025, worth up to $19 billion to New Zealand's tourism industry... more

Budget 2014: Duty-free tobacco limits to fall

8 May 2014 Travel & Tourism
Duty-free tobacco allowances will be cut as a further step towards reducing the harm caused by smoking, Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia says. This means that from 1 November this year, the duty-free ... more

Rugby World Cup 2015 Travel Packages selling fast

6 May 2014 Travel Press Release
With only 500 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2015, All Blacks fans are snapping up Official Travel packages for the Tournament. To date over 4,500 tickets have been sold to Kiwi fans as part of Official All... more

New bridges opened to improve access to Heaphy Track

1 May 2014 Travel & Tourism
Three new road bridges on the Collingwood Bainham Main Road costing $630,000 were opened this morning by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith to provide all-weather access to the Heaphy Track. “These new... more

Germany jumps to NZ’s fifth largest tourism market

23 Apr 2014 NZ Tourism
With 9,424 extra arrivals for the 12 months to the end of March, Germany has overtaken Japan to become New Zealand’s fifth largest visitor market. Total arrivals from Germany were up 14.5 per cent for the... more

Warbirds over Wanaka

22 Apr 2014 Travel & Tourism
Wanaka: The success of the inaugural #GigatownWanaka Jet racing at the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow will likely see the event return to the next airshow in March 2016, organisers have said.The high-speed racing... more

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

‘100% Middle-earth’ drives visitor arrival growth

28 Mar 2014 NZ Tourism
The tourism sector's period of strong growth is continuing with total international arrivals for the first two months of 2014 up by 9.5 per cent on the same period last year. For the year ended February 2014... 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

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News

Household savings rate positive for five years

26 Nov 2014 News
New Zealand households have together saved more than they spent over the past five consecutive years – the first time this has... more

Government Inquiry report released

25 Nov 2014 Politics
Prime Minister John Key has today released the findings of the Government Inquiry into allegations regarding Judith Collins and a ... more

Business

Foreign Minister thanks outgoing Chief Executive

26 Nov 2014 Business News
New Zealand Government Foreign Minister thanks outgoing Chief Executive Foreign Minister Murray McCully today thanked outgoing MFAT... more

Extreme commute: From New Zealand to rural Iceland

18 Nov 2014 Business News
Every year, several dozen butchers make an epic commute - from provincial New Zealand to rural Iceland - for just two months' work.... more

Living

Hawaiian Voyagers Return to Reaffirm their Link with Maori

17 Nov 2014 Lifestyle
WAITANGI, New Zealand – When intrepid Hokulea crewmembers first sailed to Aotearoa (New Zealand) 29 years ago using the ... more

Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship team in Round the Bridges

14 Nov 2014 Lifestyle
A University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship team is set to compete in this Sunday’s Round the Bridges. The team of... more

Property

More homes coming on board for Christchurch tenants

18 Nov 2014 Property
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is impressed with Housing New Zealand’s progress in building, redeveloping and repairing... more

New initiatives to improve tenancy services

17 Nov 2014 Property
Changes to the delivery of key tenancy services are set to streamline and speed up processes for landlords and tenants, Building and... more

Migration

NZ net migration rises to record in Oct as more kiwis return

24 Nov 2014 Migration By Suze Metherell
NZ net migration rises to fresh record in Oct as more kiwis return, Indian students arrive Nov. 24 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's... more

Australians & New Zealanders should be free to live & work in UK

3 Nov 2014 Migration
Australians and New Zealanders should be granted special status to live and work in the United Kingdom without restriction, a new... more

Travel

Doubling of flights between NZ and China

26 Nov 2014 Travel & Tourism
New Zealand Government Flights between New Zealand and China are set to double under amended air services arrangements, says ... more

NZ guest nights jump to a record in September on rise in international travelers

12 Nov 2014 Travel & Tourism By Tina Morrison
Nov. 12 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand guest nights rose 1.1 percent to a record for a September month, driven by a rebound in ... more

Sport

ASB Classic Full Field welcomes five Top 30 players, and world number one doubles pair

26 Nov 2014 ASB Tennis
NZ Festival of TennisFeaturing some of the biggest names in world tennis, organisers of the ASB Classic are pleased to announce one... more

Lydia Ko gets record LPGA haul - and a US$1.5m payday!

24 Nov 2014 Golf
NAPLES, Fla. -- New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was an instant millionaire even before she went into a three-way playoff Sunday in the... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the inquiry on one case of dirty politics

26 Nov 2014 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the... more

Gordon Campbell on Rick Ellis as Te Papa’s new CEO

24 Nov 2014 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism... more

Kiwi Success

New Chair of Financial Markets Authority

26 Nov 2014 Appointments
New Zealand Government Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the appointment of Murray Jack as the... more

Dame Anne Salmond appointed Patron of Sail Training Trust

25 Nov 2014 Appointments
R.Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust Dame Anne Salmond appointed Patron of Northland-based Sail Training Trust   Former New... more

Recruitment

Smiths City starts CEO search after Hellings signals exit

12 Nov 2014 Recruitment
Article - BusinessDesk   Smiths City starts search for new CEO after Hellings signals exit By Paul McBeth Nov. 12 (BusinessDesk)... more

More than 600 take up 3K to Christchurch jobs

28 Oct 2014 Recruitment
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the Government’s 3K to Christchurch scheme is a winner with 633 unemployed people... more