Tourism Industry News

News from NZ Māori Tourism and Māori tourism experiences around Aotearoa New Zealand

Severe Weather Event Support Information - Key Links and Useful Information

Kia ora tātou.

Please see below key safety information and links for areas impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. Information is changing regularly and frequently, please make sure to check the sources below for updates.


Flood Support Information - 3 February 2023

Tēnā tātou,

Flood Support Information - 2 February 2023

Kia ora e te whānau,

Ahakoa ngā waipuke e hora nei i te motu, e hākoakoa ana te ngākau i te kite atu kua whiti mai a Tamanui te Rā ki ētahi rohe. Kia kaha tonu tātou ki te āwhina i ēra e raru ana. Mauri ora!

Flood Support Information - 1 February 2023

Ngā mihi e te whānau,

E tūmanako nui ana e haumaru ana te noho a te katoa. E tuku whakamoemiti ana kia tuwhera mai a Tamanui te Rā, kia whitia anō tātou e ngā hihi o te ora.

Flood Support Information - 31 January 2023

Kia ora e te whānau,

E whakaaronui tonu ana mātou ki a koutou e taumaha ana i tēnei wā. Mao mao mai te ua, whiti mai te rā.

Flood Support Information - 30 January 2023

Kia ora e te whānau,

E rere nei te aroha ki a tātou e taikaha nei i roto i ēnei wā o te taumaha. Ko koutou kei te tihi o ngā whakaaro, ko ngā manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro ki runga i a koutou.

Dark Sky Project - He Kai Kei Aku Ringa

Māori tourism award reaches for the stars

E poho kereru ana mātou o NZMT ki a koutou i whakahōnoretia, ā, i whakawhiwhia anō hoki ki ngā tāonga whakahirahira. Me mihi ka tika!

Waitangi Treaty Grounds developing resources for the new History Curriculum

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Māori business identifier goes live

For the first time, Māori businesses can self-identify as a Māori business on the New Zealand Business Number register.

Ngawha Springs was and remains a popular destination for restorative healing. This photo was taken circa 1920 – one of the earliest photos ever taken of the site.

Still healing after 400 years

Parahirahi Ngawha Waiariki Trust
22 April, 2021


Waitangi Treaty Grounds


Tamaki Māori Village's Hui E! Kai E! experience

Polishing the jewel in the tourism crown

Media Release Tauhara North No.2 Trust Group, NZ Māori Tourism
22 September 2020
Polishing the jewel in the tourism crown

Tourism Trade Checklist

Tourism Export Council (TEC) has put together a Tourism Trade Checklist for Inbound Tour Operators (ITOs) to identify and access business compliant tourism operators.

You do not have to be a member of TEC to register.

Former Tourism Minister leaves behind a future-proofed industry

5 Noema 2020


Tākiri nei te ao, e rere he pōkaitara manu. Ka topa me tiki rawa, hei ā mai i au.
Tihei Mauriora!

NZMT congratulates TNZ Pou Ārahi Hemi Sundgren

Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai!  Nei rā te mihi maioha ki a koe e Hēmi.

Wage Subsidy Audits

Tēnā koutou,

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is undergoing audits of some applications made for the Wage Subsidy and Wage Subsidy Extension.

Reminder: Income Relief Payment

Income Relief Payment

You can apply for the Income Relief Payment up until Friday 30 October 2020.

To apply, you need to have:

Reminder: Wage Subsidy Extension

Wage Subsidy Extension

Applications for the Wage Subsidy Extension close just before midnight on Tuesday September 1, 2020 (11.59pm).

The extension covers eight weeks worth of payment per employee.

The subsidy will be paid at a flat rate of:

STAPP acknowledges Māori tourism legacies

This story was originally published on Tourism Ticker 5/08/2020

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Targets Kiwis

Media Release from Waitangi Treaty Grounds and added to by NZ Māori Tourism.


The Māori Trustee to fund a $10m Top-Up package providing additional financial support for Māori SMEs

The Māori Trustee (Te Tumu Paeroa) has established a Top-Up Māori Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, making an additional $10m available for Māori SMEs to meet core operating costs.

NZ Māori Tourism Welcomes Budget Boost

New Zealand Māori Tourism welcomes the Government’s $400 million Tourism Recovery Fund to help the sector recuperate from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as businesses reopen their doors at Alert Level 2 today.

Poroporoaki: Johnny Edmonds

Tēnei te Pō! Tēnei te Pō!
Te Pō i pēpeke, i whakaahei ai, i whakangaro atu ai ki a Papatūānuku!
Kei te mātātoa o te tāpoitanga Māori, o te manaakitanga taketake – e moe!
Kua takoto koe i te hau o marangai.

Tax Reminder: May 7

Tēnā tātou katoa,

This is a friendly reminder that all businesses must still send in GST and Provisional Tax Returns by 7 May.

If you have difficulty meeting these payments, IRD has options that might help.

0800 4 POUTAMA

Māori Business Support Line

COVID-19 Support: Need expert business advice? Call 0800 4 POUTAMA

Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival

Innovative twist brings Tāmaki Makaurau iwi heritage to the stage with millions of water droplets

An artistic and innovative twist to digital storytelling – in the form of a water screen – will take place on the Waitematā Harbour at the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival later this month.

Notice of Meeting - NZ Māori Tourism AGM 2019


Date: Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Venue: Conference Room, Rydges Wellington Airport
28 Stewart Duff Dr, Rongotai, Wellington 6022

AGM Start Time: 11:00 AM
Lunch will follow the AGM

New Zealand Māori Tourism (NZMT) is supporting ten performing artists to attend a multi-sector trade mission to China.

Māori tourism and culture takes centre stage in China

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

NZ Māori Tourism wants to hear from you!

August 13

New Zealand Māori Tourism (NZMT), in conjunction with Te Puni Kōkiri and Poutama Trust, is undertaking a national assessment of the Māori tourism sector to understand the needs and aspirations of Māori tourism businesses.

Dragons' Den 2019, Tuahiwi Marae

Aotearoa's oldest dish Wows Judges

Expect to see Aotearoa’s oldest dish more prominently on the menu after Tāmaki Makaurau’s Hangi Master took out the New Zealand Māori Tourism’s Dragons’ Den 2019 Wow Us award, worth $20,000.

Dale Stephens, NZ Māori Tourism Chairperson.

NZ Māori Tourism Chairperson re-elected

Congratulations to Dale Stephens, who has been re-elected as NZ Māori Tourism’s Chairperson on Thursday. 

Dale, who is the Kaitohu – Director Māori Business at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, first came on the Board in 2013 and was elected as Chair in 2016. 

Results of 2019 NZ Māori Tourism Board Election

Tēnā koutou e ngā mema o Te Rōpū Tāpoi Māori o Aotearoa me ngā tīni āhuatanga o te wā o te takurua, nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Norbu Tenzing (left) and Dhamey Tenzing Norgay (right), photographed with a friend, will speak to iwi about their experiences in tourism, with a particular focus on mountain tourism

From one mountain to another, Everest to Hikurangi

The sons of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the famous mountaineer who led and accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary to the summit of Chomolungma (Mt. Everest), will meet with iwi to share and explore the opportunities and challenges that arise with tourism.

Tiaki Promise

Tiaki - Care For New Zealand

Over the past year, New Zealand Māori Tourism has taken part in the development of a brand-new initiative Tiaki - Care For New Zealand.

Changes at NZ Māori Tourism

Tēnā koutou katoa, he mihi mahana tēnei ki a koutou.

We hope that the seeds are sprouting in the garden as we prepare for the long summer ahead. Let’s hope it is just as good as last year’s turned out to be.

Innovation Awarded in Inaugural Māori tourism Dragons' Den

Five Māori tourism experiences from Northland, Tairawhiti, Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty have been recognised in the inaugural Māori tourism Dragons’ Den held in Napier, where new and existing Māori tourism businesses pitched their fresh, innovative ideas in front of the Dragons’ and audience.

Dragon's Den for Māori tourism

Dragon's Den Application form

Tell us the story of who you are and how you can make your idea happen! 

Have Your Say: International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy


Submissions are due by 5pm, Sunday 15 July 2018

The number of visitors to New Zealand has grown strongly over the past few years, and growth is expected to continue.

Results of NZ Māori Tourism Board Election 2018

Tēnā koutou e ngā mema o Te Rōpū Tāpoi Māori o Aotearoa me ngā tīni āhuatanga o te wā o te takurua, nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds finalists in Service IQ 2018 New Zealand Museum Awards

The new exhibition in the historic Treaty House at Waitangi Treaty Grounds has been announced as a finalist in the ‘Exhibition Excellence – Social History’ category of the Service IQ 2018 New Zealand Museum Awards.

Seal of Approval for Traditional Navigation Centre at Aurere

Press Release by Kupe Waka Centre

Historic Treaty House re-opens with new exhibition

The historic Treaty House at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds has re-opened its doors to the public with a new exhibition installed by Workshop e, New Zealand’s leading exhibition design company and creators of the permanent exhibition in multiple award winning Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins again at New Zealand Tourism Awards

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the winner of the Visitor Experience Award in the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards. 24 leading tourism operators and stakeholders competed in the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards – the $35 billion tourism industry’s most prestigious awards. 

Ngāi Tahu Tourism scholarship open

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is looking for Ngāi Tahu students to apply for its Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship.

Harbour to take centre stage for spectacular opening of 2018 New Zealand Festival

“Waka carry stories, art, science, knowledge whakapapa and performance. When the waka arrives it seeks relationships, contact and togetherness.” - A Waka Odyssey Creative Team

Inaugural Waitangi Day Speech Competition

Press release from Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds finalist in New Zealand Tourism Awards

Press release from Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds was yesterday named a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards for the second year in a row.

NZ Tourism Awards finalists revealed

Press release from Tourism Industry Aoteaora (TIA)

Twenty-four leading tourism operators and stakeholders have been announced today as finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards – the $35 billion tourism industry’s most prestigious awards.

Tai Poutini Māori Tourism plan gets funding boost

Media release from Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced a $70,000 investment in Tai Poutini Māori Tourism.

Tourism Infrastructure Fund Information Sessions

From the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

Te Puni Kōkiri Supports Māori Led Developments

Press release from Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri has signed agreements with the Māori Women’s Development Inc. (MWDI) and NZ Māori Tourism (NZMT) today ahead of plans to invest more than $15 million into both agencies over the next three years.

Govt funding to boost Canterbury tourism

Press release from Minister for Tourism, Hon Paula Bennett

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges today announced that the Government will provide $160,000 to support tourism strategy projects in Canterbury.

New guide to investing with Māori launched

Press release from Minister for Economic Development, Hon Simon Bridges

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has today launched a new guide for potential investors highlighting opportunities in the Māori economy.

Increased Funding To Accelerate The Growth Of Māori Tourism Businesses

The announcement in Budget 2017 of $10 million of new funding over four years will promote and strengthen the Māori tourism sector to be more resilient, says NZ Māori Tourism Chief Executive Pania Tyson-Nathan.

More jobs in Māori tourism and regions

Press release from Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

Northland is rising to the occasion for British & Irish Lions Pōwhiri at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Press release from Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Colloboration between New Zealand Luxury Experiences and Marinelogix Yacht Support

Leading bespoke yacht companies Marinelogix Yacht Support and New Zealand Luxury Experiences collaborated to host one of the largest superyachts to visit New Zealand waters this season. 

$178m package for tourism infrastructure - Budget 2017

Press Release from Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Tourism

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced a new $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund which has been launched alongside $76 million in new funding for our most important tourism asset, the DOC Estate.

New Zealand fast becoming a hot ticket for high-value Indian visitors

Press Release from Auckland Airport

TIME Unlimited Tours - Cultural ‘City to Cape’ Collection: Realising the full potential our Maori Sixth Sense

(Auckland, New Zealand) – TIME Unlimited Tours is delighted to start the 2017 ‘Maori New Year’ with the launch of its inaugural itinerary for their Cultural ‘City to Cape’ Collection.  As part of its Winter TIME Collection, the new suite of tour products aptly named “Season of Matariki – A Star J

Whale Watch Kaikoura helps fund Harbour restoration.

Press release from Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watch Kaikoura have joined forces with key stake holders and the Government to support the restoration of the Kaikōura harbour following the November 2016 earthquake.

Major Study Identifies Tourism Infrastructure Priorities

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

More visitor accommodation is the highest priority infrastructure needed to support the future growth of New Zealand’s booming tourism industry, new research has found.

2019 to be China-New Zealand Year of Tourism

Press release from Minister for Tourism,Hon Paula Bennett

A new international agreement will focus on attracting high-value Chinese visitors who stay longer, spend more and travel independently says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.

New trade focus to benefit tourism

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

The Government’s new focus on services exports will benefit tourism – New Zealand’s largest export sector, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Tourism Growth Partnership Placed On Hold

The Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) has been placed on hold while Tourism Minister Paula Bennett assesses funding priorities for the wider tourism portfolio.

Fresh Water Vital To Tourism Industry Growth

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

The tourism industry is pleased that the Government has recognised fresh water’s value to the visitor economy, and is hopeful that this can be realised via its new water quality targets.

International visitor spending reaches $10.1b

Press release from Minister for Tourism, Hon Paula Bennett

Communities around New Zealand are continuing to benefit from steady growth in international visitor spending, which reached $10.1 billion in the year to December, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

Smoke, alcohol, and fizz free Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds

Press release from Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Tourism industry aims to maintain record growth

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)

New Zealand was just 61 visitors away from reaching the milestone of 3.5 million international visitors for 2016, with those visitors making a vital contribution to New Zealand’s economy.

Strong Start to Summer Tourism Spending

Press Release from Minister of Tourism, Hon Paula Bennett

Nearly every region across New Zealand experienced strong growth in tourism spending this summer, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

Social media campaign reaches freedom campers

Press Release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers is proving highly successful in its first month.

NZ Hi-Tech Awards - 6 weeks until entries close

Press Release from NZ Hi-Tech Trust

New Chief Executive Appointed to Tourism New Zealand

Press release from Tourism New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand Chair Kerry Prendergast says she is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen England-Hall to the position of Chief Executive at Tourism New Zealand.

Big issues facing new Tourism Minister

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tourism Industry Aotearoa looks forward to working with new Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner on some of the big issues facing the tourism industry.

Support for tourism but some concerns

Press Release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Tourism New Zealand

New Zealanders generally feel positive about the fast-growing tourism industry, according to the latest research by Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Tourism New Zealand.

PM raised profile of tourism in Govt

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has paid tribute to Prime Minister John Key, saying he raised the profile of New Zealand’s biggest export sector across the Government.

Tourism Leaders Suggest Way Forward For Tourism Infrastructure

Press release from Air New Zealand

Auckland visitor levy unfair & ill-conceived

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

A proposed new visitor levy for Auckland unfairly targets accommodation providers and fails to take account of the economic benefits tourism brings, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Waitangi Wahine exhibition opens at the Treaty Grounds

Press Release from Waitangi Treaty Grounds

New Tool To Grow Domestic Tourism

Press release from Tourism Industry Aotearoa

An exciting new online tool and website to accelerate growth in New Zealand’s $20 billion domestic tourism sector, and encourage Kiwis travellers to visit more regions year round, went live today.

New MBIE Tourism Insight Series Report On Tourism Regional And Seasonal Travel Patterns

Press release from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Regional and Seasonal Dispersal is the second report in MBIE’s Tourism Insight Series. It provides a clear picture of when tourists are arriving and which regions they are visiting.

Postponment of NZ Māori Tourism AGM

Tēnā koutou e nga mema o te Ropu Tapoi Māori o Aotearoa. Kare e kore ka pa mai tatou katoa e nga ru whenua ki Te Waipounamu me Te Whanganui a Tara. Ko te tūmanako, kei te piki te ora ahakoa nga pēhitanga o te wa. Ma te Atua tatou e tiaki, e manaaki i nga wa katoa.

Tourism Growth Partnership Round 5 Update

The Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) is a Government initiative aimed at driving strategic changes required to overcome constraints to growth of the tourism sector and lift the value international tourism delivers to New Zealand

New Zealand Māori Tourism Board Elections 2016

Tena koutou i nga mema o Te Ropu Tapoi Maori o Aotearoa i nga tini ahuatanga o te wa o te tau hou o ngai Maori, ara ko Matariki, no reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

New Resort College In Paihia

Paihia has been chosen as the location of QRC’s Tai Tokerau Resort College to open in early 2016, said QRC Chief Executive Charlie Phillips today.

NZ Māori Tourism Confirms Two New Board Members

The Board of New Zealand Māori Tourism confirmed two new Board Members at its quarterly meeting today, says New Zealand Māori Tourism Chief Executive Pania Tyson-Nathan.

Maori Tourism is More than a Warrior

Maori warriors do not send the ‘wrong message’ to international visitors, says NZ Maori Tourism Chief Executive Pania Tyson-Nathan.

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