Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hawke's Bay & Gisborne

2018 TECNZ tourism conference opens for registration

This year the TECNZ event will be hosted in the sunny Hawke’s Bay from 8 - 9 August.

Beware the beauty trap – don’t get caught at the Cape

Hawke’s Bay Police have noticed more emergency calls for assistance by walkers and hikers becoming stranded on the track from Clifton Motor Camp out to the Gannet Colony at Cape Kidnappers.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism launches campaign to help apple industry

Hawke’s Bay Tourism has launched a push to attract visiting backpackers to come and pick fruit in Hawke’s Bay.

Destination Marlborough appoints new trade development manager

Destination Marlborough, the region’s destination marketing agency has appointed Daniel Winner as the new Trade Development Manager.

Record numbers gear up for The Big Easy

It’s almost time to gear up, kit out and hit the superb Hawke’s Bay trails for the sixth annual Big Easy.

Magical makeover for Gisborne parks

Local parks are in for a magical makeover thanks to a virtual reality app launched in collaboration with national Parks Week.

RTOs welcome $12m funding, keen for more from $1bn PGF

Regional tourism leaders have welcomed the government's investment in developing new products and expect more to come from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund in further rounds.   

Northland, Gisborne, West Coast tourism among first to benefit from $1bn PGF

Tourism in Northland, Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast will be among the first beneficiaries of the first deployment from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.

Taupō, Hawke’s Bay showcased to 33.5 million Chinese viewers

The Taupō and Hawke’s Bay regions have been showcased to more than 33.5 million Chinese viewers in a Chef Nic episode launched this month.

New Eastland Group chair announced

Keith Sutton has been appointed chairman of Eastland Group Limited, Eastland Network Limited, Eastland Port Limited and Gisborne Airport Limited.

Napier Port: “Fantastic” cruise season helps drive record result

Napier Port has released its annual results for the 2017 financial year, reporting record cargo volumes and a strong financial result.

Rocket Lab scrubs today’s launch

Rocket Lab has scrubbed its planned launch today citing orbital traffic and weather factors for the postponement.

Hawke’s Bay secures TEC Conference 2018

Around 250 tourism industry professionals will be heading to the Hawke's Bay next year after the region secured the Tourism Export Council Conference 2018. 

Historic architecture and fine wine combine this summer

Ahuriri’s iconic National Tobacco Company building, which closed last year for maintenance and redevelopment, is open for business.

F.A.W.C! Summer Series kicks off with a bang

F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classics 2017 Summer Series kicked off on Friday with the annual F.A.W.C! Launch Party with Hawkes Bay Winemakers at Black Barn Vineyards.

Akaroa, Havelock North, Masterton, Mt Hutt win beauty parade

Keep New Zealand Beautiful are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Beautiful Awards.

600-strong pōwhiri opens Rongowhakaata exhibition

The major new exhibition showcases the dramatic stories, histories, treasured taonga and the exceptional artistry of the Gisborne iwi.

Hughes begins GM tourism role at Activate Tairāwhiti

The former NZ marketing manager for Australia's RedBalloon has begun his role as general manager of tourism at Activate Tairāwhiti.

Major Hawke’s Bay Airport expansion announced

Strong passenger growth and the resulting demands on existing airport infrastructure has led Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited to finalise plans for a major airport terminal expansion.

Hawke’s Bay fights WCO on Ngaruroro & Clive Rivers

Hawke’s Bay’s fight to stop a controversial water conservation order (WCO) on two of its largest rivers is gaining momentum.

Funding for Napier’s Art Deco Heritage buildings

Three of Napier city centre’s art deco and character buildings are to receive more than $180,000 for earthquake strengthening work.

Clearview Estate: “Striving to reflect the best of Hawke’s Bay”

For almost 30 years, Clearview Estate has been a favourite destination for Hawke’s Bay visitors and locals alike.

Prinsy’s Tours, Clearview Estate, Kennedy Park among tourism winners

Clearview Estate Winery and Restaurant, Prinsy’s Tours and Kennedy Park Resort were among the winners honoured at the 2017 Hawke's Bay Tourism Industry Awards last night. 

Tourism backs Water Conservation Order for Hawke’s Bay rivers

Granting a Water Conservation Order for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers would benefit the tourism industry as well as protect the rivers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference plots path to 2030

Positioning the local tourism industry for an evolving landscape is the theme of today’s Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference, being held at the newly renovated Napier Conference Centre.

Three options for Napier Aquatic Centre released

A bomb pool, new hydroslides, a lazy river and a health and wellness centre – these are some of the inclusions being considered by Napier City Council ahead of its decision on a new Aquatic Centre.

Electrifying Eastland’s Pacific Coast Highway

Tairāwhiti is driving towards a cleaner, greener future with the government’s announcement that it will co-fund a fast charging electric vehicle network across the region.

Lions help to boost Hawke’s Bay visitor growth

Hawke’s Bay is showing an increase in visitor nights of 11.9% for the month and an increase of 11.2% for the year-end June 2017.

Finalists announced for Hawke’s Bay tourism awards

Tourism businesses in Hawke’s Bay have put their best foot forward for the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Awards with the finalists selected from over 25 entries.

Council: Gorge closure “is a barrier to tourism”

Hawke’s Bay needs and deserves a definitive statement setting out a plan for a robust, resilent transport corridor to the Manawatu.

Tourism-related projects near completion

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the first of three tourism-related transport projects in the Gisborne-Tairāwhiti region is nearing completion.

Gisborne airport owner reports record revenue

Eastland Group recorded another strong business performance in the year to March 2017. Income increased to a record $76.2 million, with an audited profit of $14.8 million.

Big numbers loving Splash

It has been another great year for Splash Planet, with almost 113,000 people through the gates over its six month season.

Another small step… for rocket tourism!

The Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill has passed its third and final reading.

A Taste of Hawke’s Bay in Wellington

Hawke’s Bay Tourism along with over 20 local tourism and hospitality operators will be heading to Wellington to provide a taste of Hawke’s Bay to Lion’s fans and Wellington locals. 

Entries open for 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards

These awards recognise the best tourism businesses and experiences in Hawke’s Bay.

Tourism benefits from region’s first EV charging station

Gisborne is about to get its very first EV (electric vehicle) fast charging station, with current and future local EV drivers, businesses and the wider tourism industry expected to benefit.

From the Regions: Hawke’s Bay Tourism’s Annie Dundas

Hawke's Bay Tourism's general manager, Annie Dundas, on the need for long-term tourism planning in New Zealand, preparing for the launch of space tourism, and her region's latest "ski season" winter campaign.

Hawke’s Bay carves new path with ‘Ski Season’ campaign

In the latest instalment under their successful seasonal campaign strategy, Hawke’s Bay Tourism have released their cheeky new winter campaign, ‘Hawke’s Bay Ski Season’.

Space tourism set for take-off as Rocket Lab preps launch

Space tourism in the Hawke’s Bay is prepped for take-off as Rocket Lab announces a test launch window.

Ecotourism gateway pub up for sale

A country pub strategically located at the gateway to one of New Zealand’s most remote ecotourist attractions has been placed on the market for sale.

Q&A with Dive Tatapouri’s Chris Savage

Chris Savage started in tourism in the late 1980s at Rainbow & Fairy Springs, went travelling and then returned to a desk job in insurance. But the lure of adventure proved too strong and, along with her husband Dean, started a unique boat tour that offers swimming with stingrays.

$2m funding boost for East Cape tourism

Tourism offerings in the East Cape are to receive a development boost thanks to $2m of funding from the government.

Popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails continues to climb

The popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails is continuing to climb, with new figures showing a record number of people using the trails for cycling, walking or running.

Iconic luxury lodge comes to market

One of the Hawkes Bay’s most distinctive luxury lodges is up for sale.

Kiwi Stars head to Napier for Art Deco Festival 2017

This year’s Tremains Art Deco Festival is shaping up to be a star studded one as Kiwi Stars Kerre Woodham, Shane & Nerida Cortese and Masterchef Brett McGregor all head to Napier to enjoy the festivities.

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.

Wine flight back for second vintage

Premium New Zealand wines, paired with stunning views of the regions where they are produced, were on the inflight menu for leading international media and wine experts on Friday.
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Touring Gisborne’s historic homes ARCHITECTURAL features will combine with stories about past lives and ways of life as Gisborne architect James Blackburne guides a Historic Places Tairawhiti bus tour of city houses on Sunday. Gisborne Herald

Airport CEO Nick Story mourned Hawke’s Bay Airport Company chief executive Nick Story, who died late on Friday, was a high-flyer in some of the most rapid growth of air services to the region since a sealed runway was built to usher-in jet-prop aircraft more than 50 years ago. Hawke’s Bay Today

Editorial: Take every opportunity to sell Hawke’s Bay I had the opportunity to give Hawke’s Bay a good plug on Newstalk ZB yesterday morning. Hawke’s Bay Today

Michael Fowler: Napier’s tourist magnetism recognised early Napier, with its front yard of the Pacific Ocean and grand sweeping views of the bay was identified as having potential for tourism from the late 1870s. Hawke’s Bay Today

Flight cancelled after Napier control tower unattended A plane load of passengers bound for Hawke’s Bay were delayed overnight, after the perfect storm of circumstances meant the airport closed before their plane could arrive. Hawke’s Bay Today

Viewing platform glass has one more chance Despite being smashed five times, Napier City Council is replacing the glass on its viewing platform. Hawke’s Bay Today

Thousands of visitors arrive for kapa haka festival Te Mana Kuratahi 2017, the national primary schools kapa haka festival began yesterday with a mass powhiri at Houhoupiko, Gisborne’s Showgrounds Park. Gisborne Herald

Asian film crew captures the region’s beauty A film crew of up to 75 people have been visiting Hawke’s Bay from Shanghai, China, in what is believed to be a tight-lipped three day shoot in the region. Hawke’s Bay Today

Heartthrob chef to millions showcases NZ cuisine It’s a marketing coup for NZ tourism and Hawke’s Bay – an ideal place to showcase Kiwi kai. NZ Herald

Tourists uncovering more to do at Te Mata Every year hundreds of thousands ascend Te Mata Peak to take in the views. Hawke’s Bay Today

April 2017

Extra flights for Hawke’s Bay Marathon Air New Zealand will put on nearly 1000 additional seats to help transport competitors and supporters to the Hawke’s Bay region for the Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon on May 13. Voxy

Easter trading to boost economy, draw visitors to Napier Giving Napier stores the option to remain open for business on Easter could boost the local economy, and bring more visitors to the region, local proponents say. Hawke’s Bay Today

Gisborne shares boom in tourism Visitors staying at holiday parks in the Gisborne-East Cape region last year pumped a whopping $20.9 million into the community. Gisborne Herald

Taruheru Cycleway and Walkway costed at $6.8m A new report has found that a proposal to build a joint cycle and walkway between Bright Street and Campion College will cost $6.8 million. Gisborne Herald

Mayors and iwi working the road On State Highway 38 shines the jewel of the North Island, pristine Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park. Hawke’s Bay Today

Watch NZH Local Focus: Record summer season at Waikaremoana Waikaremoana Holiday Park Manager Petrina Brenchley says it’s been a “record summer season”. NZ Herald

March 2017

He Tangata: A chat with Napier City Council’s manager of visitor experiences Sally Jackson Each week Elisabeth Easther gets the story of people in the Kiwi tourism industry. This week, Napier City Council’s manager of visitor experiences, Sally Jackson. The NZ Herald

Multi-million dollar hotel touted for Napier CBD A multi-million hotel development on the site of the Napier City Council building in the city’s CBD has been touted as a possibility. Hawke’s Bay Today

Hui plans to promote Maori tourism More than 50 people, including tourism operators and representatives from 11 iwi from across the East Coast, including Wairoa and Mahia, attended a hui on how the region could benefit from cultural tourism. Gisborne Herald

Airport soars above budget predictions Hawke’s Bay Airport has seen a 20 per cent spike in passenger numbers on this time last year, Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited chairman Tony Porter reports. News Collective

Road, rail, cycle link with Hawke’s Bay on agenda Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon says he is working with two Hawke’s Bay mayors and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to assess a $100 million combined road, rail and cycle trail proposal to link Gisborne and Napier airports. Gisborne Herald

A great track record in tourism I have watched with interest the long, convoluted debate regarding the future of Tourism Eastland and wish to make a few constructive comments. Gisborne Herald

New faces at Tairawhiti Museum Madeleine Jones appointed collections manager and Iona Maxwell museum educator. Gisborne Herald

Accommodation sector boom in Hawke’s Bay Tourists are overnighting in Hawke’s Bay in rising numbers, according to Statistics New Zealand data. Hawke’s Bay Today

Tourists flash plastic in $38.7m February spend Spending in Gisborne was up 3.7% last month compared with the same time last year and much of the increase was attributed to tourists. Gisborne Herald

A cruise from other side of railing Cabin fever and a longing for local cuisine motivate passengers to get off cruise ships. I know — I travelled around NZ last month as a passenger on the Emerald Princess. Gisborne Herald

Govt lays out plan for Gisborne region Tourism, forestry and the primary industries have emerged as the initial winners in a new government plan to boost the regional economy. Gisborne Herald