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Wellington & Wairarapa

WREDA appoints new CEO

Lance Walker has been appointed the new chief executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, WREDA.

Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route

Jetstar will operate between Wellington and Queenstown three times a week from March next year, providing travellers with a choice on the route for the first time since 2013.

Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership

InterContinental Wellington and Weta Studio Tours are excited to launch an exciting partnership.

Ramaroa opening adds new dimension to Queen Elizabeth Park

The rich Maori, European and natural heritage of Queen Elizabeth Park is now on display with the opening of Ramaroa, the brand new heritage centre at the park’s Mackays Crossing entrance.

Extensive upgrade planned for the zoo’s chimp habitat

Wellington Zoo’s resident chimpanzees will be seeing an update to their habitat in 2018 thanks to a new project supported with funding from Pub Charity Limited and Wellington City Council.

Resilient Wellington attracts crisis response conference

Wellington’s status as a resilient city was a drawcard for securing a conference that will bring hundreds of experts in crisis management to the city in November 2018. 

Proposed Wellington zipline flies past its first hurdle

The Wellington Zipline Adventures (WZA) proposal includes four pairs of ziplines, which would zig-zag down the valley, with wooden take-off and landing decks at each end.

Te Papa’s Mahuki teams showcase tech innovations

Eight entrepreneurial teams from Te Papa’s Mahuki technology incubator unveiled business propositions which provide digital solutions to challenges faced by cultural organisations worldwide.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving launches

Wellingtonians have a once-in-a-generation chance to shape the future of their city’s transport and need to make sure their views are known, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.

Tourism a key focus at NZ, China mayoral talks

Tourism will feature as one of the key discussion points at next month’s New Zealand China Mayoral Forum. 

Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM

Melissa Shaw has joined Sofitel Wellington as General Manager, bringing decades of experience in the luxury accommodation industry.

Wellington, Auckland win big at recreation industry awards

The 2017 award winners represent the quality recreation opportunities available in New Zealand.

Wellington Airport: Runway extension vital for visitor economy

Wellington Airport has reported a net loss of $1.7m for the six months to September, up from the $5m loss made for the same period last year.

Kākā adventure app launches in Wellington

Young Wellingtonians will be treated to an immersive adventure in Central Park this November, blending the virtual with the real world to help rescue NZ’s wildlife from predators.

Tourism investment on agenda for Chinese mayors’ visit

Investment in New Zealand tourism wil be on the agenda for a delegation of mayors from China representing around 80 million people.

Virtuoso Strings reigns supreme at Wellington Airport awards

Virtuoso Strings, a life-changing music programme nurturing the talent of Porirua children from low-decile schools, has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

Agents converge on Sofitel Wellington for La Nuit

More than 50 travel agents and travel industry representatives from around the country will head to Wellington for the premiere of La Nuit by Sofitel - the brand's signature event.

Air NZ offers extra flights for football fans

Air New Zealand is deploying additional capacity between Auckland and Wellington over the weekend of 11-12 November to help football fans see the All Whites take on Peru in the FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Playoff.

Inaugural Wellington Heritage Week goes down in history

We’re proud supporters of the inaugural Wellington Heritage Week, which will showcase the history of the capital through events, tours, exhibitions, and behind the scenes sneak peeks from 23-29 October.

Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is celebrating Conservation Week 2017 this Labour weekend with a range of fun conservation-themed activities based on this year’s Conservation Week theme of ‘Love my Backyard.’

Kaikoura quake hits CentrePort profits despite vehicles, cruise growth

Wellington's CentrePort made a $2.3m loss for the year to June despite its vehicles and cruise businesses up 32% and 12% respectively on the previous period.

Gallery to close for accessibility refurb

Visitation to the Gallery has grown over the past five years and the refurbishments will further enhance the Gallery's accessibility.

Mayor: Porirua adventure park will be a world-class destination

New Zealand’s newest adventure park, offering an exciting array of activities, will be built on the hills and surrounding area of Porirua’s Rangituhi / Colonial Knob.

Wellington makes capital pitch to Canberra

Cuisine and culture is a big part of Wellington’s pitch as a long weekend destination, which is a growth area for Australian tourism to NZ

Zoo contributes $390K towards conservation

The Zoo is proud to have contributed staff time and commitment and nearly $390K towards local and global field conservation efforts.

Cruise to inject $65m into Wellington for 2017/18 season

The arrival today of Radiance of the Seas in Wellington marks the start of the summer cruise season in the capital which is expected to inject around $65m into the regional economy.

Wellington ditches Guy Fawkes, backs major Matariki event

Wellington City Council will make Māori New Year, Matariki, a major civic festival in 2018 and will move its fireworks display from November to help celebrate it.

Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti

Kāpiti and Porirua Chambers of Commerce have begun engaging with Air New Zealand to promote flights from Paraparaumu to Auckland, to drive demand for the local air service.

Wellington welcomes back Sofitel

To both locals’ and travellers’ delight, Wellington’s decadent Sofitel will reopen its doors in October, following a temporary hiatus. 

Wellington installs world’s first VR service experience

Wellington Airport has installed a new virtual reality experience that allows people to take an interactive trip across the world from the capital.

Te Papa named in top 25 museums in the world

The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, has been named one of the top 25 museums in the world according to TripAdvisor.

World of WearableArt 2017 designs wow in Wellington

International designers feature in the 20 top awards in the 2017 World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wellington gets creative in latest Australian campaign

Wellington bustles with creativity and that message is being relayed loud and clear to Australians in Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s latest tourism campaign.

Hotel Grand Chancellor appoints sales & marketing director

Sarah Croskery has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing (DOSM) for the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor and Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City.

Zoo plants 500 eco-sourced plants in restoration site

Wellington Zoo staff recently rolled their sleeves up and got their hands dirty to plant 500 eco-sourced native plants in and around the Manchester Street Reserve.

An Operator’s View: Kapiti Island’s John Barrett

Kapiti Island Nature Tours founder John Barrett on the value of culture to its eco-tourism business, overcoming significant opposition to its launch, and expanding beyond the island.

NZSF: New ferry terminals needed to enhance tourist experience

Now is the time to build new ferry terminals to help enhance the experience for tourists, says the New Zealand Shipping Federation.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor supports ‘NZ’s Worth Loving’

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is proud to support ‘New Zealand’s Worth Loving’ (NZWL) Wellington Pollution Awareness Mural and Clean-up Day.

Region’s mayors agree to further work on indoor arena proposal

Major concerts mean more money in the pockets of local hoteliers, motels and accommodation providers and bigger events will mean more guest nights and more tourism spending.

Clarification around the future of Kapiti Island

Claims DOC is going to triple the number of visitor permits issued to Kapiti Island from 10,000 per year to 30,000 are incorrect.

Kapiti Gateway Architecture Exhibition: Paraparaumu Beach

Six architecture students who are developing ideas for the Kapiti Gateway bio-security and visitor centre at Paraparaumu Beach are exhibiting their work.

Rare breeding takahē pair coming to ZEALANDIA

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary has announced that a breeding pair of takahē are planned to be released into the sanctuary next Monday.

Big-hitting cricket ground motel bounced out for sale

A motel complex with ‘grandstand’ views over New Zealand’s oldest and most revered test cricketing venues has been placed on the market for sale.

New trustee appointed at ZEALANDIA

Karori Sanctuary Trust, which manages ZEALANDIA, has welcomed Wairarapa resident Pete Monk to the Board as a trustee.

ZEALANDIA takahē passes away

One of Zealandia’s much-loved takahē ambassadors, Puffin, passed away over the weekend.

Lions drive huge spending boost for Wellington

Wellington experienced a boost to international visitor spending of more than 43% in the month of June 2017.

Singapore Airlines re-times Wellington flights

Singapore Airlines today announced flights SQ291/292 will be retimed from 28 October 2017 following a review of the ‘Capital Express’ service.

Outdoor fees go up in smoke for Wellington restaurants

As of 1 July the Wellington City Council adopted an initiative to encourage cafes, bars and restaurants with outdoor dining areas to go smokefree by offering free outdoor dining licence fees for 2017-2018.

Interislander ferry sailings cancelled

Sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled from Wednesday night because of predicted severe weather in Cook Strait, with up to 7-metre-high waves forecast through till Friday morning.

Lions lift Wellington Airport to busiest days ever

It was the busiest weekend ever for Wellington Airport with 45,000 passengers travelling through its gates.

New venues will add to Capital vibrancy

In a week when visitors to Wellington were painting the town red, the city’s hoteliers threw their support behind plans to attract more travellers to the Capital.

No inquiry into council funding of Singapore Airlines route

In response to queries from members of the public, we have written to Wellington City Council regarding the funding arrangement for Singapore Airlines’ Wellington-Canberra-Singapore route.

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. 

Capital attraction wins Green Ribbon

Wellington conservation project and attraction Zealandia has won the Leadership in Communication and Education Green Ribbon environmental award. 

IHG NZ strikes gold at World Travel Awards

Two InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) New Zealand properties have struck gold at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Metro sells iconic Ohtel to Village Accommodation Group

Village Accommodation Group continues its growth with the acquisition of the unique and boutique Ohtel on Oriental Parade.

Wellington lures event out of United Kingdom

Wellington will host the 2019 iMean conference marking the first time the linguistics event will be held out of the United Kingdom.

Wellington Airport’s year of frustrations

Wellington Airport had a "year of achievements and milestones but also a few frustrations", according to majority owner Infratil's 2017 Annual Report.

Help NZ share its sporting history with the world

PRESS RELEASE: Te Papa Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki is calling for entrepreneurs to help cultural institutions in New Zealand and around the globe tell their stories of sporting identity. Mahuki and the New Zealand Cricket...

Matariki Rising celebrations for the whole whānau

Whānau, kai, storytelling and learning will feature in Matariki Rising, a 10-day festival which kicks off with an iconic public event on the waterfront and culminates in the popular Kaumātua Kapa Haka performance.

Free electric cars for corporate travellers

Regular business travellers will be able to book an e-Golf for their day of travel, free of charge.

Introducing Grand Mercure Wellington

AccorHotels New Zealand is proud to announce Mercure Wellington’s rebrand to the Grand Mercure Wellington, following a $12 million transformation, elevating the hotel to a flagship property in the region.

Iconic hotel to undergo multi-million dollar refurb

Wellington’s Amora Hotel will temporarily close its doors on 27 May 2017 to undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment of all rooms and public areas.

Star roles for tourism in city plans

Tourism centerpieces are at the heart of fresh annual plans for both Wellington and Tauranga.

Te Papa’s Gallipoli exhibition enthrals young and old

More than 1.3 million visitors of all ages have explored Te Papa’s Gallipoli: The scale of our war in the two years since it opened.

130,000+ summer swarm on Te Papa’s Bug Lab

Te Papa’s $5m summer exhibition, Bug Lab, has had over 130,000 visitors across its four-month duration.

Ghost in the Shell puts New Zealand in the picture

The release of the epic sci-fi movie Ghost in the Shell has again put the spotlight on New Zealand as a special place to visit.

Wellington showcases creative culture in winter campaign

Wellington's creative events and vibrant nightlife are the focus of this year's winter domestic campaign launched by the capital.

Pilots to “fund and fight” against airport appeal

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association will "fund and fight" Wellington Airport's appeal to the Supreme Court over the length of its proposed runway safety area.

Wellington mayor: We need to be bold to fund tourism infrastructure

The $1.4 billion dollar cost of new infrastructure to support the tourism boom shows new funding options are needed.

Geraint Martin appointed Te Papa chief executive

Geraint Martin has been appointed as the new chief executive of Te Papa. Mr Martin is currently the CEO of Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Access to natural heritage celebrated at awards

Six of New Zealand’s champions of public access were recognised on Tuesday for their achievements in enhancing public access and offering new opportunities for New Zealanders to experience our great outdoors.

Showcase of creativity and technology

Wellington’s biggest business events trade show, Show Me Wellington, is getting even bigger, with over 100 exhibitors now confirmed for this year’s event.

Wellington, Queenstown airports lose court appeals

Wellington and Queenstown airports have both lost separate Court of Appeal decisions over their runway safety areas.

Wellington continues to reap the benefits of tourism growth

National List MP Paul Foster-Bell was delighted to see Wellington continue to reap the benefits of tourism growth

Wellington airport falls short of issue target despite record year ahead

Wellington International Airport failed to reach its $75m target after a bond issue raised $70m, most of which went to a single institutional investor. The 8-year bonds mature on June 16, 2025, yielding an annual...

Wellington chamber welcomes Hilton brand

Wellington’s image will be enhanced by the arrival of a 4½-star Hilton-brand hotel in the centre city, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford.

QT Hotels reveal first international property: QT Museum Wellington

A quirky New Zealand hospitality icon has emerged with a fresh new creative edge under the banner of a leading Australian design hotel collection.

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.

Pinot Noir descends on our nation’s capital

The vinous international spotlight will be on New Zealand’s capital this week with the Pinot Noir NZ 2017 celebration, described as the best Pinot Noir event on the planet.
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ROUND UP

Watch: Stunning drone footage shows site of proposed Wellington ziplines Four pairs of ziplines could be set up near Wellington’s landfill. TVNZ

First female Interislander captain drawn to sea as a teenager Jenny Cuttriss had no idea what a 10-day adventure on the Spirit of Adventure would lead to. Stuff

Runway extension would tap into huge potential of Asia Opinion: There is overwhelming local support for a Wellington runway extension. Stuff

China’s terracotta armies coming to Te Papa The national museum in Wellington is teeing up an exhibition of the 2300-year-old treasures. Stuff

Ziplines proposed to fill windy Wellington’s adventure tourism gap A new adventure tourism scheme in Wellington is being planned. NZ Herald

Airport extension shouldn’t be allowed off the ground Most of the Wellington city’s councillors, as well as many citizens, see no need for it. Stuff

Wellington transport plan proposes new bridges, tunnels A bold proposal for Wellington’s transport system could see new tunnels at Mt Victoria and The Terrace, and bridges or tunnels at the Basin Reserve. RNZ

Live: Wellington train strike sparks commuter chaos Wellington train workers strike today will affect up to 30,000 rail passengers. Dominion Post

Wellington Airport lines up Chinese construction giant for runway extension The airport has partnered with the world’s biggest builder. Stuff

World famous in New Zealand: Wellington’s Seal Coast Safari Wellington’s southern coast is an unkempt wilderness, a beloved local favourite teeming with unique wildlife and offering awe-inspiring vistas, but it’s a little too far off the beaten path for many tourists. Until now. Stuff

Waiting for a miracle: Wellington could have New Zealand’s first saint Wellington is well on the way to becoming the home of New Zealand’s first saint – and it’s already making plans to attract visiting pilgrims. Stuff

April 2017

Muse on Allen director being chased by liquidators over payments Liquidators of a former fine dining restaurant in Wellington are pursuing the former director over payments he says went to creditors. Dominion Post

Airports face new landing restrictions after court decision, aviation regulator warns Airports across New Zealand may have to extend runways or face new restrictions on the type of planes which can operate there, the aviation regulator is warning. Dominion Post

Frustrated travellers queue at Wellington Airport after flights cancelled A long line of frustrated customers formed at Wellington Airport, as customers tried to rebook their flights after planes were grounded. NZ Herald

March 2017

Terminal anger: ‘We will have been here 30 hours’ The fog is slowly starting to lift in Wellington, and tired travellers who slept rough in the terminal while “rap music” played at 3am are starting to move on. Radio NZ

Air NZ suspends Wellington flights as fog lingers Air NZ  suspended operations at Wellington as fog and low cloud grounded flights. 1 News Now

Ferry operator looking at a service between Petone and Wellington A ferry service between Petone and Wellington is being promoted as a way of reducing peak-hour traffic. Dominion Post

He Tangata: A chat with Katie Farman, from Destination Wairarapa Each week Elisabeth Easther gets the story of people in the Kiwi tourism industry. This week, she speaks to Katie Farman, from Destination Wairarapa. The NZ Herald

Work is underway to bring a commercial airline back to Wairarapa Discussions have been ongoing between Masterton District Council and leading New Zealand airlines, with a registration of interest to go out in the next few weeks. Wairarapa Times-Age

Wellington Airport runway dispute to go to Supreme Court The airport is asking the Supreme Court to clarify the regulatory requirements around the length of safety areas, which must be between 90 and 240 metres. Radio NZ

Earthquake forces Chow brothers to change hotel plan Millionaire property tycoons the Chow brothers have scrapped plans to transform their head office into a hotel. Stuff

Wellington’s rental squeeze could worsen as homeowners choose Airbnb over renting Airbnb’s growing popularity could see the already scarce number of rental properties in Wellington diminish even further over the next five years, an industry insider says. Stuff

Pilots push for delay to Wellington Airport runway extension hearing Airline pilots want to delay a planning hearing regarding the extension on Wellington Airport’s runway. NZ Herald