Friday, April 28, 2017
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Wellington & Wairarapa

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

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