Sunday, April 22, 2018

Whanganui & Manawatu

New major event for Palmerston North

The event takes place from 8-14 April 2019 and will incorporate an arena spectacular telling real stories about the homecoming of the NZDF in 1919.

Work begins on He Ara Kotahi pathway and cycle trail

A ceremony has been held to officially mark the start of construction of He Ara Kotahi, a new 7.6km shared path for cyclists and pedestrians through Palmerston North and over the Manawatu River.

Mayor welcomes government’s freedom camping call

New Plymouth District (NPD) Mayor Neil Holdom has welcomed Government moves to find a solution to the nationwide freedom camping problems.

New Plymouth mayor calls for stronger freedom camping rules

Mayor of New Plymouth District calls for stronger freedom camping rules to protect the access of locals.

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom prepares to open

Foxton’s much anticipated tourism and community services centre, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, is set to open its doors on Saturday 18 November 2017.

Mayor: $35m Whanganui redevelopment has potential “to bring millions”

Whanganui District Council has thrown its weight behind a proposed $34.9m re-development of the historic Sarjeant Gallery to help secure $16m of government funding.

Popular regional hotel comes to market

Colliers International has been exclusively appointed to sell the 72-room, 4.5 star Hotel Coachman, arguably Palmerston North’s most popular hotel and event facility.

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

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

Applications open for new major events fund

Applications are now open for the new Major Events Fund, helping event organisers to build iconic events right here in Manawatu.

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.

Manawatū Gorge options released for feedback

The NZ Transport Agency has released a long list of options for a long term resilient solution for the Manawatū Gorge route. 

Tourism businesses to benefit from new toolbox

Tourism businesses are among those that could benefit from access to support, advice and resources from a new website that aims to help businesses in the Horizons region grow and flourish.

Pukaha Mount Bruce appoints new GM

Tararua's Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre has appointed Emily Court its new general manager.

Pukaha Mount Bruce’s breeding season starts early

Pukaha Mount Bruce is celebrating the beginning of this year’s breeding season with the hatching of 6 pāteke (brown teal) ducklings.

Kāpiti narrative key to growing air services

Air New Zealand has congratulated Kāpiti on its growing momentum and says the airline is committed to working with stakeholders to grow tourism in the region.

Palmerston North wins conferences worth $1m

Several conferences with a combined value at almost $1m have been secured by the Central Economic Development Agency.

Funding secured for Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

The $7.27m project has received a significant funding boost from New Zealand’s Regional Culture and Heritage Fund.

28% jump in Whanganui visitor spend

Whanganui has shown growth of 28% in visitor spend for May 2017 compared to the same month of the previous year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are the Monthly Tourism Regional Estimates. 

Large-scale hotel and hospitality venue placed on market

One of the largest multiple-revenue stream hospitality operations in the Lower North Island has been placed on the market for sale.

From the Regions: Whanganui & Partners’ Lyn Cheyne

Whanganui & Partners' tourism lead Lyn Cheyne on why the region deserves better recognition, the dearth of domestic insight and the impact that the Whanganui River's new legal status could have on tourism.

Winter Festival set to turn the heat up

Palmerston North City Council is hosting the three-day Winter Festival for locals and Lions rugby tour visitors.

Whanganui events keep tourism numbers up

PRESS RELEASE: Whanganui and Partners Continuing the trend from February and March it looks like Whanganui’s April tourism numbers are again up – a contrast to the national monthly comparisons of 2016 and 2017. More importantly the...

Air New Zealand unveils new Palmerston North lounge

Air New Zealand has opened the doors to its new lounge at Palmerston North Airport.

Whanganui February tourism numbers buck the trend

Whanganui’s number of guest nights for February 2016 increased by 16.7% compared to the previous year – an increase of 3,000 people and likely to be the result of hosting the NZ Masters Games.

ENZED Superstock Team Champs fuel injection of $3.8m

An economic impact survey of attendees at this year’s ENZED Superstock Team Champs has revealed the annual event pumps an estimated $3,764,934 into the economy.

Visitor trends work for Whanganui

Results for December 2016 show visitor arrivals increasing by almost 13,000 people compared to last year. Occupancy rates are up as is the length of stay.
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Passenger train through the gorge still on the agenda The government is considering a train service through the Manawatū Gorge. Manawatu Standard

Dutch and Maori culture combine It’s taken ten years but a project celebrating both Dutch and Maori culture is opening in Foxton this weekend. RNZ

April 2017

Flights cancelled at Palmerston North airport after emergency landing Dozens of passengers packed the airport after a forced landing. Newstalk ZB

State of emergency amid major flood fears Dozens of people have had to leave their homes in Whanganui and Rangitikei. Radio NZ

March 2017

Flourishing airport challenged to think carbon neutral Additional parking spaces, a valet service and a much larger regional lounge are in the works for Palmerston North Airport as business booms. Stuff

Leading car rentals abandon Whanganui after Air NZ pulls out Two top car rental franchises have abandoned Whanganui. The NZ Herald

Mangaweka residents searching for new publican to reopen hotel Ever wanted to be the life of a small country settlement? Residents of Mangaweka are looking for a new owner for their much-loved pub. Stuff

German schoolmates loving freedom camping life Three schoolmates from Frankfurt in Germany are travelling through New Zealand in their camper van. Wanganui Chronicle