Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Tourism garden an excellent opportunity for NZ

Tourism garden an excellent opportunity for New Zealand

New Zealand will be on show at London’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show for the first time next year.

A garden bearing Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure brand, and featuring a hot mineral pool, thermal terraces, Marae, and Maori sculptures, will show at the annual event in May. Landscape artist Trish Waugh will lead the design team, which will also involve Maori artists, and designers from Wellington’s Weta Studios. The garden is expected to use over 1300 native plants.

Tourism Minister Mark Burton discussed the event today with BBC producer Owen Gay and presenter Wesley Kerr, who will be visiting New Zealand in December to begin their coverage of the garden’s development.

“This is an exciting opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s landscape and culture to an international audience in a very unique way,” said Mark Burton.

“New Zealand’s ideal visitors—high-yield, high-value, “interactive” travellers—come to New Zealand for authentic experiences with our natural and social environments. They tend to show a high level of interest in cultural activities, like to get out into the regions of New Zealand, and enjoy sampling a wide range of tourism products.

“What better way to show off our incredible diversity to these potential travellers than by building a little piece of New Zealand right in their own back yard?

“New Zealand already enjoys a high profile in the United Kingdom, with UK visitor numbers second only to Australia. Indeed, earlier this year, UK magazine Wanderlust named New Zealand as their top travel destination for the third time running.

“But we cannot afford to rest on our laurels or become complacent. It’s vital that we continue to find innovative, exciting ways to market New Zealand’s unique attributes to the world. This garden, which combines the inspiration of talented artists and the creative genius of the Weta Studios’ team, is an ideal way to achieve this.

“I congratulate all those involved in this project, and know that New Zealand will make a big impact on this important event.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels