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


PM's Speech At Opening of Stamford Plaza

Embargoed until 7.00 pm
Friday 3 November 2006

Rt Hon Helen Clark
Prime Minister

Address at
Opening of Stamford Plaza


7.00 pm

Friday 3 November 2006

Thank you Mr Ow for your invitation to me to be here this evening to celebrate the re-opening of the refurbished Stamford Plaza Auckland.

For more than twenty years, this hotel has been one of Auckland’s premier hotels, and for the last twelve years it has traded under the Stamford brand. The hotel holds a very important place in the quality accommodation sector in Auckland.

The dominant market segment for our Auckland hotels is the corporate sector, with visitors coming from both offshore and elsewhere in New Zealand. But high class, five star hotels are also critical for positioning New Zealand at the top end of the international tourism market.

Our country has enjoyed strong growth in international visitor numbers in recent years. Last year, while the total numbers were marginally down, the visitor spend was up.

For the future, it’s critical that we focus on quality and on yield per visitor. That makes investment in our top hotels like Stamford Plaza very important, and I welcome the major refurbishment which Stamford Hotels have made into their Auckland flagship.

New Zealand’s tourism strategy aims to boost the number of high-end visitors coming to our country. The discerning clients whom the Stamford attracts are of great value to New Zealand.

Stamford Plaza’s upgrade helps us reach our goals for tourism, and deliver on our promotion of quality visitor experiences in our country.

Closing a major hotel for four months raises an obvious issue: what happens to the staff when there is no trade ?

I understand that Stamford Plaza made the decision to keep all full-time staff on the payroll - re-deploying them into other areas where necessary, and also using the time to train and up-skill the workforce.

I believe the decision to keep the full-time staff on and reinvest in them was a wise one. These are times of very low unemployment, and loyal and experienced staff are a priceless asset. I am sure Stamford Plaza will not regret its decision.

I wish Stamford Plaza every success as one of the premier hotels in New Zealand and with the remainder of its massive $200 million development.

Thank you for the significant role you are playing in enabling New Zealand to cater for the top end of the international visitor market, which offers the greatest returns for our economy.

Thank you.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2022

At base, the political biffo back and forth on the merits of Budget 2022 comes down to only one thing. Who is the better manager of the economy and better steward of social wellbeing – National or Labour? In its own quiet way, the Treasury has buried a fascinating answer to the “who’s best at running an economy during a crisis?” question, at page 57 of the Fiscal Strategy section...


Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

Budget 2022: A Secure Future In Difficult Times
Budget 2022 will help build a high wage, low emissions economy that provides greater economic security, while providing support to households affected by cost of living pressures... More>>


Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels