Thank you to our Partners

Tourism Industry Aotearoa would like to thank the following partners for their generous support of the New Zealand Tourism Awards.

Award Partners

Award Partner and Supreme Award Sponsor

Air New Zealand has a long and proud history as New Zealand’s national carrier, delivering a uniquely Kiwi experience on the 17 million customer journeys it provides every year. Featuring award-winning New Zealand wines and menus designed by renowned chef Peter Gordon, Air New Zealand offers visitors their first taste of New Zealand from the moment they step onboard.

Air New Zealand connects customers to 20 destinations within New Zealand and 30 international destinations in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, South America and the United Kingdom. We are pleased to welcome Chicago and Taipei to our network from November 2018.

As a member of the Star Alliance network, Air New Zealand is able to provide access to almost any destination in the world.

Award Partner and Industry Alignment Award Sponsor

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy. We develop and deliver policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth and the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. As part of this, we work with the tourism sector to help tourism businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive, and regions to maximise the value of their visitor economies. MBIE is leading work on the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism. We are inviting tourism businesses to get involved in the year, for more information, visit

Award Supporters

Auckland Airport is committed to playing its part to grow New Zealand’s travel, trade and tourism. It is focused on developing sustainable air connectivity to international and domestic destinations, and marketing our country as an attractive tourism destination.

We are the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. Our vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth. Our vision means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living our history.

Gift cards provided by powered by epay New Zealand. is NZs leader of gift card services offering Consumers and Businesses the largest range of gift cards. gift cards are also sold in 6500 retail locations nationwide.

In 2011, the Ministers for Economic Development and Māori Affairs established an independent Māori Economic Development Panel, tasked with developing a Māori Economic Strategy and Action Plan. He kai kei aku ringa (providing the food you need with your own hands), the Māori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan was subsequently released in 2012.

He kai kei aku ringa is designed to build on the experience of previous strategies and initiatives and recognises that Māori development is fundamental to the development of New Zealand. He kai kei aku ringa focuses on boosting Māori economic performance, and is being implemented through a Crown Māori Economic Growth Partnership.

Horwath HTL is the global leader in hospitality consulting providing quality solutions for hotel, tourism & leisure projects in 45 offices. Horwath HTL NZ provides specialist consulting services to public sector stakeholders and private sector clients in the industry across New Zealand and the South Pacific. To find out more, visit the Horwath HTL website.

The PATA New Zealand Trust was established to oversee the distribution of residual funds from the old PATA New Zealand Chapter.
It was decided that an appropriate way of giving back to the New Zealand industry was to support emerging leadership talent.

ServiceIQ helps tourism businesses to grow, and keep, skilled, knowledgeable people. Our training programmes are on the job, so offsite time and costs are less.

Together, we ensure that your business benefits from staff who have the knowledge and capability to drive your success and provide a great visitor experience.

Westpac has a national network of business specialists across New Zealand, supported by a team of Private Bank advisors and personal bankers.

We provide a range of products and services for clients in the tourism industry including helping find appropriate financial solutions. TIA members can also benefit from our industry association banking package.

The Great Journeys of New Zealand is operated by KiwiRail, which has a long and proud history of connecting people and places by rail and ferry.

KiwiRail is focused on providing excellent service to our customers, a zero-harm workplace for our staff and delivering our services in an environmentally sustainable way. KiwiRail is a State-Owned Enterprise reporting to the New Zealand Government as shareholder.

Zero Harm is a key focus at all levels of KiwiRail’s business with the health and safety of customers and staff paramount.

JLT in partnership with AIG are the insurance partner to TIA. An initiative driven by the need for smart insurance solutions which are competitively priced and deliberately tailored for the New Zealand tourism industry.

JLT are specialists in the tourism industry globally, have experience and expertise across the entire sector and have partnered with AIG and Macquarie Pacific Funding to provide TIA members with world class solutions which are fit for purpose and value for money.

Event Supporters

Official Media Partner and People’s Choice Award Sponsor

NZME engages audiences with a mix of over 80 digital, print and radio media brands – including NZH Travel. We’re focussed on delivering the very best in news, sport and entertainment to over 3 million New Zealanders, ensuring we’re in step with audiences and attuned to the wants and wishes of our advertising partners.

Host City

ChristchurchNZ is the city’s economic development and city profile agency charged with igniting bold ambition, excitement, connecting changemakers, stimulating economic activity and attracting visitors to Ōtautahi Christchurch.

To fulfil our mission of igniting bold ambition in our city and region, we provide targeted initiatives to support innovation and business growth while promoting our city nationally and internationally. We aim to ensure its reputation grows as a vibrant and exciting city surrounded by mountains and beaches – a place where our people experiment and test new ideas and innovate in business, technology and society

Venue Sponsor

Vbase and the Air Force Museum are pleased to be supporters of the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards. It’s an honour to be hosting the Awards in Christchurch’s premier dinner venue – the Aircraft Hall. The Air Force Museum of New Zealand are Vbase’s venue partners, and as a well known Christchurch tourist destination are thrilled to welcome you to their museum.

At Vbase we manage the spaces where life’s great moments happen, and with five different venues there’s one for every occasion! Welcome to Christchurch and our venue – we hope that you have a fabulous time. Remember to make like more eventful!

Beer Sponsor

At Monteith’s Brewing Company we love beer and cider with over 148 years brewing experience our head brewer Tony Mercer quietly tinkers away working his magic to conjurer up that next ‘special brew’. We carefully hand craft our brews in small batches to develop full natural flavours and we employ a time honoured tradition for quality control….we taste it.

Monteith’s Brewing Company has become recognized as the leader in the New Zealand craft beer market, our origins are firmly ingrained and our brewery is standing strong and proud. So come in and experience beer at its best, at our home on the West Coast S.I of Aotearoa.

Transport Provider

Pacific Tourways was first established in 1965 and began life as a limousine and minibus operation. From there the company rapidly moved into the group tour market and has been pushing further into that field ever since.

Today Pacific Tourways is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading coach operators with vehicles based in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. The company now boasts a fleet of 50 vehicles ranging in size from 13- to 53-seaters, all air-conditioned.


Wine Sponsor

Everyone knows Christchurch Casino for its fun and entertainment via a wide selection of Table Games and Electronic Gaming Machines. But there is more to Christchurch Casino than meets the eye. 2 Restaurants – Kiwi & Cantonese, 1 Sports Bar Restaurant specialising in Burgers & Pizzas, 1 Bar & 1 Events Centre with capacity for up to 430 people. But it is the support of main local and national organisations that are not noticed and are not advertised. Westpac Helicopter, Ronald MacDonald House, Cholmondeley House, North Brighton Surf Life Saving to name just a few. Our sponsorship of many of Christchurchs’ major sporting franchises – The Crusaders, Canterbury Rugby, The Tactix, Cup, The Rams, Canterbury Dragons & NZ Cup & Show Week.

Our sponsorship of The New Zealand Tourism awards is not about self-promotion but to recognise the hard work of every tourism operator in the South Island. Without all of your hard work Christchurch Casino wouldn’t be where it is today. For all your efforts we thank and applaud you.

Being a modern and diversified firm of Nelson Lawyers is our strength.

Our method is straightforward and that is to achieve for you, the client, the best possible result. Our point of difference is going the extra mile and delivering at the targeted time frame.

We speak to you in plain English and will not only talk-the-talk but will walk-the-walk with you, across all aspects of law.

Our friendly approachable team will cut to the chase both personally and professionally – gaining your optimal outcome.

Outward Bound is New Zealand’s leading organisation for showing people their full potential through outdoor challenge and adventure.

We believe in experiential learning – or learning through doing. That means students take responsibility over the challenge ahead of them. Whether that’s leading the way on an expedition or managing their team to complete a kayak journey.

Our focus lies in building transferable skill and attitudes that remain far beyond a participant’s time with us. Lessons learnt are applicable to work, study, home – and they last for life.

The Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) was established in 2007 for charitable purposes for:

  • the education of people involved in the New Zealand tourism industry and the education of all
    persons in New Zealand on matters relating to the tourism industry in New Zealand
  • the fostering and promotion of a tourism industry in New Zealand based on the sustainable use
    and preservation of New Zealand’s natural assets.