Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett was in Whangarei 4 March.
While here she took time to visit the Hundertwasser Art Centre site, Te Kakano folly and looked over the model of the building project. Paul assisted the Prosper Northland Trust to pitch the project and gave a quick overview of tourism benefits for the Deputy Prime Minister.
Northland Inc worked extensively with Air NZ to bring eight Chinese top trade agents to Northland. These agents and their companies sell 30% of all Air NZ’s flights out of China.
The group, which was accompanied by two Air New Zealand staff, spent three nights in the region with Northland Inc largely coordinating their itinerary.
Northland Inc’s Sarah Yeates joined the group for dinner which was hosted by Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands. Guests included Far North District Council Mayor, John Carter.
Northland Inc facilitates and supports dozens of domestic and international media famils every year. The first of these for 2017 was with Fairfax Australia contributing writer Alison Stewart who visited New Zealand and toured Northland in a campervan, following the Twin Coast Discovery Route.
Alison’s story ‘Home, sweet motorhome’ published on 11 March in the "Journeys” edition of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age, and is a beautifully-written tribute to Northland.