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Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins at New Zealand Tourism Awards

30 September 2016

Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins at New Zealand Tourism Awards

Waitangi Treaty Grounds staff at awards dinner New Zealand Tourism Awards 2016. Photo credit: Waynne Williams

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a winner in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards. 28 finalists competed for awards in two individual categories and eight business categories. The Treaty Grounds is the winner in the Māori Cultural Tourism category.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus is thrilled with the win: “Our team works so hard to provide a world class experience for our visitors so this is wonderful recognition of that. I hope our whole community feels proud of Waitangi as an important contributor to the economic growth of the region and as a major employer of local people. The new Museum of Waitangi has certainly raised the bar for us but that is just the start. Now we need to take our offering to the next level and keep improving in everything we do.”

The Museum of Waitangi was the cornerstone project of a major programme of development at the Treaty Grounds aimed at enhancing the visitor experience at New Zealand’s most important historic site. The $14 million dollar project took just over 12 months to complete and opened its doors to the public on the 7th February 2016. The new Museum of Waitangi attracted over 30,000 visitors in the first seven weeks of opening.

Paul Davis, Northland Inc General Manager Regional Promotions and Tourism says: “The win is a significant milestone for Waitangi Treaty Grounds and for the Northland Tourism sector. This national recognition speaks about the importance of the Waitangi story in our nation’s psyche, and now about the creation of a compelling visitor experience which tells that story to the nation and to the world. Our congratulations to the team at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and our thanks for the job they are doing to help build Northland’s tourism industry.”

The winners were announced at a black-tie dinner in Auckland last night.

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