TRENZ takes shape in Dunedin

TRENZ, New Zealand’s biggest annual travel and trade event, has kicked off in Dunedin and Te Puia l NZMACI have a stand-out presence.


Encompassing a larger space than most, this year’s booth will not only be bigger than ever before, but also feature live tā moko by NZMACI tā moko artist, Jacob Tautari.


“Master carver, James Rickard will be Jacob’s main client, as he completes work on James’s arm; work which began in Washington DC during Tuku Iho,” says general manager sales and marketing, Kiri Atkinson-Crean.


“I don’t doubt the audience at TRENZ will respond to the art form just as they did at Tuku Iho, with a mile-long list of agents and media wanting to receive a moko and permanent reminder of their visit.”

Kiri says the marketing team will meet with 130 agents across three days (May 8-10), with a key focus for extending manuhiri (visitor) time on site at Te Puia l NZMACI and upselling key food and beverage products. Te Puia will also host a range of renowned functions and events.


“Te Puia l NZMACI, Hobbiton Tours, Tourism Holdings Ltd and GreatSights will host the annual Trilogy event, which attracts between 300 and 500 people on the night,” says Kiri.


“It is the “must do” event in a competitive TRENZ event calendar, where everyone is looking to commandeer key clients in receptions and functions. The Trilogy event will be held at the Dunedin Railway Station – the city’s most celebrated and photographed building.”


An annual hosted dinner for all key Korean and Japanese clients will be upscaled this year, with Te Puia, Skyline Rotorua and Polynesian Spa hosting VIP guests.


“In previous years, we have taken our guests out for dinner, but this year we will be hosting them at Te Puia’s home base – a five-bedroom apartment in downtown Dunedin,” says Kiri.


General manager food and beverage, Chris Bell and executive chef, Shane Beattie will prepare and share a special menu for guests, showcasing the creativity and quality these clients can expect from the new restaurant when it opens later this year.


“The Korean and Japanese delegation are excited and also humbled. For us to host them in our own home has particular resonance with these guests who feel very honored.


“We are also hosting pre and post famils with Tourism New Zealand and Destination Rotorua.


“TRENZ is an opportunity for us to forge relationships, do business with one another and discover exciting new experiences. It’s also a chance for us to acknowledge trade and our presence at the event this year will make an even bigger impact than previous years.”