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Newsletter Update –  21st August 2020
Apologies - when I was adding the Christmas Get Together to the community calendar I accidentally emailed it to everyone.  Sorry for spamming you all.  On the upside its pleasing to see so many are keen to attend.  
Community Christmas Get Together Sunday 13th December 4-7pm

Mackenzie Tourism Industry Association (MTIA )

The inaugural AGM for the MTIA will be held on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 at Poppies in Twizel 5.30-7.30pm, there will be an opportunity for networking, a mystery guest speaker and the voting in of a board (two year term ) - ALL ARE WELCOME.  We are running a van from Tekapo - theres only 9 seats available so book your seat now.  A core group have been hard at work behind the scenes getting the group incorporated and bank accounts open etc.  
Jenny Koberstein and Ann-Maree Grant are heading up the membership drive from next week so expect to hear from us.

MTIA's mission is to unite tourism businesses across the entire Mackenzie region to work together so we have strength in numbers and can advocate for members and work to get better delivery of marketing services. 
Following is an exert from our constitution so you can see what we are going to achieve;
Our Mission is Including - but not limited to:

- inclusively representing the Tourism sector of the whole Mackenzie District
- facilitating communication among businesses in the Mackenzie Tourism sector
and to coordinate and disseminate industry information and data;
- liaising with the Mackenzie District Council (MDC), any Regional Tourism
Organisation (RTO) marketing the Mackenzie District and other stakeholders and
- facilitating a collaborative and transparent approach to destination management
and the tourism promotions strategy of The Mackenzie;
- ensuring the Mackenzie tourism marketing budget and funds levied by MDC are
being spent in a way that reflects The Mackenzie operator needs / requirements,
with measurable outcomes;
- encouraging a vibrant Mackenzie tourism industry where operators are
supported, and operators are helping operators through networking and other
Look after each other

Remember that this is a still ( and will continue to be for quite some time ) a very challenging time for people in our community including business owners.    Please keep in touch with your friends, pop over for a coffee or even give them a quick phone call. Remember help is available at the following;

Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor 

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666


Add YOUR event to our calendar

So now that we have a calendar it would be FABULOUS to add some events for visitors.   You can see here or at  that we have added Ice Hockey games and practice nights - visitors love local events. 

To include your event, please email us with the details.  It would be great to add some more events on there, golf matches , functions, races etc etc, maybe a special event that you are planning at your accommodation Even if you're not sure send it through and we'll check it out.
We have visitors emailing us already regarding the events on our calendar so get in amongst it Tekapo !

Community News


Community Development Update

The course of 2020 certainly has taken some twists and turns, and after a period of optimism and relative stability, we find ourselves, once again facing uncertainty. The role of Community Development is to connect - support - and empower the community - and this will continue, albeit in different forms!!

 In the meantime, we will continue to prepare for activities and events, and will adjust if and where needed. 

  Wellness Week is coming up on 14th-20th September, in which we focus on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing; connect - keep learning - take notice - be active - give .   We will be hosting various activities throughout the week including Neighbourhood Lunch at 8 Simpsons Lane (Tues 15th 12:00pm), Beginners Yoga, and a Community Clean Up on Sunday 20th. More details to follow. It is timely to remind ourselves of these 5 ways to wellbeing - as they help us to find strength and resiliency.

 We are also hosting our first Arts on Tour act on Thursday 17th September - From Scratch - a unique musical performance not to be missed. Tickets are available from 8 Simpsons Lane or email

 A reminder that support is available if you are finding it hard to make ends meet  - the Food Bank is well stocked and we can also provide assistance for winter home heating costs. All enquiries and referrals are confidential - text 021 023 22741 for more info.  We can also signpost help to other support agencies for health, immigration or employment enquiry. Please just ask!

 A warm message of aroha to you all Xx 

TPBA Membership Meetings

Apologies, with one thing and another we have skipped a meeting this week, new dates will be advised in the next newsletter.

Committee Meetings –   15th September, 13th October, 10th November, 8th December, 12th January 2021

Public meetings ALL members welcome –  22nd September, 17th November, 19th January 2021.

Benefits of Membership;
  • Access to our database of 220
  • Inclusion on our (Currently undergoing maintenance ) website
  • Promotion on our social media channels (Facebook with over 3300 followers and Instagram which Hollie is currently revitalising so will grow exponentially soon )
  • Placing items in the newsletter
  • Inclusion to our B2B networking Functions 
  • Access to free workshops ( we had a very helpful Instagram one last week ) 
  • Advocacy as required by businesses 

Membership is $150 per year (1 April - 31 March annually), $50 for a second business and ONLY $30 for an individual membership

Community update

We send out our e-newsletter every fortnight, so if you have any information you would like to include please email us.

Thanks from your committee,
Tekapo Promotions & Business Association

TPBA would like to thank Genesis and the Tekapo Community Board for our funding

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