Community Development

Community development

The Puhoi to Pakiri area is to have its own Visitor Strategy and YOU are invited to participate!

The Puhoi to Pakiri region – which stretches from Puhoi in the south to Pakiri in the north, and includes Leigh, Matakana, Mahurangi and Warkworth – has experienced rapid development both as a tourism and lifestyle destination over recent years.


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NZTRI Supporting Cultural Tourism Development in Communities

With the increasing global interest in cultural tourism, NZTRI staff has been working in collaboration with local community groups to develop experiential cultural tourism products. One such project, The Heritage Planning Manual for Communities, was prepared in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to develop their unique heritage for sustainable economic gain. The manual is highly recommended for community-based groups who are planning a natural or cultural heritage project.

Community driven website captures the elusive tourist

The creation of brings the whole community together to develop the content of their web pages using open source software created by AUT University's New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI).Director of NZTRI, Professor Simon Milne, says the website is like no other. "It's a tourism marketing and development tool as well as a community building instrument for the people and businesses of the area."


Dr Milne part of Reunion Island Sustainable Tourism Development Panel

Dr Simon Milne was one of a panel of 10 international experts invited to participate in a week long panel designed to generate ideas on the future sustainable development of tourism in the French region of Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) organized by INTA (International Urban Development A