2017

In May 2017 we went to Golden Bay, Tasman, about an hour’s drive from Nelson, for our Annual General Meeting and Conference. With local expert Rainer Frederick and his helpers we were able to not only get down to business but also enjoy one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.  We held a public forum – a first – at the Pohara Boat Club on Friday evening, 26 May, followed by the AGM and conference 27 May.  On Sunday 28th we visited the local region, what an experience.


Committee in 2017: Wilhelm Lehmberg (Chair), Angela d'Aquaro Law (Membership Secretary), Damian Nowak (Financial Officer), Lu Tyree (subsequently accepted Association Secretary position), Ordinary committee members - Ben Saunders, Kirsten Roedsgaard-Mathieson (assistance with secretarial) John Wellington and Colin Mairs.

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Highlights from the conference mentioned were

• Public forum with a good attendance from the sparse population of Golden Bay. MC was Abbie Langford from the Tasman District Council - Golden Bay Community Board.  Andrew Lammerton, General Manager, Department of Conservation spoke about the issues facing the small community with regards to visitors – the good and bad aspects of free independent tourists and the challenges they place on the community.  Matthias Schellhorn, ProGuides member, talked about tourism development, status and predictions plus a proposal for a universal tourist levy to be introduced. The latter found resonance from the floor

The speakers:
• Annette Baxter, Assessment Manager for Worksafe (Dept of Labour Health & Safety in the Workplace) on the Implications of Health & Safety Legislation;
• Hon Damien O’Connor, Tourism Spokesperson as MP for Westland / Tasman
• Sue Walke, ProGuides Member from Hawkes Bay talking about conflict management. Catering was courtesy of the Pohara Boat Club social team, thank you for yummy morning tea and of course a real home cooked road lamb dinner at the end of a hard day’s night. Thank you!!!

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Achievement / Goals

• Ongoing communication with DOC's compliance team and Cher Knights looking at concession holders in the tourism industry.
• For three years we have run the association under the revised Constitution and the Operations Manual. Issues which arise from time to time have highlighted the need to review the Consitution. The Constitution is to be reviewed in the 2016-2017 year.

Sunday Post Conference Event:

Thanks to our competent driver - Hans Werner Lehr who was the sober driver and chauffeur for the whole weekend, a super big thank you to Hans Werner for also ferrying people from and to Nelson Airport!
In the course of the day, we visited Wainui Inlet, the historic Abel Tasman memorial, walked through The Grove with its amazing native forest, ancient trees and history.

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2016

For the first time the Annual General Meeting and Conference is held in Napier and Hawkes Bay region with the AGM held at Masonic Art Hotel on the 21st & 22nd May with Pre & Post famils on the 20th and 24th May. 


Committee in 2016: Sharron Hickman (Chairer), Helen Tait (Secretary), Angela d'Aquaro Law (Membership Secretary),  Damian Nowak (Financial Officer), Vera Huehn  (Webadministrator), Guy King, Clark Pollitt, Mark Orbell (Ordinary committee members).

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Highlights from the conference mentioned were

• Famils
Auckland to Napier 20 May - The Nest, Pirongia; Cooper & Co Cafe, 1100 Kawhia Road; ArtDoc, Benneydale; Wooden Heart Cafe & accommodation, Benneydale; Gentle Annie Road.   
Wellington to Napier 20 May - Owlcatraz and New Zealand Rugby Museum, Palmerston North.
Napier to Auckland 23 May – Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Hamilton Gardens, Zealong Tea Estate, 495 Gordonton Road, Hamilton.    
Napier to Wellington 24 May – Origin Earth Cheesery, Mt Bruce bird sanctuary.
• Napier famil 22 May – Gannet Beach Safaris, Gannet Safaris, Elephant Hill Winery, Waimarama Maori Tours, Rush Munro Icecream, Art Deco guided walking tour.
• The speakers: Mark Von Dadelszen (lawyer who specializes in associations/constitutions/meeting proceedures), Darrin Fisher from NZTA who amongst other topics spoke about the pending changes to NZTA rules and regulations with regards to SPV licence's etc.

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Achievement / Goals

• Ongoing communication with DOC's compliance team and Cher Knights looking at concession holders in the tourism industry.
• For three years we have run the association under the revised Constitution and the Operations Manual. Issues which arise from time to time have highlighted the need to review the Consitution.  The Constitution is to be reviewed in the 2016-2017 hear

Social Events:

Members continue to meet at on the first Wednesday of each month at Swashbucklers Bar in Auckland and Cassels bar and brewery in Christchurch.

2014

For the first time the Annual General Meeting and Conference is held in Wellington - New Zealand's capital of cool at the Amora Hotel on June 7th and 8th with an optional famil to Matiu-Somes Island.

 


 

Committee in 2014: Sharron Hickman (Chairer and Membership Secretary), Helen Tait (Secretary), Damian Nowak (Financial Officer), Vera Huehn  (Past chairer and Webadministrator), Marianne Weissbach, Guy King, Clark Pollitt, Robert Miernik as ordinary committee members.

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Highlights from the conference mentioned were

  • The impromptu dinners are Matterhorn Restaurant and Olive Restaurant.
  • The speakers: Cher Knights from DOC, Pania Tyson-Nathan from Maori Tourism, Tom Parsons from ServiceIQ, Anne-Marie Johnson from TIANZ and Silke Bieda from Heritage New Zealand.
  • The guided walking tour of Cuba Street conducted by city councillor and renowned photographer - Simon Woolf.
  • The visit to Commonsense Organics and the presentation by Anna.
  • The visit to Mojo Coffee Roastery and the presentation by Alan.
  • The visit to the Holocaust Centre and the presentation by Inge Woolf.
  • The visit to the tattoo / moko museum and the presentation by Steve.
  • The visit to Old St Pauls and the guided tour conducted by Bernard.
  • The Seal Coast Safari tour with Kent.
  • The visit to Matiu / Somes Island and the guided tour of the island with Gerald.

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Achievement / Goals

  • Several press releases and media contacts with tourism industry stakeholders
  • One year of DOC concession for ProGuides. Subsequent meetings with DOC's compliance team has led to introducing Cher Knights to look at concession holders in the tourism industry. Cher Knights speaks about DOC and ProGuides' concerns at our AGM and conference in Wellington
  • One year of running the association under the revised Constitution and the introduced Operations Manual has shown an easy flow of processes and a more transparent way of constitutional understanding and procedures. A great success. The Operations Manual is reviewed on an annual basis and will be of great help to committee and members alike
  • Almost one year of membership to the WFTGA (World Federation of Tour Guides Association) with ProGuides being the only New Zealand member association. We will be looking forward to learning from each other and benefit from our shared visions in guiding.

Social Events:

Matakana in June, Whanganui and Central Plateau in September, Christchurch in September and Waiheke Island in October where memorable learning and discovery experiences.

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2015

For the first time the Annual General Meeting and Conference is held in the Queenstown / Wanaka region with the AGM held at Peaks conference centre and accommodation on the 8th, 9th and 10th May 2015.


Committee in 2015: Sharron Hickman (Chairer), Helen Tait (Secretary & Membership Secretary), Damian Nowak (Financial Officer), Vera Huehn  (Webadministrator), Guy King, Clark Pollitt, Mark Orbell as ordinary committee members.

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Highlights from the conference mentioned were

• Queenstown and route to Wanaka famil including Birdlife Park, Ziptrek, walking tour of Arrowtown, visit to Lakes District Museum, guided walking tour of Arrowtown, Wild Earth for wine and food tastings, Wooing Tree and Swallows Crossing for wine tasting.  
• Wanaka famil including Puzzling World, Cinema Paradiso, Ridgeline 4 Wheel Drive Tour, Wanaka River Journeys Matukituki Jet Boat Tour, U-Fly Wanaka, classic Flights Wanaka, Skydive Wanaka, Warbirds Museum, Transport and Toy Museum and Have A Shot.
• The speakers: David Kennedy (Manager Ngai Tahu Tourism and former CEO Destination Queenstown), Cher Knight (DoC Business Development Manager), Bruce Jefferies (Otago Conservation Board) and Mandy Enoka (Marketing Manager, Peak function centre and accommodation and Wanaka promoter).

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Achievement / Goals

• Ongoing communication with DOC's compliance team and Cher Knights looking at concession holders in the tourism industry. Cher Knights speaks about DOC and ProGuides' concerns at our AGM and conference in Wanaka.
• Two years of running the association under the revised Constitution and the introduced Operations Manual has shown an easy flow of processes and a more transparent way of constitutional understanding and procedures. A great success. The Operations Manual is reviewed on an annual basis and will be of great help to committee and members alike.

Social Events:

Members continue to meet at on the first Wednesday of each month at Swashbucklers Bar in Auckland and Cassels bar and brewery in Christchurch.

2013

Committee

Vera Huehn (Chairer), Robert Miernik (Secretary), Damian Nowak (Treasurer), Sharron Hickman (Membership Secretary), Martina Schmidt (Webadministrator), Marianne Weissbach and Helen Tait as ordinary committee members.


Achievements/Goals

• 10 years of ProGuides New Zealand !!!

• Introduced Revised Rules of the Association and Operations Manual

• Digitalised the associations internal processes with a fresh new website

• Introducing monthly socials in Auckland with hopefully more cities to join

• DOC Concession and Safety Management Plan in place

• 155 members and growing

 


Social Events

June: 10th Anniversary Conference in Auckland

Speakers: Deb Bell (International Speaker and author), Cruchanan McIver (Mauri Ora), Nick Rogers (TUI Brewery), Scott Lewis (St. John), Ellen Bradley (GOA)

Highlights from the conference: The opening of the conference by the Mayor of Auckland Len Brown. Deb Bell and her speech about Reciprocity. The afternoon at Travel Career Campus in Auckland with a special Powhiri for ProGuides and lunch onboard a 737. ProGuides Duathlon at Natural High. ProGuides members to get their competitive spirits out for a fun filled night. Crocs at Butterfly Creek where we held the AGM and conference. A special Birthday cake for ProGuides 10th Anniversary presented during the dinner night at Ponsonby Cruising Club. Several field trips including historic houses of Auckland, a special look into our history by David Hill and a walk through culinary Ponsonby.


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• Guides prepared for plane emergency training at Travel Careers and Training

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• Jack Tregear and Maureen Bamber are cutting our Anniversary Cake

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