Creation of New Skal Club in NZ – A First

A new Skal International Club has just been created in New Zealand, the first new club in at least ten years. Eighteen founding members met in Nelson last week to formalise the establishment as a legal entity with SKAL NZ board representatives Sally Attfield, Peter Morrison and Geoff Beaver.

The official name of the new club is SKAL Top of the South, NZ (TOTS) trading as SKAL Te Tauihu. Te Tauihu represents the geographical area of Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions. SKAL Te Tauihu is the first club in New Zealand to adopt a Maori name which has been approved by local Iwi.

Newly elected President Lynda Keene said, “During discussions about the Club’s name we felt it was important to acknowledge and respect the rich cultural history the region has and there was strong support to adopt SKAL Te Tauihu as our club name. The purpose of forming the club reflects the level of maturity and professionalism the Top of the South Island has developed over the past decade and demonstrates to the New Zealand tourism industry we have emerged as a major player. Members across the region already work closely together on numerous tourism and economic initiatives and it made sense for us to further develop networking and information sharing opportunities by forming a club. It’s an exciting time for tourism in the Top of the South Island and we’re keen to ensure the hard work in our regions continues to stimulate visitor growth and spend.”

SKAL Te Tauihu has travel and tourism professionals from the transport, aviation, accommodation and tourism activity/attraction sectors as well as consulting and legal businesses and the Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA).

Skal International New Zealand National President, Trish May congratulates Nelson and Marlborough’s tourism and travel professionals for identifying the opportunity to establish this new club. “It is tremendously exciting to have a new club establish in New Zealand. I congratulate incoming TOTS club president Lynda Keene for leading the new club and thank the foundation members for their commitment.”

The establishment of the new club is certainly a milestone event for Skal International New Zealand. During this year two existing clubs, Auckland and Christchurch, have established Young Skal divisions. In total, membership across New Zealand has grown by 20% in the past six months.

Image : SKAL Top of the South Founding members

For Further Comment:

  • SKAL TOTS, NZ Club President – Lynda Keene, Mobile Ph: 021 279 5395

  • Skal International New Zealand President Trish May, Mobile Ph: 021 916 188

About Te Tauihu

Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui is the prow of the demigod Māui’s canoe – the top of the South Island.

There are now eight tribes in Te Tau Ihu (Nelson–Marlborough):

  • Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne and Ngāti Apa (from the Kurahaupō canoe)

  • Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Rārua and Ngāti Toa (from the Tainui canoe)

  • Ngāti Tama and Te Āti Awa (from Taranaki).

About Skal

Skål is a global organisation of travel and tourism professionals. There are 15 000 members across 400 clubs in 87 countries. In New Zealand total membership is over 240 members, across six clubs.

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