Skal International Te Tauihu Becomes NZ’s Newest Club

Vice-President Skal International Peter Morrison handing official club certificate #731 to Skal Te Tauihu President Lynda Keene

A new Skal International Club in New Zealand (Aotearoa) named Skal International Te Tauihu (Top of the South Island, NZ) had its inaugural official ceremony with founding members receiving their Skal diplomas, badges and pins in Nelson today. Vice-President Skal International, Peter Morrison said, “The establishment of a new club in New Zealand is an exciting indicator that New Zealand has really come of age and matured. The formation of the Skal Te Tauihu club located at the Top of the South Island in the Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough region complements the existing clubs in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. We’re proud of the work the Skal Te Tauihu Committee has done to get the club established and that the club name reflects the region’s Maori culture and heritage.”

President Skal NZ, Trish May said, “It is tremendously exciting to have a new club in New Zealand. I congratulate club President Lynda Keene for leading the formation of the club and thank the foundation members for their commitment. The evening function was a wonderful occasion and there was a lot of optimism and energy in the room. 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 ten months. We look forward to hosting Te Tauihu Skalleagues at Skal events around New Zealand and I know there is huge interest from Skalleagues to visit a Te Tauihu meeting in the future as well.”

Lynda Keene, President Skal Te Tauihu said, “The Club is delighted to officially join the global network of Skalleagues around the world and form new friendships that may help businesses to grow. The calibre of members is first-class and its great to be part of a new organisation that support and encourages friendship, business expertise and good old social networking pre-Facebook days. As the first club to integrate aspects of Te Reo Maori (language) at our meetings we will recite the Skal Toast in English and Te Reo Maori, along similar lines New Zealanders do when singing our national anthem. On behalf of Te Tauihu Skalleagues, thank you to Skalleagues for the very warm welcome we’ve received and for those supporting with establishment of the Club.”

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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