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Skål International Wellington # 162



As New Zealand’s capital Wellington is home to New Zealand’s Parliament, National Museum – Te Papa and an eclectic urban lifestyle that is the envy of many.  One of the most successful Wellington Skål club signature events is the annual Bastille Day lunch held annually on Bastille Day (July).  With access to Government department heads and sometimes politicians, the Skal events in Wellington are often very memorable.


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Sally Attfield




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Skal Wellington December 2018 Newsletter
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Join Skal Wellington in July to celebrate their 61st birthday!
Enjoy and Remember…
President Sally Attfield cordially invites all Skål Wellington Past-Presidents, Skålleagues, past and present, as well as industry colleagues, partners and friends to join Skål Wellington to celebrate our 61st birthday.
For full details click on this link to view/download the invitation ..

Skal International, Wellington is feeling excited with Peter Morrison and 5 others at The Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco.

Please join us in congratulating our own Skal International, Wellington President Sally Attfield who has now been elected Vice President of Skål International New Zealand!

Skål Wellington celebrates women in tourism

Skål Wellington  Media Release 9 March 2018

Skal Wellington AGM. (L>R) Michael Baines, Pania Tyson-Nathan, (CEO of NZ Māori Tourism), Sally Attfield (TIA),  Graham Mann, (Welman Technologies)

Celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March, Skål Wellington held its AGM at the James Cook Grand Chancellor with an emphasis on transition and rejuvenation.

Sally Attfield (Tourism Industry Aotearoa) was elected President and Graham Mann (Welman Technologies) as Vice President.

President Sally acknowledged Michael Baines as Past President and the enduring strength of both the club and tourism in the region.


“Wellington has a unique place in New Zealand, with direct proximity to the Parliament, Government departments, Embassies and the large number of industry associations.  We intend to make the most use of these connections to complement the efforts of the broader tourism industry and keep our membership entertained and informed,” said Sally Attfield.


“It is a significant year for the Wellington club, as we are celebrating our 51st birthday. The club intends to continue its proud leadership traditions. We were the first club constituted in New Zealand in 1967 and we were also the first to elect a woman as President (Cecilia Vincent) back in 1990,” she added.


In keeping with the spirit of the day, Pania Tyson-Nathan, CEO of NZ Māori Tourism (NZMT) was invited to address the audience and spoke of her members’ significant achievements, growth, and contribution to New Zealand’s dynamic tourism landscape. She expressed that Māori tourism, and Māori business in general, were currently enjoying a productive and very diverse success in a broad range of economic endeavours, which would contribute to a sustainable future for tourism.

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2nd Thursday of the month

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November Function
DoubleTree by Hilton


DATE :      Thursday 14th November 2019

VENUE :   Double Tree by Hilton Wellington

                  28 Grey Street

TIME :     12.00 - 1400


This is a special privilege as GM Mads Nielsen is our newest Skålleague. He is excited to show off this property located in an iconic Wellington building and introduce some of his team.
Should you be unavailable, feel free to send a delegate. 

Our guest speaker is

Prof. Ian Williamson

Managing the Workforce of Tomorrow

It is common that organizational leaders discuss the disruptive impact of technology on their business. However, one of the greatest disruptions faced by organisations is the dramatically changing nature of the workforce. We will hear how leaders should approach managing tomorrow's workforce. It will have a particular focus on how organisations can best attract, develop and retain increasingly diverse workforces.

For your Invite/ RSVP use this link 


Members should indicate YES or NO and their details. Close off is 11am Monday 11 November, when confirmed numbers are due with the venue. 

Payment including member’s details should be direct credited to:  
Skål Wellington Acct 02 0500 0022214 000 


October Evening Function



DATE : Thursday 10th October 2019


VENUE : Sofitel Wellington

                11 Bolton St

TIME :     5.30-7.00pm

COST  $45.00 ea


Anticipating Rugby World Cup 2019, Sally has twisted some arms and organised a bon vivant, raconteur, humourist and economist to join us as guest speaker. 

Actually all the same fellow, Mike Copeland as a member of the Centurion Rugby Club will be ideally suited for some topical and entertaining observations

Skål Wellington expects that each member will bring a friend or colleague.

Be prepared to mix and mingle.

Drinks, nibbles, entertainment and new people to meet!

Prizes as well.

Melissa Shaw and her Sofitel team promise a memorably enjoyable evening

September Breakfast Function


DATE : Thursday 12th August 2019


VENUE : Breakfast at Bellamys, Parliament

PROGRAMME : 7.00am - 8.45am

COST  $45.00 ea


For those attending, there are some additional points:

  • Earlier acceptance will assist in our planning 

  • Numbers are Limited (first come first served)

  • We encourage you to bring an industry colleague

  • Kindly indicate breakfast choice on the RSVP form

  • Prepayment is much appreciated


Security requirements on the day may add some extra processing time when entering Parliament

In addition, we are delighted to announce that the Hon  Peeni Henare Associate Minister of Tourism will join us as our guest speaker.

July Luncheon


DATE : Thursday 11th July 2019


VENUE : Lower Hutt Events Centre

               30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

PROGRAMME : 12:00 - 1400 

We are trying something a little different this month! A luncheon road trip to see and experience firsthand the new Lower Hutt Events Centre. 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt.

Should you be unavailable, feel free to send a delegate on this educational. 

Additionally, we are delighted to advise that all of our Skål members running tour companies have offered free return transport to Lower Hutt. 

[We will coordinate collection points to best suit members].

Capital Personalised Tours  John Barry

Rose O'Connor & Partners  Rose O'Connor

Xplor Tours  Richard Bialy


Our guest speaker and coordinator for this event is Shelley Bascand, Sales Manager, Lower Hutt Event Centre. Deputy Mayor David Bassett may join us if his diary allows.

Shelley indicates that the walk around will probably take 15-20 minutes with follow-up over lunch. "Industry groups always ask so many more questions" she observed.


June Luncheon


DATE : Thursday 13th June 2019


VENUE : Novotel Wellington 133 The Terrace

PROGRAMME : 12:15 - 1400 


Richard Davies is the Manager of the Tourism Systems and Insights team at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
He was previously Tourism Policy Manager there, and prior to that a manager at DOC.

Richard will give a perspective on the current government approach to Tourism given reforms over the last 18 months.

April Luncheon

 DATE : Friday 5th  April 


VENUE : Skål Wellington Mayoral Luncheon at Grand Mercure Wellington


12:30 - 14:00


Skal International Wellington is delighted to bring you Wellington Mayor Justin Lester speaking about "The Coolest Little Capital in the World". This event also marks the start of the Skal International New Zealand AGM, so expect to see Skalleagues from SKAL International Christchurch, SKAL International Auckland Club, SKAL Rotorua, Skal International Te Tauihu - Top of South Island, Skal Queenstown not to mention those coming from Skal International Australia.


​March AGM &  Function

Date -    Thursday 14th March 2019

Venue -  James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor


Programme - 

                        11.30hrs   Annual General Meeting

                        12.15hrs   pre lunch Networking

                        12.45hrs    Luncheon.

Cost -    $60pp includes beverages  

February 2019 Function

Date -    Thursday 14th February 2019

Venue - IBIS Wellington Hotel


Speaker -  Dr Ian Yeoman         


Programme - 12.15hrs   pre lunch Networking

                       12.45hrs   Luncheon.

Cost - 
   $60pp includes beverages 

December Christmas Function

Date -    Thursday 13th December

Venue - Copthorne Hotel Wellington 


Programme - 12.15hrs   pre lunch Networking

                       12.45hrs  Christmas Luncheon.

Cost - 
   $60pp includes beverages  

November Function

Date -    Thursday 15th November

Speaker -  Graham Mann Director    

                    at GuestTraction

Venue -  On Board East by West Ferries

               12.15hrs   pre lunch Networking

               12.45hrs  Cruise Luncheon.

Cost - 
   $65pp includes beverages and buffet lunch

October Function

President's Breakfast


Date -    Thursday 18th October


Speaker - Debbie Summers

                Executive Director Cruise NZ


Venue -   James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel

               Whitby Restaurant

               07.00hrs  Networking

               07.30hrs  Breakfast

Cost -    $45pp includes Breakfast Buffet

September Luncheon

Speaker - Alastair Sheriff  Author & Lawyer

Date -    Thursday 13th September
Venue - 

Bistro 52 at WelTec

               12.15hrs  pre lunch Networking

               12.35hrs   Luncheon.

Cost -    $60pp includes beverages and
               2 course Menu

Make a Reservation

August Luncheon

Speaker - Prof.John Overton   Victoria University

Date -    Thursday 9th August
Venue -  Mercure Wellington Able Tasman Hotel

               12.15hrs  pre lunch Networking

               12.45hrs   Luncheon.

Cost -    $65pp includes beverages and
               2 course Menu

July  Luncheon 

Skal Wellington 61st Birthday Celebration

Date -    Thursday 12th July
Venue -  Grand Mercure Hotel Wellington

               12.15hrs  pre lunch Networking

               12.45hrs   Luncheon.

Cost -    $65pp includes beverages and
               2 course Menu

June Luncheon

Speaker - Judy Chen CEO Export Tourism Council, Judy will be touching on tourism’s influence in driving the NZ economy and some of the challenges we face.

Date -    Thursday 14th June  
Venue -  IBIS Hotel Wellington

               12.15hrs  pre lunch Networking

               12.45hrs   Luncheon.

Cost -    $65pp includes beverages and
               2 course Menu

Make a Reservation

April Luncheon

Date -    Thursday 12th April   
Venue -  Rydges Hotel  Wellington  

               12.15hrs  pre lunch Networking

               12.45hrs   Luncheon.
Cost -    $65pp includes beverages and
               2 course Menu

May Luncheon

Date -    Thursday 17th May.   
Venue -  Thorndon Wellington Hotel

               12.15hrs  pre lunch Networking

               12.45hrs   Luncheon.

Cost -    $65pp includes beverages and
               2 course Menu