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  • 24 Jun 2022 11:37 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)
    (Washington, DC) – U.S. industry strongly supports the governments of Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam in launching the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).

    Facilitating greater economic connectivity between the United States and the Indo-Pacific has never been more important. In this pandemic era, with a rapidly developing digital landscape, geostrategic risks on the rise and with the forces of integration on the retreat, building concrete means to benefit our domestic economies through international collaboration with other high trust economic and political ecosystems should be at the top of our agenda. Commercial interests are inseparable from strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific, and the United States needs a forward-leaning economic approach in a region that is home to 60% of humanity and nearly two-thirds of the world’s economy. While participation in the IPEF does not preclude or replace membership in regional trade architectures like the CPTPP, for the IPEF to be most effective we urge the United States and other IPEF members to put all incentives on the table – including those that may require closer consultation with Congress. That is the best way to achieve the most meaningful benefits for American businesses, workers, and consumers.

    Done correctly, the IPEF presents a significant opportunity to forge more resilient global supply chains, high-standard digital rules of the road, and energy transition outcomes that will drive prosperity on both sides of the Pacific. Small and medium-sized enterprises especially stand to benefit from trade facilitation commitments that will increase the ease of doing business across borders in the region, particularly in the digital space. Global crises continue to illustrate how business disruptions can drive up costs and securing supply chains at critical Indo-Pacific hubs can preemptively shield consumers from these price shocks. A robust framework that addresses these issues, many of which have come into sharp relief in the past six years, can stand on its own as an important contribution to regional economic integration.

    American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
    American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia
    American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
    American Chamber of Commerce in Korea
    American Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia
    American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand
    American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines
    American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
    American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
    American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
    US-ASEAN Business Council
    US Chamber of Commerce
    US-India Business Council
    US-Korea Business Council
    US-Japan Business Council

  • 17 Jun 2022 4:56 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Adding feature-rich sales CRM to its suite of PropTech solutions

    Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – 16 June 2022 – Global PropTech leader, MRI Software, has entered into an agreement to acquire New Zealand-based PropertySuite, an innovative, cloud-based PropTech solution that integrates relationship management, print and digital media and marketing management, and transaction and financial management into one platform for real estate agencies.

    Nearly two decades since its founding, PropertySuite’s single, comprehensive platform is now used by more than 4,000 residential, commercial, rural and project marketing real estate professionals across Australasia to consolidate disparate systems, reduce duplicative efforts, and automate manual processes. The company’s long cultivated client base includes some of New Zealand’s largest and most well-established agencies.

    David Bowie, Managing Director and Senior Vice President (Asia Pacific) for MRI Software says the intent to acquire PropertySuite highlights MRI’s driving dedication to making life easier for modern real estate agencies grappling with extraordinary change.

    “There’s definite demand from real estate agencies in this region to digitise and take advantage of the promises of web-enabled automation. The beauty of PropertySuite is it was designed and built specifically for the New Zealand market, so it has a long legacy of delivering the value clients in this market expect.

    “Our goal is to offer powerful, easy-to-use tools that agencies of any size, sector, or location – be it city or rural – can access to unlock growth. The innovation embedded within PropertySuite is world-class, particularly its media publishing, marketing tools, and full website design solutions. It’s remarkably easy to use, mobile friendly, and intuitive, which our clients will love,” Bowie said.

    Michael Graves, Managing Director for PropertySuite says, “MRI’s open and connected ecosystem resonates deeply with our own philosophy. In fact, PropertySuite already integrates with more than 250 third-party solutions, helping deliver increased scalability, operational simplicity and ease-of-use for agencies. Our industry-specific solutions and market strength will only be enhanced with MRI’s 50 years’ experience in real estate software and innovation. It’s an absolute coup for our clients and team to have this opportunity to join our best-in-class solutions with MRI’s global development, customer service and support resources to accelerate our product innovation throughout the region.”

    MRI also acquired Palace and WhosOnLocation, leading providers of New Zealand property management and workplace management solutions respectively, in March of last year. Today’s announcement further demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering tailored solutions and increasing value for clients of all sizes in the growing market.

    Palace and PropertySuite clients will immediately benefit from the existing integration. The acquisition is expected to be finalised later this month.

    Source: https://www.mrisoftware.com/

  • 15 Jun 2022 4:38 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Company-X is acknowledged as one of the Top Tech Companies of 2022 by ExportNZ.

    Co-founder and director Jeremy Hughes was presented with the award at the 50th anniversary celebration of ExportNZ at Zealong Tea Estate, Hamilton, on June 9, by ExportNZ director of advocacy Catherine Beard and Employers and Manufacturers Association board member Colin Birch.

    Company-X was nominated by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise because of its growth through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Company-X supplied software and hardware that enabled clients teams to work from home and provide remote assistance to team members or clients still in the field.

    During the pandemic Company-X won a Reseller News Innovation Award for Voxcoda, a software as a service solution that turns text into humanlike voices, and the Best Professional Service Innovation Award at the Hamilton Central Business Association CBD Awards.

    Members of the Company-X team won the Women in ICT Awards during the pandemic and the Microsoft Most Valued Professional Global Skills Challenge.

    "I’m honoured Company-X was recognised with this award and feel extremely proud," Hughes said.

    "For me it’s confirmation of our amazing team and the fantastic work they've been doing."

    Company-X co-founder and director David Hallett added: "Our team has successfully navigated the headwinds of the COVID-19 pandemic, winning awards and achieving growth. It’s wonderful to be recognised for this."

    Company-X offers world-leading software savvy delivered with a can-do attitude.

    Founded in 2012 by software specialists David Hallett and Jeremy Hughes, Company-X immediately won contracts with New Zealand government departments and a US multinational.

    The team has grown to more than 50 New Zealand-based software specialists, with only the best and brightest passing the Company-X interview and assessment process.

    The Company-X team prides itself on experience in a wide range of technologies and languages and loves challenging problems.

    Company-X ranked on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ Asia Pacific, a list of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Asia Pacific region, in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    About Company-X

    Company-X has won many awards:

    • Company-X won the Best Professional Service Innovation Award in the Hamilton Central Business Association Central Business District Awards 2021
    • Company-X software quality assurance tester Jes Elliott won the Reseller News Women in ICT 2021 Rising Star Award.
    • The Independent Software Vendor Award at the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 for state-of-the-art software that turns text into human-like audio files at a fraction of the cost of booking a voice artist, recording studio and sound engineer.
    • The Independent Software Vendor Award at the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019 for a hands-free auditing application developed for AsureQuality.
    • The Service Excellence and Global Operator awards at the Westpac Waikato Business Awards in 2018.
    • The Services Exporter of the Year category at the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2017.
    • The Homegrown Innovators Independent Software Vendors Award at the Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017.
    • The Roading Asset Management Innovation Award at the Road Infrastructure Management Forum in 2017 for the One Network Road Classification Performance Measures Reporting Tool built for the New Zealand transport sector.
  • 15 Jun 2022 4:10 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Alimetry, a medical device and digital healthcare company, today announced it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for Gastric Alimetry, a pioneering non-invasive medical device for aiding the diagnosis gastric disorders. Alimetry also announced today the launch of Alimetry Inc., a subsidiary based in Minneapolis, MN, that will market and distribute Gastric Alimetry in the United States.

    “Gastric Alimetry is an industry-first and genuine breakthrough in gut diagnostics.” said CEO Greg O’Grady, a Professor of Surgery and co-founder of Alimetry. “Alimetry’s unique technology harnesses the power of stretchable electronics, wearables, digital health, and cloud-based analytics to deliver a completely non-invasive solution. We are thrilled to announce FDA’s clearance of Gastric Alimetry, making this new test available to millions of Americans suffering from chronic gastric symptoms”.

    The Gastric Alimetry test is performed in a clinical setting. Recordings are taken before and after a meal, while patients simultaneously log their symptoms into the Gastric Alimetry App. The system performs a high-resolution recording of digestive patterns from the skin surface and delivers clinical reports via the cloud to inform the diagnosis of gastric diseases and support personalized therapy.

    The system is indicated for common stomach disorders including nausea and vomiting, gastroparesis, and functional dyspepsia, affecting over 8% of the world’s population, and costing billions of dollars in healthcare expenses.1,2  The test is also currently available in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

    “Diagnosing gastric symptoms has been a deeply challenging clinical problem.” Dr. O’Grady said. “Existing tests are frequently unreliable and inconclusive, and patients may undergo months or even years of testing – often costly, invasive, or involving radiation – only to end in confusion and trial-and-error care. Gastric Alimetry is a game-changing tool that will bring improved clarity to field, enabling enhanced clinical outcomes, and safer, more accessible, and less-invasive care.”

    Gastric Alimetry is the result of a decade of world-leading science and innovation by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, engineers, designers and scientists.

    “FDA clearance of Gastric Alimetry cements Alimetry’s path to leadership in gastrointestinal wearables and non-invasive diagnostics.” Dr. O’Grady said. “Alimetry has an outstanding pipeline of innovation and this is the first plank in a series of innovative new features and products that stand to transform care in disorders of gastrointestinal function”.

    Gastric Alimetry will be available commercially from July 2022.

    For more information on Gastric Alimetry visit www.alimetry.com

  • 14 Jun 2022 3:55 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    TOLEDO, Ohio & GISBORNE, New Zealand (BUSINESS WIRE) Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) and Pultron Composites announced today that they have signed an agreement to create a joint venture to manufacture industry-leading fiberglass rebar.

    This agreement solidifies the companies’ commitment to provide more sustainable product solutions and higher performance concrete reinforcement products. It also increases market access to PINKBAR®+ Fiberglas Rebar used for flatwork and residential applications, and MATEENBAR™ Fiberglas™ Rebar used for heavy-load structural applications. Both products carry ACI, ASTM, ICC-ES, and CSA Grade III code compliance and are a suitable replacement for steel rebar.

    Over the past 20 years, Pultron Composites has developed a leading fiberglass rebar production process, enabling the execution of substantial fiberglass projects.

    “As we continue to pivot our Composites business to focus on higher-value material solutions, we expect growth in fiberglass rebar to be an important contributor to our strategic direction,” said Marcio Sandri, Owens Corning Composites President. “Joining forces with Pultron Composites combines our core glass-fiber material technology, expansive channel access, and extensive industry experience with Pultron’s manufacturing expertise and process efficiency. This significantly expands our market opportunities, providing additional capacity and exceptional service in the market.” 

    Over the past 20 years, Pultron Composites has developed a leading fiberglass rebar production process, enabling the execution of substantial fiberglass projects. Fiberglass products are playing an increasingly important role in the concrete reinforcement market and have the potential to transform the industry. Fiberglass rebar is up to seven times lighter than steel, driving greater shipping and labor efficiency, and is a proven corrosion-resistant reinforcement, extending the life of concrete which is particularly important when construction materials are exposed to the elements, such as in coastal areas.

    “We’re excited to expand our partnership with Owens Corning and leverage the respective strengths of both our companies to accelerate global adoption of fiberglass rebar,” said Jasper Holdsworth, Pultron Composites Chief Executive Officer. “This joint venture will enable us to obtain greater access to the global rebar market, including expansion in the United States.”

    The North American rebar market is estimated to be approximately $9 billion, growing at an annual rate of about 4%.

    Fiberglass rebar currently constitutes less than 1% of this market and has the potential to significantly grow over the coming years.
    Source: https://www.pultron.com/

  • 01 Jun 2022 8:54 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and US President Joe Biden met today in Washington DC where their discussions ranged from regional and global security, to trade and climate change.

    “New Zealand’s relationship with the United States is one of our most enduring and significant. Today we re-affirmed this very very close relationship and our commitment to work together on a number of challenges our region and the world are facing,” Jacinda Ardern said. 

    “The meeting with President Biden came at a critical moment. We recommitted to working together, and alongside others, in the pursuit of peace and stability, and in defence of the international rules-based order.

    “Personally it was a great pleasure to meet the President face to face despite the challenges Covid has presented on this trip. The determination from both sides to meet despite Covid’s curveballs reflects the strength of our relationship.

    “Supporting Pacific resilience was high on the agenda, including the need to work with Pacific countries on climate change, Covid-19 economic recovery, and promoting peace and stability in the region.  We welcome increased engagement by the United States in the Pacific, and together we will continue to respond to the Pacific’s own priorities.

    “We also discussed the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). New Zealand is happy to join IPEF, but we do want it to be meaningful. We believe it can assist with the removal of non-tariff barriers and seed greater economic cooperation and integration.

    “A key focus of the trip has been to reconnect New Zealand with the United States and to progress greater economic partnership for our businesses and exporters.

    “While we recognises the domestic complexities in the US in terms of free trade agreements, I urged the President to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP).

    “The CPTPP is the best way the United States can support the economic resilience of our region, so on that basis I encouraged the President to look at the CPTTP as more than a trade agreement.”

    The leaders condemned Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, discussed the support that both countries have provided in response, and considered what further measures could be taken to bolster the diplomatic efforts.

    “At a time when a UN Security Council member is violating the basic principles of international security, and the UN Charter, it is essential that New Zealand works with partners including the US to stand up to Russia’s aggression,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    “New Zealand has made a significant contribution to the war effort. We will continue to support Ukraine in ways that best reflect our expertise.”

    The Prime Minister also expressed her personal condolences to President Biden and to the American people for the tragedies in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.

    “While in New Zealand we know we have more work to do on the issue of gun crime, we can share what we have learned through the changes we made to ensure the weapons most often used for mass killings, military style semi-automatic weapons, were quickly taken out of circulation,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    The leaders pledged to continue their work alongside other governments, civil society, and the technology sector through the Christchurch Call to counter terrorist and violent extremist content online.

    “The US is a critically important partner in this work and we look forward to demonstrating progress at the upcoming Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit in September,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    The leaders agreed to look for training and placement opportunities in both Aotearoa New Zealand and the US to support young practitioners in science and technology as part of our deepening digital technology partnership.

    At the conclusion of the meeting the President and Prime Minister released a United States – Aotearoa New Zealand Joint Statement: A 21st century partnership for the Pacific, Indo-Pacific and the world. The Statement re-affirms and commits to advance the strategic partnership between the United States and Aotearoa New Zealand.

    “With mounting challenges around the world; inflation and our Covid recovery, Ukraine, security in our region and climate change, this meeting has affirmed New Zealand and the US are of a like mind and there is significant scope for ongoing cooperation and collaboration that will benefit both countries and the world,” Jacinda Ardern said. 

    In a separate meeting with Vice President Harris, the Prime Minister and the Vice President welcomed the finalisation of negotiations of a Space Framework Agreement between the US and New Zealand.

    “One of the most innovative developments in Aotearoa New Zealand has been the emergence of a world-leading space sector. In recent years, we have had the fourth highest number of launches, while New Zealand space companies and research institutes have made significant technology advances,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    “We have the opportunity to further grow our cooperation with the US government as well as building other partnerships, such as with the Environmental Defence Fund in the MethaneSAT satellite mission for measuring methane emissions from space. 

    “We already have an exciting science, technology and education partnership with NASA. The Framework Agreement will pave the way to take this partnership to a new level,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    Source: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/

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  • 01 Jun 2022 8:51 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and Vice President Kamala Harris met at the White House and jointly reaffirmed the strong and deep relationship between the United States and New Zealand, based on shared values, people-to-people ties, and cooperation across a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global challenges.

    The Prime Minister and the Vice President welcomed the completion of negotiations on the bilateral Space Framework Agreement, which will be the foundation of our already robust civil space cooperation in the years ahead. The Framework will underpin the two nations’ cooperation including in: space science, earth science, sustainability, education, and technology. The Prime Minister and the Vice President reviewed the growing space partnership between the United States and New Zealand, including in supporting space exploration and taking action on climate change. They looked forward to future exchanges between the two countries.

    The Prime Minister and the Vice President agreed on the importance of establishing and upholding international rules and norms to promote the peaceful, sustainable, and responsible use of outer space. They agreed that our two nations will work together to uphold and strengthen a rules-based international order for space and that we will work constructively with commercial industry, allies, and partners, and through multilateral fora to support the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of space activities. 

    The Prime Minister and the Vice President discussed mutual efforts to combat violent extremism and radicalisation. They condemned recent mass shootings in the United States, including in Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde, and agreed that we all must stand up against hate and violence.

    Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/

  • 29 May 2022 5:21 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    New Zealand and California have signed a cooperation deal on climate change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced in San Francisco today.

    The Memorandum of Cooperation, signed during a meeting with California Governor Gavin Newsom, will facilitate the sharing of information, experiences and research in reducing emissions as well as working together on projects that are good for the climate. 

    “Taking action on climate will secure our environment and our economy, so it makes sense to partner with allies in this shared problem,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    “We both aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century. This agreement means we’ll work together to share expertise and experience and collaborate on projects that help meet each other’s targets. 

    “As the fifth largest economy in the world California will be a significant player in the global low-emissions transition and an important partner in our efforts.

    “We each have comparable broad-based plans to emissions reduction, and know it will take every sectors of our economies playing their part.

    “As a result we both have ambitious policies for zero-emission transportation on land and sea, energy innovation, clean power generation, nature-based solutions and zero waste initiatives.

    “The agreement provides a framework for cooperation across a range of sectors including on zero emissions vehicles, energy storage and smart grids, emissions trading schemes, and climate smart agriculture.

    “Transport is California’s largest source of emissions and New Zealand's second largest, so this is an area where there is the potential for real gains from cooperation.

    “Likewise agriculture plays a significant role in each of our economies and emissions profiles. Gains here can be both good for business and the planet. 

    “No country is immune from the impacts of climate changes, so it’s just common sense to collaborate with likeminded partners to meet mutual goals,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    “This month, Aotearoa New Zealand launched its first Emissions Reduction Plan - a blueprint for a climate-friendly future. International engagement, like this agreement with California, will play a key role in driving domestic decarbonisation and achieving our climate targets,” Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said.

    “Just as New Zealand will need access to new technologies, New Zealand businesses will find new opportunities in a net-zero world and this agreement also unlocks the potential for private sector innovation and collaboration. 

    “In Aotearoa New Zealand we intend to continue leading by example, but the fight against climate change is a truly global effort, and only through cooperation will we deliver our shared goals and build a safer, better future for everyone,” James Shaw said.

    Source: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/

  • 29 May 2022 9:54 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    After three failed attempts at staging the 2021 AmCham - DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards due to COVID lockdowns, AmCham was able to celebrate some amazing success stories with the USA at an event last night in Auckland.

    Despite all the supply chain issues over the last year, exports of goods to the USA were up 8.5% at $7.02 billion and imports were up 22.9% to $6.36 billion.

    Exports of technology and services continue to grow with more than half the entries for the awards coming from tech companies.  On top of this we have seen over $17 billion of new US investment in New Zealand in announced in the last year, most of it in the tech sector.

    Commenting on the 2021 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, Mark Foy, Managing Director, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, DHL Express, said “As a leading innovator in the tech industry, Seequent has established itself with successful growth into the USA market. With focus on continuous improvement and market research, it is great to see their success and DHL congratulates them on this award.”

    Seequent is a New Zealand success story, having grown from one employee in 2004 to 173 New Zealand staff and a total of 430 globally by mid-2021. The Judges were impressed with the level of technological brilliance and dedication shown by the team of this Christchurch based tech company. 

     The company’s rapid growth culminated in its sale for around NZ$1.5bn to US company, Bentley Systems in 2021.  This sale makes Seequent one of the latest billion dollar “unicorn” to emerge from the New Zealand high tech sector – hopefully a precursor of many more to come. 

    The winners were:

    Exporter of the Year – under NZ$1m – Auror Ltd

    Exporter of the Year – NZ$1m to NZ$10m -
    TRG Natural Pharmaceuticals Ltd

    Exporter of the Year – over NZ$10m –
    Seequent Ltd

    Investor of the Year to or from the US – Bentley Systems Inc, for their investment in Seequent Ltd

    Bilateral Service Award with the USA –
    Media Design School

    US Company of the Year – Microsoft New Zealand Ltd          

    The AmCham Women’s Chapter Committee of Sarah Weersing (Chair), Jeanne Cheesman, Jo Finer, Katie Sleeman and Cynthia O’Neill won the 2021 AmCham Supporter of the Year award.

    In addition to AmCham’s lead awards sponsor DHL-Express, the awards are also supported by ANZ Bank, Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property, media partner The Business and wine supporter Constellation Brands.

    At the event AmCham launched the 2022 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards.

     

  • 27 May 2022 9:33 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    American will return to New Zealand in October with daily service between Auckland and the airline's largest hub in Dallas/Fort Worth.

    After more than two years of suspended service, American Airlines is returning to New Zealand in October with a daily flight between Auckland Airport (AKL) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

    The seasonal service launches on October 29 and will operate until March 25, 2023 and will sharpen competition across the Pacifics.

    "We are thrilled to relaunch service to New Zealand in October, connecting Auckland with our Dallas/Fort Worth hub and offering our customers an unmatched network in the US and beyond," said José A. Freig, American's vice-president for international.

    "With Auckland returning to our network, we continue to strengthen American's Asia-Pacific footprint."

    The return of American boosts New Zealand's links to North America and is part of a strong recovery in airline activity.

    Air New Zealand is restoring its US services and in September starting a new one from Auckland to New York, Air Canada is returning over summer and from July Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch services between Auckland and Honolulu.

    American Airlines has an alliance with Qantas and will provide added competition for Air NZ across the Pacific.

    The American Airlines service will operate with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

    Before suspending service in March 2020, American operated a seasonal service between Auckland and Los Angeles.

    American is one of the world's biggest airlines and through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) provides access to more than 235 destinations around the world.

    This northern summer, the airline will offer more than 800 peak daily departures from DFW, including service to all of American's other hubs and dozens of other popular destinations in the US, Europe and Latin America.

    Auckland Airport's general manager aeronautical commercial Scott Tasker said the confirmation that American Airlines, in partnership with Qantas, will restore its New Zealand link means five airlines are offering connections from Auckland Airport to eight non-stop destinations across North America over the summer period.

    "Not only is this great news for New Zealand travellers but also provides an excellent option for North Americans looking to spend time in New Zealand. Many US households have travel at the top of their lists for a post-Covid splurge and are seeking out destinations that connect them with nature, offer meaningful travel experiences, and have managed well through the pandemic. New Zealand ticks all those boxes," Tasker said.

    Besides moves by Air New Zealand and the return of Air Canada and Hawaiian Airlines, LATAM is back providing the only link between South America and Australia and New Zealand.

    "It's been a couple of years since we've seen some of these tails lined up outside the international terminal, so it is wonderful to begin welcoming them back," Tasker said.

    He said the connections were important for New Zealand's prosperity.

    Every Boeing 787 Dreamliner touching down daily on average contributes $157 million in tourist spending a year and carries $500 million worth of freight over a 12-month period.

    A total of five airlines flying to/from Auckland from/to North America will offer 60 flights a week over the summer period.

    Auckland will be connected to eight non-stop destinations to North America during summer 2022/2023; Dallas Fort Worth DFW, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, New York, Honolulu and Vancouver YVR.

    Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/

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