Lobbying Toolkit

Tourism's priorities for Government

Check out the Labour, NZ First and Green party policies on tourism and related issues, including immigration and fresh water. TIA's Tourism Election Manifesto highlights the industry's priorities for a sustainable future and what we want from the new Government. 

TIA Tourism Election Manifesto

Tourism policies - what the parties say about tourism and other relevant policies, e.g. immigration

Contact your local MP

Build a relationship with your MP

Tips on writing to your MP

Visit your local MP

 

TIA Tourism Election Manifesto

TIA's 2017 Tourism Election Manifesto highlights the industry's nine priorities for a sustainable future, and what we want from the new Government.  The Manifesto includes insight into the value tourism generates for each electorate. TIA will be discussing these priorities with new Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and other relevant Ministers, including Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

 

The new Government's policies 

Labour coalition agreement with New Zealand First

Labour confidence & supply agreement with the Green Party

These are the policies Labour, NZ First and the Greens campaigned on.

 

 

How to contact your local MP

Most Members of Parliament (MPs) have offices at both Parliament and at their electorate. You can write to them at either. They also have email.

MP contact details, including biographical details, Party/Electorate, current Parliamentary roles and Select Committees.

Use this map to find your electorate. 

Electoral profiles, including population summary, age group, ethnicity, iwi and religious affiliations, incomes, businesses and business locations.

 

Common contact details

The mailing address at Parliament for any current MP is:

[insert MP name]
Freepost Parliament,
Private Bag 18 888,
Parliament Buildings,
Wellington 6160

The main reception telephone number for the New Zealand Parliament is (04) 817 9999

 

Protocol and forms of address

  Forms of address                Salutation             Conversation        
Prime Minister            Rt Hon John Key
Prime Minister
  Dear Prime       Minister Prime Minister
Ministers

Hon Jenny Bloggs, Minister of..

Dear Minister

Minister

Members of Parliament  Hon Sally Moon, MP or Ms/Mrs/Dr Sally Moon, MP  Dear Ms/Mrs/Dr/Mr   Ms/Mrs/Dr/Mr

 

Build a relationship with your MP

  • Write to your local MP, introducing your organisation and highlighting the importance of tourism and the visitor economy to your community
  • Schedule an appointment with your MP at their regular constituency clinic
  • Invite them to visit your operation to experience a tourism business first-hand
  • Invite your MP to events, new product launches, trade shows, workshops, presentations
  • Offer to be a resource/sounding board/conduit to sources of information for your local MP on tourism-related issues

Keep up to date with recent TIA central government submissions and our policy positions. This will help in your efforts to build a relationship with your local MP, and lobby them on issues that impact your business and the wider tourism industry  

 

Tips on writing to your MP

Your MP probably gets hundreds of emails and letters so keep it short and to the point. Attach the Tourism Fact sheet to support your key messages about the importance of tourism to your community and New Zealand.

  • Personalise your letter so that it demonstrates your passion for the industry 
  • Keep it to one page, MPs are busy people
  • Keep to the point - don’t try and cover too many issues
  • Summarise your key message in the opening paragraph
  • Cover the key points, including the facts, e.g. value of tourism to New Zealand, foreign exchange earnings, domestic tourism, jobs and the other benefits, such as creating vibrancy in communities and instilling a sense of pride, being a catalyst for new infrastructure such as stadia and waterfront development, encouraging sustainability initiatives such as recycling
  • Be courteous – the aim is to influence them and hopefully build a relationship
  • Include your name and contact details
  • Do run a spell and grammar check over the final letter
  • Invite them to contact you for more information or to discuss further


Visit your local MP

MPs are available to meet with people at their Electorate Office in sessions known as a constituency ‘clinic’.  The clinic sessions are usually on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, as the House of Representatives (Parliament) tends to sit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Some MPs also hold constituency clinics outside their main centre.

Click here to see the current House sitting programme.

 

Call, write or email to the electorate office and the member’s electorate secretary will arrange an appointment

  • Make an appointment to discuss the benefits international and domestic visitors make to your community and the potential for growth
  • Ask some of your staff to attend the meeting with you, or go with a couple of other tourism operators
  • Download some talking points, based on Tourism 2025 - Two Years On
  • Bring a letter to leave behind that highlights why the tourism industry is so important to New Zealand and your community and issues and opportunities where you'd like their support
  • In addition to the personal letter, give them a link to Tourism 2025 - Two Years On, and the Power of Tourism on TIA's website. Also provide a link to the latest Key Tourism Statistics and the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates which provide regional insight on where international and domestic visitors are spending their money

Follow up the meeting with a thank you email and offer to be a resource on tourism-related issues. Keep in touch - send the MP useful information, trends, links, reports as well as news articles or events that highlight why tourism is so important for your community/region/New Zealand.