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Interview with Dr Bloomfield

We are honoured to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health on 25 May 2021 via Zoom. Questions were collected from each class prior and our student representative, Sianna Faalavaau, alongside the communications manager of Crown were responsible for conducting the interview.

On behalf of Crown Institute of Studies, we would like to thank Dr. Bloomfield and his team for their effort in keeping us safe. Last but not least, we would like to thank Dr. Bloomfield for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. The interview will be shared with all students and staff of Crown Institute of Studies .

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Crown Local Advisory Committee Meeting

We held our Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meeting last Friday at the Auckland City Hotel, one of our partner’s venue.

Our LAC meets formally twice a year, it serves as a platform for us to collect feedback and updates from our partners. These insights are extremely important as it helps to keep our programmes relevant. It also sheds light on the type of skills and roles that are in demand, which is crucial for us when it comes to development of new programmes and short courses.

During the meeting, we updated the partners on what’s happening at Crown and we had meaningful discussions on topics such as skills and attributes required in the post-covid era, development of short courses…etc.

The LAC members that attended are:

  • Ross Chin – Auckland City Hotel
  • Benjamin Dale – Akorn Destination Management
  • Richard Froggatt – Regency Tourism Group
  • Daniel Henderson – SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
  • Troy Huston – Function Staff
  • Tash Lawrence – AJ Hackett Bungy
  • Paul Fuimaono – Toru Tours
  • Edwin Saldanha – STAAH
  • Leon Shouksmith – Flatpack Global
  • Jacqui Wilkinson – Adventure Capital
  •  Gaye Wood – Regency Tourism Group

Thank you once again to all our partners for their continuous support, our next LAC meeting is scheduled to take place in November 2021.

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Crown update & professional development day

It was our honour and pleasure to host a Crown update & professional development day for over 25 career advisors and educators from Auckland based high schools last Friday (7th May 2021). Crown is moving at a fast pace to match the changing needs of students and employers. We currently provide short courses such as Gateway, Star, Internship and English language programmes as well as level 3 – 5 vocational training in Business, Hospitality, Computing and Tourism. We are also actively working on programmes in new subject areas. The event ended with a lunch at The Northern Club, which was served by one of our recent graduates, Jessie Harfield.

Special thanks to our partners, Jerry (The Northern Club), Shona (FUJIFILM Business Innovation NZ) and Jason (iFLY) for being the guest speakers.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Crown institute of Studies

2020 has been the most unpredictable year in everyone’s living memory.  The ride’s been wild and exciting but we’ve weathered the storm together and we’re now in a good place.  As we speed down the last days towards Christmas Day, we want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to Crown.  We appreciate you; we wouldn’t be in the good place that we are without you… 

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Partnership with Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong

We are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) and Crown Institute of Studies (CIS).

The aim of the MOU is to establish framework for the collaborative efforts between the two institutions to build a firm, professional relationship and cooperation in a mutually beneficial fashion. This partnership will foster internationalised activities for both institutions in the form of cultural and educational exchanges between THEi and CIS, including but not limited to student and staff exchange, study pathway, overseas internship, curriculum development and fostering of partnerships.

We are confident and enthusiastic that this partnership will strengthen and advance the interests and activities of THEi and CIS, and continue to promote excellence in education, cultural and global awareness for student and staff of the partnering institutions.


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Queenstown Professional Development Trips for Auckland-based educators

As an innovative tertiary education provider that provides training in business, hospitality, tourism and travel, Crown Institute of Studies, based in Auckland CBD, has successfully hosted two professional development trips to Queenstown for Auckland based secondary school teachers and careers advisors. The aim of these trips is in twofold, firstly to instil confidence; that the industry is resilient and tourism remains to be a viable career despite the current adversities and challenges. Secondly, to serve as a bridge that facilitates communications and knowledge transfer between industry leaders and educators. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, the sharing sessions from industry leaders fully demonstrate the reality they are currently facing and the creative solutions and means they have implemented to mitigate the impact.

Participants had the opportunity to meet with Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, Matt Wong (iFly), Roger Taitt (Ramada), Trent Yeo (ZipTrek Eco Tours), Wayne Rose (Skyline Queenstown), Sara Irvine (Queenstown Airport), Shane Wairau (AJ Hackett Bungy), Heidi Gillingham (Go with Tourism), Aaron Halstead (Study Queenstown), Jessica Harkins (Destination Queenstown) and Blair Deasy (Remarkables Park and Porter Group). These interactions provided a platform for educators to learn of the industry’s resilience and how various tourism businesses are pivoting to meet the needs of the domestic market while planning for the future. Given the economic importance of tourism to New Zealand, and in particular Queenstown, it is vital that educators are kept up to date on how this industry, an important employer for rangatahi, is adapting to the global changes the pandemic has brought about. Issues such as sustainability, innovation, crisis management and coping strategies were covered. These valuable knowledge and experiences are transferred to and recorded by the educators that participated and will be presented to the students attending their respective schools.

The reimagining of this sector will require collaboration between government, industry, and education providers. This Professional Development trip have strengthened these connections so that each sector knows how best to contribute to the rebuild. Special thanks to our generous sponsors, Ramada by Wyndham hotels, iFLY, Gibbston Valley Winery, Ziptrek Ecotours, Skyline, AJ Hackett Bungy, Lakes District Museum and Gallery, and to the educators who attended, and bravely attempted all the activities!

The next Professional Development trip is scheduled to take place in May 2021.

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Crown partners with TWONA to develop Healthcare and Wellbeing Programmes

Crown partners with Te Puna Whānau Ora Network Alliance to develop Healthcare and Wellbeing Programmes

Crown Institute of Studies (CIS) is proud to announce that we are partnering with Te Puna Whānau Ora Network Alliance (TWONA) to develop and deliver Healthcare and Wellbeing programmes.

As a tertiary education provider that serves many Maori students, we fully acknowledge the Māori Values of family, communitarianism and collectivism. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, CIS realises the dire needs of healthcare and wellbeing training; not just at the vocational level, but also at the personal and the familial level. We believe having knowledge and training in this area will benefit our students in all aspects of their lives, and the partnership with TWONA is a significant step towards reaching this goal.

The health and wellbeing programmes will be co-owned by both organisations; CIS will be responsible for its overall development while TWONA will focus on the development and the delivery of the Whānau Ora component.

Programme development at the foundational level is currently underway and developmental work on higher-level programmes will commence within the next 2 years.

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Air New Zealand support for tourism training

Great news for students who are studying in our tourism programmes or flight attendant short courses! 

Thanks to Air New Zealand’s philanthropic support, our mock cabin just got a big upgrade.

We received 8 sets of surplus seats (each set consists of 3 seats) that were previously used by Air New Zealand. They will be installed in our mock cabin and used for training purposes.  

Crown Institute of Studies would like to thank Air New Zealand for their support. We look forward to training and providing high calibre graduates into the tourism, travel and airline industry. 

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Queenstown Professional Development Trip

Without a doubt that the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry is significant. Yet we should be grateful that the situation in New Zealand is largely contained and our economy is able to start the recovery process sooner than most countries in this world.

With the borders being closed to international visitors, the immediate focus is on the domestic market. As an institute that provides training in tourism and hospitality, we would like to contribute and play a part in the recovery process. It is understandable that many are concerned about the prospects of tourism. We strongly believe that tourism will bounce back and that it will still be an industry that offers exciting and promising careers, thus we decided to host a series of Professional Development trips to Queenstown for high school teachers and career advisors.

The first trip took place on 10 – 11 August. Where the representatives of 12 schools from Auckland got the opportunity to witness the resilience of the industry. They met with and heard from leaders and senior executives of reputable organisations, such as Ramada & Wyndham Hotels, iFLY, Study Queenstown, Remarkables Park, Destination Queenstown, Go with Tourism, Skyline and Gibbston Valley Winery. We were also honoured to have Jim Boult, Mayor of Queenstown-Lakes, as a guest speaker.

The teachers and career advisors that went on the trip were very impressed as they all wrote thank you notes to our guest speakers (as seen in the image below).

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New Zealand Cruise Association – Chairman’s Report 2020

Our LAC member, Debbie Summers, Chairman of New Zealand Cruise Association, has recently delivered the chairman’s report at the Association’s Annual General Meeting via a Zoom webinar. The insightful report highlights the status of the cruise industry pre and post COVID-19 and sheds light on the challenges and opportunities the current situation presents.

Below is the full report from Debbie:

Our 2019/20 season was projected to provide an economic value of $640 million (heading to a conservative NZD $1 billion within 5 years). We had 1000+ port calls scheduled carrying the most ever cruise guests to our country of 300,000+ and visiting more regions than ever before.  NZ Stats had put its arm around us and even MBIE were beginning to smile but then….…. tourism and in particular cruise experienced the sharp end of the outbreak of COVID earlier this year, due to existing robust health reporting within the cruise sector, we became aware of what was happening already throughout our communities. We ended our season after being completely disrupted throughout February in to March finishing March 15th.  

State of the Industry August 2020

  • Major cruise lines have self-imposed suspensions until end October 2020
  • Cruise line industry has been hardest hit, shut down earlier than most travel sectors and did this before regulations required
  • Australian cruise shipping industry is suspended until mid-September
  • NZ foreign shipping of which cruise is within, is suspended indefinitely 
  • We are seeing older ships being scrapped or sold
  • We have seen a few smaller lines heading into insolvency 
  • But we are seeing strong forward demand for cruising, with many lines securing major investment to see them through this no sail period, cruise markets are remaining fiercely loyal and there are restarts happening in Europe and world over.
  • Cruise lines have endured many obstacles to laying up ships, the most being repatriation of crew now almost completed but as the worlds travel corridors shut down this has been no easy task.

NZ specific Challenges

  • Whom to work with within Government to ensure progress, no easy task, we are in weekly meeting with MNZ to aid a phased re-start
  • Public perception continues to be compounded by negative media reporting
  • Supply chain survival a lot of which is reliant on borders, we need safe corridors with countries with zero community transmission (this is our Governments indication on whom we can do business with in the future) opening as soon as we are able.
  • We will still need time to plan, fill ships, we cannot just turn the tap on and have our industry back
  • So far we have 70,000 guests cancel and 262 port calls cancelled, we expect more.

What Opportunity is out there?

  • Fortunate in that we have a close safe source market Australia (heading that way at least) – 1 in 17 Australians like to cruise.  They made over 50% of our cruise market pre COVID.
  • Cruise lines looking keenly at our region for a safe & measured restart
  • Supportive industry networks have created strong alliances and collaboration thank you to TIA/TECNZ/CINZ/ACA/CLIA OZ – I want to mention TNZ for help with the cruise recovery plan.
  • We can stimulate travel, starting with some really immersive itineraries selling New Zealand to kiwis, already we have been surprised by the amount of domestic activity we have seen and a cruise is going to be real luxury holiday choice for kiwis.  We can have a longer season, longer calls, we can take people away from hot spots and also cruisers can be very easily contact traced if we operate at a different level than Level 1.  

I would like to acknowledge our Board all of whom facing immense pressure over the last months within their own positions yet have given time to our association throughout.   We have been meeting by ZOOM since lockdown frequently.  Due to the change in our constitution last year we were fortunate to be able to maintain the same Board for the coming year.    

Special thanks to Bruce Lochhead ex Napier Port, he sadly lost his position due to COVID and has stepped down from our Board.  We wish him well and he is greatly missed.  
Thanks to our CEO Kevin who tirelessly spends his days peering in to TEAMS/ZOOM forums, Webinars, phone calls, and has never once stopped pushing within Government to try and facilitate the badly needed safe start we can and should have.  Thankyou Kevin, you are a trooper and I know you wished to retire but the COVID put a stop to that also.  Every good person or association needs someone working hard in the engine room.  And this is Bethany Yee.  We want to publicly thank Bethany for her unfailing hard work and dedication to New Zealand cruise industry.  We appreciate you and we thank you Bethany.  

We need to harness our expertise, our passion and our economic needs to survive through this pandemic.  It is critical we take advantage of any opportunities to begin a safe, phased return to cruising industry.   We must as team of people connected by this great industry communicate our messages loud and far. 

  • It is important to remember cruise is not the source nor the cause of COVID.
  • CLIA is working on industry standard health protocols with medical experts, health and destination authorities
  • The cruise line industry is taking time to learn and be aware of the virus and how it can mitigate risk within the restart
  • We need YOU to stay with US.  Please do extend your membership.  Cruise will be back and will be one of the core sectors that can help NZ tourism survive these next difficult years.
  • Regarding our setback this week, we have gone in hard and fast again we can do this. 

Keep your energy levels up, be kind to yourselves and to each other.  Tourism and hospitality sectors are hurting so badly right now, our international industry is in crisis and this will continue for the foreseeable future.  There is strength in unity, we have been vilified in the press and we deserve better.  Please ignore the naysayers and negativity lets harness our energy, our passion, and the facts.  Aotearoa our beautiful country will be waiting for cruise to return.  The future of cruise is strong, it will be different and it is most definitely in our hands as to what it will look like.  Competitors standing side by side, suppliers working to help one another and all regions working as one. We are all on the same side.  
Kia Ora everyone

Debbie Summers
New Zealand Cruise Association
13 August 2020