Zamora The Meat Preachers flying high

Media release from Zamora The Meat Preachers A stellar year of growth and recognition on a national scale has seen a Queenstown-based meat business go from strength to strength. Zamora The Meat Preachers’ is flying high after a record year for its retail and wholesale operations, thanks to its loyal customer base and after notching…

They both had a real passion for meats and saw the opportunity to combine traditional South American and European recipes and techniques with fine New Zealand ingredients sourced from South Island producers.

Their love of delicious food and quality meat saw Zamora’s pork and sage sausage take home gold in the traditional category at Devro’s Great New Zealand Sausage Competition in October.

Their incredible crafted smoke porchetta also “wowed” judges and received a gold medal in the innovative category at the New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards in July.

At their local deli shop in Queenstown they’ve been getting rave reviews for their daily-changing lunch menu which delivers a different sandwich each day, extremely popular with ‘in-the-know’ locals and the odd lucky visitor who finds them in their semi-industrial setting on the edge of town.

Their wholesale business sees them supply an ever-increasing list of discerning restaurants and award-winning cafés, and likewise their catering arm for events, weddings and corporate functions.

In seven years they’ve grown to a team of eight – the two directors, five ‘meat preachers’ and an accountant, and business has experienced exponential growth year-on-year.

The local deli shop and wholesale factory is home to a smorgasbord of artisan goods to please even the most discerning meat lover, including hand-crafted sausages, cured meats and salamis, delicious biltong and droewors snacks, and barbeque favourite chimichurri sauce.

Adding a modern twist to the Kiwi ‘barbie’, Matias says they’re proud of what they’ve achieved so far and hints at further growth and exposure to come in 2018.

“Our passion for meats is second to none,” says Matias.

“But it’s our people, culture and customers who sit at the heart of the business year-on-year.

“The continued support of local companies has enabled us to build lasting business relationships that give us the energy to succeed.

“Our growth has stemmed from product innovation and development, based predominately on retail and wholesale customer feedback. There’s no better way to grow your business!”

Matias and Nicolas’ passion for developing delicious flavours and providing high quality meats is a hit with Queenstowners and visitors to the weekly farmers market where the waft of meats cooked with love to order over the BBQ is impossible to resist.

“It’s an honour to wake up every day and share our childhood experiences with our community,” says Matias.

“High quality food and family traditions, there’s no better combination.”

Zamora’s deli shop on Industrial Place is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and at Remarkables Market every Saturday throughout summer from 9am to 2pm.

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1/ Zamora The Meat Preachers’ award-winning Smoke Porchetta

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Drop into Ziptrek Ecotours’ new Queenstown tour

Media release from Ziptrek Ecotours Find your wings, fly like a bird and zoom through the treetops before a swooping 21m drop – welcome to the latest eco-thrill from Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours. The multi-award-winning company is taking the thrill factor to the next level with its Kereru 2-line + Drop Tour, announced today…

The Kereru is known for the distinctive sound of its wing beats in flight, precarious landings on branches, and is somewhat famous for getting drunk on berries and dropping out of trees, which inspired the Ziptrek team to name the tour after the Kereru (pronounced ‘care-re-roo’).

The tour is a whole new way to experience Queenstown for those looking for a heightened thrill level of a unique adventure in the shortest amount of time. It includes two existing ziplines through the trees and a 21m drop to the forest floor.

As part of the tour, passionate guides tell the fascinating conservation story of Zealandia’s creation and Ziptrek’s role in the preservation of the natural landscape, removal of invasive species and protection of native wildlife, fauna and flora.

“We’re giving guests the opportunity to ‘find their wings’ and finish with a swooping drop that leaves them a fledgeling no more,” said Ziptrek sales and marketing manager Nicky Busst.

“Over the years we’ve had some feedback from guests who are time-poor but would love to zipline, so we’ve developed a totally innovative tour that enables them to enjoy the best Queenstown experience on offer in just under an hour.

“Having said that, we’re not short-changing them on the fun and adrenalin factor! It’s pretty challenging standing on the launch platform, about to step off before the big drop, even though you know you’re fully harnessed and the fear factor is all in your head!”

Ms Busst said the Kereru Tour would cater not only for new visitors but for Ziptrek’s many repeat customers who wanted to come back and try something different.

She said naming it the Kereru Tour fitted perfectly with Ziptrek’s ongoing conservation ethos and work with the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust.

“The Kereru is a protected species so we’re also working closely with the nearby Kiwi Birdlife Park which runs a Kereru conservation programme, with wildberry trees planted in the landing area as a ‘kereru garden’ to encourage them to visit a safe natural habitat,” she said.

For a ‘taster’ of the new Kereru Tour go here.

The new tour costs just $95 and is available from February 1 2018 (bookings commence soon by phone, email or through its website Minimum age is 10 and tours take a maximum of eight people.

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1/ Enjoy the best of Queenstown in just under an hour – a unique treetop experience with Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours

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New business venture targets snow enthusiasts with course, accommodation and employment package in Japan

Media Release from We Are Sno An adrenaline-fuelled new business venture offers skiers and snowboarders the chance to experience both the snow and culture of Japan when winter ends in New Zealand. After falling in love with the New Zealand ski scene several years ago, Queenstown-based Adrian Gourlay has decided it’s time to pursue a…

The company Adrian founded is called WE ARE SNO and this winter is providing a series of courses in the Japanese ski resorts of Niseko and Myoko, with further winter courses to follow in other Northern Hemisphere resorts.

The externally-organised courses will be a ‘first’ in Niseko which is Japan’s biggest and most popular resort (which means the most work as a newly-qualified instructor). Niseko won best Ski Resort in Japan at the 2016 World Ski Awards, is nominated for it again in 2017 and has also previously been nominated for World’s Best Ski Resort.

We Are Sno saw a gap in the snow enthusiasts market for individuals keen to embark on their snowsports career. Many ski schools do not have the marketing reach to attract enough people to courses, but with offices in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, We Are Sno is targeting snow lovers from around the globe.

“Plenty of people want to do these courses but if they’re trying to organise it solo there’s a lot of red tape and organisation with examiners, training staff and resort logistics, often with the added difficulty of language and cultural barriers,” said company director Adrian Gourlay.

“We’ve packaged up everything into one ski or snowboard product offering training and tuition, accommodation and a paid job offer, with avalanche and backcountry training included as standard.

“Once they’re qualified, people get employment in the same resort, for the rest of the season.

“Many of the ski school managers we work with in Japan also work in Southern Hemisphere resorts, so our newly-qualified instructors are also likely to find work in Australia or New Zealand the following season.

“Living and working in Japan for their initial season also means participants experience the unique and wonderfully hospitable culture that Japan still offers in an otherwise increasingly globalised world.”

Mr Gourlay said the new business was “something I’ve wanted to do for years”.

“Now everything’s fallen into place to make my dream a reality. While Japan will be our operations base over the coming winter, we’re working towards applying the concept in several other destinations around the world, and to promote inbound ski tourism by offering the courses here in New Zealand too.”

The ski or snowboard qualification is internationally-recognised and can take instructors to the USA, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere.

Mr Gourlay said We Are Sno was also striving hard to bridge the gender gap in snowsports.

“Currently some 85% of instructors are male, but we’re trying to do everything we can to encourage more females to make their careers in the industry,” he said.

The company is undertaking user-research into the issue, interviewing female instructors to get a better understanding of the market, as well as talking to prospective female clients to understand their objections or fears.

“We’re also looking to develop a series of female-only instructor courses to make women feel more comfortable in the learning environment, something that’s already proved successful in ski improvement training courses.”

Mr Gourlay said We Are Sno had created products that fulfilled demand without making costs too high, thereby making courses only accessible to the wealthy.

“We only work with the best resorts where high standards of training are guaranteed and there’s plenty of work, including additional training qualifications to make our interns more employable, but we keep it reasonable.

“This ensures our courses are not just about the snow, but offer a more enriching cultural experience to our clients.”

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1/ A newly-qualified snowsports instructor giving a lesson

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Business has never looked more inviting at Crowne Plaza Auckland

Media release from Crowne Plaza Auckland Crowne Plaza Auckland is turning the boardroom into the ‘not-so-bored’ room and put the excitement back into ‘experiences’ for meetings, incentives, conference and events guests. The 352-room city centre hotel launched its latest video campaign today (Monday November 27) to help take bookers on a visual journey of the…

The video also showcases hotel facilities such as the Club Lounge – an exclusive area with all the ‘bells and whistles’ available to guests who stay the night in a Club room.

The changes have come from Crowne Plaza’s new brand tagline ‘we’re all business, mostly’ and a recognition that delegates and guests are looking for unique spaces and experiences coming into 2018.

Based on the modern business traveller, the campaign also recognises that delegates want to make the most of every opportunity when travelling for work to make time inside AND outside the boardroom really count.

It’s in line with a new European study that recognises meetings built around ‘all work and no play’ makes for a dull Jack or Jill.

The IHG study has revealed business travellers admit work trips are more fun and enjoyable than they let on, with nine out of ten making the most of downtime by getting out and about to explore the city, ticking off their personal travel ‘to do’ list.

Crowne Plaza Auckland is conveniently located in the heart of the city’s business, entertainment and waterfront district, and General Manager Tim Pollock said it was the perfect base for guests to “do business and get out to experience the best of the city”.

To help guests do just that, the hotel’s created an online guide to Auckland business travel featuring ‘must-do’ activities for their downtime, dining hotspots and team building exercises around the city.

“Business trips have somewhat changed,” said Tim. “The new video campaign reinforces to the MICE market that work and downtime can be mutually productive.

“We do the fundamentals extremely well but in today’s market it’s about creating unique experiences to excite and delight delegates, so we’re continuing to work on new projects coming into 2018.

“We’re proud to have been named Leading Business Hotel in the World Travel Awards again this year, for the third time. It confirms what we know, but also creates confidence in guests that Crowne Plaza Auckland’s exceptional high level of service has been maintained over the years.”

The hotel is home to ten flexible function rooms catering for everything from an executive boardroom meeting for 12 to a presentation or gala event for up to 460 guests.

All meeting and conference rooms are fully equipped with modern sound and visual systems, complimentary Wi-Fi and interactive projectors. The hotel’s audio-visual specialists supply all the presentation needs from a data projector to staged events and widescreen presentations.

Many of the function rooms are bathed in natural light, with all rooms providing bespoke flexibility. The hotel’s renowned Aria Restaurant and Bar also creates the perfect venue for a business lunch or group celebration.

Crowne Plaza Auckland also recently launched three new packages – Mostly Energised, Mostly Inspired and Mostly Social – to ensure downtime is as productive as work time.

Whether guests are in Auckland for business, an event, need some much-needed rest and relaxation, or are looking for a weekend escape, the packages are designed to leave them feeling inspired, energised and connected.

Tim Pollock said the packages tied in perfectly with meetings and conference business.

“We want delegates to stay the night and enjoy everything Auckland has to offer. Whether they want to stay active in the city, be social or relax with a massage at the end of the day, we have all bases covered.”

See the video campaign here and find out what’s on offer for the Auckland business traveller this summer here.

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1/ Crowne Plaza Auckland’s Aotearoa-themed gala dinner is a unique experience for MICE guests

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