From the Editor – October-November 2022

October 2, 2022

As we make our way into Oceania’s busiest holiday season, let’s take a brief look at what’s happening around the region in domestic tourism and the government sectors supporting its continued growth.

Tourism Australia has announced their latest ambassador for the global campaign “Come and Say G’Day”- Ruby the Roo, the cartoon kangaroo! Ruby was unveiled in early October via a digital billboard in Tokyo, Japan, and she plans to travel the world over the coming months to showcase everything Australia has to offer. This new push will complement previous and ongoing campaigns designed to supplement Australia’s tourism industry, which lost upwards of $40 billion thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In Papua New Guinea, Parliament has honoured the late Wewak MP, Hon. Kevin Isifu, with an official informing of the House regarding his September 13th passing, and a show of respect through members’ risen minute of silence. Present members also remembered Sir Peter Barter and Mr. Peter Utu Oresi, who both passed away this year.

New Zealand’s Gore District has announced their new mayor, Mr. Ben Bell- the nation’s youngest elected to date at just 23 years old. Taking the title by eight votes, Mr. Bell extended his joy and gratitude to the Gore community. “I am extremely humbled to be elected Mayor of Gore, a vibrant district with so much to offer its locals and those who visit here.”

Finally, Tahiti, French Polynesia, has been announced as the official surf competition host for the Paris 2024 Olympic games. Despite being over 15,000km away from Paris itself, the tiny surfing village of Teahupo’o is set to host Olympic surfers looking to hit that perfect score on the famous Teahupo’o wave, nicknamed ‘Chopes’. The wave is said to be the ultimate test for expert surfers’ ability to ride a barrel.

Stewards of All Kinds

We have three fantastic, New Zealand-local businesses and one international player to feature in this issue: Maryville Courts Retirement Village (Maryville Courts) and Olive Estate Lifestyle Village (Olive Estate) representing our focus on Aged Care, Lloyd Logging for our Forestry View, and GTech Global for our Food & Beverage View.

Located in Christchurch, Maryville Courts is an independent living village offering tranquillity in the heart of the city. Richmond’s premium lifestyle development for over 55s, Olive Estate extends a modern, resident-focussed community designed to cater to individual needs. Lloyd Logging is an experienced forestry and silviculture company that has operated in Far North Kaitaia since 2017.

Finally, we conclude this issue with GTech Global for our Food & Beverage View. Established more than three decades ago, GTech Global is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality, industrial grade separation machinery for a wide range of industries across the world. Their Oceanic operations hail from Melbourne (Aus) and Christchurch (NZ).


That’s it from us for September/October. Be well, stay safe, and as always… Enjoy the Read!





Morgan Kenyon


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