Magazine article New Zealand Management

Editorial: Thanks for Coming to Our Place

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Editorial: Thanks for Coming to Our Place

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Byline: Toni Myers

As the Rugby World Cup campaign draws to a close there's much reflecting on the good, and not so good outcomes.

It gave us an excuse to party and boy could we all do with that. A few years' recession and the slow and rocky stop/start climb out of it means for many of us that we are working harder than ever and often for diminished returns. Pike River and Christchurch's devastation shattered a fragile equilibrium even further.

So thanks ABs for giving us the chance to whoop and holler, get carried along on the tide of excitement and anticipation and feel great about being Kiwi. I'm writing this just a few days before the final and assuming, like everyone else, that our boys will win. The French will have to pull something very sneaky out of the hat to upset this team that, despite the plague of injuries, has proved its depth.

And thanks RWC for giving us the chance to strut our stuff on the world food and hospitality stage. Hopefully we have now kissed goodbye to the cultural cringe that had us in the past trying to match up to a European ideal of haute cuisine. We have carved out an identity in fashion and film and it's starting to happen with food. We don't have to compare our cheese with that we can import, or describe our food and cuisine style as being based on that of other cultures.

It's our food -- no apologies; just as it's our 'place'.

I was perplexed to be told not so long ago by the incoming head of Tourism NZ that 'New Zealand will never get tourists coming for the food and wine'; but rather they come for the scenery and experiences. …

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