New Zealand's superyacht sector has received support from high up: John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, attended a recent meeting with members of New Zealand's superyacht industry on board 56m Alucia. Points for discussion were New Zealand's superyacht industry as a whole, with specific focus on the refit and repair of yachts.

The event was organised by Guy King and John McIntyre of Select Tours New Zealand, with the goal of discussing the facilities required to accommodate large yachts, with the intention of attracting more to New Zealand for their refit and maintenance. Attendees of this important meeting included Phil Tomlinson and Allan Jouning, directors of superyacht support agency 37 South, who were invited to speak to the Prime Minister on behalf of the industry. Items discussed included the infrastructure and facilities required to compete internationally in this very lucrative market. The Prime Minister acknowledged the needs of the industry in return.


 From left to right: Phil Tomlinson, 37 South; Craig Park, Orams Marine; Allan Jouning, 37 South; John McIntyre, Select Tours New Zealand; Prime Minister John Key; Guy King, Select Tours New Zealand; Alex Fleming, Vessel Managerl; John Vitali and Lars Bjorklund, Diverse Projects

In 2012 the Superyacht Intelligence Agency produced their 'Economic Analysis of the Superyacht Industry' report, which showed that the average yacht has an expenditure of €1.65million a year (not inclusive of crew or berthage fees). This figure shows that the impact of even a single yacht visiting New Zealand is huge, and one that the government is taking more and more seriously.

The New Zealand government has recognised ten major industries that are valuable or have potential value to the New Zealand economy. The superyacht refit industry is one of those areas which have the potential to expand and have further economic benefit for the country. By encouraging more yachts to come to New Zealand for their annual maintenance period brings business not only to the entire marine industry of New Zealand but also reaps benefits in the tourism sector.

56m Alucia, which hosted the event, is a good example of the economic benefits that superyachts bring to New Zealand. The yacht spent two months carrying out oceanographic research and cruising in the South Island before completing a four month refit at Orams Marine in Auckland. The services of 37South and Select Tours as well as many other local companies were hired during their time in New Zealand.

Following the meeting, Select Tours and 37South report that they are hopeful that the meeting would have a beneficial impact to New Zealand. “If New Zealand had the facilities and infrastructure to support more vessels like Alucia, there is no doubt that more and even larger superyachts will come to New Zealand for refits, maintenance and tourism,” said Allan Jouning.

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