Eighteen founding members met in Nelson to formalise the establishment as a legal entity with SKAL NZ board representatives Sally Attfield, Peter Morrison and Geoff Beaver. The official name of the new club is SKAL Top of the South, NZ (TOTS) trading as SKAL Te Tauihu. Te Tauihu represents the geographical area of Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions. SKAL Te Tauihu is the first club in New Zealand to adopt a Maori name which has been approved by local Iwi. ‘We felt it was important to acknowledge and respect the rich cultural history the region has and there was strong support to adopt SKAL Te Tauihu as our club name,’ newly elected president Lynda Keene says.
‘The club reflects the level of maturity and professionalism the Top of the South Island has developed over the past decade and demonstrates to the New Zealand tourism industry we have emerged as a major player. Members across the region already work closely together on numerous tourism and economic initiatives and it made sense for us to further develop networking and information sharing opportunities by forming a club.’ SKAL Te Tauihu has travel and tourism professionals from the transport, aviation, accommodation and tourism activity/attraction sectors as well as consulting and legal businesses and the Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA).