Lesson for business: Don’t bother praising Labour, ever. They’ll shit all over you

In 2007, Scenic Circle’s Earl Hagaman couldn’t say a bad word about the Labour Government

The chairman of New Zealand?s largest independently owned and operated hotel group says the hospitality industry has a significant opportunity, and a responsibility, to make a commitment to the Buy Kiwi Made campaign.

Scenic Circle Hotels? Earl Hagaman says with over 2.4 million visitors to our shores each year, and Kiwis making 15 million overnight trips domestically*, the hospitality industry at all levels should be seeking to expose visitors to more New Zealand made products. ?We?ve got every reason to pick up the flag and run with it, so to speak.

Guests come here for a New Zealand experience, and that?s not limited to seeing the sights and observing the culture. Hotels, for example, can enhance guests? experiences by providing quality New Zealand made beds and bedding for guests to sleep in, natural New Zealand made bathroom supplies to use during their stay, quality New Zealand wool carpets to walk on, and a wide selection of New Zealand food and beverages that showcases what is produced here.

?We aren?t really interested in hosting international guests and showing them what they already may see, use, eat or drink in their home country. Even for Kiwis travelling domestically, hotel restaurants have an opportunity to focus on regional produce and wines, and we can promote other products that guests can buy themselves at home.?

Earl Hagaman says the government?s Buy Kiwi Made campaign has a two-fold application for the hospitality industry. ?Not only does it promote the stance that businesses in our sector should be buying Kiwi made themselves and supporting the domestic economy, but they also can consider their role in the wider context by sharing that message and philosophy with their millions of customers.?

Little has been openly hostile to business in the past, and he just can’t help showing his true colours. ?Employers are parasites, and I am hostile to unions. ? And?the pope is Catholic.


The company?s procurement manager Donna Harvey says, ?We are not advocating that every item stocked in every hotel or company must be New Zealand made, but having an increased consciousness of New Zealand industry when making purchasing decisions is in everyone?s interest, and we believe it is especially relevant to the tourism and hospitality sector.?

A few of Scenic Circle Hotels? purchasing decisions may come with a slightly higher price tag than sourcing cheaper imported products, but that is certainly not a universal condition nor is it an insurmountable barrier. ?Not all New Zealand products come at a premium price, and price is not the only factor to consider in the hotel trade.

But good on Little. ?He’s stuck to the plan about getting on the 6 pm news and filling the recess with good news… for National.


– Scenic Circle 2007 press release, via Scoop