Star Programme

As part of the Ministry of Tourism funded STAR programme, Quest was contracted by the Hawke’s Bay Economic Development Agency to deliver sustainable business advice and development. Internationally, the measurement of sustainable development is a well-established, although developing, area of official statistics and New Zealand is a leading performer in global renewable energy generation.

Sustainable business practices are widely accepted as smart-economics and increasingly important for long term environmental, economic and social survival. The STAR (Sustainable Tourism Advisors in Regions) project was launched with participating business sectors including transport, wildlife preserves, accommodation, art, wineries and food and beverage providers.

Sustainability objectives:
  • Help businesses achieve a defined standard of sustainability
  • Help businesses identify which actions to focus on to improve their environmental performance
  • Ensure more businesses visibly deliver on New Zealand’s 100% Pure brand promise
  • Facilitate the smooth transition to Qualmark’s Green criteria and increase the uptake of Qualmark
  • To speed the transition to accessible market sustainability advice

The Cape Kidnappers Wilderness Preserve development is a prime example of sustainable business practice in motion. Its primary focus is to help save the endangered North Island Brown Kiwi. Quest was privileged to be involved in the strategic thinking to further the development of this exciting wilderness project.

Here’s another great sustainability initiative, this time Quest has joined Air New Zealand in supporting the Mangarara Family Farm and Eco-Lodge. See how you can contribute to their crowd funding project to regenerate Horseshoe Lake [watch below].