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Ken Newlands

School of Applied Business
Location: Building 054, Room 2005


MBus AUT, BBus Massey, DipMgmt, NZCE

Professional memberships

Life Member Slopes Ski Club (Inc.) National Park NZ
Life Member Youth Hostel Association New Zealand
Fellow New Zealand Institute of Travel & Tourism


Ken has been involved with the travel and tourism industry since joining Air New Zealand's Commercial training School in 1985, where he gained international experience teaching for Air New Zealand and IATA.   He has been involved at Unitec since 1993 teaching across management, travel and tourism programmes.  In 2004 he assumed a programme director's role but has since become more involved in programme development, research and teaching.  His particular research interests include backpacker and working holiday tourists, cultural tourism, sustainablility in Auckland businesses as well as and sports and events tourism.  

For over ten years Ken serverd on both the Auckland Branch and the National Council of the New Zealand Institute of Travel and Tourism as well as retaining life membership of a North Island Ski Club. He recently became a business mentor assisting companies with their Business Award applications.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Ken Newlands as Associate Supervisor

Sisouvong, Valaphone (2018). Brand identity and brand image of tourism destinations in Lao PDR (Master of Business)
Insiri, Kounjairthong (2016-06-17). The perception and preparation in terms of risk management of SMEs owners in Laos toward the joining of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) (Master of Business)
Chui, Chanthy (2015-07-23). The effects of HR strategic partnerships with business on organisational performance : experience of the Cambodian banking sector (Master of Business)
Misodi, Roy (2012). A best practice for small to medium enterprises in the adventure tourism sector to effectively manage regulatory compliance in Queenstown in New Zealand (Master of Business)
Sisavath, Phouthone (2012). Combating child sex tourism in a new tourism destination (Master of Business)


Newlands, K. J., Chui, C., & Du Plessis, A J. (2015). Cambodian banking sector experiences of strategic human resources partnerships with business. World Business Finance and Management Conference, Rendevous Grand Hotel Mayoral Drive and Vincent Streets Auckland.

Newlands, K., and Schitko, D. (2014). Adoption of sustainability tourism practices: Auckland hotels. The 11th New Zealand Tourism Hospitality Research Conference, the Department of Tourism Hospitality Management and the China - New Zealand Tourism Research Unit, University of Waikato Management School Hamilton NZ. Hamilton.

Newlands, K. (2010). Working holidays an experience or a path to migration? New Zealand Geographical Sociey Conference, with the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG), Christchurch, NZ, 5-8 July 2010.

Newlands, K.J. (2010). Tourism Policy and Working Holidays in New Zealand and Japan: An Opportunity to Add Value. New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference, AUT University, Auckland, 24-26 November 2010.

Newlands, K. (2006). The modern nomad in New Zealand: A study of the working holiday schemes on free independent travellers and their host communities. Johnston, C. supervisor.

Newlands, K. (2006). Tourism and public policy: Evolution of the New Zealand Working Holiday Schemes 1997-2006. New Zealand Tourism Hospitality Research Conference, December 2006.

Newlands, K., Wang, H., Xu, Y., and Jine, X. (2006). Auckland as a haven of cultural tourism: A comparative study from 2004 to 2006 as part of the ATLAS Cultural Tourism Research Group research project. ATLAS Asia Pacific Conference, December 2006.

Newlands, K. (2005). Working holiday policy: Expanding opportunities for, or exploitation of backpackers. Presented to the Second Expert Meeting on Backpacker Tourism 'Advancing research agendas in backpacker travel', 1-3 September, Bangkok, Thailand.

Newlands, K. (2004). Realities of a working holiday in New Zealand: Suggested policy changes for the inbound New Zealand working holiday schemes. Paper presented at the New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference, 8-10 December, Wellington, New Zealand.

Newlands, K. (2004). Setting out on the road less travelled: A study of backpacker travel in New Zealand. In G. Richards & J. Wilson (Eds.), The global nomad: Backpacker travel in theory and practice (pp. 217-236). Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications.

Newlands, K. (2003). Working holiday makers: A case study of working visitors to Tongariro National Park during the winter of 2003. Presented to the Taking Tourism to the Limits conference, 8-11 December, Hamilton.

Newlands, K. (2003). Interview by Rachael Tindallon on the impact of the Rally of New Zealand. Auckland: National Programme. 10 April.

Newlands, K. J. (2002). Setting out on the road less travelled: Preliminary results of a study of backpacker travel in New Zealand 2002, The global nomad . Paper presented at the ATLAS backpacker research group: An expert meeting on backpacker tourism, July 11-12, Bangkok.

Newlands, K. (2002). New Zealand, the backpackers' paradise - preliminary findings of a study of backpackers in New Zealand during autumn 2002. In W. G. Croy (Ed.), Proceedings, New Zealand tourism and hospitality research conference (pp. 315-329). Rotorua: Waiariki Institute of Technology, 3-5 December, Rotorua.

Newlands, K. (2001). Backpacker Research. Presented to the Backpacker Accommodation Council Annual General Meeting, 19 August, Rotorua.

Newlands, K. (2000). 100% Pure Adrenalin: The Relationship Between Rally New Zealand and UNITEC Institute of Technology since 1996, Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference . Auckland: Auckland University of Technology. Paper presented at the conference, 5-8 December, Auckland.

Newlands, K. (2000). Tourism and Rally New Zealand. In B. W. Ritchie & D. Adair (Eds.), Sports Generated Tourism: Exploring the Nexus (pp. 106-114). Canberra: CRC for Sustainable Tourism. Paper presented at the 1st Australian Sports Tourism Symposium, 5-7 October, Canberra.