Monday, May 1, 2017
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Infrastructure & Environment

Serious challenges for NZ rivers

New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are under increasing pressure, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of fresh water.

Audio: Seeking sustainability in NZ’s tourism sector

The University of Waikato's recent joining of The United Nations' prestigious international network of sustainable tourism observatories will allow it to conduct long-term research on the impact tourism is having on the environment. Asad Mohsin, the associate...

Audio: Chris Roberts on TIA’s infrastructure assessment

Listen to Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive Chris Roberts tell the Ticker's Paul Yandall why the association commissioned the National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment and the report's major findings.

Top tourism infrastructure needs to be revealed

The nation’s top priority infrastructure projects will be revealed this week with the expected publication of the National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment.

How to raise $75m to upgrade the Conservation estate

We have always prided ourselves that New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors.

Critics take aim at Bennett’s “no border levy” position

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett's push to rule out a tourist border levy has drawn fire from politicians across the spectrum who labelled her stance as "irresponsible" and "short-sighted".

Bennett: We don’t want NZ to be a rip-off

In an interview with journalist Jessica Mutch on TVNZ's Q+A on Sunday, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett justifies her opposition to a tourist tax.

New Tekapo toilets open for business

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

Tourism innovation fund frozen as political support ebbs away

The $8m per year Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) has been frozen in a likely precursor to it being terminated.

Church of Good Shepherd – TEC continues support

TEC is working with the Church to assist with enhancement of the experience for visitors, car-parking, and other related issues.

Ruapehu to tackle Tongariro congestion with transport hub

Ruapehu council is planning to provide almost $1m in funding to help ease track congestion on the Tongariro Crossing and support tourism infrastructure in the region.

Fund for operators raided for $5.5m infrastructure boost

The government has increased the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund by $5.5m to help build infrastructure to cope with booming tourism growth.

LGNZ: We need $1.4bn to fund tourism infrastructure

LGNZ has renewed calls for a new infrastructure funding mechanism after the cost of the nationwide project pipeline was revealed to be $1.38bn.

Holiday parks join predator free effort

Hundreds of holiday parks in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations may soon be free of rats, stoats and possums.

Impose targeted visitor tax at border, not on councils

A targeted visitor tax imposed at New Zealand’s border is the fairest way to ensure tourists contribute to cover costs of their visit.

Wellington mayor: We need to be bold to fund tourism infrastructure

The $1.4 billion dollar cost of new infrastructure to support the tourism boom shows new funding options are needed.

Skift: Sustainability key to combating overtourism

The tourism industry must take responsibility and see sustainable development as an opportunity, according to Skift.

Wagner: Success has raised challenges govt will help address

In a speech to the Chartered Accountants ANZ Annual Nelson/Marlborough Regional Conference this week, Associate Minister of Tourism Nicky Wagner outlines the government's tourism strategy.

NZ wins Best Environmental Stand at AIME 2017

The 100% Pure New Zealand stand won the Best Environmental Stand 2017 at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

Govt: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

The Government has announced a target of 90% of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040, alongside releasing new policy, regulations, information maps and funding.

Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth

The tourism industry is pleased that the Government has recognised fresh water’s value to the visitor economy, and is hopeful that this can be realised via its new water quality targets.

Jim Boult: Queenstown is too expensive, but not for tourists

With more than 35 years of experience in the tourism industry behind him, Queenstown's mayor and newly appointed chair of Real Journeys, Jim Boult, tells Tourism Ticker why he believes his town is getting too expensive, but not for tourists.

UK’s Eden Project sends team to draw up NZ development plans

The Eden Project’s British design team is in Christchurch as momentum builds to bring the iconic eco-attraction to New Zealand.

Bridges: Cycling infrastructure remains a priority

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says building better cycling infrastructure remains a priority for the Government as demonstrated by the Go by Bike Day event.

Bennett on funding: Industry must take lead and contribute

In a Q&A focused on funding, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett outlines the government's view of investing in the sector and calls on the industry to contribute.

Where’s the money for infrastructure minister?

The reaction of many Northlanders to the news that our region is to be promoted in Melbourne to attract tourists here was no doubt enthusiastic – initially.

Call for greater tourism funding for communities welcomed

Federated Farmers adding its voice to the call for more central government funding for tourism infrastructure is welcomed by Local Government New Zealand.

Across the ditch: Australia must invest to maintain tourism boom

In a warning to us here, a lack of investment in training and infrastructure could curtail Australia's booming tourism industry, says David Beirman, senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Technology Sydney.

TIA, RTONZ welcome infrastructure report

The Tourism Industry Association and Regional Tourism Organisations New Zealand have welcomed the release of a report into the funding of tourism infrastructure.

Water tops local government wish-list

Waste water management is the primary infrastructure issue that needs to be addressed, according to Local Government New Zealand chief executive, Malcolm Alexander.

PM: Doing nothing is not an option

Listen to Prime Minister John Key's full address to the Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2016. Image: TIA Doing nothing is not an option in the face of record tourist numbers but figuring out how best for...

Local issues dominate infrastructure survey

Accommodation and car-parking are some of the local issues highlighted in an assessment of New Zealand’s infrastructure challenges, according to an industry project currently underway.
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