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9 Apr 2020   /

Govt to consider targets for PGF investment

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is looking at how the Provincial Growth Fund can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Ratepayer group calls for ATEED, APTR to be scrapped
9 Apr 2020   /

Ratepayer group calls for ATEED, APTR to be scrapped

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is calling for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development to be scrapped, saying its role of promoting tourism and events is redundant.


Police warn Kiwis to stay home over Easter
9 Apr 2020  

Police warn Kiwis to stay home over Easter

The police are warning New Zealanders to stay home during the upcoming Easter holidays, as the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown continues.


Trail users urged to stick to lockdown rules
9 Apr 2020   /

Trail users urged to stick to lockdown rules

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is reminding track and trail users to stick to Covid-19 lockdown rules, especially social distancing.


Nats’ mandatory quarantining petition gets 40k signatures
9 Apr 2020  

Nats’ mandatory quarantining petition gets 40k signatures

Forty thousand people have signed a National Party petition calling for mandatory quarantining for anyone arriving at New Zealand borders.


Submissions open on new Manawatū Gorge route
9 Apr 2020   /

Submissions open on new Manawatū Gorge route

Public submissions on plans for a new highway to replace the closed State Highway 3 Manawatū Gorge route are now open, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Travellers get real-time transport capacity data
8 Apr 2020  

Travellers get real-time transport capacity data

Auckland Transport has updated its AT Mobile app to show users how many people are on a train in real time.


Queentown to establish Covid-19 recovery taskforce
8 Apr 2020  

Queentown to establish Covid-19 recovery taskforce

Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult is establishing two recovery taskforces to help the district prepare for post-Covid-19 lockdown.


Hikers still flouting lockdown rules – DOC
8 Apr 2020   /

Hikers still flouting lockdown rules – DOC

Walkers and hikers in the Waikato are flouting Covid-19 lockdown rules, according to the Department of Conservation.


MBIE delays monthly regional tourism estimates
8 Apr 2020   /

MBIE delays monthly regional tourism estimates

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates will not be published next week, says MBIE.


Recruitment partnership to support tourism sector recovery
8 Apr 2020   /

Recruitment partnership to support tourism sector recovery

Tourism Talent has partnered with Go with Tourism in a bid to help the tourism sector bounce back from Covid-19.


NZIER: Business confidence plummets in Q1
8 Apr 2020  

NZIER: Business confidence plummets in Q1

Business confidence has plummeted amidst the current Covid-19 crisis, with a new survey showing 67% of businesses expect a deterioration in general economic conditions.


Mehrtens’ Leisure Time Tours buys event specialist Lime & Soda
7 Apr 2020   /

Mehrtens’ Leisure Time Tours buys event specialist Lime & Soda

Family-owned Leisure Time Group has expanded into the event management space with the acquisition of Auckland-based Lime & Soda.


Data shows full impact of coronavirus on air traffic
7 Apr 2020   /

Data shows full impact of coronavirus on air traffic

In the week after the Government’s 23 March lockdown announcement, scheduled airline traffic declined by 47%, or 8600 flights to 4400, compared with the same period last year, says Airways.


Global air capacity falls 77% in first week of April
7 Apr 2020   /

Global air capacity falls 77% in first week of April

International airline seat capacity fell to just 23% of what it was in the first week of April last year, according to travel insights firm ForwardKeys.


Chch hospo, accommodation spending tumbles
7 Apr 2020   /

Chch hospo, accommodation spending tumbles

Hospitality and accommodation in Christchurch was hardest hit with an 82% decline in spending in the week ended March 29 compared with the same week a year ago.


Council calls on govt to help hospo sector
7 Apr 2020   /

Council calls on govt to help hospo sector

Nelson City Council is calling for the Ministry of Justice to enable the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) and councils to waive alcohol licensing fees in light of the Covid-19 shutdown.


Foreign students enjoy northern hospitality
7 Apr 2020   /

Foreign students enjoy northern hospitality

Northland host families have opened their homes to international students as they sit out the Covid-19 lockdown.


Self-isolation at Hamilton stadium set up for freedom campers
6 Apr 2020   /

Self-isolation at Hamilton stadium set up for freedom campers

Porritt Stadium in Hamilton has been set up as a Covid-19 self-isolation site for freedom campers at the request of the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.


BCA hits out against double dipping claims
6 Apr 2020   /

BCA hits out against double dipping claims

The Bus and Coach Association says it is “dumbfounded” by the suggestion of one union organisation that bus companies are ‘double dipping’ on the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme.


Civil Defence closes roads into Egmont National Park
6 Apr 2020   /

Civil Defence closes roads into Egmont National Park

Roads into Egmont National Park will be closed following an order by Civil Defence in a bid to combat Covid-19.


Council blasts Coromandel holidaymakers during lockdown
6 Apr 2020  

Council blasts Coromandel holidaymakers during lockdown

The Thames Coromandel District Council is warning residences against travelling to their holiday homes for the Easter period, saying they need to abide by lockdown rules during the Covid-19 crisis.


Hunting officially banned during Covid-19 lockdown
6 Apr 2020   /

Hunting officially banned during Covid-19 lockdown

A new Government Order has banned hunting while New Zealand remains in level four lockdown during the Covid-19 crisis.


ATEED to bring WWF sculpture trail to Auckland
6 Apr 2020  

ATEED to bring WWF sculpture trail to Auckland

The World Wide Fund for Nature is bringing a ten-week public art sculpture trail to Auckland fo the summer/autumn season in 2021.


Tomahawk launches quarantine accommodation website
3 Apr 2020   /

Tomahawk launches quarantine accommodation website

Tourism marketing agency Tomahawk has launched a new website that lists accommodation options for people who need to self-isolate due to Covid-19.


Christchurch offers commercial rent holiday to tenants
3 Apr 2020  

Christchurch offers commercial rent holiday to tenants

Christchurch City Council has introduced a three-month rent holiday for commercial tenants.


Fuller360 introduces alert level 4 passenger ferry register
3 Apr 2020  

Fuller360 introduces alert level 4 passenger ferry register

Fullers360 has implemented a passenger register on its Waiheke and Devonport routes during the level four alert.


QLDC issues walking track safety reminder
3 Apr 2020   /

QLDC issues walking track safety reminder

A lockdown track etiquette reminder has been issued by Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Police use tech to step-up returning Kiwis’ self-isolation
3 Apr 2020   /

Police use tech to step-up returning Kiwis’ self-isolation

New Zealanders self-isolating on their return from overseas have been asked to consent to being contacted by text message, for the purposes of compliance checks.


SkyCity lights tower blue to acknowledge frontline workers
3 Apr 2020  

SkyCity lights tower blue to acknowledge frontline workers

Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower has been lit royal blue to “acknowledge and support the tireless efforts of front-line emergency services staff engaged in the fight against Covid-19.”


UNWTO: Global arrivals to fall by up to 30%
2 Apr 2020   /

UNWTO: Global arrivals to fall by up to 30%

International arrivals will fall by 20%-30% in 2020 compared to last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.


Hotels, motels building consents value jumps in Feb
2 Apr 2020   /

Hotels, motels building consents value jumps in Feb

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation for the year to February 2020 was $616m.


Govt looks to fast-track consents to boost recovery
2 Apr 2020   /

Govt looks to fast-track consents to boost recovery

The Government is looking at ways to fast-track consents for development and infrastructure projects to stimulate the economy and provide jobs during Covid-19.


21 airports selected to stay open as ‘lifeline utilities’
2 Apr 2020   /

21 airports selected to stay open as ‘lifeline utilities’

Twenty-one New Zealand airports will remain open during alert level 4 as ‘lifeline utilities’ under the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act, says the New Zealand Airports Association.


20k tune in to Auckland Zoo livestream test
2 Apr 2020   /

20k tune in to Auckland Zoo livestream test

Auckland Zoo has tested a new series of live streams that will connect lockdown New Zealand with the attraction.


Rotorua’s SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland site up for sale
2 Apr 2020   /

Rotorua’s SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland site up for sale

The former site of the SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland in Rotorua is for sale.


Union calls on Air NZ to ‘take a breather’ on redundancies
1 Apr 2020   /

Union calls on Air NZ to ‘take a breather’ on redundancies

Air New Zealand is moving faster than it needed to with plans to make up to 3500 employees redundant, says E tū assistant national secretary Rachel Mackintosh.


NZ Pilots: Aviation sector needs to keep jobs here post-Covid-19
1 Apr 2020   /

NZ Pilots: Aviation sector needs to keep jobs here post-Covid-19

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is urging the aviation sector to work together to keep jobs in New Zealand, rather than lose highly skilled Kiwis to international markets in the recovery from Covid-19.


Business confidence plunges in March – ANZ
1 Apr 2020   /

Business confidence plunges in March – ANZ

Business confidence plunged over the second half of March as the Covid-19 outbreak become a global pandemic, says ANZ.


Quest offers 500 rooms for self-isolation
1 Apr 2020   /

Quest offers 500 rooms for self-isolation

Quest is offering up to 500 rooms for essential workers and returning travellers to use for self-isolation during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Christchurch motels to house homeless during Covid-19
1 Apr 2020   /

Christchurch motels to house homeless during Covid-19

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has contracted 25 motels to provide immediate housing to the homeless in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


QLDC seeks holiday home lockdown occupancy details
1 Apr 2020   /

QLDC seeks holiday home lockdown occupancy details

Queenstown Lakes District Council is asking holiday home owners spending lock down in the district to provide information on how many people are staying at their property.


Waikato Covid-19 cluster linked to St Paddy’s celebrations
31 Mar 2020   /

Waikato Covid-19 cluster linked to St Paddy’s celebrations

St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Redoubt Bar in Matamata are the source of a cluster of Covid-19 cases.


Nelson freedom campers directed to campgrounds
31 Mar 2020   /

Nelson freedom campers directed to campgrounds

Nelson and Tasman commercial campgrounds will provide temporary space for freedom campers who don’t have a place to stay for the next four weeks in isolation.


Marlborough closes mountain biking trails
31 Mar 2020   /

Marlborough closes mountain biking trails

Following recent rainfall, and discussion with the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club, the local council has decided to close its mountain bike parks in Blenheim’s Wither Hills Farm Park and Picton’s Victoria Domain.


Govt fast tracks $1m for air freight
31 Mar 2020   /

Govt fast tracks $1m for air freight

The Government has fast-tracked up to $1m to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight going to Shanghai.


Virtual public consultation on Auckland to North Shore link
31 Mar 2020  

Virtual public consultation on Auckland to North Shore link

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on the dedicated walking and cycling link between central Auckland and the North Shore.


Iconic hotel in art deco capital on market
31 Mar 2020  

Iconic hotel in art deco capital on market

Colliers is marketing the sale of the County Hotel in New Zealand’s Art Deco capital of Napier.


Air traffic controllers defer pay rise
30 Mar 2020   /

Air traffic controllers defer pay rise

Airways New Zealand’s air traffic controllers will defer a planned pay increase in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on the aviation sector.


Covid-19 online dob-in service launched
30 Mar 2020   /

Covid-19 online dob-in service launched

People with an urge to snitch on neighbours and others they think are flouting lockdown rules can go online to let off steam.