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14 May 2018  

Tourism infrastructure among costs prompting inquiry

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced the Government will hold a Productivity Commission inquiry into local government funding.


Tourism Minister: International visitor border levy is coming
10 May 2018  

Tourism Minister: International visitor border levy is coming

A levy on international visitors to New Zealand is set to be finalised within weeks with implementation targeted for around Budget-time 2019.


SH1 through Kaikōura opens 24/7
30 Apr 2018  

SH1 through Kaikōura opens 24/7

State Highway 1 through Kaikōura between Picton and Christchurch will re-open for night-time travel from today.


TIA urges communities to apply for tourism funding
18 Apr 2018  

TIA urges communities to apply for tourism funding

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is encouraging councils and community organisations to apply for new Government funding to help them maximise the benefits of tourism for their communities.


$100m TIF criteria under review
17 Apr 2018  

$100m TIF criteria under review

The criteria for applying for finance from the $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund is under review and could become less restrictive, says the government.


Striking new rail station designs revealed
5 Mar 2018  

Striking new rail station designs revealed

City Rail Link has revealed striking new concept plans for the rail stations it plans to build or refurbish as part of its Auckland network.


Northland, Gisborne, West Coast tourism among first to benefit from $1bn PGF
23 Feb 2018   / / /

Northland, Gisborne, West Coast tourism among first to benefit from $1bn PGF

Tourism in Northland, Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast will be among the first beneficiaries of the first deployment from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.


Dean: Certainty needed for TIF
22 Dec 2017  

Dean: Certainty needed for TIF

The Government needs to move quickly and provide certainty on future funding for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, National Party Tourism Spokesperson Jacqui Dean says.


TIA: Councils encouraged to apply for next round of TIF
18 Dec 2017  

TIA: Councils encouraged to apply for next round of TIF

TIA is strongly encouraging councils to put in applications to the next funding round to take advantage of the opportunity to secure investment into projects that will support the growth of tourism.


More sustainable funding needed for tourism
18 Dec 2017   /

More sustainable funding needed for tourism

Local Government New Zealand says the first round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will help some councils meet the infrastructure challenges posed by booming tourism numbers.


Merry TIFmas! Govt hands out $15m of tourism funding
15 Dec 2017   /

Merry TIFmas! Govt hands out $15m of tourism funding

Freedom camping facilities, car parking at the Church of the Good Shepherd and cycle trails are among the recipients of almost $15m in tourism-related government funding.


TIA: GST windfall strengthens investment case
14 Dec 2017   / /

TIA: GST windfall strengthens investment case

An 18% jump in tourism-generated GST has prompted the Tourism Industry Aotearoa to repeats calls for a chunk of this tax to be reinvested in infrastructure.


MBIE moots “more substantial visitor levy” in minister’s briefing
8 Dec 2017  

MBIE moots “more substantial visitor levy” in minister’s briefing

A new long-term funding model to support New Zealand’s growing tourism industry, including increasing the border levy and possible institutional changes, have been mooted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue
14 Nov 2017  

Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue

Local Government New Zealand says funding growth infrastructure is the highest priority for councils and welcomes the Government’s plans to review local government costs and revenue. 


National’s Jacqui Dean to hold govt to account on tourism
3 Nov 2017  

National’s Jacqui Dean to hold govt to account on tourism

Jacqui Dean has been appointed the National Party’s new Tourism spokesperson and says she will be keeping a close eye on the government’s plans for the sector.


EDNZ: Let’s ensure the $1bn regional fund delivers
2 Nov 2017  

EDNZ: Let’s ensure the $1bn regional fund delivers

The new $1bn Regional Development Fund is in danger of being targeted for projects such as tourism infrastructure and local government shortfalls – that would be a mistake, writes Dr David Wilson, chair of EDNZ and CEO of Northland Inc.


LGNZ: Water, tourism, housing infrastructure priorities for new govt
23 Oct 2017  

LGNZ: Water, tourism, housing infrastructure priorities for new govt

Local Government New Zealand congratulates the incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and welcomes the new Labour-led government.


Roys Peak Track closed for upgrade
21 Sep 2017  

Roys Peak Track closed for upgrade

Work to upgrade the popular Roys Peak Track vehicle facilities will begin this week.


Applicants seek $18m from Tourism Infrastructure Fund
19 Sep 2017  

Applicants seek $18m from Tourism Infrastructure Fund

The first round of the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund has attracted 43 eligible applications, says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.


Funding for Napier’s Art Deco Heritage buildings
8 Sep 2017  

Funding for Napier’s Art Deco Heritage buildings

Three of Napier city centre’s art deco and character buildings are to receive more than $180,000 for earthquake strengthening work.


Applying for funding from MBIE’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund
6 Sep 2017  

Applying for funding from MBIE’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund

By meeting eligibility criteria and by understanding how to convey a local or regional need in a nationally compelling submission, applicants can increase their chances of success.


Applications open for $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund…
4 Aug 2017   /

Applications open for $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund…

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett is calling on councils to apply for co-funding from the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund which opens today.


TIA urges communities to apply for $100m TIF
4 Aug 2017  

TIA urges communities to apply for $100m TIF

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is encouraging councils and community organisations to apply for new Government funding to help them maximise the benefits of tourism for their communities.


Owhango makes amenity decision
31 Jul 2017  

Owhango makes amenity decision

Owhango was one of the five successful locations around Ruapehu that received government co-investment funding for a public toilet under the Regional mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.


Newshub-Reid Poll: Majority support $50 tourist tax
25 Jul 2017  

Newshub-Reid Poll: Majority support $50 tourist tax

A Newshub-Reid Research poll has revealed many New Zealanders support a “tourist tax” to help fund infrastructure and the Department of Conservation.  


Littlewood: Use it or risk losing $102m TIF
24 Jul 2017  

Littlewood: Use it or risk losing $102m TIF

The hotel industry has been urged to play their part in accessing the $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund in what has been framed as a ‘use it or lose it’ situation.


Tourism-related projects near completion
24 Jul 2017  

Tourism-related projects near completion

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the first of three tourism-related transport projects in the Gisborne-Tairāwhiti region is nearing completion.


LGNZ: Election manifesto offers infrastructure solutions
24 Jul 2017  

LGNZ: Election manifesto offers infrastructure solutions

Changes to the way we fund infrastructure, improvements to our risk and resilience and new ways of protecting New Zealand’s water are outlined in the Local Government New Zealand election manifesto, released yesterday.


$5m boost for West Coast visitor economy
14 Jul 2017  

$5m boost for West Coast visitor economy

A $36.8m Action Plan will help boost the West Coast’s visitor economy, support economic development, and improve connectivity and infrastructure.   


Māori Party: IwiRail will deliver cultural tourism jobs
13 Jul 2017  

Māori Party: IwiRail will deliver cultural tourism jobs

A swathe of cultural tourism jobs could be created under new plans announced by the Māori Party to establish a $350m infrastructure fund.


Peters promises more tourist dollars for Whanganui
5 Jul 2017  

Peters promises more tourist dollars for Whanganui

Excerpts on tourism and land access from a speech given by New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters in Whanganui on Tuesday.


Mayor questions data as tourists “tighten belts” through region
3 Jul 2017  

Mayor questions data as tourists “tighten belts” through region

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan has questioned both the spend data and the value of tourism for his region as tourists sought to “tighten their belts” through the southern province.


Whale Watch’s Ngapora “keen to contribute” to regions
28 Jun 2017   /

Whale Watch’s Ngapora “keen to contribute” to regions

Whale Watch Kaikoura’s Kauahi Ngapora is the only working operator on the new Tourism Infrastructure Fund panel, which nonetheless contains significant industry experience. 


NZ First shows welcome commitment to regions: LGNZ
27 Jun 2017  

NZ First shows welcome commitment to regions: LGNZ

New Zealand First’s Campaign for the Regions which was launched yesterday contains a number of commitments Local Government New Zealand welcomes. 


Peters: GST from tourists to be returned to regions
26 Jun 2017  

Peters: GST from tourists to be returned to regions

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants the full GST earned from tourists returned back to the regions in which the money was spent.


LGNZ: Future-focused plan for infrastructure needed
22 Jun 2017  

LGNZ: Future-focused plan for infrastructure needed

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.


Capital attraction wins Green Ribbon
9 Jun 2017  

Capital attraction wins Green Ribbon

Wellington conservation project and attraction Zealandia has won the Leadership in Communication and Education Green Ribbon environmental award. 


Regions welcome $5.2m to help curb “unsavoury behaviour”
9 Jun 2017   /

Regions welcome $5.2m to help curb “unsavoury behaviour”

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced $5.2 million in co-funding for sixteen councils around New Zealand.


Tourism infrastructure priority for LGNZ election manifesto
7 Jun 2017  

Tourism infrastructure priority for LGNZ election manifesto

New Zealand’s infrastructure, community resilience and how we respond to increasing impacts on our environment will be key areas of focus for local government in the coming three years.


Bennett: $102m TIF “is enough”
6 Jun 2017  

Bennett: $102m TIF “is enough”

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has challenged the industry to prove the recently announced $102m tourism infrastructure fund is “not enough”.


The Nation: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff
6 Jun 2017  

The Nation: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff talks to Lisa Owen on The Nation about the prospect of facing a legal challenge to his targeted accommodation rate.


Protection order proposed for NZ’s largest, clearest springs
6 Jun 2017  

Protection order proposed for NZ’s largest, clearest springs

An application for a Water Conservation Order for the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand has been accepted and referred to a special tribunal.


Tourist tax mooted to save threatened native birds
1 Jun 2017  

Tourist tax mooted to save threatened native birds

A tourist tax should be used to help stop the decline in the country’s native bird species, according to a new report from the Government’s environment watchdog.


Wednesday Letter: Tourism Minister Paula Bennett
31 May 2017  

Wednesday Letter: Tourism Minister Paula Bennett

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett on why she is focused on helping regional NZ, the government’s funding priorities, and why Queenstown and other regions may be able to get more support.  MORE »


Call for wiser tourism infrastructure spending
31 May 2017  

Call for wiser tourism infrastructure spending

PRESS RELEASE: Harrison Grierson The extra Government funding for tourism infrastructure announced recently is not addressing wider issues including our vulnerability to natural hazards, says a leading expert. Glen Hughes, of MORE »


BUDGET 2017: Conservation spending grows
26 May 2017  

BUDGET 2017: Conservation spending grows

Budget 2017 invests an additional $107.8 million to strengthen conservation programmes and manage tourism growth on public conservation land.


LGNZ Freshwater Symposium to tackle major issue
25 May 2017  

LGNZ Freshwater Symposium to tackle major issue

Local Government New Zealand is holding its first Freshwater Symposium next week to look at the strategic issues for freshwater management.


Free electric cars for corporate travellers
17 May 2017  

Free electric cars for corporate travellers

Regular business travellers will be able to book an e-Golf for their day of travel, free of charge.


Minister: $178m package for tourism infrastructure
12 May 2017  

Minister: $178m package for tourism infrastructure

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced a new $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund which has been launched alongside $76 million in new funding for our most important tourism asset, the DOC Estate.


Industry to be tapped to help deploy $102m TIF
12 May 2017  

Industry to be tapped to help deploy $102m TIF

Industry operators could comprise more than half of the panel being put together by the government to help deploy its new $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund.


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