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Wētā Workshop supports kauri protection message
25 Nov 2022   /

Wētā Workshop supports kauri protection message

Wētā Workshop’s modelling talents have been put to use as part of efforts to protect kauri from pests and diseases such as dieback.


Scenic Hotels launches NZ’s first ‘sustainable stays’
21 Nov 2022   /

Scenic Hotels launches NZ’s first ‘sustainable stays’

Carbon-neutral room rates will allow guests to offset their stay through a programme delivered by CarbonClick.


Public urged to have say on NZ’s low emissions future
17 Nov 2022   /

Public urged to have say on NZ’s low emissions future

New Zealanders are being encouraged to have their say on how the country plans its transition to a low-emissions future that is fair and inclusive for everyone.


Pūkaha releases rare parakeets into the wild
16 Nov 2022   /

Pūkaha releases rare parakeets into the wild

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is releasing six young yellow-crowned kākāriki back into the wild today.


Summit 2022: Events, environment keys to tourism building back better – Nash
10 Nov 2022   /

Summit 2022: Events, environment keys to tourism building back better – Nash

The tourism minister says attracting world-class events and living up to and protecting NZ’s clean, green image are helping the recovery.


Summit 2022: Workforce shortage, climate challenge priorities for tourism – Ingram
10 Nov 2022   /

Summit 2022: Workforce shortage, climate challenge priorities for tourism – Ingram

We must do all we can to ensure visitors feel good about their choice to travel to NZ, says TIA’s CEO.


Cruise set to plug in as part of net-zero commitment – CLIA
10 Nov 2022   /

Cruise set to plug in as part of net-zero commitment – CLIA

Cruise lines are preparing for an industry-wide switch to shoreside electricity as part of a commitment by Cruise Lines International Association ocean-going members to pursue net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Christchurch, Hamburg airports partner on green hydrogen goals
19 Oct 2022   /

Christchurch, Hamburg airports partner on green hydrogen goals

Christchurch and Hamburg Airports have embarked on a joint partnership to develop infrastructure for the use of green hydrogen in aviation for both ground vehicles and aircraft propulsion systems.


Climate effects on sea threaten NZ’s cultural sites, biodiversity – report
14 Oct 2022  

Climate effects on sea threaten NZ’s cultural sites, biodiversity – report

Coastal habitats, biodiversity, infrastructure and communities are at increased risk of climate-related changes associated with rising sea levels, according to a new report.


NRDA, operators launch Mārahau Pledge with visitor fee to support environment
13 Oct 2022   /

NRDA, operators launch Mārahau Pledge with visitor fee to support environment

A new visitor fee, a commitment to zero carbon, and operator co-operation are part of an initiative to improve the coastal village of Mārahau on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park.


Business events innovation needed to tackle carbon emissions – Nash
5 Oct 2022   /

Business events innovation needed to tackle carbon emissions – Nash

The sector needs to be innovative in the way it markets itself, particular to those flying longhaul, says the tourism minister.


Ten principles for sustainable destinations – World Economic Forum
4 Oct 2022   /

Ten principles for sustainable destinations – World Economic Forum

Monitoring sustainability and visitor empowerment are among the World Economic Forum’s new recommendations on tourism development.


Wellington moves to reduce visitor transport emissions
27 Sep 2022   /

Wellington moves to reduce visitor transport emissions

WellingtonNZ and GWRC partner to try and make it easier for visitors to the capital to take public transport.


Visitors urged to give Coromandel dotterels space
22 Sep 2022   /

Visitors urged to give Coromandel dotterels space

Beachgoers are putting threatened Opoutere dotterels and variable oystercatchers at risk of habitat destruction near a key nesting site in the Coromandel, says the Department of Conservation.


Cost, access challenges in drive to zero-carbon aviation – Air NZ
21 Sep 2022   /

Cost, access challenges in drive to zero-carbon aviation – Air NZ

The govt may have to step in to help make green aviation fuels more viable, says the airline’s sustainability manager.


More collaboration needed to tackle climate change – England-Hall
20 Sep 2022   /

More collaboration needed to tackle climate change – England-Hall

Extreme weather is posing more risks for operators and will transform business models, says RealNZ’s CEO.


Scenic to follow UN SDGs, commits 20% capex to energy efficiency
15 Sep 2022   /

Scenic to follow UN SDGs, commits 20% capex to energy efficiency

Scenic Hotel Group says it is taking steps to improve its business sustainability and aligning the group’s activities with six United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as benchmarks.


Dora’s Penguin of the Year Award a win for wildlife education
15 Sep 2022  

Dora’s Penguin of the Year Award a win for wildlife education

Dora the kororā has scooped the Penguin of the Year Award as voted by bird lovers from across the world.


Rangers recruited in new marine reserve plan
6 Sep 2022   /

Rangers recruited in new marine reserve plan

A new marine reserve monitoring system and a network of rangers will make up the government’s new Marine Monitoring and Reporting framework.


THL’s Waitomo staff run conservation workshops
6 Sep 2022   /

THL’s Waitomo staff run conservation workshops

Waitomo Glowworm Caves visitor centre will host seven workshops as part of Conservation Week, run by Tourism Holdings staff employed through the government’s Jobs for Nature programme.


The search is on for Penguin of the Year
6 Sep 2022  

The search is on for Penguin of the Year

Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand is on a mission to find this year’s Penguin of the Year and is inviting the public to make their votes.


Warmest, wettest winter on record wraps up – NIWA
5 Sep 2022   /

Warmest, wettest winter on record wraps up – NIWA

Winter 2022 has been the country’s warmest and wettest on record, with the nationwide average temperature reached 9.8°C 1.4°C above the 1981-2010 average, says NIWA.


DOC mingles with community for Conservation Week
5 Sep 2022   /

DOC mingles with community for Conservation Week

Members of the Department of Conservation’s West Coast offices are banding together with their communities to celebrate Conservation Week and raise awareness of more than 4,000 at-risk plants and animals.


Queenstown Airport expands biodiversity partnership
2 Sep 2022   /

Queenstown Airport expands biodiversity partnership

Queenstown Airport is expanding its long-standing relationship with the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust to include continue a local biodiversity planting project.


DOC highlights Tongariro, Milford key initiatives in new BIM for Williams
30 Aug 2022   /

DOC highlights Tongariro, Milford key initiatives in new BIM for Williams

Managing Tongariro Alpine Crossing and progressing the Milford Opportunities Project are highlighted as key initiatives by the Department of Conservation in its briefing to its new minister, Poto Williams.


Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO
29 Aug 2022   /

Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO

Experiences must be great for visitors and the environment but also create rewarding connections for Kiwis too, says Stephen England-Hall.


Perspectives: Australia’s Indigenous tourism fights to protect cultural heritage
29 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Australia’s Indigenous tourism fights to protect cultural heritage

Indigenous tourism and an enhanced sense of connection to local communities can help people fight the destruction of sites of environmental and cultural significance in Australia.


McCaw headlines Pūkaha open day return
29 Aug 2022  

McCaw headlines Pūkaha open day return

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will join the Pūkaha Wildlife Sanctuary’s first community open day in three years on Sunday 25 September.


Backpackers can be regenerative tourism pioneers – TIA’s Ingram
26 Aug 2022   /

Backpackers can be regenerative tourism pioneers – TIA’s Ingram

Young travellers can lead the way to a more sustainable sector.


Zealandia underscores visitor value from regenerative tourism
24 Aug 2022   /

Zealandia underscores visitor value from regenerative tourism

The eco-sanctuary’s commitment to to conservation can only be achieved with the help of visitors, says CEO Danielle Shanahan.


Perspectives: Could climate change put NZ’s whale watching at risk?
19 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Could climate change put NZ’s whale watching at risk?

The effects of climate change on ocean temperatures could force great whales to disappear from New Zealand’s waters.


Zealandia to host wānanga on native karaka protection
17 Aug 2022  

Zealandia to host wānanga on native karaka protection

Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne and Ōtari Wilton’s Bush will host a two-day wānanga on the management of native karaka trees and conservation efforts to protect them.


Fiordland hunting efforts eradicate deer from conservation areas
17 Aug 2022   /

Fiordland hunting efforts eradicate deer from conservation areas

More than 430 female deer have been eradicated from conservation areas around Kaikiekie/Bradshaw Sound in western Fiordland.


Perspectives: The role of tourism levies in marine conservation
16 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: The role of tourism levies in marine conservation

A “beneficiary pays” approach to tourism could support local communities and conservation efforts.


Air NZ, DOC transport rare birds to new home
16 Aug 2022   /

Air NZ, DOC transport rare birds to new home

Air New Zealand and the Department of Conservation have helped six young tūturuatu shore plovers to make the journey from Cape Sanctuary in Hawke’s Bay to Auckland’s Motutapu Island.


Social media helps track rare whales
15 Aug 2022   /

Social media helps track rare whales

Tohorā southern right whales are taking longer to re-establish a habitat in mainland waters, scientists at the University of Auckland have found.


Operators to launch Marahau Pledge for carbon-neutral future – is this the way forward?
12 Aug 2022   /

Operators to launch Marahau Pledge for carbon-neutral future – is this the way forward?

Nine Abel Tasman tourism businesses are involved in a new regenerative tourism initiative that aims to support the village of Mārahau and the region.


Climate change could bring new tourism opportunities – govt action plan
4 Aug 2022   /

Climate change could bring new tourism opportunities – govt action plan

Tourism is under threat from climate change but there are opportunities to be found in the sector as businesses innovate and adapt – and work is underway to examine these possibilities.


Air NZ sets science-based 2030 carbon reduction target
4 Aug 2022   /

Air NZ sets science-based 2030 carbon reduction target

The airline needs to reduce its carbon emissions by 28.9% by 2030 if it wants to be a net zero emitter by 2050.


First cohort of TBOP’s green initiative graduates
4 Aug 2022   /

First cohort of TBOP’s green initiative graduates

The first cohort from TBOP’s Green Room Programme graduates after an intensive 12-weeks helped participants reduce, reuse and recycle.


Govt plan to protect kauri from dieback
3 Aug 2022   /

Govt plan to protect kauri from dieback

The government has launched a plan to protect native kauri trees from dieback and disease.


DOC seeks feedback on shark conservation plan
3 Aug 2022   /

DOC seeks feedback on shark conservation plan

The draft National Plan of Action Sharks 2022 focuses on conservation, management, and sustainability of sharks caught in New Zealand waters.


Nash: Holiday parks’ ‘big play’ in NZ’s net zero journey
2 Aug 2022   /

Nash: Holiday parks’ ‘big play’ in NZ’s net zero journey

The tourism minister says the industry should apply for the new $54m innovation fund and suggests a project he would be happy to support.


Hotel Britomart releases first sustainability report
1 Aug 2022  

Hotel Britomart releases first sustainability report

Hotel Britomart has released its first sustainability report since it was rated the country’s first 5 Green Star hotel by the NZ Green Building Council.


Queenstown Lakes seeks regenerative, carbon neutral future in DMP
25 Jul 2022  

Queenstown Lakes seeks regenerative, carbon neutral future in DMP

The plan also supports the establishment of a local visitor levy to address infrastructure pressures.


Conservation project “godsend” for Te Anau operators
25 Jul 2022   /

Conservation project “godsend” for Te Anau operators

Fiordland operators have been part of a monumental effort to rid the national park of more than 100,000 invasive weeds.


DOC urges visitor care around native nesting birds
21 Jul 2022   /

DOC urges visitor care around native nesting birds

The Department of Conservation is asking visitors and their dogs to keep their distance from areas of gravel.


Fear of losing out, operator weakness, green agenda – govt’s reasons for $54m innovation fund
15 Jul 2022   /

Fear of losing out, operator weakness, green agenda – govt’s reasons for $54m innovation fund

Enabling non-tourism sector organisations, such as technology and overseas firms, as well as academic institutions, to be eligible for will bring the highest level of innovation.


DOC sets date of Conservation Week
11 Jul 2022   /

DOC sets date of Conservation Week

The Department of Conservation has confirmed the annual Conservation Week will run from 5 – 11 September this year.


Predator-free Rakiura “major drawcard for tourism” – F&B
7 Jul 2022   /

Predator-free Rakiura “major drawcard for tourism” – F&B

A “game-changing” project to investigate how to rid pests and predators from Rakiura/Stewart Island will receive $2.8m over four years.