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1 Dec 2022   /

WTTC puts ‘stake in the ground’ with new estimate of global tourism & travel emissions

The industry group puts its “stake in the ground” on the worldwide industry’s emissions target.


Antarctica to see more activity with 100k tourists expected this summer – Antarctica NZ
29 Nov 2022  

Antarctica to see more activity with 100k tourists expected this summer – Antarctica NZ

There has been a significant increase in visitor interest in Antarctica.


Driftwood Eco Tours on community, loyalty and culture
28 Nov 2022  

Driftwood Eco Tours on community, loyalty and culture

“New Zealand needs to be a premium destination,” says the Marlborough operator.


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.


Sky Tower light pollution contributing to seabird injuries – study
19 Oct 2022  

Sky Tower light pollution contributing to seabird injuries – study

Light pollution from Auckland’s Sky Tower and central business district are contributing to injuries and deaths of seabirds, according to a new study.


RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind
17 Oct 2022   /

RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind

Lake Whakatipu’s TSS Earnslaw is turning 110-years-old and may soon have a new lease on life through a decarbonisation project.


DOC closes another track due to erosion
14 Oct 2022   /

DOC closes another track due to erosion

The Department of Conservation has closed the Central North Island’s Arataki Track in Pureroa Forest Park due to landslip and erosion damage.


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.


Govt increases protections for Hector’s dolphins
13 Oct 2022  

Govt increases protections for Hector’s dolphins

The government is introducing tougher fishing measures to protect the vulnerable South Island Hector’s dolphins.


Govt invests $32m in kauri protection
3 Oct 2022  

Govt invests $32m in kauri protection

The government is investing $32m into a plan to protect kauri in the country’s northern forests from dieback disease.


Pūkaha open day ropes in Richie McCaw
23 Sep 2022  

Pūkaha open day ropes in Richie McCaw

The Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre near Masterton is holding an open day on Sunday 24 September, with special guest Richie McCaw who will read the book Three Little Kiwi to the audience.


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.


Auckland Zoo wins sustainability award
20 Sep 2022   /

Auckland Zoo wins sustainability award

Auckland Zoo has been awarded the sustainability and environmental impact accolade at the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand Awards.


Climate change a threat to marine mammals’ food supply – DOC
19 Sep 2022   /

Climate change a threat to marine mammals’ food supply – DOC

Climate change could have a major impact on New Zealand’s marine mammals, with food supply identified as the biggest threat in a new report by the Department of Conservation.


Sea level rise doubles in 60 years – Stats NZ
16 Sep 2022   /

Sea level rise doubles in 60 years – Stats NZ

The rate of sea level rise has rapidly increased in recent decades and will continue to do so due to the effects of climate change, according to Stats NZ.


Clean Up Week brings opportunities for events – KNZB
16 Sep 2022   /

Clean Up Week brings opportunities for events – KNZB

Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s annual Clean Up Week begins this Saturday and members of the public are encouraged to play their part in tidying up their communities.


Air NZ in world-first climate science partnership with NASA
14 Sep 2022   /

Air NZ in world-first climate science partnership with NASA

Air New Zealand says it is the first passenger airline in the world to join a NASA Earth Mission.


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 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.


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.


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.


Perspectives: Extreme heat events dangerous for business
8 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Extreme heat events dangerous for business

How much of an impact does soaring temperature have on business profitability?


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.


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.


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.


Transport GHG emissions drop
21 Jul 2022   /

Transport GHG emissions drop

Greenhouse gas emissions from transport, postal and warehousing, including aviation, dropped almost 36% between December 2019 and 2021


Nationwide tsunami evacuation map launched
21 Jul 2022  

Nationwide tsunami evacuation map launched

A nationwide tsunami evacuation map is now available online to help improve people’s preparedness in the event of a disaster.


Fullers360 secures greener future through AT deal
18 Jul 2022   /

Fullers360 secures greener future through AT deal

Fullers360’s Auckland business has been secured through a deal with Auckland Transport – and the future of ferry transport is green, says its chief executive.


The roadmap to guide NZ tourism through climate challenges
4 Jul 2022  

The roadmap to guide NZ tourism through climate challenges

Government agencies and tourism businesses are collaborating to prevent New Zealand’s, environment and reputation as a ‘clean green’ destination from being devastated by the effects of climate change.


Auckland to invest in up to 7 electric, low-emission ferries
2 Jun 2022   /

Auckland to invest in up to 7 electric, low-emission ferries

Auckland Council will invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” into six or seven new electric and low-emissions ferries as part of climate action proposal within Annual Budget 2022/23.


EcoZip backs Waiheke native tree planting
25 May 2022   /

EcoZip backs Waiheke native tree planting

Auckland operator EcoZip Adventures is backing an effort from the Waiheke Resources Trust to revitalise the Rangihoua wetland on Waiheke Island.


Govt’s emissions budgets plot zero-carbon path
10 May 2022   /

Govt’s emissions budgets plot zero-carbon path

Minister of Climate Change Minister James Shaw has released details of the government’s first three emissions budgets, which determine the total amount of emissions reductions New Zealand meet by 2035.


Queenstown Airport to compost food waste
3 May 2022   /

Queenstown Airport to compost food waste

Food waste from staff kitchens and food and beverage outlets across the terminal will be processed in three CarbonCycle Compost Bins.


$6m up for grabs for green transport
2 May 2022   /

$6m up for grabs for green transport

Up to $6m funding is available for projects that will help to decarbonise New Zealand’s transport sector, as part of the government’s Low Energy Transport Fund.


GorseBusters 2 attracts domestic, international visitors
28 Apr 2022  

GorseBusters 2 attracts domestic, international visitors

Okarito Kayaks’ Barry Hughes has declared the annual GorseBusters 2 cleanup of the Ōkārito Lagoon “possibly the busiest we’ve ever seen the remote South Westland wetland”.


Go Bus to lease 18 e-buses from Zenobē
28 Apr 2022   /

Go Bus to lease 18 e-buses from Zenobē

Go Bus will lease 18 new electric buses across its Christchurch fleet from Zenobē, a UK-based specialist in EV and battery storage that is about to enter the New Zealand market.


Goff proposes $122m for more electric ferries
27 Apr 2022   /

Goff proposes $122m for more electric ferries

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the introduction of two fully electric ferries to the city’s public transport system from 2024, but he would like to add at least six additional ferries to the fleet.


Fox Glacier Guiding breaks ice on carbon zero ambitions
22 Apr 2022   /

Fox Glacier Guiding breaks ice on carbon zero ambitions

The effort highlights the need for operators working in vulnerable environments to become more sustainable.


Air NZ joins hydrogen-powered car scheme
22 Apr 2022   /

Air NZ joins hydrogen-powered car scheme

Air New Zealand is backing a new effort to bring a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as part of a car-sharing scheme.


Tourwriter launches Trees That Count fundraise
22 Apr 2022   /

Tourwriter launches Trees That Count fundraise

Tourwriter will donate $1 to Trees That Count for every travel itinerary sold on its travel agency software platform.


NZ, Singapore deal to bolster sustainable aviation
21 Apr 2022   /

NZ, Singapore deal to bolster sustainable aviation

The aviation industry has welcomed the New Zealand and Singapore governments’ Sustainable Aviation Arrangement to create a more sustainable future for aviation.


Covid lockdowns push emissions down – report
13 Apr 2022   /

Covid lockdowns push emissions down – report

New Zealanders unable to travel throughout the country during 2020’s Covid-19 lockdowns saw a reduction in emissions, according to Greenhouse Gas Inventory report from the Ministry for the Environment.


Tourism needs to accelerate ‘net-zero carbon’ goal
28 Mar 2022   /

Tourism needs to accelerate ‘net-zero carbon’ goal

New Zealand tourism should introduce and accelerate its own ‘net-zero carbon’ goal to help the country get there by 2050, says a Canadian tourism expert.