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23 Jul 2021   /

Zealandia a symbol of tangible regeneration – departing CEO Paul Atkins

Chief executive Paul Atkins says tangible evidence of regenerative possibilities has lasting impact on visitors.


DOC funds 500+ Jobs for Nature roles
16 Jul 2021   /

DOC funds 500+ Jobs for Nature roles

Jobs funded through $34m allocation from Jobs for Nature Community and Private Land Biodiversity funds administered by DOC.


Marine tourism under scrutiny in new Hauraki Gulf plan
22 Jun 2021   /

Marine tourism under scrutiny in new Hauraki Gulf plan

DOC could restrict interactions with marine mammals and will assess the capacity for increased tourism under the new strategy.


EcoZip donates $8k for native tree planting
22 Jun 2021  

EcoZip donates $8k for native tree planting

Waiheke’s EcoZip Adventures has contributed $8000 towards the purchase of 1400 native trees for planting in seven wetland areas across the island.


NZ operators have world-class stories to tell – Qualmark’s departing GM
11 Jun 2021   /

NZ operators have world-class stories to tell – Qualmark’s departing GM

Departing Qualmark boss Gregg Anderson hails the potential of environmentally-focused operators in post-Covid tourism.


Transport key focus in final climate change report
10 Jun 2021   /

Transport key focus in final climate change report

An innovative role for Māori tourism is floated to help the country transition to net zero emissions by 2050.


Fewer kauri dieback track closure offences
4 Jun 2021  

Fewer kauri dieback track closure offences

Declines in non-compliance with rāhui highest in Waitākere Ranges.


Air Tahiti Nui begins carbon offsetting scheme
3 Jun 2021  

Air Tahiti Nui begins carbon offsetting scheme

Air Tahiti Nui customers will be able to start offsetting emissions on their flights from today, as a tie-up with New Zealand carbon offsetting provider CarbonClick begins.


Tour operator secures $1.16m for conservation work
4 May 2021  

Tour operator secures $1.16m for conservation work

The funding is helping to pay for fulltime conservation work for displaced guides.


GO Rentals targets EV lead with $750k Tesla investment
3 May 2021   /

GO Rentals targets EV lead with $750k Tesla investment

GO Rentals says it wants to “take the lead” in the electric vehicle rental space with the purchase of 10 Tesla Model 3 cars.


Forget Covid, glacier melt could soon hit NZ tourism
29 Apr 2021  

Forget Covid, glacier melt could soon hit NZ tourism

A new study shows NZ’s glaciers are melting faster than expected.


Review recommends change, shows Fish & Game has “work to do”
28 Apr 2021  

Review recommends change, shows Fish & Game has “work to do”

Reducing number of regional councils, lifting Māori representation among recommendations.


Webjet launches carbon offsetting for Kiwi customers
27 Apr 2021  

Webjet launches carbon offsetting for Kiwi customers

Travellers can choose to contribute to range of environmental projects when booking.


Ara signs up to Tourism Sustainability Commitment
19 Apr 2021   /

Ara signs up to Tourism Sustainability Commitment

In line with components in tertiary educational provider’s hospitality and tourism programmes.


Operators welcome sanctuary plan as private vessels pressure dolphins
31 Mar 2021  

Operators welcome sanctuary plan as private vessels pressure dolphins

Surge in recreational vessels partly to blame for dolphins leaving Bay of Islands, large operators support marine mammal sanctuary.


Nadine Toe Toe appointed to Air NZ panel
29 Mar 2021   /

Nadine Toe Toe appointed to Air NZ panel

Toe Toe’s Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours won the 2019 NZ Tourism Industry Awards’ community engagement category.


TFT interim report: reforming law top taskforce aim
26 Mar 2021   /

TFT interim report: reforming law top taskforce aim

The highly anticipated Tourism Futures Taskforce interim report contains a host of recommendations for the sector.


PCE Simon Upton: Introduce departure tax now
22 Mar 2021   /

PCE Simon Upton: Introduce departure tax now

Simon Upton says the optimal time to bring in any new tax is now.


BOP operator redeploys staff into Jobs for Nature
24 Feb 2021  

BOP operator redeploys staff into Jobs for Nature

Kaitiaki Adventures will be able to redeploy up to 19 of its staff into Jobs for Nature projects.


TNZ launches “plant a forest of the future” campaign
23 Feb 2021  

TNZ launches “plant a forest of the future” campaign

Tourism New Zealand has partnered with Trees that Count to encourage domestic and international visitors to donate towards planting “native trees for future generations”.


Greens urge parties to embrace PCE report
23 Feb 2021   /

Greens urge parties to embrace PCE report

The Green Party has called on all political parties to embrace the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton’s Not 100% – but four steps closer to sustainable tourism report.


Tourism researchers give qualified support for PCE report
22 Feb 2021   /

Tourism researchers give qualified support for PCE report

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report has sparked volumes of commentary from the country’s academic sector.


Perspectives: Sustainable change can make NZ tourism more competitive
19 Feb 2021  

Perspectives: Sustainable change can make NZ tourism more competitive

The PCE report is a paradigm shift towards increasing tourism accountability, writes Professor James Higham.


PCE report sets new direction for NZ tourism
18 Feb 2021   /

PCE report sets new direction for NZ tourism

The long-awaited report recommends a departure tax, stricter controls on commercial operations, and questions the public investment in the sector.


Nash warns taxpayers should not have to subsidise tourism, aims to reposition industry
18 Feb 2021  

Nash warns taxpayers should not have to subsidise tourism, aims to reposition industry

The tourism minister says “the full cost of tourism” should be priced into the visitor experience.


MOTAT, Waitaki secure EV funding to serve visitors
11 Feb 2021  

MOTAT, Waitaki secure EV funding to serve visitors

The Government has approved funding for 22 new low-emission transport projects.


Climate Commission report: What is in store for tourism?
1 Feb 2021   /

Climate Commission report: What is in store for tourism?

The Climate Change Commission’s landmark report on decarbonising the economy has signalled a stronger focus on emissions from the tourism sector is in the pipeline.


Air NZ backs new biofuels mandate for transport
28 Jan 2021   /

Air NZ backs new biofuels mandate for transport

Air New Zealand backs the new standards saying biofuels are “a necessary step” in reaching NZ’s net zero emissions by 2050 goal.


DOC calls for boatie care after black turtle killed
27 Jan 2021   /

DOC calls for boatie care after black turtle killed

Boaties should give animals plenty of space and always watch where they are going, DOC says.


Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe/Ninety Mile Beach plan takes effect
26 Jan 2021  

Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe/Ninety Mile Beach plan takes effect

A long-awaited formal management plan Northland’s iconic Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe/Ninety Mile Beach formally comes into effect today, Monday, 25 January 2021.


Christchurch Airport recognised for carbon reduction
25 Nov 2020   /

Christchurch Airport recognised for carbon reduction

Christchurch Airport has become the first airport in the world to achieve the Airports Carbon Accreditation Level 4 certification from Airports Council International.


Tourism Futures Taskforce lifts lid on current thinking
20 Nov 2020   /

Tourism Futures Taskforce lifts lid on current thinking

Regulation to manage supply and price inefficiencies are among mooted recommendations from the Tourism Futures Taskforce.


DOC urges caution to drivers after seal death
11 Nov 2020   /

DOC urges caution to drivers after seal death

DOC is urging beach goers to drive carefully on the foreshore after a critically injured kekeno/seal pup had to be euthanised on a Christchurch beach.


Eves Valley reserve recovering from fire
4 Nov 2020   /

Eves Valley reserve recovering from fire

The edges and hillslopes of the 28-hectare reserve near Nelson were burnt by the fire that spread over 2400 hectares.


Sounds Air commits to zero-emission EV flights
1 Oct 2020   /

Sounds Air commits to zero-emission EV flights

Sounds Air plans to operate electric aircraft in New Zealand by the end of the decade.


Re-imagining tourism? TIA unveils its vision
16 Sep 2020   /

Re-imagining tourism? TIA unveils its vision

The association challenges the Govt’s Tourism Futures Taskforce to take “bold steps” to address industry issues.


NZ tourism needs “re-feel” as much as re-think – academic
24 Aug 2020   /

NZ tourism needs “re-feel” as much as re-think – academic

New Zealand’s tourism rethink needs to forget old economic systems and focus on human values if the sector has any hope of reviving.


New data shows promising kiwi numbers at Pūkaha
21 Aug 2020  

New data shows promising kiwi numbers at Pūkaha

12 wild kiwi are alive and well in the reserve, including several pairs.


Greater Wellington seeks feedback on regional parks
21 Aug 2020  

Greater Wellington seeks feedback on regional parks

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking public feedback on the future of its regional parks network.


Govt to invest $34m to restore East Coast forest
12 Aug 2020   /

Govt to invest $34m to restore East Coast forest

The funding, over four years, was part of the Government’s $1.3bn Jobs for Nature programme.


Climate change to become a “key consideration” in DOC concessions
7 Aug 2020   /

Climate change to become a “key consideration” in DOC concessions

Conservation estate attractions could suffer more damage, become inaccessible or disappear, says a new report.


High Court stops tahr “decimation” and saves jobs – NZTF
13 Jul 2020   /

High Court stops tahr “decimation” and saves jobs – NZTF

Hunting operators have welcomed a High Court ruling instructing the Department of Conservation to undertake further consultation on its 2020-2021 tahr culling plans.


Tourism emissions take off as GDP, employment contributions stagnate
12 Jun 2020   /

Tourism emissions take off as GDP, employment contributions stagnate

New Zealand’s tourism-related greenhouse gas emissions jumped 16.3% in a decade.


Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report
3 Jun 2020   /

Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report

Stats NZ is preparing to launch the regular research series into the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Becken: 20th Century tourism low value, we need it to be climate safe
26 May 2020  

Becken: 20th Century tourism low value, we need it to be climate safe

Decarbonising tourism will include less reliance on long haul airline travel and more on rapid land transport, according to Dr Susanne Becken.


Visitor improvements begin at West Coast attraction
15 May 2020   /

Visitor improvements begin at West Coast attraction

Work to improve safety and provide for the protection of the sensitive environment of the West Coast’s Ōpārara Basin is set to begin at alert level 2, says the Department of Conservation.


Help sought for animal care at Otorohanga Kiwi House
23 Apr 2020   /

Help sought for animal care at Otorohanga Kiwi House

A Givealittle page has been set up to help the Otorohanga Kiwi House as the facility copes with life under the Covid-19 lockdown.


Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari recognised for conservation efforts
12 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari recognised for conservation efforts

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari has been recognised by the World Cetacean Alliance.


Regional Facilities Auckland secures carbon free certification
5 Mar 2020   /

Regional Facilities Auckland secures carbon free certification

Regional Facilities Auckland has gained Toitū carbonreduce certification.


LGNZ claims climate change “central strategy void”
28 Feb 2020  

LGNZ claims climate change “central strategy void”

LGNZ has welcomed a new report that calls for central government policy makers to step up the pace on progressing a national strategy on climate change adaption having highlighting the threat to the tourism industry.