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TIF opens, up to $18m to be allocated
13 Apr 2021  

TIF opens, up to $18m to be allocated

Round five of Tourism Infrastructrure Fund is now open for applications with five South Island regions hit hardest by the lack of international tourists given priority.


Air NZ’s $1.5bn govt loan interest cut to as low as 3.8%
12 Apr 2021  

Air NZ’s $1.5bn govt loan interest cut to as low as 3.8%

The newly extended $1.5bn facility will see it pay annual interest between 3.80% and 5.30%.


Culture & Heritage fund opens for installations, events
12 Apr 2021   /

Culture & Heritage fund opens for installations, events

The first round of funding for Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events has opened.


Air NZ defers capital raise, secures another $600m from Govt
9 Apr 2021   /

Air NZ defers capital raise, secures another $600m from Govt

The new money brings the total amount loaned to the airline by the Govt to $1.5bn. 


Govt launches $60m arts, culture, heritage innovation fund
6 Apr 2021   /

Govt launches $60m arts, culture, heritage innovation fund

Funds provided over three years as part of wider arts and culture Covid-19 recovery programme.


Kāpiti Coast development fund for major events opens
6 Apr 2021   /

Kāpiti Coast development fund for major events opens

Total $105,000 available, with $25,000 for early-stage projects.


Nash re-prioritises $13m from TIF for regions under stress
1 Apr 2021   /

Nash re-prioritises $13m from TIF for regions under stress

The regions hardest-hit by the slump in international tourism will get priority.


New eco tourism venture secures funding in Kāpiti region
30 Mar 2021  

New eco tourism venture secures funding in Kāpiti region

Waka Kāpiti Limited one of five to receive funds in the area for 2021.


Glacier Country operators eligible for up to $50k support
29 Mar 2021   /

Glacier Country operators eligible for up to $50k support

The new $5m Glacier Country Business Support Fund aims to protect communities in the hard hit region.


…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list
19 Mar 2021  

…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list

Tourism minister Stuart Nash outlines his vision for tourism once international visitors returns which would include policy and sectoral changes.


Queenstown Lakes business events, incentives funding opens
19 Mar 2021   /

Queenstown Lakes business events, incentives funding opens

The Southern Lakes Events Investment Panel has opened applications for its Business Events Incentive Scheme.


New partnership to boost Te Mata Park
18 Mar 2021  

New partnership to boost Te Mata Park

Hawke’s Bay produce exporter Te Mata Exports has partnered with Te Mata Park to help fund their Revegetation Project.


Govt injects $45m into Westland to create up to 50 jobs
15 Mar 2021   /

Govt injects $45m into Westland to create up to 50 jobs

A South Westland project has received $45m in support of the country’s goal to be predator free by 2050.


$1.3bn for Aus tourism highlights lack of NZ support – operators
12 Mar 2021  

$1.3bn for Aus tourism highlights lack of NZ support – operators

Kiwi operators also working across the Tasman say it’s frustrating facing the NZ Govt’s attitude.


Art, e-biking and ski: First Southern Lakes events funding deployed
11 Mar 2021   /

Art, e-biking and ski: First Southern Lakes events funding deployed

Nineteen events are collectively set to attract 72,301 out-of-region visitors and pump an additional $18.4m of visitor spend into the region.


$950k boost for World Conference on Women and Sport
9 Mar 2021   /

$950k boost for World Conference on Women and Sport

The government has injected $950,000 in support of the 8th World Conference of the International Working Group on Women in Sport in Auckland in 2022.


MBIE’s reasons for why three operators got early STAPP grants
8 Mar 2021   /

MBIE’s reasons for why three operators got early STAPP grants

The ministry appears to have provided advice to ministers on only two of the three tourism businesses.


DWC stumps up $5m to support Glacier Country
4 Mar 2021   /

DWC stumps up $5m to support Glacier Country

The cash would come from a $128m fund managed by DWC trustees and established in 2001 when the region lost its indigenous forestry industry.


STAPP “robust, consistent”, TNZ’s domestic pivot potential breach – MBIE
24 Feb 2021   /

STAPP “robust, consistent”, TNZ’s domestic pivot potential breach – MBIE

MBIE said it was satisfied with the process “given the pace and urgency in which it was delivered”.


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.


Resurgence Support Payment scheme opens
23 Feb 2021  

Resurgence Support Payment scheme opens

Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level shifts can today apply for the government’s Resurgence Support Payment.


Govt eases support criteria following snap lockdown
19 Feb 2021  

Govt eases support criteria following snap lockdown

Parliament has passed a new Resurgence Support Payment available to eligible businesses affected by Auckland’s latest Covid-19 lockdown and level 2.


Nash: NZ tourism will “never return” to how it was
12 Feb 2021  

Nash: NZ tourism will “never return” to how it was

The tourism minister says those who rely on foreign tourists may need to have “very hard conversations” with creditors and employees.


ProGuidesNZ: STAPP “totally biased and very unjust”
11 Feb 2021   /

ProGuidesNZ: STAPP “totally biased and very unjust”

Support packages awarded to a select number of predominantly large tourist operators were “totally biased and very unjust”.


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.


Wednesday Letter: The $290m STAPP can still be rehabilitated
10 Feb 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The $290m STAPP can still be rehabilitated

How the Auditor-General’s inquiry could help some who missed out on support.


Govt offers new $350 Covid payment to employers
9 Feb 2021   /

Govt offers new $350 Covid payment to employers

Employers can receive a $350 payment from the Government if their employees cannot work from home while awaiting a Covid-19 test result.


NZ tourism should look at South Australia voucher system – SATC
9 Feb 2021   /

NZ tourism should look at South Australia voucher system – SATC

New Zealand’s hospitality sector could look to South Australia’s voucher system to boost the economy, says the South Australian Tourism Commission.


Auditor-General John Ryan launches inquiry into $290m STAPP
5 Feb 2021   /

Auditor-General John Ryan launches inquiry into $290m STAPP

John Ryan says he was prompted to act by concerns raised by operators and the amount of public funding involved.


Barke takes top job at LWT, sets out 2021 priorities
5 Feb 2021   /

Barke takes top job at LWT, sets out 2021 priorities

The former operator says the biggest priorities for the Regional Tourism Organisation at the moment “are around trying to help businesses in the industry here survive”.


IMAs hit the ground running with $50m REF plans
4 Feb 2021   /

IMAs hit the ground running with $50m REF plans

Investment plans for the government’s $50m Regional Events Fund have been signed off, with nine International Marketing Alliances across the country now ploughing ahead with proposals.


RAL “pleased” with investor interest in $30m stake
3 Feb 2021   /

RAL “pleased” with investor interest in $30m stake

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says it is now working with potential investors, who could end up buying half the business.


TECNZ: $200m Govt lifeline vital to stave off closures
3 Feb 2021   /

TECNZ: $200m Govt lifeline vital to stave off closures

The government needs to make available a $200m rescue package for operators reliant on international visitors, or see many wind-up and close permanently.


Wairarapa Moana Wetlands receives $3.5m boost
3 Feb 2021   /

Wairarapa Moana Wetlands receives $3.5m boost

The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands will receive a $3.5m boost from Jobs for Nature funding to scale up restoration efforts.


RAL seeks $30m investment partner
27 Jan 2021   /

RAL seeks $30m investment partner

The ski field operator is offering up half its business for a strategic investor to help develop opportunities.


Events fund opens for applications up to $100k per year
27 Jan 2021   /

Events fund opens for applications up to $100k per year

Creative and cultural event organisers will be able to apply for a funding boost when the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator Fund opens on 1 February.


Contestable $8.5m southern events fund opens
19 Jan 2021   /

Contestable $8.5m southern events fund opens

Applications for the first round of the $8.5m Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund are now open.


RTO alliance secures $3.75m in first REF deployment
18 Dec 2020   /

RTO alliance secures $3.75m in first REF deployment

The Government will invest $3.75m in a North Island tourism alliance aimed at developing events for visitors along the Thermal Explorer Highway.


MBIE recommends against more tourism support
16 Dec 2020  

MBIE recommends against more tourism support

Tourism minister Stuart Nash is told further help for the sector could “distort incentives”.


Invercargill $165m makeover begins
11 Dec 2020  

Invercargill $165m makeover begins

The estimated cost of the redevelopment was $165m and is a key project in the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan.


Last STAPP grant confirmed – $67m total allocated
27 Nov 2020  

Last STAPP grant confirmed – $67m total allocated

By region, Otago, Bay of Plenty and Canterbury secure the most money from the programme.


One more STAPP grant left to be allocated – MBIE
25 Nov 2020  

One more STAPP grant left to be allocated – MBIE

Tak Mutu’s MDA Experiences is the penultimate operator to secure funding from the programme.


Partial track closures leave million dollar hole – Destination Fiordland
24 Nov 2020   /

Partial track closures leave million dollar hole – Destination Fiordland

The ongoing closure of the Milford and Routeburn tracks has the Fiordland economy $1m out of pocket, says Destination Fiordland manager Madeleine Peacock. 


Longtime domestic focus drives Wairarapa to “bright future” – Nielson
23 Nov 2020  

Longtime domestic focus drives Wairarapa to “bright future” – Nielson

Destination Wairarapa GM Anna Nielson says community sentiment towards tourism was positive, with strong bookings in place for the summer season.


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.


Summit 2020: Nash rules out revisiting STAPP
18 Nov 2020   /

Summit 2020: Nash rules out revisiting STAPP

The new tourism minister says he wants to move forward rather than look back at how funding was allocated.


Summit 2020: Post-summer concerns mounting
18 Nov 2020   /

Summit 2020: Post-summer concerns mounting

Tourism is facing nearly $13bn in lost spending due to the border closures.


Destination Coromandel warns against funding cut
16 Nov 2020  

Destination Coromandel warns against funding cut

TCDC has sought public feedback on how important it is that council continues investing in promoting tourism.


More than $5m of Covid support funding injected into Wellington
13 Nov 2020   /

More than $5m of Covid support funding injected into Wellington

WellingtonNZ received enough registrations to fully allocate the Covid-19 Business and Tourism Transitions funding.


PGF invests $527k in holiday park infrastructure
11 Nov 2020   /

PGF invests $527k in holiday park infrastructure

The Government’s Provincial Growth Fund is providing $527,250 to replace the freshwater system at the Matauri Bay Holiday Park.