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22 Nov 2022   /

Nash rejects visitor caps, looks to Milford as tourism ‘test’

The tourism minister says success in the sector in NZ is not about visitor numbers.


RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy
21 Nov 2022  

RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy

The govt and ANZ would write off $28m in debt if a new entity can be created to take over RAL’s operations.


Govt to make pokie machine changes
18 Nov 2022  

Govt to make pokie machine changes

The government is implementing a raft of changes for businesses that have pokie machines to help reduce the harm they cause people.


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.


More than 17k WHV travellers now in NZ, prep for “bumper” summer – govt
16 Nov 2022   /

More than 17k WHV travellers now in NZ, prep for “bumper” summer – govt

Nearly half of the 36,000 working holiday visa holders approved since March this year are now in the country, says the government.


Govt earmarks 2,000 visas for parents of skilled migrants
15 Nov 2022   /

Govt earmarks 2,000 visas for parents of skilled migrants

The government has allocated up to 2,000 visas per year for parents of skilled migrants resettling in New Zealand.


Nats slap down $54m tourism innovation fund
14 Nov 2022  

Nats slap down $54m tourism innovation fund

Shadow tourism spokesperson Todd McClay calls it “little more than hot air” that does not help struggling operators.


Feedback sought on digital arrival cards, border management
11 Nov 2022   /

Feedback sought on digital arrival cards, border management

The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee is seeking public feedback on the digitisation of paper arrival cards and other requirements related to border management matters.


Summit 2022: PM opens $54m tourism innovation fund
10 Nov 2022   /

Summit 2022: PM opens $54m tourism innovation fund

Up to $10 in govt co-funding is available for individual projects that could help the sector decarbonise and improve productivity and resilience.


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.


New digital arrival card will help tourism – govt
9 Nov 2022   /

New digital arrival card will help tourism – govt

Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri says the online data collection will allow visitors to move seamlessly through the arrivals process.


$2m available for groups to protect heritage sites, visitor infrastructure
9 Nov 2022  

$2m available for groups to protect heritage sites, visitor infrastructure

A Department of Conservation fund partly used to protect at-risk cultural heritage sites and maintain visitor infrastructure is now open for applications.


Bill to stamp out late payment practices passes first reading
9 Nov 2022  

Bill to stamp out late payment practices passes first reading

Legislation to help small businesses get paid on time has passed its first reading in parliament.


ComCom to act as ‘regulatory backstop’ for fairer fuel prices
9 Nov 2022   /

ComCom to act as ‘regulatory backstop’ for fairer fuel prices

The Commerce Commission will soon have more power to set fairer fuel prices through changes made to the way the wholesale fuel market functions.


McClay: Where’s the $54m tourism innovation programme minister?
2 Nov 2022   /

McClay: Where’s the $54m tourism innovation programme minister?

National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay has criticised the length of time the government is taking to launch the $54m Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery.


Applications open for $300k creative, cultural events fund
2 Nov 2022   /

Applications open for $300k creative, cultural events fund

Up to $300,000 for the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator investment fund will support events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride.


MBIE reviewing Tourism NZ’s role in domestic market
1 Nov 2022   /

MBIE reviewing Tourism NZ’s role in domestic market

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is assessing how Tourism New Zealand acts in the domestic market and whether any changes should be made.


RAL secures $4m emergency loan from MBIE, ANZ
1 Nov 2022  

RAL secures $4m emergency loan from MBIE, ANZ

An emergency loan of $4m has been provided to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts to allow it to prepare for next year’s ski season.


Govt tweaks working holiday visas to help plug shortages as arrivals ramp up for summer
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt tweaks working holiday visas to help plug shortages as arrivals ramp up for summer

Thousands of working holidaymakers on their way to New Zealand will have more flexibility and extended entry rights to help plug labour shortages at Kiwi businesses.


What about tour drivers? BCA on govt’s $61m bus wage boost
31 Oct 2022   /

What about tour drivers? BCA on govt’s $61m bus wage boost

The govt’s investment must be made with consistency, fairness and sustainability, says the association.


Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation

New Zealand and Australian trade and tourism ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to boosting trans-Tasman cooperation.


Working holidaymakers eye up spring, autumn for NZ travel – report
27 Oct 2022   /

Working holidaymakers eye up spring, autumn for NZ travel – report

Working holidaymakers are eyeing up this spring and from autumn 2023 as desirable times to travel to the country, according to a report from Immigration New Zealand.


“International bookings are flowing” – Robertson
27 Oct 2022  

“International bookings are flowing” – Robertson

Card spending is up and bookings are flowing through into New Zealand as international visitors and cruise passengers return to New Zealand, says the finance minister.


National public transport ticketing system a simpler method for visitors – Wood
26 Oct 2022   /

National public transport ticketing system a simpler method for visitors – Wood

The rollout of a national public transport ticketing system will simplify payment methods for people visiting new towns, says Transport Minister Michael Wood.


Hipkins heads to Asia to help rebuild international student market
20 Oct 2022  

Hipkins heads to Asia to help rebuild international student market

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is leading a delegation to Asia to promote New Zealand to the important international student market, which was worth $4.2bn in visitor spend pre-Covid.


We’re a $15bn industry and we want to be at the table – Lani Hagaman
18 Oct 2022   /

We’re a $15bn industry and we want to be at the table – Lani Hagaman

The Scenic Hotel Group and HCA chair on hotels’ struggle to engage government.


Travel expense, visitors waiting for summer bigger hurdles than visa processing times – PM
18 Oct 2022   /

Travel expense, visitors waiting for summer bigger hurdles than visa processing times – PM

Visa processing times are not as much of a barrier to filling workforce shortages as encouraging visitors and working holidaymakers to actually embark on travel.


NZ Traveller Declaration to end on Thurs – govt
18 Oct 2022   /

NZ Traveller Declaration to end on Thurs – govt

The government is ending the requirement for visitors travelling by air to fill out the online New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD) from this Thursday 20 October.


Fiordland suffering from severe worker shortages – Nats
18 Oct 2022   /

Fiordland suffering from severe worker shortages – Nats

Fiordland businesses are suffering at the hands of the government’s changes to the working holiday visa and skilled migrant categories, says National Party Southland MP Joseph Mooney.


Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration
17 Oct 2022   /

Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration

Historic battle site Te Pakanga o Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe in Northland has opened to the public after a $1.79m restoration project.


More than 30k WHVs approved, arrivals under scheme to grow – govt
13 Oct 2022   /

More than 30k WHVs approved, arrivals under scheme to grow – govt

There have been 30,430 Working Holiday Visas approved since March, with arrivals under the scheme expected to grow in the coming months, says Immigration Minister Michael Wood.


Jobs for Nature clocks up 2.5 million work hours
13 Oct 2022   /

Jobs for Nature clocks up 2.5 million work hours

More than 2.5 million work hours have been clocked up under the government’s $1.2bn Jobs For Nature programme.


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.


Nash scoped $200 IVL in proposed increase from $35 – rejected by cabinet
11 Oct 2022   /

Nash scoped $200 IVL in proposed increase from $35 – rejected by cabinet

It could have raised up to $444m annually to support tourism, conservation, and to help tackle climate change.


Hospo, hotels welcome immigration changes for chefs
10 Oct 2022   /

Hospo, hotels welcome immigration changes for chefs

Hospitality New Zealand and Hotel Council Aotearoa have welcomed changes to immigration settings that will enable unqualified chefs to work in New Zealand.


Robertson to tout NZ tourism, business in New York
10 Oct 2022   /

Robertson to tout NZ tourism, business in New York

Air New Zealand is flying Finance Minister Grant Robertson to New York this evening as part of a business delegation to the United States.


McClay: Nash “washing his hands” of unacceptable visitor visa delays
7 Oct 2022   /

McClay: Nash “washing his hands” of unacceptable visitor visa delays

McClay said the wait time for visitor visas is now so bad that INZ has removed the standard processing times from its website.


KiwiRail to stay SOE – govt
7 Oct 2022  

KiwiRail to stay SOE – govt

KiwiRail will remain a state-owned enterprise to focus on transitioning its above-rail business to be financially self-sufficient, says the government.


“There was a bit of a bottleneck as we pushed ‘go'” – Nash on visitor visa delays
6 Oct 2022   /

“There was a bit of a bottleneck as we pushed ‘go'” – Nash on visitor visa delays

The tourism minister says INZ is under “a great deal of stress” coping with demand as NZ ramps up its promotion.


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.


Time to test Milford masterplan – govt
5 Oct 2022  

Time to test Milford masterplan – govt

“Considerable assessment, feasibility testing and planning work is now needed,” says Conservation Minister Poto Williams.


Govt funds 39 arts, culture, heritage projects
4 Oct 2022   /

Govt funds 39 arts, culture, heritage projects

The projects include a digital storytelling app for the Russell Museum, e-commerce functionality for local art galleries, and a 3D virtual exhibition for the Tairawhiti Arts Festival.


Govt changes up adventure rules to improve safety following White Island disaster
3 Oct 2022   /

Govt changes up adventure rules to improve safety following White Island disaster

The new operator requirements form part of the govt’s response to the Whakaari/White Island tragedy.


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.


LINZ “doing its best” to provide answers for water park operator
30 Sep 2022   /

LINZ “doing its best” to provide answers for water park operator

Land Information New Zealand says it is doing its best to provide an answer to Kiwi Water Park over road safety responsibilities and requirements.


Govt strengthens migrant worker protection
29 Sep 2022   /

Govt strengthens migrant worker protection

The government has introduced Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill to protect migrant workers from exploitation.


Govt: Around 30,500 WHV applications – 6,200 in NZ already
28 Sep 2022   /

Govt: Around 30,500 WHV applications – 6,200 in NZ already

The government says it has received around 30,500 working holiday visa applications in the past year.


Govt pledges $19m for FIFA Women’s World Cup venue upgrades
27 Sep 2022   /

Govt pledges $19m for FIFA Women’s World Cup venue upgrades

The government is investing $18.7m to support upgrades at 30 of the 32 facilities earmarked for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.


Feedback sought on increasing biosecurity fine to $1000
27 Sep 2022  

Feedback sought on increasing biosecurity fine to $1000

The Primary Production Committee is seeking public submissions on a plan to increase fines for biosecurity breaches and give officers more powers to refuse entry.


Law change will boost wine tourism – NZ Winegrowers
23 Sep 2022  

Law change will boost wine tourism – NZ Winegrowers

Proposed legislation to allow cellar doors to charge for samples will help boost New Zealand’s wine tourism, say its advocates.