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Govt tightens consent process for high-emission projects
1 Dec 2022  

Govt tightens consent process for high-emission projects

“This new guidance will help central and local governments work together to put our climate plans into action as we make the transition to a low-emission, resilient future that benefits everyone,” said Minister of Climate Change James Shaw.


We’re not the same as Airbnb – B&Bs highlight differences to avoid regulation
25 Nov 2022   /

We’re not the same as Airbnb – B&Bs highlight differences to avoid regulation

Hosted bed and breakfast operators are worried their industry could get caught up in council moves to regulate Airbnb.


Hospitality NZ welcomes changes to pokie machines
21 Nov 2022   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes changes to pokie machines

Hospitality New Zealand has given the government’s pokie venue regulation changes the thumbs up if they help reduce harm.


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.


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.


Feedback sought on Queenstown alcohol bylaws
8 Nov 2022   /

Feedback sought on Queenstown alcohol bylaws

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking early feedback about two alcohol bylaws coming up for review.


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.


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 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.


It’s been a long haul, but we’re “far more positive” – Webster on THL’s Apollo deal
28 Sep 2022   /

It’s been a long haul, but we’re “far more positive” – Webster on THL’s Apollo deal

Thursday’s decision from Australia’s competition watchdog could mark the start of a new phase for the operator.


ComCom clears THL to acquire Apollo
23 Sep 2022   /

ComCom clears THL to acquire Apollo

Tourism Holdings and Apollo clear the first of two competition hurdles with the deal now dependent largely on Australia’s watchdog.


B2B payment transparency to benefit small businesses
19 Sep 2022  

B2B payment transparency to benefit small businesses

The government has introduced a new regime to provide more transparency around B2B payments.


Freedom camping bill opens for public feedback
2 Sep 2022  

Freedom camping bill opens for public feedback

Public feedback is now open for the proposed Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill.


Watch: Freedom camping bill debate
1 Sep 2022   /

Watch: Freedom camping bill debate

A new national register of self-contained vehicles accessible by the public will be established, says Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.


Legislation introduced to tackle freedom camping impacts
25 Aug 2022   /

Legislation introduced to tackle freedom camping impacts

The government has introduced its Self-contained Motor Vehicle Legislation Bill, which it says will address the environmental and social impacts of freedom camping.


ComCom approves Kinetic acquisition of NZ Bus
11 Jul 2022   /

ComCom approves Kinetic acquisition of NZ Bus

The Commerce Commission has given the green light for Kinetic NZ Holdings to acquire NZ Bus.


THL offers up Apollo assets in Jucy deal to secure takeover
1 Jul 2022   /

THL offers up Apollo assets in Jucy deal to secure takeover

Australian PE firms Next Capital and H&G are being lined up in a deal, which will see Jucy Rentals re-enter the motorhome market.


Repealing Easter rules could help hospo, tourism – Hospitality NZ
30 Jun 2022  

Repealing Easter rules could help hospo, tourism – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand is calling for MPs to send a private member’s bill repealing Easter trading restrictions to a select committee so the industry can have its say on whether to stay open or not.


Fair Pay Agreements will hurt tourism – TIA
8 Jun 2022   /

Fair Pay Agreements will hurt tourism – TIA

TIA raises concerns with the proposals, including using associations as one of the negotiating parties.


TNZ, MBIE update China ADS code
7 Jun 2022   /

TNZ, MBIE update China ADS code

Tourism New Zealand and The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have updated the Code of Conduct for China Approved Destination Status for inbound tour operators and tour guides.


Lower card fees to save businesses $74m
12 May 2022   /

Lower card fees to save businesses $74m

New Zealand businesses will soon save around $74m on credit and debit transaction charges.


Govt kicks off conservation estate concessions consultation
6 May 2022   /

Govt kicks off conservation estate concessions consultation

Operators may have a more efficient system to deal with if proposed changes proceed.


ComCom puts more pressure on THL, Apollo deal
29 Apr 2022   /

ComCom puts more pressure on THL, Apollo deal

NZ’s competition watchdog says it still has concerns, following on from Australian misgivings released Thursday.


Tourism Holdings’ proposed Apollo deal raises Aus concerns…
28 Apr 2022   /

Tourism Holdings’ proposed Apollo deal raises Aus concerns…

The Australian watchdog’s concerns come on the eve of a decision on the deal from the Commerce Commission.


ComCom decision on THL, Apollo deal delayed again
11 Apr 2022   /

ComCom decision on THL, Apollo deal delayed again

The Commerce Commission has pushed out its decision on Tourism Holdings’ proposed acquisition of Apollo Tourism & Leisure to 28 April 2022.


ComCom pushes out THL’s Apollo acquisition decision
2 Mar 2022   /

ComCom pushes out THL’s Apollo acquisition decision

The Commerce Commission has delayed its decision on Tourism Holdings’ proposed acquistion of Apollo Tourism & Leisure to 14 April 2022.


ComCom to call for airport rules submissions
24 Feb 2022   /

ComCom to call for airport rules submissions

The Commerce Commission is reviewing the rules and processes that underpin its regulation of specified airport services.


Minimum wage rises to $21.20 on 1 April
11 Feb 2022  

Minimum wage rises to $21.20 on 1 April

The minimum wage is to be increased to $21.20 per hour from 1 April 2022.


Industry to govt: More clarity needed on migrant labour
27 Jan 2022   /

Industry to govt: More clarity needed on migrant labour

Tourism and hospitality organisations are urging the government to take a clearer stance on the issue of international labour as the industries eye preparations for a more open border.


Govt sets sustainable biofuels mandate for transport
16 Dec 2021   /

Govt sets sustainable biofuels mandate for transport

The government is introducing a sustainable biofuels mandate to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector.


MBIE calls for applicants to join new tourism data group
15 Dec 2021   /

MBIE calls for applicants to join new tourism data group

MBIE is calling on a wide range of applicants to join a Tourism Data Co-governance Group to boost the quality of tourism data and insights.


Forget freedom camping, Nash should be helping operators survive – Nats
15 Dec 2021  

Forget freedom camping, Nash should be helping operators survive – Nats

The government’s priority should be saving tourism businesses struggling to pay their bills and survive, rather than passing regulation on campervans, says National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay.  


Conservation laws overhaul will help operators – TIA
13 Dec 2021   /

Conservation laws overhaul will help operators – TIA

Moves to overhaul conservation legislation over the next four years will help tourism operators work better with the country’s natural resources, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.


Discrimination against unvaccinated poses “potential risk”…
2 Dec 2021   /

Discrimination against unvaccinated poses “potential risk”…

Whether or not attractions or hotels can exclude unvaccinated visitors is still unclear, says an employment law expert.


Camplify seeks ComCom approval to buy THL’s P2P ventures
22 Nov 2021  

Camplify seeks ComCom approval to buy THL’s P2P ventures

Tourism Holdings’ sale of peer-to-peer campervan rental businesses Mighway and SHAREaCAMPER to Australia’s Camplify Holdings is now conditional on obtaining any competition approvals required.


End of DOC concession waiver draws fire from industry
10 Nov 2021   /

End of DOC concession waiver draws fire from industry

“Hugely disappointing, lacking empathy” – industry groups slam the department’s decision to end the support.


Tougher regulations may force out adventure operators – TIA
8 Nov 2021   /

Tougher regulations may force out adventure operators – TIA

MBIE is oversimplifying the risks around adventure tourism in its proposed changes to adventure regulations, says TIA.


WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work
22 Oct 2021   /

WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work

A review finds some of the agency’s actions “unacceptable and not able to be justified”.


DOC app generates $115k in fines
21 Oct 2021  

DOC app generates $115k in fines

Offences ranging from walking your dog in a national park to butchering shark remains have garnered the Department of Conservation $85,000 in fines paid since the introduction of a new mobile electronic reporting system in September 2020.


RAL, BCA back coroner’s fatal bus crash findings
14 Oct 2021   /

RAL, BCA back coroner’s fatal bus crash findings

The coroner’s report into the 2018 crash that killed 11-year-old Hannah Francis may prompt stricter safety standards.


Prepare for takeoff of electric planes – Infrastructure Commission
14 Oct 2021   /

Prepare for takeoff of electric planes – Infrastructure Commission

New Zealand needs to get ready for the age of electric planes, says a key Crown entity tasked with mapping out the country’s future infrastructure needs.


Decarbonising aviation, biofuels, maritime plan – govt seeks emissions feedback
13 Oct 2021  

Decarbonising aviation, biofuels, maritime plan – govt seeks emissions feedback

And it says it will help set up an industry-led group to advise on cutting aviation emissions.


Motorhome owners get modification reprieve
11 Oct 2021   /

Motorhome owners get modification reprieve

Waka Kotahi NZTA has provided a five-year exemption for motorhome owners to meet new modified cab regulations.


Adventure tourism businesses pull plug as compliance rockets
7 Oct 2021   /

Adventure tourism businesses pull plug as compliance rockets

Moves to bring in tougher safety standards and higher costs are forcing operators to consider their viability.


PM: Mandatory vaccination coming for large summer events
5 Oct 2021  

PM: Mandatory vaccination coming for large summer events

People will need to be vaccinated to go to large summer events such as festivals and concerts.


Visitor visas first to get improved processing
1 Oct 2021   /

Visitor visas first to get improved processing

Visitor visas will be the first to join an enhanced visa application system expected to reduce backlogs and speed approvals, says Immigration New Zealand.


Border levies to leap from 1 Dec, surprising struggling industry
29 Sep 2021   /

Border levies to leap from 1 Dec, surprising struggling industry

Border processing levies (BPL) for most arrivals in New Zealand are to more than double from 1 December.


Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes
29 Sep 2021  

Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes

Measures are being taken to help businesses resolve disputes over commercial rent, says the government.