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Otago’s Penguin Place and The Hokonui Rūnanga Catlins Biodiversity Project will receive combined funding of around $3.5m from the government.
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.
Go with Tourism has released the first of two plans that recommend actions the industry can take to improve and future-proof its workforce.
Creating security for workers, building a sense of belonging, celebrating success and ensuring social licence is part of the brand are key to retaining talent in the tourism industry.
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union says strike notices on KiwiRail have been withdrawn.
KiwiRail is facing strikes mid-December, just when the holiday season is set to gear up.
Tourism minister Stuart Nash unveils the industry leaders who will develop the initiative.
The operator’s scenic rail and Interislander services could be affected in the run-up to summer.
Ten new jobs in Dannevirke will be created thanks to $1.78m Jobs for Nature funding.
Tens of thousands of tourism workers were let go and hundreds of businesses closed in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data from Stats NZ.
The govt’s move is not quite yet the go ahead some operators are waiting for to mandate.
Partnering to Plant Aotearoa will use $2.5m in Jobs for Nature funding for 53,000 hours of conservation work, creating up to 60 jobs across the country.
The government has extended working holiday and supplementary seasonal employment work visas by six months.
Of the 28 industries measured in SEEK’s September employment report, Hospitality & Tourism job adverts dropped the most.
The government is providing $950,000 for a two-year project to reduce lead poisoning of kea and provide employment in hard hit tourism regions.
Three new conservation projects funded by a combined $14.2m from the government’s Jobs for Nature programme will create 116 full-time jobs in the northern South Island.
The Employers & Manufacturers Association is calling for the carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace.
The 2021 Resident Visa could allow around 17,000 workers in the accommodation and food sectors to stay in NZ.
Among the recipients of the Jobs for Nature funding is an operator who has secured $700k for a restoration project.
The $1.3bn programme will help move the country up the value chain for when tourists return, says DOC’s Lou Sanson.
Queenstown Airport Corporation says it will continue to pay its staff at least the Living Wage after it increased from $22.10 to $22.75 on 1 September 2021.
The government will activate the Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment and the Wage Subsidy Scheme to support businesses during the nationwide lockdown.
Taranaki projects protecting taonga species have received a $9.8m boost through the government’s Jobs for Nature programme.
Around 200 projects have been approved in the Jobs for Nature programme to date since related funding was allocated to the Department of Conservation in Budget 2020.
A Predator Free Bay of Islands project is set to create 15 new jobs in the region when fully operational, the Department of Conservation says.
Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.
Unite Union is calling on SkyCity to increase pay rates by at least $2 per hour to provide a living wage for its employees.
The Auckland Business Chamber is urging immigration policymakers and officials to “rethink the way they value a job beyond the hourly rate”.
Hundreds of working holiday makers are heading to NZ from Aus but it won’t fill shortages, says BYATA’s chair.
More English language establishments might close without targeted support, says industry body.
A pivot away from tourism leaves councils scrambling to reorganise their funding base, says LGNZ.
Six recommendations to current immigration and visa rules has been put forward as business struggle to hire.
The notable operator says he is ramping up staffing but the govt’s stance on migrant workers won’t help.
Visas commonly used for workers such as chefs or snow sport instructors will be rolled into a new catch-all visa type that requires all employers to be registered with Immigration New Zealand.
The minister says sectors that rely on migrant labour, “like tourism and the primary industries”, have to change.
The Go with Tourism Expo tour across the nation has begun, with the first tour in Christchurch running from 13-15 May.
There’s been a resurgence in the tourism and hospitality industries, says the online jobs platform.
Ski resorts around the country have successfully negotiated with Immigration New Zealand to allow a number of top level workers from abroad into the country for the upcoming season.
The funding is helping to pay for fulltime conservation work for displaced guides.
Further funding is tipped for one of country’s most vulnerable regions.
Could operator collaboration to share workers be the key to staffing up over winter?
Immigration New Zealand has partially lifted its suspension on processing working holiday visas for certain applicants travelling from Australia.
Programme has funding for 140 participants, to start 3 May.
Hospitality New Zealand says the extension of the Immigration (Covid-19 Response) Amendment Bill will be vital as borders gradually re-open.
Enough quality service – or perhaps any kind of service at all – might be hard to find in some tourist destinations.
Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.
The restoration of international tourism should see a large bump in the number of workers able to be employed, says the bank.
Govt will end up footing the unemployment bill if workers in the hard-hit youth sector lose jobs, says BYATA’s new chair.
SAANZ wants the specialist staff in from June to help ski fields open and operate safely.
A South Westland project has received $45m in support of the country’s goal to be predator free by 2050.