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Labour, Greens pick novice MPs for tourism, hospo portfolio
30 Nov 2023  

Labour, Greens pick novice MPs for tourism, hospo portfolio

First-time Labour MP Cushla Tangaere-Manuel will take on tourism and hospitality and govt minister Matt Doocey.


Tourism welcomes new govt ministers…
27 Nov 2023   /

Tourism welcomes new govt ministers…

It’s a new era for tourism, with industry leaders like TIA’s Rebecca Ingram keen to work “with all the ministers that have responsibilities that intersect with our important industry”.


Matt Doocey takes tourism and hospitality portfolio
24 Nov 2023   /

Matt Doocey takes tourism and hospitality portfolio

The MP for Waimakariri will lead the renamed tourism and hospitality portfolio.


Tourism expects… a high-ranking minister
24 Nov 2023   /

Tourism expects… a high-ranking minister

The new govt is expected to name its ministers today, with many in the sector hoping for a high-ranking appointment to the tourism portfolio.


Election 2023: What the parties have promised for tourism
13 Oct 2023   /

Election 2023: What the parties have promised for tourism

An IVL review, a new Great Walk, and more value on Māori are among the pledges that have been made during the campaign.


Labour pledges more green funds, bus decarbonisation, EV chargers
26 Sep 2023   /

Labour pledges more green funds, bus decarbonisation, EV chargers

The Labour Party has released its first climate manifesto that outlines how the party will progress its emissions reduction goals.


Nats promise to revive international education
21 Sep 2023   /

Nats promise to revive international education

The National Party is promising to revive international education by improving visa processing and expanding work rights if it becomes the government following the 14 October election.


Election 2023: Politicians’ yay or nay on Queenstown tourist levy
15 Sep 2023   /

Election 2023: Politicians’ yay or nay on Queenstown tourist levy

The finance spokespeople from the four major parties stake out their positions on the proposal.


Election 2023: ‘More detail please’ – tourism leaders on politicians’ promises
8 Sep 2023   /

Election 2023: ‘More detail please’ – tourism leaders on politicians’ promises

Labour and National’s tourism priorities have received a mixed reception from the sector with more detail top of the wishlist for stakeholder groups.


Election 2023: Labour makes high-value tourism economic priority
7 Sep 2023   /

Election 2023: Labour makes high-value tourism economic priority

The Labour Party has pledged to boost New Zealand’s premium tourism offering in its economic plan for the country.


Election 2023: Nats pledge new Great Walk, better access to workers in $22m tourism commitment
7 Sep 2023   /

Election 2023: Nats pledge new Great Walk, better access to workers in $22m tourism commitment

The National Party has promised a new Great Walk in Canterbury, longer Department of Conservation concessions, and more flexible working visas with faster processing.


Nats promise to grow NZ’s EV charging network
7 Sep 2023   /

Nats promise to grow NZ’s EV charging network

The National Party is promising to expand New Zealand’s EV charging network with a $257m rollout of 10,000 chargers across the country over four years.


Election 2023: Visas, funding, bed taxes – political parties on tourism priorities
15 Aug 2023   /

Election 2023: Visas, funding, bed taxes – political parties on tourism priorities

Tackling visa delays and creating more sustainable funding for tourism were among the issues explored by a panel of politicians.


Nats propose hunting & fishing minister, new DOC huts partnership
24 Jul 2023   /

Nats propose hunting & fishing minister, new DOC huts partnership

The party says a ‘Huts of Recreational Importance’ initiative will help maintain accommodation on the DOC estate.


Allan resigns from regional development, justice posts  
24 Jul 2023   /

Allan resigns from regional development, justice posts  

Kiri Allan has resigned from all her ministerial positions after being charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest.


Political parties to discuss tourism in election forum
11 Jul 2023   /

Political parties to discuss tourism in election forum

New Zealand’s major political parties will take the hot seat to discuss tourism in a new forum by Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Wellington Airport.


Hospo minister, training support, tourism funding needed from new govt
22 Jun 2023   /

Hospo minister, training support, tourism funding needed from new govt

A minister of hospitality is among the requests to the government elected on 14 October in Hospitality New Zealand’s election manifesto.


“When does govt need to step aside to let industry take the lead?”
23 May 2023   /

“When does govt need to step aside to let industry take the lead?”

Tourism Minister Peeni Henare on what drives his politics and his priorities for the portfolio.


Tourism minister undermining industry – Nats
10 May 2023   /

Tourism minister undermining industry – Nats

The National Party says Tourism Minister Peeni Henare is undermining tourism operators for suggesting they should lower their prices for domestic visitors and charge internationals more.


Mooney takes tourism for Nats as McClay moves in reshuffle
17 Mar 2023  

Mooney takes tourism for Nats as McClay moves in reshuffle

The National Party’s Joseph Mooney has taken over the tourism portfolio following a reshuffle caused by Todd Muller’s decision to not stand at the general election in October.


ACT questions continued use of coal for DOC huts
13 Mar 2023   /

ACT questions continued use of coal for DOC huts

Department of Conservation huts continue to use coal as a power source two years after a planned move to transfer all huts to wood by 2021, according to ACT conservation spokesperson Nicole McKee.


Workforce plan fails to address staff shortages – Nats
2 Mar 2023   /

Workforce plan fails to address staff shortages – Nats

The National Party has criticised the Better Work Action Plan for failing to address the staff shortages being suffered across the tourism sector.


Nats withdraw support for freedom camping bill
24 Feb 2023   /

Nats withdraw support for freedom camping bill

The National Party has revoked support for the Self-Contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill because of how the proposed legislation approaches the kinds of toilets campers would be able to use.


National’s plan to boost NZ tourism
7 Feb 2023   /

National’s plan to boost NZ tourism

Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says the Nats will ease immigration rules and scrap median wage requirements to help operators.


Conservation lands outside cabinet with Prime
2 Feb 2023   /

Conservation lands outside cabinet with Prime

New Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ reshuffle of government posts has seen the conservation portfolio land outside cabinet.


Chris Hipkins sworn in as PM
25 Jan 2023  

Chris Hipkins sworn in as PM

Chris Hipkins has taken over as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister after being sworn in today by Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro.


Nash takes acting police portfolio ahead of cabinet reshuffle
23 Jan 2023  

Nash takes acting police portfolio ahead of cabinet reshuffle

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has stepped in as acting Minister of Police and Jan Tinetti as acting Minister of Education.


“She has been a wonderful ambassador” – industry reacts to PM’s resignation
20 Jan 2023  

“She has been a wonderful ambassador” – industry reacts to PM’s resignation

Tourism stakeholders praise Jacinda Ardern’s contribution to New Zealand’s profile on the world stage.


General Election to be held on 14 Oct
20 Jan 2023   /

General Election to be held on 14 Oct

The 2023 General Election will be held on Saturday 14 October and advance voting will start on Monday 2 October.


Ticker Take: Tourism should welcome PM’s resignation
19 Jan 2023   /

Ticker Take: Tourism should welcome PM’s resignation

Jacinda Ardern acted decisively to tackle Covid but the govt’s response to ongoing challenges became ragged and appeared increasingly ideological to many in industry.


Ardern resigns as PM
19 Jan 2023  

Ardern resigns as PM

Ardern said that leading the country for the past five-and-a-half years has been an “enormous privilege”.


Nats’ McClay retains shadow tourism, picks up hunting & fishing
19 Jan 2023  

Nats’ McClay retains shadow tourism, picks up hunting & fishing

McClay now holds the opposition tourism, trade, and hunting and fishing portfolios.


NZ Māori Tourism chair Dale Stephens to stand for Nats again
12 Dec 2022   /

NZ Māori Tourism chair Dale Stephens to stand for Nats again

New Zealand Māori Tourism chair Dale Stephens will run as the Christchurch Central candidate for the National Party in the 2023 general election after being selected by local members.


…as Nats launch ‘Where are our workers this summer?’ petition
9 Dec 2022   /

…as Nats launch ‘Where are our workers this summer?’ petition

Labour’s inaction has left the tourism and hospitality sectors facing a critical shortage of workers and risks leaving struggling business poorer, McClay says.


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.


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.


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.


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.


ACT urges scrapping of visitor vax requirements
5 Sep 2022   /

ACT urges scrapping of visitor vax requirements

ACT Party leader David Seymour is calling for the government to remove all vaccination requirements because he believes they are preventing visitors from returning to New Zealand.


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.


…but Nats take aim at “theoretical, no impact” ITP
30 Aug 2022   /

…but Nats take aim at “theoretical, no impact” ITP

The National Party has criticised the government’s Industry Transformation Plan for tourism as having little impact on the current staff shortages the sector is facing.


Opposition slams Nash’s backpacker comments, urges scrapping of Traveller Declaration
15 Aug 2022  

Opposition slams Nash’s backpacker comments, urges scrapping of Traveller Declaration

The National Party is calling on Stuart Nash to rescind his “damaging” comments about backpackers, who the tourism minister has implied are not valuable visitors for New Zealand.


Nats call on govt to extend expiring WHVs
11 Jul 2022   /

Nats call on govt to extend expiring WHVs

The National Party is calling on the government to add a six-month extension to all working holiday visas that are due to expire this year.


Immigration minister must listen to businesses – Nats
7 Jul 2022  

Immigration minister must listen to businesses – Nats

Immigration Minister Michael Woods must listen to businesses that are struggling to find labour and urgently address the country’s critical worker shortages, says National Party immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford.


Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”
14 Jun 2022   /

Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”

National Party Covid-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop is calling on the government to drop pre-departure testing requirements for incoming visitors “right now”.


Govt must do more to attract tourism workers – Nats
9 May 2022   /

Govt must do more to attract tourism workers – Nats

The government and Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi have put a “handbrake” on the tourism industry because of their failure to attract skilled workers from overseas, according to the National Party.


Govt “making up rules” on border reopening – ACT
3 May 2022   /

Govt “making up rules” on border reopening – ACT

ACT party leader David Seymour is calling on the government to explain why it has chosen to stagger the border reopening.


Govt biased and unfair over STAPP – Nats
4 Apr 2022   /

Govt biased and unfair over STAPP – Nats

The Auditor General’s Report on the Strategic Tourism Asset Protection Programme confirmed that this Labour government has been biased and unfair, says National tourism spokesperson Todd McClay.


Immigration minister ‘doing nothing’ to boost WHV incentives – Nats
22 Mar 2022   /

Immigration minister ‘doing nothing’ to boost WHV incentives – Nats

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Opposition calls for earlier, wider border reopening
17 Mar 2022  

Opposition calls for earlier, wider border reopening

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