Greens launch plan to protect & preserve our taonga

The Taonga Levy will be a $14 to $18 increase on existing border charges for international visitors only. People who live in New Zealand will not have to pay the Taonga Levy. The revenue will be split 70:30 between Predator Free New Zealand and the Regional Tourism Facilities Fund.

“The Taonga Levy will bring in tens of millions of dollars every year to help make New Zealand's dream of being predator-free a reality, and help tourism hotspots cope with rising visitor numbers,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“The Government failed to back up its glitzy predator-free promise with the money to get the job done. The Taonga Levy will help make it actually happen.

“Annual visitor numbers are expected to reach 4.5 million in the next six years. This levy will enable tourism hotspots to cope with the strain on infrastructure and keep New Zealand’s environment beautiful.

“Small communities on the West Coast and Coromandel shouldn’t be expected to wear massive rate hikes to upgrade sewerage systems to cope with the influx of tourists.

“National has done the absolute bare minimum to help councils, promising just $3 million a year to help fund new tourism infrastructure. It’s a token gesture at best.

“The Green Party is committed to doing what’s right for small communities straining under the pressures of tourism, as well as protecting our environment and precious wildlife from predators.

“I think most visitors to New Zealand will understand that paying an extra $14-$18 is worth it to help protect our unique environment and native wildlife,” said Mr Shaw.

 

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Make it a shore thing – Bird of the Year 2021

The Green Party is calling on people to go dotty for dotterel and vote for the New Zealand Dotterel/Tūturiwhatu as Bird of the Year 2021.
Read More

Story

Waste strategy needs to learn from nature

Anything less than a transformational national waste strategy and waste legislation will not be enough, the Green Party said today.
Read More

Story

RMA reform must ensure a healthy environment and community wellbeing

The Green Party welcomes the release of the first draft of part of new legislation to replace the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), and urges the...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome progress on hard to recycle and single use plastics, but more needs to be done

The Green Party welcomes progress on the phase-out of some hard to recycle plastics and some single-use plastics, but says more must be done.
Read More

Story

Stronger biosecurity protections at our border and for our iconic kauri

$28 million (as part of $32 million over five years) to roll out a National Pest Management Plan to protect kauri from dieback. $8.9 million for a...
Read More

Story

Green Party dismayed at delay in intensive winter grazing regulations

“The Government’s decision to cave into agribusiness and delay the implementation of critical regulations on intensive winter grazing is a bad outc...
Read More

Latest Conservation Announcements

Story

Make it a shore thing – Bird of the Year 2021

The Green Party is calling on people to go dotty for dotterel and vote for the New Zealand Dotterel/Tūturiwhatu as Bird of the Year 2021.
Read More

Story

Greens call for more protection of native whitebait species at risk of extinction

The Green Party is pleased to see new whitebaiting measures, announced today, to establish a more consistent management regime across the country, ...
Read More

Story

Greens urge Government to stick to no new mines commitment in stewardship land review and reclassification

The Green Party is urging the Government to stick with its 2017 commitment to no new mines on public conservation land, as the Government speeds up...
Read More

Story

Seaweek 2021: Green Party call on Fisheries NZ and DOC to do better to stop by-kill of our precious NZ seabirds

The Green Party can reveal that in 2019/2020, more seabirds were reported as killed by fishing than the previous four years.
Read More

Story

Green Party commits to stronger urban tree protection and no new mines on public conservation land

The Green Party is the only party in Parliament which is explicitly committing to protecting public conservation land and the indigenous plants and...
Read More

Story

Green Party releases tourism policy

Today the Green Party’s conservation spokesperson Eugenie Sage went kayaking on Akaroa Harbour to highlight the greater protection achieved for Hec...
Read More

Latest Tourism Announcements

Story

Green Party welcomes PCE report that calls for more sustainable tourism

The Green Party welcomes the report that calls for more sustainable tourism by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
Read More

Story

Green Party releases tourism policy

Today the Green Party’s conservation spokesperson Eugenie Sage went kayaking on Akaroa Harbour to highlight the greater protection achieved for Hec...
Read More

Story

Greens pleased with Labour’s support for Matariki Day

The Green Party welcomes Labour backing a Matariki public holiday.
Read More

Tourism

Tourism is important to Aotearoa, but it’s been hit hard by COVID-19. Our clean, green image and spectacular nature is what draws people to visit. ...
Read More

Story

Greens call for additional public holiday for Matariki

The Green Party is calling for Matariki to become a public holiday, allowing New Zealanders to celebrate the Māori New Year over a long weekend.
Read More

Policy

Tourism Policy

Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Tourism. Tourism’s economic success relies on Aotearoa New Zealand’s clean, green image. Tourism c...
See More