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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 14:32

A programme to build a skilled tourism workforce and a recovery plan for the critically endangered kākāpō are among the first projects to receive funding through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

An initial investment plan of ten tourism and conservation projects will receive $18 million from the IVL this year, with an expected $42 million to be invested in these ten projects over five years.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:29

National's tourism funding announcement falls short of what’s needed to cope with skyrocketing tourist numbers, and a bump in DOC funding for tourist facilities will do nothing to halt the loss of our threatened species, the Green Party said today.

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett today announced a $15 million-a-year increase to tourism infrastructure funding, and $76 million over an unspecified period of time for the Department of Conservation (DOC) to develop tourist facilities.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:39

The Government’s decision to allow oil drilling in 35.5 percent of the North Island Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, as well as along the shores of picturesque Lake Te Anau and close to Fiordland National Park, creates major risks for New Zealand’s clean and green tourism brand, the Green Party said today.

“There are only 63 Maui’s Dolphins alive and drilling for oil and gas in the area that’s supposed to be their sanctuary puts every one of them at risk,” said Green Party energy and resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:29

The Green Party is calling on the National Government to support its levy on international visitors, to help fund conservation and local tourism infrastructure.

Yesterday the Green Party announced it would introduce a new Taonga Levy – a $14 to $18 increase on existing border charges for international visitors which would raise money to properly fund Predator Free New Zealand and the Regional Tourism Facilities Fund.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 13:22

The Green Party announced today it will introduce a new Taonga Levy, to be paid by all international visitors coming to New Zealand, with the proceeds going towards protecting our environment for generations to come.