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An extra $20 million in tourism funding
should assist in boosting international
visitor numbers to this country, with places
like Te Anau and Fiordland enjoying the
The Government has committed an extra
$20 million in funding for tourism in
2009/2010, which will bring this year’s
annual funding up to $89 million.
The funding will increase our visibility in
key markets like Australia and should see
even more visitors from across the ditch
holidaying in the South.
The tourism environment has been very
tough of late and while there are signs that
things are moving towards some degree of
recovery New Zealand is still operating in a
very competitive international marketplace.
This funding will help ensure that New
Zealand’s tourism message is delivered
around the world.
Of the $20 million in funding, $5 million will
be earmarked for Tourism New Zealand to
carry out joint-venture work with the private
sector and regional tourism organisations.
The Tourism Industry Association has
already applauded this announcement.
It believes that joint venture marketing
projects led by Tourism New Zealand are
going to be the way of the future and will be
particularly important in terms of keeping
New Zealand competitive.
Significantly Tourism New Zealand
estimates the additional $20 million will
bring up to 45,000 additional visitors to
New Zealand through increased marketing
efforts. It expects to direct the additional
funds into the US, China, UK/Europe and
further joint venture work in Australia.
I’m hopeful that Fiordland will take the
opportunity to work with other regional
tourism organisations to ensure that this
part of the country gets the recognition that
In the current tough global market, this
kind of investment in tourism is vital for
New Zealand to retain its position and
regional tourism operators, like those in
this area, should use it as an opportunity to
increase their profile in our key international
This funding shows that the Government
understands the importance of tourism to
New Zealand’s economy.
Other initiatives, including the Smart Gate
to ease travel between Australia and New
Zealand, the Rugby World Cup 2011 and
the national cycleway proposal are all
important steps in assisting the industry to
The tourism sector in and around the South
has been asking for more Government
funding support for some time now.
I am pleased that we have been able to
deliver on our commitment to tourism
growth in this region and the economic
benefits that it will bring to places like
Funding boost benefits
front row seat
held on Sunday
in a number of
use of aerial
Firstly, I would like to say that the
Department recognises the right
of the public to protest. That so
many people, who are a part of so
many local communities, are this
passionate about conservation work
across New Zealand is encouraging.
Equally, the public should recognise
that the Department has a right to use
legally registered control tools, against
threats to our native environment, where
we need to.
As the Area Manager of the Te Anau DOC
Office I would like to clarify a few of the
main points that these protest marches
DOC and the Animal Health Board (AHB)
utilise both aerial and ground control
options – traps, bait stations and shooting
– where appropriate. Aerial 1080 treatment
accounts for about 20 percent of AHB’s
pest control operations and DOC uses
aerial 1080 on less than two percent of
publically managed conservation land.
DOC and the AHB also jointly spend more
than $2 million annually researching a
range of alternative pest control methods.
DOC uses 1080 according to strict
guidelines set by the environmental
watchdog ERMA and health authorities.
There have been more than 2000 tests of
water supplies and the Ministry of Health’s
town drinking water standards have never
I would like to pass on to the Te Anau rally
coordinators my compliments for both the
amicable and constructive nature of the
The concerns of the group will be
considered when planning future control
operations in the Te Anau Area.
Te Anau Area Manager,
Department of Conservation
All aboard: Year 4 and 5 pupils from St Thomas’ Primary School in Winton
enjoyed a visit to Walter Peak Station earlier this month. The students spent
three days in and around Arrowtown exploring the lives of the early settlers and
experiencing everything from gold panning to life in a classroom of the 1800’s.
PHOTO: Mary Witsey
All aboard: Year 4 and 5 pupils from St Thomas’ Primary School in W
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