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Tourism bed tax should include Air BnB, says report

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:24:22 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Dec. 2 (BusinessDesk) - A joint tourism industry proposal to raise $130 million a year for public facilities that tourists use should include a $2 per night bed tax and include accommodation offered through the 'sharing economy' accommodation app ...More >>

Ruapehu well placed to benefit from tourism growth

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:18:49 +1300 | Raupehu District Council

Local tourism operators had the benefit of hearing first hand from Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) Chief Executive Chris Roberts on the positive performance of NZ tourism at a special breakfast presentation in Ohakune this week.More >>

Ambulance officers step up strike, refuse to attend events

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:23:53 +1300 | First Union

From 17 December 2016 more than 800 Ambulance professionals in the North Island will undertake an ‘events ban’ and refuse to provide cover for summer events like Christmas in the Park. More >>

Research Grant Recipients Announced

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:15:44 +1300 | NZ Society of Authors and Auckland Museum

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Auckland War Memorial Museum are delighted to announce the recipients of the NZSA Auckland Museum National and Auckland Region Grants.More >>

Building purchased for Porirua Emergency Operations Centre

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:33:20 +1300 | Porirua City Council

Porirua City Council successfully purchased 2b Raiha Street for $1.5 million at auction yesterday to house the city’s Porirua Emergency Operations Centre. More >>

Matt Claridge Heads Up Tomorrow Project

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:27:10 +1300 | The Tomorrow Project

Former Water Safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridge has turned his attention from reducing New Zealand’s high drowning toll to changing this country’s drinking culture in his new role as head of the Tomorrow Project.More >>

Mayor thanks community for its support for Rotorua Museum

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:04:21 +1300 | Rotorua Lakes Council

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick has thanked the local community for its support for staff affected by the indefinite closure of Rotorua Museum. The museum was closed as a safety precaution following new cracks that appeared inside the building after ...More >>

Kaikoura convoys cancelled due to bad weather, safety risks

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:59:56 +1300 | New Zealand Transport Agency

Update: Please note also that no convoys on the inland Mt Lyford route are planned over the weekend. Next scheduled one is next week. More >>

‘Exemplar’ Māori Land Court under siege

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:38:30 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Māori Land Court, hailed as an “exemplar” by the Ministry of Justice chief executive and Secretary, Andrew Bridgman is under siege by the Government through Māori land reforms and a Ministry restructure, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP ...More >>

Sustainability a big deal for City Rail Link

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:28:29 +1300 | Auckland Transport

Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) project is on track to deliver substantial sustainability benefits, according to its annual review released this week. More >>

Central Lower Hutt open and accessible

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:26:05 +1300 | Hutt City Council

Central Lower Hutt is still open, accessible and a great place to shop this Christmas. There’s parking available and free shuttle buses to keep the city humming, with more activities andinitiatives to come over the festive season.More >>

Earthquake doesn’t impact WCC’s strong credit rating

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:22:17 +1300 | Wellington City Council

The 14 November earthquake hasn’t affected Wellington City Council’s Standard and Poor’s (S&P) global credit rating – which has been maintained at AA. More >>

Praise for progressive move by Hawke's Bay DHB

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:20:20 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Congratulations to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) applauds the visionary step taken by this district to direct funding to extending free general health visits for all children until they turn 18.More >>

Council gives green light to library extension

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:19:11 +1300 | Gisborne District Council

Book worms can start counting down the days to get more facilities at the HB Williams Memorial library, because council awarded the construction contract and building can now commence.More >>

Tourism Infrastructure Investment Report

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:07:34 +1300 | Regional Tourism Organisations New Zealand

Regional Tourism Organisations New Zealand (RTONZ) welcomes open and constructive dialogue on visitor levies and other tourism funding mechanisms. We welcome the release of the industry led report on visitor levy and funding options and support a collaborative ...More >>

Way forward for tourism infrastructure

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:04:05 +1300 | Air New Zealand

Four of New Zealand’s key tourism leaders have jointly released a report to the Minister of Tourism proposing the establishment of a $130m annual fund to address the infrastructure challenges that tourism brings, particularly for regional communities.More >>

A champion has fallen - Kua hinga he totara nui

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:48:27 +1300 | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Chair, Councillors and staff have expressed their sadness at the passing of Councillor Awanui Black on Wednesday. More >>

Many Kiwis still not getting a fair go ten years on

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:32:39 +1300 | CCS Disability Action

It appears that while most New Zealanders follow the road code, a very large percentage of our population does not follow a moral code when it comes to the rights of disabled people. The latest research into mobility parking abuse indicates that about one ...More >>

Pixie Town: Childhood favourite back for Christmas

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:20:38 +1300 | Dunedin City Council

A well-known Dunedin Christmas tradition is coming back to bring Christmas joy. A childhood favourite for many Dunedin residents, Pixie Town opens at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum on Friday 9 December. More >>

Need for better ways to invest in NZ’s water services

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:11:01 +1300 | Water New Zealand

The devastating effect of the 2011 Canterbury earthquake has led to a major project which could save ratepayers billions of dollars on the cost of replacing vital water pipes.More >>


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