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Tourism backs Water Conservation Order for Hawke’s Bay river

Tourism backs Water Conservation Order for Hawke’s Bay rivers

Granting a Water Conservation Order for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers would benefit the tourism industry as well as protect the rivers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

In its submission to the Environmental Protection Authority, TIA says the proposed Water Conservation Order would improve the management of the rivers.

The Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers hold values that are of significant importance to the tourism industry, including wild, scenic and natural landscapes; excellent water quality; the opportunity for multi-day trips; outstanding angling and jet boating opportunities; and habitat for native birds and fish.

A Water Conservation Order would give assurance to the tourism industry that all essential New Zealand values and needs will be met for these two rivers, TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.

“Fresh water is a pivotal resource for the tourism industry and, unlike some other sectors, we do not need to extract it. Tourism values are consistent with the aim of having fresh water that sustains fishing, swimming and mahinga kai/food gathering,” Mr Roberts says.

Tourism New Zealand data shows that in 2016, 28% of our international visitors took part in raft, kayak, canoe, jet boat or fresh water fishing activities. These visitors are high value – they stayed an average length of 31 days and spent an average of $4800, well above the norm.

TIA’s Tourism Election Manifesto, Tourism for Tomorrow, calls on the incoming Government to demonstrate a serious commitment to protecting the environment, recognising its importance to tourism. This includes a commitment to enhancing New Zealand’s fresh water resources.

“Our country needs a clear vision and a long-term strategy for management of fresh water that reflects the values we hold as New Zealanders. We all have an active role to play in ensuring we leave the environment in a better state for future generations of Kiwis and our visitors.”

To read TIA’s submission on the application for a Water Conservation Order for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers, go to:

www.tia.org.nz/advocacy/recent-submissions/environment


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