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Poll reveals public supports Fiordland Monorail

29 September 2013

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Poll reveals public supports Fiordland Monorail

A public opinion poll has this month confirmed more than twice as many New Zealanders support the development of tourism infrastructure like the Fiordland monorail than are opposed.

“The Fiordland Link Experience is designed to be a world-class tourism experience. It’s really encouraging that the public recognises the significant benefits it will bring to New Zealand despite some misinformation spread by a small group of vocal opponents,” says Bob Robertson, Director of Riverstone Holdings Ltd.

The Curia Market Research survey found that 58% of New Zealanders supported the development of the monorail outside of National Park land. Only 27% opposed it. When broken down, the results showed there was more support than opposition regardless of gender, age or political leanings.

The Fiordland Link Experience is a $170 million investment in tourism that delivers visitors via catamaran, off-road vehicle and monorail to the boundary of the Fiordland National Park, without travelling through it.

It would bring hundreds of jobs to the region and be backed by a multi-million dollar international marketing budget that would help to attract tens of thousands of additional tourists to New Zealand and inject millions of dollars into the wider economy each year.

“There is good awareness of this project across the country and the level of support shown reflects what we know anecdotally. It reinforces our belief that we’re on the right track,” says Mr Robertson.

“Our aim is to be a model of eco-friendly, sustainable tourism. We have refined our proposal during eight years of consultation with the Department of Conservation to ensure the route showcases scenery of great beauty without entering any wilderness areas or land classified as remote.

“A significant amount of work has been dedicated to the route design, construction techniques, mitigation, rehabilitation and potential conservation projects to make sure its environmental impact is minimal. Environmental integrity is our number one priority. The Fiordland Link Experience is as much about the journey as it is the destination. We want to show off our backcountry and deliver on the 100% Pure NZ promise to visitors.”

A NZ Herald Digi-Poll published in July found New Zealanders were perfectly split (46.2% each way) when asked whether they supported both the monorail and the Milford-Dart Tunnel, two separate and vastly different projects. That result surprised opponents of the tunnel who attributed it to the fact the monorail had wider backing, which drove support levels higher than expected. This latest poll would appear to support that view, as the tunnel has since been declined.

ENDS

Fiordland_Link_Experience_Map.pdf
Media_Backgrounder.pdf

The full poll results are included below. Please also find attached a Media Fact Sheet and Map displaying the project route.

Curia Market Research Poll Results

The poll ran between 2 – 10 September and has a margin of error of +/- 3.8%. The full results are included below.

Do you think New Zealand is doing enough to create new innovative world-class tourism experiences to attract more visitors?

CountCol %
Doing enough to attract visitorsYes34652%
No23435%
Unsure/refuse8212%
Total662100%

GenderAge Group
FemaleMale18-3031-4546-6061+
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Doing enough to attract visitorsYes54%51%57%50%50%54%
No34%37%27%40%35%37%
Unsure/refuse12%12%16%10%15%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%

Area Type
AklWlgChchProv CitiesTownsRural
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Doing enough to attract visitorsYes55%51%44%50%53%57%
No30%46%35%36%38%36%
Unsure/refuse14%3%21%14%8%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%

Probed Party Vote (All Voters)
NationalLabourNZ FirstGreenUndecided
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Doing enough to attract visitorsYes56%50%40%38%62%
No34%34%46%51%32%
Unsure/refuse10%16%14%11%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%

Have you heard about the proposed tourism project in Fiordland that involves constructing a 41km monorail to let visitors experience the Fiordland backcountry?

CountCol %
Heard about Fiordland monorailYes45669%
No17226%
Unsure/refuse345%
Total662100%

GenderAge Group
FemaleMale18-3031-4546-6061+
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Heard about Fiordland monorailYes64%74%37%71%74%85%
No31%20%58%25%18%12%
Unsure/refuse5%6%5%3%8%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%

Area Type
AklWlgChchProv CitiesTownsRural
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Heard about Fiordland monorailYes56%76%72%75%74%82%
No39%23%18%17%25%13%
Unsure/refuse5%2%10%8%1%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%

Probed Party Vote (All Voters)
NationalLabourNZ FirstGreenUndecided
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Heard about Fiordland monorailYes71%67%67%85%65%
No26%27%26%14%28%
Unsure/refuse3%6%7%2%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%

Supporters of the monorail say it is environmentally sustainable, would create hundreds of jobs and provide a world-class experience for visitors in backcountry they would otherwise miss out on. Opponents say it will have a negative impact on recreational users, native bush and wildlife. On balance, would you support the development of tourism infrastructure like a monorail if it is outside the National Park land itself?

CountCol %
Support Fiordland monorailYes38158%
No17727%
Unsure/refuse10416%
Total662100%

GenderAge Group
FemaleMale18-3031-4546-6061+
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Support Fiordland monorailYes57%58%67%55%56%55%
No28%26%17%29%28%30%
Unsure/refuse15%17%16%16%16%15%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%

Area Type
AklWlgChchProv CitiesTownsRural
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Support Fiordland monorailYes65%69%38%52%58%48%
No19%16%41%34%27%33%
Unsure/refuse16%15%21%13%15%19%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%

Probed Party Vote (All Voters)
NationalLabourNZ FirstGreenUndecided
Col %Col %Col %Col %Col %
Support Fiordland monorailYes64%52%43%45%63%
No25%28%34%39%26%
Unsure/refuse11%20%23%16%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%

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