Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


$46,000 Grant To Light The Spectacular Pohutu Geys

MEDIA STATEMENT
24 November 1999
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


$46,000 GRANT TO LIGHT THE SPECTACULAR POHUTU GEYSER


Tourism Minister Lockwood Smith today announced a grant of $46,000 to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (MACI) to provide permanent night lighting for the Pohutu Geyser at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve in Rotorua.

“The Pohutu and other geysers at Whakarewarewa are icons of New Zealand tourism. The image of Pohutu exploding is surely one of the most widely known images of New Zealand,” said the Minister.

“With the proposal to light these spectacular natural features, the management and Board of MACI have provided increased opportunities for our international tourists to enjoy the wonders of this magnificent place. Evening viewing will provide a whole new experience for visitors.”

MACI management report that the operating hours of the Reserve will be extended accordingly.

Dr Smith said that many similar cultural and natural features overseas were using appropriate lighting to provide tourists with a unique, enjoyable and educational experience, and that MACI management will extend the operating hours of the Reserve once the new lighting is installed.

“The planning for the project is being undertaken as part of the preparations for the millennium celebrations that will be staged at the Whakarewarewa 31. The grant, from the Tourism Facilities Grants Programme, will allow the otherwise temporary lighting to be permanently installed. It is anticipated that the permanent facilities will be completed by the end of January 2000,” Dr Smith said.

“I am told that the harsh environment of the thermal reserve has precluded installation of permanent lighting previously but this has now been overcome.

“This is good news for MACI, for Rotorua and for New Zealand,” Dr Smith concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news