Government announces $12m boost for tourism infrastructure

Twenty-five councils around New Zealand will benefit from a new $12 million investment from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced the funding on Saturday at an event in Matapouri, which will receive $1.1 million.

The money will be given to Whangarei District Council for a project to restore Matapouri, which had issues over summer due to large numbers of tourists.

Local hapū Te Whānau ā Rangiwhakaahu placed a rahui on the popular Mermaid Pools earlier in 2019 after visitors left sanitary items and other rubbish like couches around the marine sanctuary. 

"This project sums up what the TIF is about. Matapouri Beach sees 1000 people every day during summer, but is facing real challenges from increasing visitor numbers and lack of infrastructure," Davis said.

"The funding will see necessary facilities installed and make sure visitors have the top class experience they expect of one of the best beaches in the world.

"This project is a truly collaborative effort between Te Whānau ā Rangiwhakaahu Hapū Trust and the council.

"I'd like to thank them both for working in partnership to protect and enhance this remarkable taonga."


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