Tourist tax needed to fund infrastructure

Brendan Duffy (Paul Henry)
Brendan Duffy (Paul Henry)

Funding infrastructure to cope with tourists is causing a major problem from local councils.

Local Government New Zealand is working on a proposal to charge tourists a levy when they travel through the regions.

Councils claim they don't get enough revenue to upgrade things like roads and pipes, which need to be able to cope with rising tourist numbers.

To discuss the issue Paul Henry was joined by Brendan Duffy, Horowhenua's deputy mayor and vice president of Local Government NZ.