Recent Submissions

New submissions

  • Ministry for the Environment's Action for Healthy Waterways Proposals

    Submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Action for Healthy Waterways - 31 October 2019

    The Ministry for the Environment has released a plan to tackle New Zealand’s ongoing freshwater management issues. We are supportive of the direction and urgency of the plans, but are calling for the importance of tourism to be given a higher priority.

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  • Submission on the National Policy Statement for Urban Development

    TIA supports the direction of travel that the draft NPS-UD is taking. TIA has spent considerable time and resources in addressing the pressures on visitor-related infrastructure that have arisen from rapid tourism growth.

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  • Te Koiroa o Te Koiora: New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

    Letter of feedback to Department of Conservation - 20 September 2019

    We are supportive of the direction of travel for the Biodiversity Strategy. We highlighted the importance of the environment and biodiversity to tourism in New Zealand. We urged DOC to value the role of tourism businesses as conservation partners, and cautioned against a specific focus on indigenous species given the importance of many introduced species in attracting tourists to New Zealand.

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  • Local Government Funding and Financing Draft Report

    Submission to the Productivity Commission - 16 September 2019

    TIA is disappointed in the draft report's recommendations to address the impacts of regional tourism growth. The Commission's proposed funding solutions - user pays, bed taxes and funding from the International Visitor Levy - do not meet its principles of efficiency, equity and fairness, and sustainability. TIA proposes that Central Government makes an annual calculation equivalent to 20% of the GST collected from international visitors and distributes this to councils for tourism-related needs.

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  • Hector’s and Māui Dolphin Threat Management Plan Review

    Submission to the Department of Conservation - 19 August 2019

    We have highlighted the importance of our native dolphins to biodiversity and reiterated the value they add to tourism. We disagree with the Department’s acceptance in the plan of allowing 79 Hector’s deaths annually as a result of fisheries-related activities.

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  • Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

    Submission to the Environment Select Committee - 16 July 2019

    We are supportive of the intent of the Bill to take New Zealand to a zero carbon position by 2050, but believe that more thought needs to be given to how the Government will support and assist industries that rely on technologies that cannot be made emission-free in the short-to-medium term, including air transport.

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  • Reform of Overseas Investment Act

    TIA has sent a letter to Treasury outlining our opinion on proposed reforms to the Overseas Investment Act.

    24 May 2019

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  • Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) refresh

    29 May 2019

    TIA has provided feedback to StatsNZ regarding the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) refresh.

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  • West Coast Te Tai O Poutini Conservation Management Strategy.

    Submission to the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai on the Amendments to the West Coast Te Tai O Poutini Conservation Management Strategy.


    TIA has submitted to the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai on the Amendments to the West Coast Te Tai O Poutini Conservation Management Strategy. Some of the proposed amendments to the CMS may warrant a partial review rather than an amendment, as they could have an impact on the overall nature of Paparoa National Park.

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  • New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

    9 May 2019

    We support the structure of the body as an autonomous Crown entity. and agree with the main function of the Commission to ‘co-ordinate, develop and promote an approach to infrastructure that encourages infrastructure, and services that result from infrastructure, that improve the well-being of New Zealanders’.

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  • Enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land - Parliamentary submission

    18 April 2019

    TIA's submission on the enduring stewardship of Crown pastoral land, informing the introduction of a Bill to Parliament. TIA agrees that there is a need for changes in how the Crown manages pastoral land.

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  • TIA Regional Tourism Funding - Proposed Distribution System

    10 April 2019

    It is the recommendation of the TIA Board that central government annually sets aside 20% of the GST collection from international visitors and redistributes this to local government in accordance with the tourism burden borne by each Territorial Local Authority (see the Letter below to the NZ Productivity Commission). This table below provides what each territorial authority would receive in annual funding based on the funding model, using 2018 data.

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  • Local Government Funding and Financing Issues Paper - TIA letter regarding submissions

    8 April 2019

    This letter follows TIA's first submission to the Commission on 15 February 2019, which provided detailed commentary responding to the issues identified by the Commission. TIA is recommending the Government provides local government with a 20% share of the GST paid by international visitors to help fund regional tourism activities and infrastructure.

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  • Reform of Vocational Education

    Submission to the Ministry of Education, 5 April 2019

    TIA agrees there is a need to consolidate and stabilise the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, however, we strongly disagree that the reformed ITPs should take over the role of arranging workplace training.

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  • IRD short-stay accommodation tax

    21 March 2019

    We support any government initiative seeking to level the playing field between the various accommodation providers, and making it easier for all New Zealand short-stay
    accommodation providers to meet their tax obligations, as IRD’s proposals do. However,
    we consider IRD should also strengthen its audit activity to ensure that providers of shortstay accommodation meet their tax obligations.

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  • TIA submission on employer assisted work visas

    18 March 2019

    TIA welcomed many aspects of the proposals set out in MBIE’s consultation document. This included the move to a more regionalised skill shortage list, tailoring labour market tests to types of skills shortages, sectors and regions, and ensuring that our welfare, immigration and education systems were more aligned with each other to improve labour market outcomes for New Zealanders.

    Update: the Government announced sweeping changes to the temporary work visa process in September 2019, The changes responded to many of the points we raised and are set to support tourism employers to find the workers they need.

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