Recent Submissions

New submissions

  • 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 submission on employer assisted work visas

    18 March 2019

    TIA welcomes many aspects of the proposals set out in MBIE’s Consultation document. This includes 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 are more
    aligned with each other to improve labour market outcomes for New Zealanders.

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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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  • Local Government Funding and Financing Issues Paper - Productivity Commission

    15 February 2019

    TIA has submitted to the Productivity Commission on Local Government Funding and Financing Issues Paper.

    In the submission, we note that improved competency and capability within local government has to be part of the response to funding issues. Read TIA’s submission here.

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  • Draft Westland Tai Poutini National Park Management Plan

    Department of Conservation submission - 4 Feb 2019

    Our feedback to DOC is that they listen carefully to submissions from recreational groups and concessionaires and adjust the Plan until the various visitor experiences are administered for and clearly understood. TIA has identified more than 40 areas of the draft Plan where further analysis and discussion is required. We also recommend that the purpose of our parks as defined in the National Park Act plays a more dominant role in setting the context for the Plan.

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  • Draft Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Management Plan

    Submission to the Department of Conservation - 4 Feb 2019

    A step change is necessary in how we manage our national parks. TIA can see that the Department of Conservation is trying to achieve this and we support DOC's efforts to do so. There is, however, much detail to be worked through to ensure these efforts achieve their intended outcomes. Change must be community-led and DOC must be very clear on what it is doing and why.

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  • The Draft Government Tourism Strategy

    Submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - 4 Feb 2019

    TIA welcomes the draft Government Tourism Strategy. We strongly support the ‘tourism system’ approach used in the strategy and we share this way of looking at the visitor economy. This allows us to draw in the wide range of parties with a role to play in how tourism operates for the benefit of New Zealand. We support the Government’s aim ‘to enrich New Zealand through sustainable tourism growth’. The five themes are sensible and largely mirror the structural elements of Tourism 2025.

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  • Towards New Data and Statistics Legislation: Public Discussion Document

    Covering letter to Stats NZ - 13 Nov 2018 (see the discussion document below)

    TIA supports changes to update the Statistics Act 1975 legislation. We feel that this is both desirable and necessary to enable the continued provision of trusted statistics in an ever-changing operating environment.

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  • Stats NZ 'Towards new data and legislation' submission

    Submission to Stats NZ regarding the 'Towards new data and legislation' public discussion document - 13 Nov 2018

    TIA's submission on the Stats NZ discussion document ‘Towards new data and legislation’. The legislative changes align well with the insight framework and TIA will work with Stats NZ on next steps.

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  • Consultation on the Proposed Increase to the Minimum Wage

    Letter to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - 13 November 2018

    TIA is supportive in principle of the proposal to increase the minimum wage from $16.50 to $20.00 per hour. It aligns with one of the objectives of the Tourism Sustainability Commitment, which is for all tourism businesses to pay a fair wage to all staff. We do however have concerns about implementation, and the increases must be signalled well in advance to support business planning.

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  • Draft Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Policy and Bylaw

    Submission to Southland District Council - 9 November 2018

    TIA opposes the proposal to increase the levy without a plan for how it will be implemented, or what specific infrastructure goals the levy will fund. The Community does not support the change. Serious consideration needs to be given to the negative impacts of any levy increase.

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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish

    Submission to Department of Conservation - 26 October 2018

    TIA’s submission on indigenous freshwater fish is supportive of Department of Conservation (DOC)’s proposed amendments to the Conservation Act to widen its powers in managing indigenous fish but considers the Bill in its current form could impact negatively on the guided fishing sector and recreational freshwater fishing.

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  • Coastal Permit – Queens Wharf Mooring Dolphins

    Submission to Auckland Council - 5 October 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the publicly
    notified resource consent application by Panuku Development Auckland on the Queens
    Wharf cruise ship wharf upgrade.

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  • Aviation Security Service Funding Review 2018/19

    Submission to the Civil Aviation Authority - 12 September 2018

    TIA accepts there is an ever-changing international security environment and acknowledge New Zealand needs to do its part in that international context. Aviation security is a very important consideration in New Zealand’s overall destination-management planning. However, we are concerned to see the proposed increases in cost recovery in the context of multiple fee and levy increases by government agencies.

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  • Consultation on Immigration Fees and Levies

    Submission to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - 20 July 2018

    TIA wants to see improvements in Immigration New Zealand's fiscal and operational management to avoid more increases in immigration fees and levies. We strongly oppose increasing the Border Clearance Levy to include services at the border provided by INZ.

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  • Consultation on an Electronic Travel Authority

    Submission to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - 20 July 2018

    TIA supports the introduction of the Electronic Travel Authority but warns that there are serious risks to New Zealand’s reputation if its introduction is rushed or poorly implemented. Development of the ETA must carefully consider impacts on the visitor experience and, where possible, it should provide for tourism-related data to be gathered.

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  • Consultation on International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

    Submission to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - 20 July 2018

    Proceeds from the proposed International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) must be targeted to areas and issues where it will make the most difference to the visitor experience, TIA says. Tourism operators are prepared to accept the new levy but support will be conditional on the final design of the scheme.

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  • Consultation on the International Education Strategy 2018-2030

    Submission to the International Education Strategy 2018-2030 - 22 June 2018

    TIA is pleased to see that the strategy acknowledges the alignment between international
    education and tourism. We highlighted several areas where the connection between tourism and education could be strengthened, including promoting safer driving and encouraging regional dispersal.

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  • Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill

    Submission to Governance and Administration Select Committee - 25 May 2018

    TIA welcomes the reinstatement of the four aspects of well-being to Local Government. Our submission says this will give communities and councils a stronger role in leading and determining their priorities and Councils would be able to take up the important role of regional economic development. We would be concerned, however, if there were an increase in commercial rates as a result of the restoration of the four aspects of well-being.

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  • Consultation on the Draft Investment Assessment Framework to support 2018-21 National Land Transport Plan

    Submission to New Zealand Transport Agency - 18 May 2018

    While we noted a number of gaps in the GPS we were overall pleased to see the strong consideration given to tourism within that document. This submission builds on this in in the context of informing and prioritising the land transport investment, focusing on four areas - cars & mode neutrality; tourism insight; visiting drivers programme; NZTA - tourism planning.

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  • Government Policy Statement on Land Transport

    Submission to the Minister of Transport - 2 May 2018

    In previous consultation on the GPS, we expressed concern that the GPS did not adequately reflect the impact of the tourism industry on New Zealand’s land transport and the land transport requirements of the tourism industry. We are pleased to see that some of the previous provided feedback has been acknowledged in this draft GPS on Land Transport. However, we still have concerns that the Government does not fully understand the impact of the tourism industry on New Zealand’s land transport and its land transport requirements.

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  • Council Long Term Plans 2018-2028

    TIA is submitting on Council long-term plans to highlight the value of tourism to the regions, what the tourism industry is doing to deliver greater benefits to communities and address challenges, and opportunities for local government. See Local Government submissions to see the submissions as they are made.

  • Employment Relations Amendment Bill

    Submission to the Education and Workforce Select Committee - 13 April 2018

    TIA’s submission on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill highlights concerns around a number of issues, including increased compliance processes employers must follow, meal and rest break entitlements and restrictions on 90 day trials. We have also stressed the need for unions to recognise the benefits that the tourism industry provides for employees and support this environment.

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