Nash presses on with tourism transformation plan – but DOC rocks some operators by restoring concession charges

The government giveth, by backing industry restructuring (or transformation) plans – and the government taketh away, by imposing (or reimposing) imposts on Covid-beleaguered businesses.

Another word for this is meddling.

In the case of the tourism industry, the government today announced that skills shortages and career progression in the tourism and hospitality sector are the first priorities of a restructuring  plan (with a whiff of social engineering) being drawn up for tourism.

The plan involves the government in forging a “partnership” between the industry and Maoridom.

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash revealed this when he outlined the next steps in the Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) for the sector, originally foreshadowed in May as part of the $200 million Tourism Communities Support, Recovery and Re-set package.

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May the force be with you – and it will be when tourist taskforce’s vision (influenced by Te Ao Māori) is turned into policy and practice

At a NetHui in Auckland in 2015, Māori discussed and shared their ideas about whether tikanga Māori crossed over to the internet.

A Lincoln University philosopher said it does, according to one report of the proceedings.

Indigenous Digital Philosopher, Karaitiana Taiuru says, “We’re kanohi ki te kanohi, you know their mauri, you can touch something and get the mauri and the internet, it’s nothing, it’s te kore and it’s hard to try and quantify that.  But if you use the internet for the right purposes then it will have mauri.”

Here at Point of Order we trust we are putting the internet to the right purpose by drawing attention to the cultural and spiritual thrust of the recently released Tourism Future Taskforce Interim Report. It says:

This is a taskforce and report that from day one has been inspired by the Te Ao Māori perspective.

The wisdom and guidance received from Māori leadership has been incredibly significant to the thinking along the journey towards these [the taskforce’s] recommendations

The concept of “mauri” looms large in the taskforce’s vision for the tourist industry.  Continue reading “May the force be with you – and it will be when tourist taskforce’s vision (influenced by Te Ao Māori) is turned into policy and practice”

Oh dear, an empty trough: Kelvin Davis announces the $400m Tourism Recovery Package has been fully allocated

Latest from the Beehive-

The tourist industry is the biggest beneficiary of government funding distributed as loans or grants from an array of programmes and pots in the past few days.  The $311 million of funding involved has resulted in the $400 million Tourism Recovery Package being fully allocated.

Invitations, meanwhile, have been issued from the Beehive for eligible organisations to come and sup from the Community Resilience Fund.  The second round is now open for applications

” … for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020.”

The fund opened on July 1 for five weeks and the amounts awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of $25,000 per organisation.

The funding is part of the $265 million Sports Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.

Oh – and the rules have been relaxed:

“The criteria has been loosened since the previous round of Community Resilience Fund was allocated, with organisations no longer required to be affiliated to Sport NZ national partners in order to be eligible. The money can also now be used for a broader range of costs including operational and administrative costs,” Grant Robertson said.

Our weekend check on what the politicians have been up to also showed Shane Jones (as Infrastructure Minister on this occasion) has announced the Chatham Islands will receive almost $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture. Continue reading “Oh dear, an empty trough: Kelvin Davis announces the $400m Tourism Recovery Package has been fully allocated”

Davis has been even-handed (almost) in Budget help for tourism and Maori – but Peters boosted racing much more handsomely

We imagine Kelvin Davis is being hailed for his services to Maori through his portfolio as Minister of Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti but perhaps not so much for his services to tourism as Minister of Tourism.

At least, not when the headline numbers of handouts and help for Maori and for tourism are spotted.

The Government will invest over $900 million in response to COVID-19 “to support our whānau, tamariki and all Māori so we can rebuild together”, Māori ministers (including Davis) announced.   [See update below]

Tourism gets a $400 million targeted Tourism Recovery Fund (but it also benefits from an extension of the Wage Subsidy Scheme and a domestic tourism campaign).

One commentator (if we heard correctly) drew attention to those numbers and noted that tourism was being short-changed with $400 million, compared with the $900 million being provided for Maori.

More obviously, tourism leaders could complain they have been short-changed compared with the racing industry. Continue reading “Davis has been even-handed (almost) in Budget help for tourism and Maori – but Peters boosted racing much more handsomely”