Mahuta reaches out to our Aussie neighbours while O’Connor builds digital trade ties with Canada

Our foreign affairs and trade ministers have been hard at work, forging stronger relationships with our Aussie neighbours and Canada.

Their colleagues meanwhile have been spending our money on projects to promote tourism and keep weeds out of a world-famous national park.

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash announced the approval of an application for $3.75 million to help develop events on the Thermal Explorer Highway that links communities across Waikato, Rotorua, Lake Taupō and Ruapehu.

This is the first investment to be confirmed from the $50 million Regional Events Fund announced as part of the government’s $400 million Tourism Recovery package.

Other proposals from Northland to Southland are going through final stages of approval.

Conservation Minister Kiri Allan was busy attacking weeds, announcing a new Jobs for Nature project to stop invasive weeds spreading into Fiordland National Park.

The Southern South Island Alliance has allocated $345,000 Jobs for Nature funding annually to the Fiordland Buffer Zone project, providing 12 full time equivalent jobs across the two-year life of the project. Continue reading “Mahuta reaches out to our Aussie neighbours while O’Connor builds digital trade ties with Canada”