Proposed tourist tax to help fund tourism infrastructure

Talisa Kupenga

Kua timata te wā whiriwhiri mo te tāke tūruhi a te Kāwanatanga, ko te whakapae ki te takiwa o te toru tekau mā rima tāra te whiu kia taea te whakapakari i ngā hanganga tūruhi, ngā mahi taiao ano hoki. He whakatau e tautokohia ana e ngā kamupene tūruhi Māori, engari ko tā rātou me rahi ake te utu. 

Ko te hiahia a te kāwana kia rima tekau ma whitu ki te waru tekau miriona tāra te hua mai i te tāke tūruhi i te tau tuatahi.

Ko tā te Minita Take Tūruhi a Kelvin Davis, Minita Take Tūruhi "na te tini o nga turuhi e haere mai ana he taumahatanga ki runga i te taiao na reira koia te take e kohikohi matou i tēnei puteakia whakaea ai ngā raruraru."

Ko tā Harete Hipango, Māngai Take Tūruhi Māori o Nāhinara he āwangawanga na te kore māramatanga ki hea te pūtea e haere ai.

"Where is it going to? How is the allocation really going to impact on our tourism industry? What level of consultation has there been with our Māori tourism industry? I suspect very little."

Mo te hunga e tau mai ana ki Aotearoa raro te kotahi tau ki waenga i te rua tekau ma rima me te toru tekau ma rima tāra te nui, ā, ka utu i tāna whiwhi pane whenua, ki tētahi Tari Raraunga Tūruhi hou rānei. Kaore he utu mo te hunga no Ahitereiria te nuinga o ngā motu a Kiwa ano hoki.

Ko tā Davis “he tika kia utu tēnei take e te hunga tūruhi kaua ko nga kainoho anake”

Ko tā Hipango "we want to make Aotearoa NZ as attractive as possible and is taxing really the way to go about doing it?"

I tēra tau he toru miriona neke atu ngā tūruhi i tae mai, ā, ko te whakapae ka kake atu i te rima miriona i te tau rua mano rua tekau ma rima.

E kaha tautoko ana te rāngai whānui, engari ko tā Pania Tyson-Nathan Tāhūhū ki NZ Māori Tourism me kake ake te utu.

"I'd like to see a conversation start at a much higher quantum and work our way back because at the moment if you look at what we're talking about in total [levies] it's about $70. We're still one of the cheapest destinations in the world."

Kei te whai hoki te kaupapa ki te hiki i ētahi utu pane whenua, ngā tāke rau ā-iwi hoki hei te Nōema. Ko te whakapae uhia ai te tāke tūruhi hei tē tau e heke mai nei.