'Green Tax' for travellers gains ground

'Green Tax' for travellers gains ground
27 May

As tourist numbers topple record upon record, there is growing support for a border tax or 'green levy' to cover the cost of hosting them.  In the next five years, the government predicts 4.5 million visitors will be wheeling their suitcases across the tarmac in search of a New Zealand adventure. And as Insight has been finding out, there is hope a border tax could solve some of the problems…

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23 May

Drive for conservation fund boost

A major environmental group wants to see more money for conservation funding amid Thursday's Budget announcements, as newly released data shows more of New Zealand's species are faring worse. The Government this month announced that an extra $20.7 million in operating funding, sourced from the previous Budget, would be spent on the largest pest control operation in the country's history to protect threatened birds and other species. But the Environmental…

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11 May

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Environmental concern at talk of extended Auckland boundaries Read full post…
19 May

Environmental concern at talk of extended Auckland boundaries

Auckland's been put on notice to make more land available for housing or risk being made to by the Government. Hear from Councillor Chris Darby, and Gary Taylor, Chairman of the Environmental Defence Society. Listen here.

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18 May

The transition pathway is the next big climate challenge

Pure Advantage Newsletter: April/May 2016 By Gary Taylor. As the commitments made at last year’s Paris agreement on climate change start to take tangible form, countries are revisiting their carbon policies. New Zealand is no exception. The expectation is that our domestic policy settings will need to have much more bite. The big idea is that the world will collectively move to decarbonize its economies. There will be different pathways,…

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17 May

Taxing tourists to save our species

By Marie Brown & Geoff Simmons. The Dominion Post 17 May 2016. It isn't often that turkeys vote for Christmas, but the tourism industry has done just that, stating they are open to charging visitors to fund infrastructure. This is no doubt in the face of public pressure at the ever mounting tourist numbers and the smelly problems they leave behind. Prime Minister John Key has offered up $12m for local…