18 May 2017

Policy Update – 18 May 2017

Our fortnightly policy updates keep you up-to-date with the industry.

Clean Water reports released

NIWA and the Ministry for the Environment released two reports last week, giving the technical background to the government’s Clean Water proposals. Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says the reports will help inform input into the plans to clean up New Zealand waterways.

The reports give specific information on the grading system, which the Minister says has generated significant debate, adding “These reports show that the only other jurisdiction that attempts to grade waterways for swimming is Europe. Their grades of excellent, good and sufficient match the New Zealand grades of excellent, good and fair, although the New Zealand proposals for the bottom fair category are more cautious. This analysis shows that if New Zealand adopted the European grading, more rivers would be deemed swimmable.”

Read more from the Minister and access the full reports

Budget 2017: $178 million package for tourism infrastructure

A new Tourism Infrastructure Fund has been announced, with the aim or providing $100 million over four years to local councils and other community organisations for projects including new car parks, toilets and freedom camping facilities. It was launched alongside new funding for the DOC Estate, worth $76 million dollars.

Announcing the Fund, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said “Tourism is hugely important to New Zealand. It creates jobs and brings in billions of dollars to the economy. That’s why it’s important that we keep investing so we continue to attract high-value tourists and give them an amazing visitor experience.”

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Budget 2017: $74.6 million to further grow business R&D

An extra $74.6 million in funding has been included in Budget 2017 through the Innovative New Zealand programme, with the aim of meeting the growing demand for Callaghan Innovation’s research and development (R&D) Growth Grants.

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith says “Encouraging business R&D helps high-tech, innovative Kiwi companies to bring products and ideas to the market sooner, which has significant benefit for export revenues. The rise in demand for Growth Grants is a positive sign that businesses are increasing their investment in R&D. This additional funding means a total of $657.2 million is now available over four years through the Growth Grants programme.”

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