‘Bed tax’ to ease bur­den on ratepay­ers

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fell to­tally on Auck­land pay­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s only fair that those who ben­e­fit di­rectly from events that pro­mote tourism share in that cost.’’

Tourism In­dus­try Aotearoa (TIA) and Hos­pi­tal­ity New Zealand slammed the de­ci­sion, la­bel- Roberts said.

‘‘The com­mer­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion sec­tor has re­peat­edly of­fered to work with the coun­cil to find a fair and sus­tain­able way to make an ap­pro­pri­ate con­tri­bu­tion to the city’s vis­i­tor and event pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘That of­fer still stands.’’

SI­MON MAUDE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Auck­land Mayor Phil Goff’s ‘‘bed tax’’ will go ahead.

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