John Key

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By def­i­ni­tion if you do any­thing like a bed tax or de­par­ture tax you’re go­ing to catch Ki­wis in that. That’s where the dilemma is be­cause you can’t have a de­par­ture tax that a for­eigner pays and a New Zealan­der doesn’t pay.

tax you’re go­ing to catch Ki­wis in that. That’s where the dilemma is be­cause you can’t have a de­par­ture tax that a for­eigner pays and a New Zealan­der doesn’t pay.

‘‘On the other side of the coin we have to re­ally con­tinue to up­grade that in­fra­struc­ture. We’ve got to make sure peo­ple can come here and have a great ex­pe­ri­ence and say New Zealand is an amaz­ing coun­try and tell their friends to come.’’

The Gov­ern­ment had con­trib­uted $12 mil­lion in the last bud­get to as­sist with toi­lets in free­dom camp­ing ar­eas, but he was not sure if it was enough to fund in­fra­struc­ture through in­ter­na­tional tourist GST re­ceipts (just less than a bil­lion dol­lars last year).

‘‘I’ve been a bit more of the view that build­ing some sort of fund that could be used for de­vel- op­ment, par­tic­u­larly in­fra­struc­ture, has got a fair bit of merit to it. But we’ll see how that goes,’’ he said.

Ul­ti­mately, New Zealan­ders would prob­a­bly also be pay­ing the tax.

‘‘It is about con­vinc­ing New Zealan­ders that this is a good idea.’’

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