Tararua cel­e­brates tourism fund­ing

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Tararua District will re­ceive fund­ing from Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment’s Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

Re­cently Tourism Min­is­ter Kelvin Davis an­nounced the projects that re­ceived sup­port as part of the $19.3 mil­lion sec­ond round of the Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund, with much of it go­ing to waste­water, sew­er­age schemes and pub­lic toi­lets at tourist hotspots through­out the coun­try.

Of that amount, Tararua District Coun­cil will re­ceive $102,404 for the pro­vi­sion of free­dom camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Man­gatain­oka Re­serve.

It will also en­able Coun­cil to in­stall so­lar-pow­ered waste com­pact­ing rub­bish bins at Waihi Falls, Aki­tio and Her­bertville.

While Coun­cil had al­ready al­lo­cated $100,000 towards these projects, it is es­ti­mated that it will cost in the re­gion of $200,000 and the fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion has now made it pos­si­ble for these projects to be car­ried out.

Coun­cil places a high pri­or­ity on pro­mot­ing the district to vis­i­tors, es­pe­cially vis­i­tors with mo­torhomes or car­a­vans. This pro­mo­tion has been fur­ther helped by the New Zealand Mo­tor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tively pro­mot­ing Tararua in their own publi­ca­tions, which has re­sulted in a no­tice­able in­crease in vis­i­tor num­bers.

This in­crease in the use of camp­ing sites through­out the district is what prompted Coun­cil staff to as­sess the fa­cil­i­ties needed across the district.

A sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem across the district at free­dom camp­ing sites was the in­ap­pro­pri­ate dis­posal of rub­bish by vis­i­tors, and the lack of toi­lets at the Man­gatain­oka Re­serve.

With fund­ing now ap­proved this sit­u­a­tion can be reme­died, with pur­pose built fa­cil­i­ties for free­dom campers in­stalled at the Re­serve.

Mark Max­well, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager for the Tararua District Coun­cil, says the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted af­ter con­ver­sa­tions with Tui Brew­ery, who had al­ready or­gan­ised a num­ber of tree plant­ings at the Re­serve to en­hance its ap­pear­ance.

“This is a key part­ner­ship be­tween Coun­cil, who will pro­vide the cap­i­tal for con­struc­tion and Tui Brew­ery, who have agreed to main­tain it.

“This is a great ex­am­ple of coun­cil and busi­nesses work­ing to­gether to achieve pos­i­tive out­comes for the com­mu­nity.”

Rosie Rogers from Tui Brew­ery says it’s been a pos­i­tive step work­ing with the Tararua District Coun­cil to see that the fa­cil­i­ties for free­dom campers are im­proved to meet de­mand.

“The hope is the whole com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit from this fund­ing, and we are grate­ful to our coun­cil for their ef­forts to get this over the line.”

Labour list MP Keiran McAn­ulty de­scribed Tui Brew­ery as one of the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions and said the team there — led by Nick and Rosie Rogers — did a mar­vel­lous job of at­tract­ing peo­ple to the re­gion.

“It seemed log­i­cal to me that Gov­ern­ment would look to as­sist in up­grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties so that the Man­gatain­oka Re­serve op­po­site the brew­ery could cope with the steady in­crease of vis­i­tors.

“I am very pleased for them, and the re­gion, that this in­vest­ment has been con­firmed.”

Tararua District Coun­cil will re­ceive $102,404 for the pro­vi­sion of free­dom camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Man­gatain­oka Re­serve.

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