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Govt supporting regions with vital tourism infrastructure

The Government will invest $12 million from round three of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund to help 25 councils around New Zealand make the most out of the opportunities tourism can bring, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced over the weekend.

The announcement was made at an event at Matapouri Beach in Northland, attended by local hapu, council and community representatives.

"Tourism is a vital part of New Zealand’s future success and our Government wants to ensure that tourism supports thriving and sustainable regions," says Kelvin.

"The projects funded will enhance visitor experiences, while helping our communities around the country get the best out of tourism growth."

As a part of the funding round, $1.1 million is being provided to Whangarei District Council for a project to restore the mauri of Matapouri.

"This project sums up what the TIF is about. Matapouri Beach sees 1000 people every day during summer, but is facing real challenges from increasing visitor numbers and lack of infrastructure.

"The funding will see necessary facilities installed and make sure visitors have the top class experience they expect of one of the best beaches in the world.

"This project is a truly collaborative effort between Te Whanau a¬Å Rangiwhakaahu Hapu Trust and the Council. I’d like to thank them both for working in partnership to protect and enhance this remarkable taonga," says Kelvin.

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