The Tourism Taskforce

Leading image: Anchorage, Abel Tasman National Park This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan Tourism in New Zealand has suffered under Covid 19. As the Queenstown mayor says: We must diversify our economy. We must also consider the negative side of global tourism and the concern for the effects of mass tourism on our communities and our environment.…
104 Comments

Weekly Roundup – 17-Apr-20

Here’s the weekly roundup and this one more than most feels like it has a bit of a theme to it. Road Deaths update If there are any silver linings to come out of the lockdown it’s that with fewer people travelling there’s been much less death and destruction on our roads.…
39 Comments

The NZ Rail Legislation Bill – submissions close Friday

For almost as long as this site has existed, we have bemoaned the double-standard between funding arrangements for road and rail projects. Whereas road projects had a regular budget – through NZTA – and therefore could be planned with confidence many years ahead, rail investments always needed to be made through ad hoc processes and had no long-term funding certainty.…
65 Comments

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

The climate crisis is real. It’s not a drill. If we do nothing, Barcelona and the planet will become uninhabitable for future generations. Barcelona declared a Climate Emergency on the 15th January 2020 with an action plan and a budget of 563 million euros We are talking about a profound transition in every aspect of the city: its productive system, its people, how we work, how we move around, etc.…
103 Comments

2020 – The year ahead

Welcome to 2020. Following my wrap up of 2019 last week I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect to see in 2020. I think 2020 is very much going to be year where there’s lots of things going on but not necessarily a lot completed as projects race against the approaching timelines of 2021 when Auckland hosts the America’s Cup and APEC.…
184 Comments