Matapouri's tourism sector to get funding boost

Photography by: Patrick Hendry

Matapouri's tourism sector is due to recieve a major boost in a new round of funding

The tourism sector is due to receive a major boost in a new round of funding. The government is set to invest $12 million from round three of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) to help 25 councils around the country make the most out of the opportunities tourism can bring, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has pledged.


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," the minister said.

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," said Davis. Work will involve installing the necessary facilities to ensure visitors enjoy a first-class experience. 

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

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