May 13, 2016
Government boost for Te Puia expansion
Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, is to get a $2.5 million injection for new facilities.
Tourism Minister John Key told the TRENZ tourism summit in Rotorua today the money would go towards a new bone, stone and pounamu carving school, a taa moko studio and a taonga gallery.
It’s one of three new projects.
Just over $1.2 million is going to Timber Trail Adventures Limited for the development of an 80-bed lodge at Piropiro on the edge of Pureora Forest Park, the halfway point on the south Waikato Timber Trail cycleway.
Another $500,000 goes to Queenstown Bungy for an innovative bungy launch system at its Nevis site.
Mr Key says the Government has now invested $14.6 million in 22 projects to help boost tourism in the regions.
This is in addition to the applicants’ contributions of $44.3 million, giving a total $59 million investment in the tourism industry.
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