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Tourism wishlist doesn't stack up: Bennett

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017

Paula Bennett. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Paula Bennett. The government says some tourism projects listed on Local Government NZ's $1.4 billion wishlist are worthy of assistance but most aren't.

LGNZ earlier this week revealed details of a survey by Tourism Industry Aotearoa, which identified local infrastructure projects that could help deal with visitor growth.

"I absolutely agree that there are some areas of tourism infrastructure that need to be addressed and that some of these will need help from central government," Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said.

"However, the list LGNZ has referenced includes things like town halls, council facilities, airport runway extensions, airport upgrades and expressways."

Ms Bennett says those projects are either already funded by other areas of government, are not considered a priority, or should be funded by councils.

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