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New Zealand to Impose Carbon Taxes on Tourism?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Given New Zealand’s effort to wreck manufacturing and farming with cow taxes and renewable energy rationing, why should the tourism industry be left unscathed?

Enough talk – time for action on tourism’s environmental impact, says commissioner

Mike White
05:00, Feb 19 2021

Parliament’s environmental watchdog says the tourism industry has been carried and cosseted for too long, while its impact on the environment has been largely ignored. In a new report released yesterday, Simon Upton says it’s time for real action, not more marketing spin and hollow talk about “sustainability”. Mike White investigates how tourism has become a problem area, despite being a crucial part of New Zealand’s economy.

Poor Simon Upton.

Just three months after the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released his first report into the looming calamity of tourism’s unbridled growth, New Zealand shut its borders, due to Covid-19.

And in the wake of Covid, it might have been easy for Upton to say, okay, problems solved, crisis averted, and abandon the second part of his investigation.

But Covid will eventually end, planes will start flying, international tourists will begin arriving again, and New Zealand will remain an extremely attractive destination.

And when international tourism does resume, Upton says we can’t slide back to business as usual, with all the pressures and pinch-points we saw before Covid – tourism has to be done differently, and be much less environmentally harmful. There will have to be trade-offs between growth and nature.

Upton’s report makes four recommendations: a departure tax reflecting the cost of international flights’ CO2 emissions; greater involvement of communities in tourism projects; more power for the Department of Conservation to preserve natural attractions; and much tougher regulations for freedom campers.

Read more:–time-for-action-on-tourisms-environmental-impact-says-commissioner

Given New Zealands hard border lockdown policy, their tourist industry is a little academic right now. But just in case any New Zealand tourism entrepreneur survives the Covid pandemic, the Ardern government is readying to greet your business relaunch with a raft of new taxes, government oversight bodies and restrictions.

Correction (EW): Not all tourism activities are being discouraged. New Zealand’s Ardern government has paved the way for an expansion of sex tourism, giving honours and recognition to sex workers – so I guess at least one eco-friendly tourism activity, selling pretty New Zealand girls and boys to visitors, will be encouraged under the new laws.

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Phil Rae
February 25, 2021 10:11 am

What a pity! A lovely place to visit……..albeit, very far from almost everywhere else. But it had become noticeably busier on NZ’s roads on my last couple of trips there so, perhaps, the tourist industry was due for “correction”.

But as we all know, it won’t make even a smidgeon of difference to atmospheric CO2 levels.

David Wolcott
Reply to  Phil Rae
February 25, 2021 12:02 pm

Not just busier on the roads. Imagine you live in a gorgeous, remote, rural location in, say, Montana and you’re driving, enjoying the day, and someone comes around the corner fast on the wrong side of the road. New Zealanders drive on the left and most tourists drive on the right, including the rapidly growing market of Chinese tourists, who may or may not have a valid licence. It’s terrifying, folks. So I actually stick up for the farmers, who used to be the backbone of our economy and are now being dumped on and abused and financially squeezed for their carbon footprint and pollution. I would be very happy to see fewer tourists. Bring on the taxes.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  David Wolcott
February 25, 2021 3:06 pm

I discovered that when I got diverted to a one-lane road, I automatically stayed on the right side once it widened back up. Old habits are hard to break.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 25, 2021 4:08 pm

That’s why hire cars in NZ have a big yellow arrow on the dashboard telling drivers which side of the road you should be on let alone the rode code which has some really odd give way rules.

Peter East
Reply to  Patrick MJD
February 25, 2021 4:32 pm

The Give Way rules are now the same as elsewhere. Rules were changed about 10yrs ago.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Patrick MJD
February 26, 2021 11:15 am

They apparently had a shortage of yellow paint when I was in NZ in ’79 and ’89. I didn’t have the advantage of that particular visual cue. I had to depend on the on-coming drivers demonstrating to me that they could count to 4 in binary, on their fingers.

Reply to  Phil Rae
February 25, 2021 11:39 pm

Riding a motorcycle in Thailand is always a challenge for me, after a right turn, I’m never sure what side of the road I should be on. Cambodia and Vietnam I’m fine, because they drive on the right hand side, but Thailand is left hand side.

February 25, 2021 10:14 am

Upton’s report makes four recommendations: a departure tax 

That’s very interesting. So, if you refuse to pay you have to stay in NZ? Better, you may not want to go there.

I hope they list all these new taxes and fees when you (don’t) buy your flight ticket.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Pauleta
February 25, 2021 10:31 am

Ticket prices are already broken down to “goverment fees and taxes” so adding another one will be simple to do. If they are smart the fee will be low enough so people will be annoyed but not resistant to still buying the ticket. I wonder if a waiver will be available for card carrying “Climate Change Activists”?

Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 25, 2021 10:32 am

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Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 25, 2021 10:38 am

What’s an “irritant” and what’s a deal killer often depends on how much discretionary income you have. No matter how small the extra tax, there will always be a few people who were on the bubble as to whether they wanted to go to New Zealand or some place closer.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 25, 2021 11:15 am

“If they are smart…”
Well, that leaves this admin. out in the rain.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 25, 2021 12:48 pm

Kerry’s private jet won’t be charged the tax; he is a champion of such taxes. [See his rationale for using a private jet for his global travel.]

Eric Stevens
Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 25, 2021 1:09 pm

“If they are smart the fee will be low enough so people will be annoyed but not resistant” It has been suggested that typical long distance flights could attract NZ$340 (US$250). Is that low enough?

Rich Lambert
Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 25, 2021 1:41 pm

Several years ago I researched Canadian recycling taxes on the purchases of things such as oil filters. The law forbid the listing of the tax on the packaging of the item. We will likely see more of this hiding of taxes and fees.

February 25, 2021 10:15 am

More of the “Great Reset” codswallop.

February 25, 2021 10:16 am

Face reality…governments need more taxes to finance their continued promises of bigger, better, helping more, etc…all to get re-elected by the under 35 crowd who believe in the nanny-state concept. Energy taxes are just the cow that hasn’t been milked past the level of public acceptance….yet….

Alan Robertson
Reply to  DMacKenzie
February 25, 2021 1:42 pm

All they need do is follow the US example; print more money.

February 25, 2021 10:23 am

As a kiwi living in NZ I see our current government as the most destructive in our history. Not only introducing climate control measures but also legislation designed to erode democracy. The latest move is the introduction of Maori-only wards in local authority elections. Our schooling system needs a mental health warning with the introduction of a curriculum on human caused climate change and a biased version on the oppression of Maori during colonisation. Help!

Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 10:44 am

I believe it was in Chicago, a school principle introduced a new curriculum that had as it’s basis the claim that all whites are guilty of perpetuating white supremacism. He would also require white children to debase themselves in front of minority children. He claimed it was necessary for the emotional well being of the minority children.

Reply to  MarkW
February 25, 2021 11:09 am

Such philosophy also implies that the antonym of supremacy, inferiority, can be deemed to apply to non-whites….so pretty much opposed to teachings of any of the great religions, which the “woke” denigrate. Interesting philosophical irony….

Reply to  MarkW
February 25, 2021 11:41 am

Coke was doing it better.

Reply to  MarkW
February 26, 2021 11:14 am

It’s not only happening in Chicago.

Abolition Man
Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 10:46 am

Unless the Maori awaken to their plight and throw out the NZ government, there appears to be little hope for a return to normalcy any time soon!
Reading about these idiots brings to mind the picture from an earlier post of a walrus hurling itself off a cliff! The foresight of the NZ leaders must be equivalent to the eyesight of the walrus; as they fall down from the heights they’re thinking: “So far, so good!”

Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 11:26 am

add to that banning gas BBQs , gas appliances, forcing electric cars, reducing livestock numbers by 15%, with no idea where the energy is coming from

Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 11:46 am

Please state where in the NZ curriculum it has “a biased version on the oppression of Maori during colonisation.” It is my understanding that there are many example of Maori being treated appallingly during colonisation. Parihaka a very good example.

Reply to  Simon
February 25, 2021 12:37 pm

The content will be based on “three big ideas”. These are “Māori history is the foundational and continuous history of Aotearoa New Zealand. Colonisation and its consequences have been central to our history for the past 200 years and continues to influence all aspects of Aotearoa New Zealand society. Aotearoa New Zealand’s history has been shaped by the exercise and effects of power.”
No mention of any benefits of colonisation, progress of NZ to become one of the world’s most desirable places to live nor our evolution to a parliamentary democracy governed by rule of law.
Sure Maori were treated badly but in many instances were treated well. So well that Maui Pomare said that Maori were lucky the country was colonised by Great Britain and not some other country.
You can bet there will be no mention of the Musket wars when Maori wiped out 25% of their own population nor any mention of the Maori colonisation of the Chatham Islands where the entire local population was enslaved and eaten. 

Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 1:59 pm

“Sure Maori were treated badly but in many instances were treated well.”
While that is true (they were treated well)there is no point in glossing over many of the sever injustices that took place. You only repeat the mistakes of the past by ignoring them.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 3:13 pm

What is wrong with those three big ideas? The Maori arrived several hundred years before European settlers and so clearly the foundations of NZ history is the story of Maori settlement.

Colonisation and its consequences is again clearly central to the history of the past 200 years. Try telling the stories of the Maori wars without discussing colonisation? Can you explain why Maori die younger and are more likely to grow up in poverty without discussing the consequences of colonisation?

Finally the history of all countries has been shaped by the exercise and effects of power? Can you explain the last 1000 years of British history without discussing how the Normans exercised power over the anglo-saxons, co-opted various nobles, gave land rights to various people and not others. The reformation was all about Henry VIII seizing power from the Church and rewarding his followers. The enclosure act and highland clearances were only possible due to the exercise of power by the landed gentry to increase their wealth. Then in the 19th Century the growth of the trade union movement saw the working class claim back some of their power by collective actions resulting in voting reform, the 40 hour week, end to child labour etc.

All of the items you mentioned e.g. benefits of colonisation clearly fit into at least one of the three big ideas and there is no conflict between them.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
February 25, 2021 3:46 pm

Well said.

Mick O'Keefe
Reply to  Izaak Walton
February 25, 2021 4:00 pm

Geezus you guys have a fairyland understanding of what native life was observed to be like.
Read Cook’s logs of his exploration voyages and get a clue.
Life was cheap (still is in the middle east and Africa).
Now, modern indigines in developed countries can generally access all the services & support that all taxpayers enjoy.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Izaak Walton
February 25, 2021 5:53 pm

Polynesians were a colonizing culture from the start. They colonized the pacific islands (including New Zealand). The Austronesian ethnolinguistic group the Urheimat originated in Taiwan Why aren’t their atrocities listed among the nations where we review history wearing PC glasses?

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Rory Forbes
February 25, 2021 6:07 pm

Firstly the history of Maori NZ would tell of the speak of the conflicts between various Iwi that is clearly part of the foundational history of NZ and no-one is trying to hide it. Most Iwi are proud of their history and their triumphs. Secondly when the Maori colonised NZ it was empty and there is a large difference between colonising an uninhabited land and invading a country, wiping out nearly all of the native people, destroying their culture and stealing their land like the British did in Australia for instance.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Izaak Walton
February 25, 2021 6:37 pm

The Maori didn’t drop out of the sky. Like all Polynesians they advanced across the Pacific from Taiwan, island hopping, doing exactly what all other colonizers have done … no more and no less. They also colonized inhabited land, probably killing off the locals if needed and absorbing the women and children.

Most Iwi are proud of their history and their triumphs.

And so they should be, just as Europeans are just as justified in taking pride in their “history and their triumphs”. There is no difference whatsoever, except the Europeans didn’t eat the Maori. On this planet land belongs to those who are able to take and keep it. The Maori didn’t OWN it.

You can’t rewrite history. What was permissible in the past is no longer OK. The only fault is repeating it … which is the method of the Left. They’re incapable of learning.

Reply to  Simon
February 25, 2021 12:40 pm

Good old Simon.
As reliable as the BBC.

Yeah. Those “pacifist” Maori at Parihaka. Just laid there singing Kumbayya as usual.

Reminds me of when I was last going round Waitangi, in the Te Kongahu museum. Certainly interesting and not as ridiculous as Liverpool’s Slavery Museum, which you could go round with some care but miss the fact that Britain abolished slavery and expended great treasure and many British lives in stopping the French, Spanish etc pursuing the Slave trade.

But curious about a few references to the aboriginal inhabitants (Moriori) of NZ, superceded by the Maori, I asked a guide (Maori) what had happened to them? “A few went to the Chatham Islands. The rest, we ate”, was the reply, with a chuckle.

I’ve met some great Maori and some arseholes. Pretty much like the ‘white’ Kiwis in fact. Lots of petrol heads and lots of hard line GangGreen supporters. But there seem to be few Maori GangGreen enthusiasts and the ones you do come across, don’t also drive 5 litre utes.

Kone Wone
February 25, 2021 2:13 pm

‘GangGreen’ – wonderful, I’m going to adopt that word (or is it a phrase?). Thanks, hope you don’t mind!

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Simon
February 25, 2021 5:52 pm

Polynesians were a colonizing culture from the start. They colonized the pacific islands (including New Zealand). The Austronesian ethnolinguistic group the Urheimat originated in Taiwan Why aren’t their atrocities listed among the nations where we review history wearing PC glasses?

Reply to  Simon
February 26, 2021 6:24 pm

The musket wars will most likely not be included in the new curriculum. During this from the early 1800s up until the establishment of the government, Maori killed up to 40,000 of their own, about a quarter of their population and many enslaved.

Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 12:03 pm

“… our current government as the most destructive in our history. Not only introducing climate control measures “

It was the previous conservative government which signed the Paris Accord in 2017 with Ministers Simon Bridges and Paula Bennetts signatures
Same goes for the current governments Zero Carbon Act – really means ‘nett’ but anyway- the conservative opposition voted for it with no dissenting votes. You should ask them about that…but dont expect an answer

Reply to  Duker
February 25, 2021 1:27 pm

All of our political parties are universally useless, and increasingly out of touch with the electorate.

Reply to  Davidf
February 25, 2021 2:22 pm

Some dont seem to realise the ‘all’ part.

Reply to  RockyJ
February 25, 2021 12:27 pm

Sorry Rocky, but I came to the conclusion long ago that this process is irrecoverable. We have through most of the Western World real, or near voting majorities of people who believe false things, believe patently not sane things, and are willing to suppress the “unbelievers”…

February 25, 2021 10:29 am

The following is a list of characteristics of cults in general. I leave you to your own conclusions.

  • The group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.
  • The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.
  • The group is preoccupied with making money.
  • Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
  • Mind-numbing techniques (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, debilitating work routines) are used to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).
  • The leadership dictates sometimes in great detail how members should think, act, and feel (for example: members must get permission from leaders to date, change jobs, get married; leaders may prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, how to discipline children, and so forth).
  • The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members (for example: the leader is considered the Messiah or an avatar; the group and/or the leader has a special mission to save humanity).
  • The group has a polarized us- versus-them mentality, which causes conflict with the wider society.
  • The group’s leader is not accountable to any authorities (as are, for example, military commanders and ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream denominations).
  • The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify means that members would have considered unethical before joining the group (for example: collecting money for bogus charities).
  • The leadership induces guilt feelings in members in order to control them.
  • Members’ subservience to the group causes them to cut ties with family and friends, and to give up personal goals and activities that were of interest before joining the group.
  • Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group.
  • Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.


Reply to  shrnfr
February 25, 2021 11:23 am

Sounds like the cult that is organised religion…..

Mick O'Keefe
Reply to  shrnfr
February 25, 2021 12:04 pm

Thanks for this.
Just makes me realize how surrounded I am by cults.
Are they really any different to religions though?

Reply to  Mick O'Keefe
February 26, 2021 4:03 pm

Heres a good way to tell if its a cult…the golden calfcomment image

February 25, 2021 10:44 am

Didn’t know they had s tourism industry left

Patrick MJD
Reply to  mwhite
February 25, 2021 11:40 am

Pretty much the only non-agricultural industry left.

Michael in Dublin
February 25, 2021 11:20 am

Why are so many politicians eejits? Actually they are not fools but are responsible for deliberate actions that cause great harm to their subjects. The end justifies the means. Everyone has to accept their views without question. When many citizens suffer economic hardship, these politicians are very comfortable. They have enriched themselves and continue to use their influence after they retire to increase their wealth. They should have no more than two terms and not be allowed to work as lobbyists when retiring. Legalized fraud and kickbacks must be exposed.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
February 25, 2021 11:44 am

You’re talking about a job that requires no real qualifications, just getting others (maybe) to put your name on their piece of paper. Also, the job pays like crazy and is a one-way ticket to being a multi-millionaire if you’re at all intelligent. Is it no wonder the seats are filled with fancy grifters that don’t give a damn about the people?

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Spetzer86
February 25, 2021 12:41 pm

Perhaps we are to blame for not choosing people who have proved themselves in real jobs and are prepared to give up a few years to serve in government and then return or retire.

However, this is one area where we have gone green – choosing youngsters who are green – to be our leaders. What could possibly go wrong with green, self-opinionated, inexperienced youngsters whose heads have been stuffed with impractical ideas at uni?

Tony Sullivan
February 25, 2021 11:28 am

If imposed, it will only be a matter of time before the ‘unintended consequences’ comes back to haunt them. Unless of course, they simply want to kill off tourism completely.

Peta of Newark
February 25, 2021 11:32 am

2 parts:
What is the point of having A Lovely Environment if no-one can come see it?
My wonderation comes from a phrase used by farmers in Cumbria quite a lot, Cumbria’s Lake District being Tourist City Centre of The World.
Certainly out-of-the-world prices that’s fo’sure.

T’auld boys would say: “A Fine View doesn’t pay the rent

Next, very simple.
Where do these folks think that ‘money’ comes from?

Patrick MJD
February 25, 2021 11:33 am

Several states in Australia have just closed their border to NZers after 8 cases reported in Auckland recently. Yes, 8 CASES of COVID-19. The madness continues and with the very likely to happen “vaccination” passports required in the UK I expect we will see something similar here in Australia very soon.

No jab, no job.
No jab, no pay,
No jab, no travel.

I do believe that breaches some old international human rights.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
February 25, 2021 12:06 pm

Well, when I was deepsea;
Anti-Malaria pill every morning, then later every Sunday lunch time, when in Malaria areas and for 3 weeks afterwards;
Cholera jag every six months;
Yellow Fever jag every 3 years;
No medical record, no job, no pay.

I don’t say I enjoyed some of it, but there was no question about human rights.

Reply to  Oldseadog
February 25, 2021 2:15 pm

I remember the anti malarial pill when I was at sea, also as a kid in Africa. However when suggesting I took them for covid was told they were pretty dangerous with potential side effects. Go figure.

Reply to  Oldseadog
February 27, 2021 3:18 am

Same for us in the airlines too. Weekly flights to West Africa had us all on anti malaria pills. Not to mention all the other regular jabs. Mind you some I knew thought that a regular glass of whisky was enough to ward of malaria:-)

Reply to  Patrick MJD
February 26, 2021 11:44 am

“No jab, no job.
No jab, no pay,
No jab, no travel.”
Great. I agree with this. You want to free load on others then there are consequences. The best chance we have of stopping this thing dead in it’s tracks is to reach herd immunity as quickly as possible. You have a choice, exercise it but don’t whine. Half a million dead in the US and rising.

February 25, 2021 11:57 am

No problem.
We’ll all arrive in outrigger canoes. ( For me, will take several years paddling from central Scotland, even if I use the Suez Canal. )
We will all walk all over N.Z looking at the scenery. ( Another several years. )
If we are still alive, having subsisted on pigs and deer shot by bow and arrow, and cooked on deadfall timber, we’ll take several years to paddle home again.
Or maybe not.

Reply to  Oldseadog
February 25, 2021 6:51 pm

We Shetlanders who were forced out, came to NZ in sailing ships. It wasn’t all that flash on board, but a lot quicker than rowing. We did enough of that chasing herrings .
You Scotsmen should get a clue.

Reply to  farmerbraun
February 26, 2021 4:12 am

Certainly sailing is quicker than paddling, but sailing or paddling an outrigger canoe is not the same as sailing a european ship and is how the original inhabitants arrived. I assumed that the N. Z. Government wants everyone to revert to ancient ways of doing things.

Reply to  Oldseadog
February 26, 2021 11:04 am

There is some evidence that outrigger canoes (actually double hulled i.e. catamarans) were not the first vessels to arrive.
There are some archeological curiosities that suggest large Chines sailing ships arrived earlier.

February 25, 2021 12:06 pm

The green Keep Out sign has been posted, except for the jet set.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 26, 2021 4:56 am

yeah the super rich usa- ians seem to be welcomed private jets mega estates and all
moved there to build their bunkers

February 25, 2021 12:11 pm

To be fair, there has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the increasing impact of Tourism on communities who often see very little of the tourist dollar, but have to provide the services in order to preserve the environment – provision of public toilet facilities being just one example. There is also huge pressure on many of the natural environment attractions, with the result that the very nature of those places has been ruined, in the opinion of many of those that live here.

Its an ongoing and increasing quandary – the benefits in employment and income that tourism brings, set against the degradation of the environment that attracted those visitors in the first place.

I suspect the “carbon” angle is just the normal piling on to all issues that seems to happen these days

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 25, 2021 2:07 pm

Not so. Like many countries sex work isnt a valid tourist category, nor is it allowed for those on student or working visa.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Duker
February 26, 2021 12:50 am

While I respect your in depth knowledge of tourist working visas, I believe you may be looking at the concept of a ‘sex tourist’ from the wrong side of the cash transaction.

The core premise is that the tourist comes from a nation which is more financially stable than the destination. Since the exchange rate and standard of living is so different all the tourist needs to do is flash around his ‘wealth’ and the young and venerable look longingly at the tourists big thick wallet, tell themself to think of the money and that it is only until they get back on their feet and… well… NSFW.

Summary? People from ‘richer’ countries visit the ‘poor’ countries and buy ‘affection’ for a much lower price than their place of origin.

If the South Sea Tyrant is actually legitimising the sex industry and if the South Sea Tyrant doesn’t also ensure the economy is bombing with low unemployment and high wages then young NZ types MAY decide the best way to pay this month’s rent is to sweet talk a cashed up tourist.


Maybe not.

But that is the argument being put forward.

Reply to  Duker
February 26, 2021 4:57 am

you missed the point entirely
its the LOCALs who will be offering the sex services not the tourists!

Reply to  ozspeaksup
February 26, 2021 4:14 pm

Im not familiar with such things so it was an eyeopener some decades back at the number of hookers in the tourist district of Waikiki, Im worldy enough to know its going to be the same in tourist districts of cities all over the world. But NZ isnt known for sex tourism when Asia especially Bangkok and Manila are the go to places and Sydney is the in place in the South Pacific. The sex worker laws are similar to Australian states , NSW being the first in the world to do so ( so much for some people not knowing their own country) and some honour given to a social worker, 2 yrs ago, who works with that group hardly is indication of anything

Shoki Kaneda
February 25, 2021 12:17 pm

If spooning with the CCP and electing a communist Prime Minister was not enough to keep people out of NZ, this should.

Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
February 25, 2021 2:19 pm

The ‘Chyna’ party is the conservative opposition, who had a former PLA intelligence officer as an MP and and former Mps were leading roles in Chinese owned banks and entities
eg Former National party PM was on the Board of China Construction bank, The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China had a previous leader. Other previous MPs including Ruth Richardson were on the Bank of China

Shoki Kaneda
Reply to  Duker
February 25, 2021 3:33 pm

I referred to the entire lot. NZ is effectively a Chinese vassal.

February 25, 2021 12:36 pm

Is an active volcano considered a tourist?

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 25, 2021 2:47 pm

Whites can go to White Island, tax paid in advance.

February 25, 2021 1:15 pm

Can carbon taxes be paid in kind with carbon offsets? Perhaps with a donation to World Walrus Foundation?

S. K.
February 25, 2021 1:46 pm

These climate alarmist do-gooders have no understanding of economics and I believe vilifying and discouraging the tourist industry will have a devastating effect on NZ’s economy.

What else drives their economy? Poverty isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

Wallaby Geoff
February 25, 2021 2:20 pm

2 top NZ industries are ‘Dairy’ and Tourism. Seems like the left is insuring a crippling terms of trade result with these measures.
All based on the fairy tale assumption that any restriction placed on CO2 will make a difference.
Congratulations NZ, this is what you voted for.
The US (non-Trump) voter will soon start to become aware of what the left are capable of, 4 years of burning other people’s money with no gain.

Reply to  Wallaby Geoff
February 25, 2021 5:19 pm

The fourth biggest industry is extracting oil and gas. Ardern has also shafted that by terminating new off shore exploration licences

February 25, 2021 2:24 pm

What? No sheep fart taxes?
Tax the two-legged sheep more.

February 25, 2021 2:59 pm

If only native peoples had thought of that one.

Clyde Spencer
February 25, 2021 3:04 pm

Departure tax? What are they trying to do, persuade the tourists to stay?

That reminds me that, when I first visited in 1979, I arrived with three pieces of luggage. When I got ready to return to the US, I was told that I was only allowed two, and had to pay $120 for the third piece. Fortunately, United Airlines refunded the money after complaining when I got back.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 25, 2021 4:05 pm

I had the same experience from Air New Zealand in 2009.

February 25, 2021 3:04 pm

Not that I support the nuttiness of taxes to change the weather, but it’s not unusual for governments to tax tourists. Usually it’s some kind of hotel surcharge or airport departure fee that allegedly goes to some special need, but invariably winds up in general revenue. The locals are not taxed, so they have no reason to complain.

Reply to  PaulH
February 25, 2021 9:12 pm

A dollar that goes to government is a dollar that does NOT go to a local.

February 25, 2021 3:13 pm

Can’t I just plant a tree instead? Show a receipt for my carbon offsets? Tell them its ok because I have a Tesla and a solar panel on my roof?

February 25, 2021 3:17 pm

Note that in Kiwi-speak it’s “carbon ticks”

Wallaby Geoff
Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
February 25, 2021 3:57 pm

Look, New Zulanders (including Maries) are suck of taurists making fun of our excent and the way we say fush and chups. (By the way Jacinda, could you leave me your teeth in your will, I need a new front fence for my Batch)

February 25, 2021 3:53 pm

Whats with the – “selling pretty New Zealand girls and boys to visitors, will be encouraged”.

Did you bother to read the article, or are you just identifying your own titillation preference.
Catherine Healy has worked tirelessly to ensure and recognize the rights of legally aged sex workers, in a legalized industry, by getting them off the street and given the respect and protection they deserve as individuals. Plus by putting in place an organized membership, it helps reduce and hopefully eliminate underage workers.

The words Grow Up seem appropriate.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Ozonebust
February 27, 2021 3:50 pm

How would you suggest that the “respect and protection” deserved by individuals be determined objectively?

February 25, 2021 4:27 pm

This is what happens when people who have no experience running anything and have never been responsible for people such as their jobs and livelihoods, and who have never built anything, become Prime Minister. They have no idea of the adverse consequences of their decisions.

Pat from kerbob
February 25, 2021 6:57 pm

At least they are walking the walk I guess

Here in Canada we have innumerable tourist destinations that rely heavily on international tourists (Victoria, Whistler, Banff, etc) passing “climate emergency”declarations, generally on the same websites where they brag about how many tourists visited in previous years and how many they hope to attract in the future.

Every single one arriving courtesy of hydrocarbon transport

The endless stupidity begins to make me sad

Alan Carr
February 25, 2021 9:32 pm

Shame, it was on my bucket list now that I’ve toured Iceland.

Hard pass now.

February 25, 2021 10:01 pm

It’s almost as if in all the Democracies the same people have got themselves in power with the collusion of the media to bring about their daft agenda to impoverish the populace and make everybody’s life miserable except their own and to lock up anybody who points out the insanity.

Reply to  zemlik
February 25, 2021 10:40 pm

Yeah. They call it the “great reset”. The rulers go back to living in castles and the plebs will live in high rise smart prisons. You will own nothing, and you will be happy (or else).

February 25, 2021 10:46 pm

“Not all tourism activities are being discouraged. New Zealand’s Ardern government has paved the way for an expansion of sex tourism, giving honours and recognition to sex workers – so I guess at least one eco-friendly tourism activity, selling pretty New Zealand girls and boys to visitors, will be encouraged under the new laws.”

Won’t you please think of the Aromantics and their inclusiveness here Jacinda?
What passes for ‘inclusion’ is nothing more than ‘vacuous attention-seeking’ (

February 26, 2021 3:27 am

New Zealand to Kill Tourism?

February 26, 2021 4:47 am

way to kill whats left of their biz
wonder if the count their fumaroles- and events like white island killing tourists as a plus or minus emissions wise?

February 26, 2021 8:13 am

Comments went with the speed of light from tourism to driving on the wrong side of the road. Having lived in the UK I know how challenging that can be at first and know one guy that was hit by a bus while stepping out looking the wrong way.

More difficult than awareness of which side of the road you are on is knowing for sure details of the looming crisis that impacts all tourists except those looking for unnatural sex.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Olen
February 27, 2021 3:53 pm

NZ is known for the large number of sheep!

William Haas
February 26, 2021 2:42 pm

If New Zealand things that the us of fossil fuels is bad. at the very least they should ban all forms of transportation in and our of the country that makes use of fossil fuels. Doing that will eliminate all tourism in New Zealand as well as all trade with foreign nations making life very difficult for all New Zealanders.. Even is one believes what is being said by some about the climate dangers of CO2, New Zealand’s efforts cannot possible have any effect on global climate so why bother. Mankind does not even know what the optimum global climate actually is let alone how to achieve it.

February 26, 2021 4:48 pm

Shouldn’t they outright ban all fossil fueled ships and plans coming to their nation? If they really care

Matt G
February 28, 2021 4:49 am

New Zealand’s world contribution towards CO2 emissions as of 2017 was 0.1%.

This country if it could cut emissions tomorrow to zero, would make no measurable difference to global temperatures ever.

Their sacrifice is just to please the activists.

This has not been about climate for many years but used as an excuse for controlling the population.

February 28, 2021 8:53 am

I’ll just watch the video instead.

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