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Priority 1 November Newsletter
Priority 1 November Newsletter
29 November 2017
More people are bypassing Auckland and heading for attractive coastal cities like Tauranga and rural towns such as Te Puke and...
Proposal for fast-tracked public transport changes
Proposal for fast-tracked public transport changes
27 November 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are investigating fast-tracking some proposed...
MfEs new Chief Operating Officer
MfEs new Chief Operating Officer
27 November 2017
Ministry for the Environment Chief Executive, Vicky Robertson has announced the appointment of Claire Richardson as the Ministry’s new Chief...
River Award for Omanawa Stream
River Award for Omanawa Stream
24 November 2017
The Omanawa Stream in Tauranga was announced as the Bay of Plenty’s most improved river at the NZ River Awards held in Wellington last...
Western Bay Council Votes for Maori Voice
Western Bay Council Votes for Maori Voice
23 November 2017
Western Bay of Plenty District looks set to get Māori ward representation at the 2019 and 2022 local body elections.   Councillors...
Free Wi-Fi on Bayhopper buses this summer
Free Wi-Fi on Bayhopper buses this summer
23 November 2017
What do Donald Trump’s tweets, council plans and online shopping have in common?  You’ll soon be able to check out all of them...
Work to begin on Regional Council offices
Work to begin on Regional Council offices
22 November 2017
Work on the refurbishment of the Whakatāne and Tauranga Regional Council offices is due to begin in the next few weeks, with the contract for the...
Circular Economy: Shopping refits, with much less waste
Circular Economy: Shopping refits, with much less waste
21 November 2017
Bayfair Shopping Centre in Tauranga has boosted its impressive reputation in sustainable business by working to maximise waste diversion when...
Taupo Council and Iwi to look for what is best for the District
Taupo Council and Iwi to look for what is best for the District
20 November 2017
Taupo District Council has chosen not to establish Māori seats and will instead look for alternative options alongside the district's...
Heads up - test Civil Defence alert this weekend
Heads up - test Civil Defence alert this weekend
18 November 2017
​​​​​Emergency Mobile Alerts will be put to the test, live, on the news this Sunday night (26 November 2017) between 6 and 7 pm. This...
Youth Digital Enterprise Award: Round Two Open
Youth Digital Enterprise Award: Round Two Open
16 November 2017
The Youth Digital Enterprise Award is designed to provide scholarship funding ($1,000 per Award) to support young people who are developing, or have...
Rangatahi taking on big business
Rangatahi taking on big business
16 November 2017
Māori secondary school students have shown off their flair for entrepreneurship in a series of successful workshops that have recently wrapped...
Groundbreaking research on Maori urbanisation
Groundbreaking research on Maori urbanisation
16 November 2017
A leading Māori health specialist Sir Mason Durie is praising what he is calling groundbreaking research into the impacts of urbanisation on...
Smartgrowth Update November
Smartgrowth Update November
15 November 2017
SmartGrowth provides a unified vision, direction and voice for the future of the western Bay of Plenty as we help develop a great place to live,...
Whakatane Council votes in favour of Maori wards
Whakatane Council votes in favour of Maori wards
15 November 2017
Whakatāne District Council elected members have voted in favour of a resolution that would enable the establishment of Māori wards. The elected...
Regional Councils, Unitary Authorities and DOC aligning priorities
Regional Councils, Unitary Authorities and DOC aligning priorities
15 November 2017
On 18 October the Department of Conservation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Regional Councils and Unitary Authorities to better...
Organisations join forces to help jobseekers with health issues
Organisations join forces to help jobseekers with health issues
15 November 2017
Helping Western Bay residents find and keep jobs while they work through health concerns is the goal behind a new partnership...
Tourism a key focus at NZ and Chinese Mayoral talks
Tourism a key focus at NZ and Chinese Mayoral talks
14 November 2017
Tourism will feature as one of the key discussion points at next month’s New Zealand China Mayoral Forum.    New Zealand...
Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue
Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue
13 November 2017
Local Government New Zealand says funding growth infrastructure is the highest priority for councils and welcomes the Government’s plans to...
Container Terminal perfect example of regional economic collaboration
Container Terminal perfect example of regional economic collaboration
13 November 2017
The development of a Kawerau Container Terminal has taken another leap forward with the announcement of the terminal’s preferred operator...
Omaio Whanau Trust Seeking Partners to Progress Kiwifruit Opportunity
Omaio Whanau Trust Seeking Partners to Progress Kiwifruit Opportunity
13 November 2017
One hundred and fifty hectares of Māori-owned land in Omaio, near Te Kaha, has taken another step towards its transformation from maize into...
New chair in lake and freshwater science
New chair in lake and freshwater science
13 November 2017
The University of Waikato has appointed a new Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Lake and Freshwater Science.   He’s Dr...
Opotiki Councils year on a page
Opotiki Councils year on a page
10 November 2017
​​​​Ōpōtiki District Council's Annual Report is now available and a summary is being circulated in various forms to ensure everyone...
Regional Council makes first payment to Tauranga campus project
Regional Council makes first payment to Tauranga campus project
10 November 2017
A key part of the revitalisation of Tauranga’s CBD reached another milestone this week, with the first payment made from Bay of Plenty...
Operator chosen for Kawerau container terminal
Operator chosen for Kawerau container terminal
10 November 2017
International port logistics company ISO Ltd has been selected as the preferred operator for Kawerau’s planned container...
Healthy Housing Initiative Newsletter November 2017
Healthy Housing Initiative Newsletter November 2017
9 November 2017
This is the second e-newsletter to be produced to keep you up to date with the Healthy Housing Initiative across the Bay of Plenty District Health...
Opotiki population on the way up
Opotiki population on the way up
9 November 2017
​​​​A paper titled ‘Opotiki District Population and Rateable Assessment Projections’ presented at the Opotiki District Council...
Tauranga Homelessness Hui
Tauranga Homelessness Hui
6 November 2017
Homelessness Hui 10th November, 9.30am – 1.00pm, Historic Village Hall, 17th Ave, Tauranga South   In December 2015 a broad...
Foundation@Perpetual Guardian - Activation Fund
Foundation@Perpetual Guardian - Activation Fund
6 November 2017
Perpetual Guardian's General Fund (now named the Activation Fund) was established in early 2015 to fund game-changing initiatives and...
Te Aka Mauri opening delayed
Te Aka Mauri opening delayed
2 November 2017
The opening of Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua’s new library and children’s health hub, has had to be deferred to February due to delays during...
Let's Clear the Air
Let's Clear the Air
2 November 2017
Rotorua Lakes Council is preparing for the January 2018 rollout of phase 2 of the city’s extended smokefree outdoor spaces...
Councils Bridge Digitial Divide
Councils Bridge Digitial Divide
2 November 2017
A ground-breaking move by local councils to join hands with entrepreneurs aims to help Western Bay people maximise digital...
Social Investment Agency Networking Event
Social Investment Agency Networking Event
1 November 2017
Emily Mason, GM Engagement from the Social Investment Agency delivered an in-depth presentation on Social Investment on 19 October to an...
Priority One October Newsletter
Priority One October Newsletter
31 October 2017
What are our expectations for the region with the change of government?   We have noted with interest the new government’s...
A new legal structure for social enterprise
A new legal structure for social enterprise
30 October 2017
Legal structures currently available to New Zealand social enterprises are essentially limited to for-profit and non-profit categories. S ocial...
New government ministers revealed
New government ministers revealed
26 October 2017
The incoming Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has revealed her government's new ministerial line up.  Ms Ardern last week named the Labour...
MPI to be dismantled under new government
MPI to be dismantled under new government
26 October 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries, as it stands, is no more.   The new Labour-led government is dismantling the mega-ministry,...
Bay of Connections Yearly Report and 10 Year Anniversary
Bay of Connections Yearly Report and 10 Year Anniversary
26 October 2017
You are invited to attend the launch of the 2017 Bay of Connections Yearly Report at ASB Arena, Mount Maunganui on December 7.   This...
SociaLink Income Generation Pilot
SociaLink Income Generation Pilot
26 October 2017
From November 2017 - April 2018 SociaLink will provide expert help to one Collective wanting to generate income for a specific initiative and / or...
Wainui Te Whara Works Set to Start
Wainui Te Whara Works Set to Start
26 October 2017
Wainui Te Whara works set to startThe final stage of the major flood protection works on the Wainui Te Whara Stream in Whakatāne is set to start...
Bay of Connections comments on New Government
Bay of Connections comments on New Government
26 October 2017
As you will be aware, this week the lineup of new Ministers was announced, including Shane Jones as the Minister for Regional Development, with...
Water declaration reaffirms commitment to quality and signals cost issues
Water declaration reaffirms commitment to quality and signals cost issues
25 October 2017
 A local government leaders’ water declaration has been launched to further reiterate the sector’s commitment to lifting water...
LGNZ welcomes new Government, looks forward to productive relationship
LGNZ welcomes new Government, looks forward to productive relationship
20 October 2017
Local Government New Zealand congratulates the incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and welcomes the new Labour-led...
Report confirms increasing emissions impacting New Zealand
Report confirms increasing emissions impacting New Zealand
20 October 2017
New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the...
A Community With A Plan
A Community With A Plan
19 October 2017
A group of like-minded locals in Paengaroa have banded together to confront challenges facing the small rural community.   In 2015...
Countdown to Rotorua New Library and Child Health Hub
Countdown to Rotorua New Library and Child Health Hub
19 October 2017
The countdown has begun to the November opening of Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua’s new Library and Child Health Hub.   The project is...
Tauranga City Engages It's Youth
Tauranga City Engages It's Youth
14 October 2017
Tauranga is a fast growing and vibrant city full of opportunities. It is a great place for young people to grow up, study, work and have...
Have you had your say on the Draft Spatial Plan for the Rotorua district?
Have you had your say on the Draft Spatial Plan for the Rotorua district?
13 October 2017
The plan will be the blueprint that helps to shape the district if growth continues.  It will establish how we want Rotorua to look in...
Tauranga City Council to advertise position of Chief Executive
Tauranga City Council to advertise position of Chief Executive
13 October 2017
Tauranga City Council will shortly begin a process to appoint a Chief Executive, when incumbent Garry Poole’s five-year contract ends in...
World championships give Tauranga winter boost
World championships give Tauranga winter boost
13 October 2017
After two years of planning, Tauranga’s first world junior championship sporting event took place increasing regional GDP by $991,000 and...
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update October 2017
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update October 2017
12 October 2017
Kia Ora Koutou   Our local leadership team is evolving to help us progress our action plan and achieve our priorities around Māori...
Nationally significant discovery in Tauranga City
Nationally significant discovery in Tauranga City
12 October 2017
An archaeological report published today outlines the national significance of Robbins Park on Cliff Road, part of Otamataha Pa.   As...
Bay of Connections October Update
Bay of Connections October Update
11 October 2017
Happy October, and we hope your year is great so far.  Here’s a few updates from us at Bay of Connections...    Focus...
Efforts continued to tackle pesky weed near Mount Tarawera
Efforts continued to tackle pesky weed near Mount Tarawera
11 October 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Department of Conservation and Ahu Whenua Trusts Ruawāhia 2B, Rotomahana Parekarangi 6Q2B and Te Ariki have...
SmartGrowth Update October
SmartGrowth Update October
10 October 2017
Transport planning, delivery and funding continues to be a major topic of interest and discussion in the western Bay of Plenty.   The...
Te Puni Kokiri: Te Waipounamu Regional Profile 2017
Te Puni Kokiri: Te Waipounamu Regional Profile 2017
10 October 2017
Te Puni Kōkiri measures a range of outcomes that fall within Whakapapa (te reo Māori and connection to iwi), Oranga (whānau well-being and...
CouncilMARK Independent Assessment Board releases new council reports
CouncilMARK Independent Assessment Board releases new council reports
10 October 2017
The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has today released the second set of...
Volunteers needed for young driver initiative
Volunteers needed for young driver initiative
9 October 2017
You can help a local young person get their full licence by volunteering two hours each week as an Adult Navigator.   Rotorua’s...
GET READY WEEK - STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED
GET READY WEEK - STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED
9 October 2017
It's Get Ready Week, the perfect time for all of us to make sure we’re prepared for an emergency! This year's theme is Stay Safe,...
Partnership presentation highlights collaboration
Partnership presentation highlights collaboration
6 October 2017
​​​​​06 October 2017 - A lecture on Iwi and Council partnership will explore how collaboration can help enhance projects such as the...
Tauranga Match Fund medium grants now open
Tauranga Match Fund medium grants now open
6 October 2017
Tauranga City Council’s Community Development Match Fund is now open for applications for medium grants of up to $10,000.   The...
Whakatane District Council going paper-light
Whakatane District Council going paper-light
6 October 2017
Whakatāne District Council is adopting a ‘paper-light’ environment in the interests of increasing efficiency and reducing risk, as...
Findings of the independent review into Rangitaiki River Scheme
Findings of the independent review into Rangitaiki River Scheme
3 October 2017
Sir Michael Cullen today presented the findings of the independent review of the Rangitāiki River Scheme to the Bay of Plenty Regional...
Partnership Brokers Training October
Partnership Brokers Training October
30 June 2017
For the people who make partnerships and collaboration happen... Here is a rare opportunity for people and organisations who want to build and...
Healthy Policies for All
Healthy Policies for All
30 June 2017
You can make your organisation a healthy one by adopting Healthy Policies.   Toi Te Ora provide support those who are helping create...
Bay shines as culture of collaboration drives innovation
Bay shines as culture of collaboration drives innovation
30 June 2017
One of the first things I noticed when I started working for Priority One was the strong culture of collaboration that exists in the Western Bay...
Collaborate Better A 2-day collaborative fitness workshop for the urban development sector
Collaborate Better A 2-day collaborative fitness workshop for the urban development sector
26 June 2017
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:   In this 2-day workshop we’ll explore how to structure, undertake and understand collaboration....
Supporting world class health research in NZ
Supporting world class health research in NZ
22 June 2017
Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister of Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith today launched New Zealand's first Health Research...
Changes in approach to addressing family violence must continue
Changes in approach to addressing family violence must continue
22 June 2017
Changes in approach to addressing family violence must continue – family violence committee    The Family Violence Death...
Groundswell Festival of Innovation
Groundswell Festival of Innovation
22 June 2017
The inaugural Groundswell festival of innovation will showcase how people and businesses in the Bay are leading the way through innovation....
Taupo Council appoints new members to DGLT board
Taupo Council appoints new members to DGLT board
21 June 2017
Taupo District Council has made two appointments to the governance board of its regional tourism organisation Destination Great Lake Taupo...
Future focused plan for New Zealands infrastructure needed says LGNZ
Future focused plan for New Zealands infrastructure needed says LGNZ
21 June 2017
New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand...
Tauranga City Council recommends the establishment of Special Housing Areas in Wairakei and Greerton
Tauranga City Council recommends the establishment of Special Housing Areas in Wairakei and Greerton
20 June 2017
Tauranga City Council decided today to recommend to the Building and Construction Minister the establishment of a new Special Housing Area in...
Bay of Connections June News Update
Bay of Connections June News Update
19 June 2017
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we needed to change the date of the 2017 Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Programme Forum. We...
My Inspiring Community Halo Whakatane
My Inspiring Community Halo Whakatane
16 June 2017
HALO was born from a shared vision that the community can expand on the success of their volunteer restoration programmes, like the Whakatāne...
Key appointments for Predator Free 2050
Key appointments for Predator Free 2050
16 June 2017
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed two crucial appointments on the road to Predator Free 2050 and the implementation of the New...
Additional funding approved for Go Tongariro
Additional funding approved for Go Tongariro
16 June 2017
​Taupo District Council has confirmed it will provide a $20,000 grant to Go Tongariro for the 2017/18 year to help fund the co-ordinator...
Geotechnical drilling underway in Edgecumbe
Geotechnical drilling underway in Edgecumbe
15 June 2017
Work is currently underway on College Road in Edgecumbe to get a detailed picture of what lies beneath the surface to help plan for the building...
Flood repairs taking time
Flood repairs taking time
14 June 2017
Now two months since the major flooding events of April, Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Rivers and Drainage Manager reminded the rural...
Whakatane District Plan fully operative 21 June
Whakatane District Plan fully operative 21 June
14 June 2017
The Whakatāne District Plan is scheduled to be fully operative on 21 June 2017, having been approved by the Whakatāne District Council on 8 June...
Broad range in 17 finalists for local government EXCELLENCE Awards
Broad range in 17 finalists for local government EXCELLENCE Awards
14 June 2017
From a weed blitz to mountain biking and innovative economic strategy, finalists in the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards span a...
Tauranga City Annual Plan 2017/18 deliberations outcomes
Tauranga City Annual Plan 2017/18 deliberations outcomes
9 June 2017
Tauranga City elected members have completed deliberations on the proposals for next year’s budget. Deliberations deliver the Annual Plan...
Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund open
Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund open
9 June 2017
Applications to the Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund are now open.   Any Whakatāne District residents affected by flood or storm...
New kaupapa Maori service being set up at Lakes DHB
New kaupapa Maori service being set up at Lakes DHB
9 June 2017
A new kaupapa Maori service is being set up at Lakes DHB.   Lakes DHB has exited its contract with Te Kahui Hauora in respect of the...
More fish for Maketu
More fish for Maketu
9 June 2017
Two causeways have been removed from Papahikahawai Creek this week, allowing natural tidal flows into 13 hectares of Te Awa o...
Free resource consents for over 40 hectare farmers ready to take next step
Free resource consents for over 40 hectare farmers ready to take next step
8 June 2017
Farmers ready to move to the next stage of the Proposed Plan Change 10 process can now apply for a resource consent, with the Bay of Plenty...
Tourism facilities funding welcomed by Whakatane
Tourism facilities funding welcomed by Whakatane
8 June 2017
The announcement of Government funding for gateway tourist facilities has been welcomed by Whakatāne District Mayor Tony...
Rotorua Council Annual Plan deliberations conclude
Rotorua Council Annual Plan deliberations conclude
7 June 2017
Councillors have finished their deliberations for the 2017/18 Rotorua Lakes Council Annual Plan and a draft plan will be put before them at the...
Business Breakfast to put Spotlight on Workplace Wellbeing
Business Breakfast to put Spotlight on Workplace Wellbeing
7 June 2017
Workplaces interested in improving staff wellbeing, engagement and productivity are invited to attend a free ‘Wellbeing in the...
Maori Wardens Conference held to discuss proposed plans for an independent future
Maori Wardens Conference held to discuss proposed plans for an independent future
6 June 2017
Three hundred Māori Wardens from around Aotearoa travelled to Rotorua on 1 June to discuss two key kaupapa that could move Māori Wardens towards...
Submissions open - proposed Kaituna River Document
Submissions open - proposed Kaituna River Document
4 June 2017
​​​​The waters of the Kaituna River and its many tributaries play a pivotal role in many lives of Bay of Plenty residents, and community...
Passionate public response to proposed public transport plan
Passionate public response to proposed public transport plan
1 June 2017
The importance of public transport to the Western Bay of Plenty has become undeniable, evidenced by the sheer number of passionate responses...
Culturally significant tourist hot spot to get more improvements
Culturally significant tourist hot spot to get more improvements
1 June 2017
​Spa Thermal Park's Otumuheke Stream is set to get an upgrade to make the area safer for visitors, while encouraging greater respect and...
Silver Lining to Bays Ageing Baby Boomers
Silver Lining to Bays Ageing Baby Boomers
1 June 2017
Older residents are contributing $2.5 billion a year to the Bay’s economy, with the amount expected to reach $7 billion by 2031. The...
Rotorua trustee named chair of Philanthropy New Zealand
Rotorua trustee named chair of Philanthropy New Zealand
1 June 2017
Taking her portfolio of skills to a whole new level, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust trustee, Sandra Kai Fong has been named the chair of the...
Closing the gap - join the conversation
Closing the gap - join the conversation
30 May 2017
SociaLink in collaboration with Closing the Gap and supported by Priority One announce an opportunity to discuss how to close the inequality...
Preferred Tenderer for Harbour announced
Preferred Tenderer for Harbour announced
30 May 2017
At the Opotiki District Council meeting on 23 May, Council selected a consortium of HEB Construction and Tonkin & Taylor as the Preferred...
Business leaders confident but attracting skills a barrier to growth
Business leaders confident but attracting skills a barrier to growth
30 May 2017
As a business member-based economic development agency – a unique model in New Zealand – it’s essential that Priority...
Rotorua Air Quality bylaw submission process is open
Rotorua Air Quality bylaw submission process is open
29 May 2017
​​ Rotorua Lakes Council is calling for feedback on Rotorua’s Air Quality Control Bylaw, which is enforced by Bay of Plenty Regional...
GETTING STRATEGIC ABOUT FUTURE SPORT AND RECREATION
GETTING STRATEGIC ABOUT FUTURE SPORT AND RECREATION
29 May 2017
A new strategy, endorsed by the mayors and chief executives of all six Bay of Plenty councils, has been created to put parameters around the...
Sharing the benefits of growth
Sharing the benefits of growth
25 May 2017
Budget 2017 shares the benefits of growth by improving public services, investing in the infrastructure needed for a growing country, reducing...
Maori Land Service to support land owners
Maori Land Service to support land owners
25 May 2017
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says $31 million of funding will be dedicated to establish phase one of the Māori Land...
27million for marae and Maori housing
27million for marae and Maori housing
25 May 2017
The special significance of marae to Māori and communities is being acknowledged in this year’s Budget with $10 million over four years...
More jobs in Maori tourism and regions
More jobs in Maori tourism and regions
25 May 2017
Māori tourism operators will be able to create new employment opportunities for whānau with $10 million of operating funding over four years in...
Tauranga City Council seeking long-term development partner
Tauranga City Council seeking long-term development partner
24 May 2017
Tauranga City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a long-term development partner to successfully deliver its Heart of the City...
Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme announced
Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme announced
24 May 2017
A $40 million fund aimed at reducing the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua is now open to all landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment with...
Rangitaiki River Scheme Review Panel
Rangitaiki River Scheme Review Panel
23 May 2017
Sir Michael Cullen today announced the membership and terms of reference for the independent review of the Rangitāiki River Scheme and its...
Perspective on big weather events in April
Perspective on big weather events in April
19 May 2017
A recent paper presented to Bay of Plenty Regional Council provided some perspective on the size of the side-by-side storm events that struck the...
Relocatable house park to meet short-term accommodation needs
Relocatable house park to meet short-term accommodation needs
18 May 2017
The Whakatāne District Council and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are jointly funding the development of a...
2016 Valuation of the Benefit System for Working-age Adults
2016 Valuation of the Benefit System for Working-age Adults
17 May 2017
This is the sixth valuation of the future cost of New Zealand’s working-age benefit system.   The cumulative impact over five...
Liveable Homes project Whakatane
Liveable Homes project Whakatane
15 May 2017
Whakatāne District Council elected members have unanimously approved the ‘Liveable Homes’ programme, which is designed to ensure that...
Bay of Connections May 2017 update
Bay of Connections May 2017 update
12 May 2017
It’s May already and with plenty happening so far this year, it’s timely to update you on the work Bay of Connections has been doing...
Budget 2017 Increase for DOC tourism infrastructure
Budget 2017 Increase for DOC tourism infrastructure
11 May 2017
The Government will invest $76 million through Budget 2017 on new and upgraded tourism infrastructure for the Department of Conservation as part...