bed tax

It's difficult to get people excited about local government, so let's start with an attention-grabber. Apparently, kissing boosts the immune system and lowers stress. One million bacteria (of which there are 600 types) exchange hosts. Wow! Who'd have thought? A...

Bed tax bedlam

A Queenstown accommodation operator is mobilising opposition to mayor Jim Boult's campaign for a bed tax. Villa del Lago owner Nik Kiddle fears the mayor's idea of taxing visitors $10 per bed per night to fund infrastructure will drive visitors...
New National Party leader Simon Bridges is promising to revisit his party's visitor levy policy. Bridges' former National-led government, ousted six months ago, was firmly opposed to any sort of visitor levy, to the frustration of local mayor Jim Boult...

Pollies pivotal bed tax meet

A watershed meeting in Wellington could be a turning point in bolstering Queenstown's creaking infrastructure. Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult is to meet Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to...
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has signalled central government will pour millions into special Queenstown projects if they stack up. Bennett, who's also tourism minister, was in the resort yesterday to hear again about the challenges of growth. While she categorically...
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