Queen Charlotte Track video costs and just

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to New Zealand Tourism Board

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear New Zealand Tourism Board,

This is a request for information, made under ss 4 and 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like the following information;

1. A cost breakdown for the production of the TNZ video, promoting the Queen Charlotte Track, seen in the below article; and
2. Any evidence or research to show that video will ensure more international income contributions to the New Zealand economy, and in particular, through fees and business along the track in question; and
3. Whether a helicopter was used in the making of the video, or a drone, or other? If so for any, what was the cost?
4. Where are funds coming from, and in what estimated amount, and for what particular use when it is stated that “One noted drawback of the track was its difficult grade, but Freshwater said he was working towards making funds available to address the issue.”; and
5. The study or documents that give weight to the claim that “the average age of the New Zealand cycle tourist was 55”.


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Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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From: Deborah Gray
New Zealand Tourism Board

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From: Faith Dennis
New Zealand Tourism Board

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Faith Dennis
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Tourism New Zealand | Manaakitanga


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