1 Dec 2021

Govt's $37.5m boost to revive Auckland, but hospitality not happy

From Checkpoint, 5:12 pm on 1 December 2021

The government has announced a $37.5 million support package to put the sizzle back into Auckland's venues and events, but some in hospitality are not happy.

The government will subsidise 100,000 freebies and discount vouchers for council attractions and facilities like pools, museums and Auckland Zoo, to get people back into the city after the Covid shut down.

But it has rejected the idea of restaurant or hospitality vouchers for an industry that's been hit hard by restrictions.

Also included in the package; a $10 million contestable fund for small free community or neighbourhood events - for the vaccinated only.

Reporter Louise Ternouth and camera operator Marika Khabazi filed this report.