14 Oct 2022

Skifields warned about climate change decades ago

From Midday Report, 12:15 pm on 14 October 2022

Climate scientists warned the ski industry two decades that climate change could threaten the viability of some skifields.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts is in voluntary administration after a string of poor seasons.

Climate professor James Renwick told newsroom his report two decades ago suggested North Island skifields would be marginal by 2050.

But the reality of ever-increasing carbon emissions means not enough snow is falling and settling on the slopes of the maunga to keep it open today.

The Tourism minister Stuart Nash says he has no regrets about giving the skifield money while the borders were shut, but, for now, no more public money would go towards the skifield.

Spokesperson for the Ruapehu shareholders and Life Pass Holders group Sam Clarkson spoke to Māni Dunlop.