9 Feb 2024

Future of Whakapapa ski field unknown as bidder pulls out

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 9 February 2024

The future of Whakapapa ski field is veering off course, and locals are blaming the government for not exploring broader funding alternatives.

The Crown's top bidder has backed out of negotiations, there are questions over ongoing government support and uncertainty about whether this ski season can go ahead.

Minister for Regional Development Shane Jones has declined to comment on the situation.

Ruapehu Skifield Stakeholders Association and Skotel Alpine Resort owner Sam Clarkson spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.