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18 April 2011
Christchurch tourism given boost

Prime Minister John Key has today recognised the severe impact on Canterbury tourism by the February 2011 earthquake with a funding boost.

The Ministry of Economic Development (MED), Christchurch City Council (CCC), and Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to help Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism (CCT) that is worth an additional $1.6 million.

The funding boost breaks down to $625,000 from MED, $625,000 from CIAL, and $350,000 from CCC (which is additional to core council funding of $2.2 million).

“This is a collaborative approach that is designed to help CCT stabilise its business and operations and rebuild existing tourism and travel activity,” says Mr Key.

“Despite the severe impact of the earthquake, CCT has played a vital role in helping Canterbury’s tourism industry to recover, but this would be impossible to continue without additional funding.

“Christchurch is the gateway for South Island tourism and must be supported. I would like to thank CIAL and CCC for their contribution to the recovery of the industry in Canterbury and the wider South Island.”

News release

18 April 2011
New Zealand’s gift to the Royal Wedding

Prime Minister John Key today announced that New Zealand’s gift to the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton will be a donation to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked that anyone wishing to give the couple a wedding gift consider instead donating to one of the nominated charities. The couple nominated the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal as one of those charities.

“It was a very kind gesture from Prince William and Catherine Middleton to nominate the appeal as one of a small group of charities to be included in their Royal Wedding charity gift fund,” Mr Key says.

“It reflects their close ties to and affection for New Zealand.”

Mr Key and Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand will donate $10,000 to the appeal on behalf of the people of New Zealand.

“This gift honours the generous spirit shown by the couple, and will contribute to the real needs of Christchurch,” Mr Key says.