Aotea/Great Barrier Local Board members.

Community Hui to Shape the Future of Aotea Great Barrier Island Tourism

In an effort to address the ongoing challenges faced by the Aotea tourism sector, including the significant impact of travel costs on island accessibility, the local board in collaboration with Tātaki Auckland Unlimited is inviting the community to a Hui next Wednesday, 4:45 PM at the Claris Conference Centre.

The initiative comes at a time when the cost of reaching Aotea has soared, largely due to external factors such as the recent spike in fuel prices. A situation further exacerbated by the cost charged for ferry services, which poses a barrier to both residents and potential visitors, reaching the island.

The hui will have a special focus on the controversial Aotea Great Barrier Island Destination Management Plan. The DMP, a strategic document designed to guide the sustainable development of the island’s visitor economy, was created by an Australian consultancy firm, and made several conclusions including that those on the Motu did not seek a return to the pursuit of increased tourism numbers, pre-covid.

“The single-minded pursuit of greater visitor numbers and spending that characterised the tourism landscape for many destinations prior to the COVID-19 pandemic is not desired by the Aotea Great Barrier Island community.” the document claimed.

“The New Zealand-Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy places high priority on achieving harmony between mana whenua, community, and wellbeing.” It goes on to argue.

Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

Authors of the plan which can be read here, argue it was developed through extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including local and central government agencies, transport providers, business groups, and mana whenua authorities, but Wednesday will be the opportunity for residents and the island’s businesses to have their say on its findings, and the path forward.

Attend the Community Hui on Aotea’s Tourism Future

When: Wednesday, 28 February, 4:45 PM
Where: Claris Conference Centre, Aotea Great Barrier Island

Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

The community hui represents an opportunity for open dialogue and constructive critique. It is a chance for the island’s residents to voice their concerns, seek clarifications, and propose adjustments to ensure that the Destination Management Plan not only reflects the community’s vision for sustainable tourism but also addresses the practical challenges of making Aotea accessible and welcoming to visitors.


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