Holiday park sector joins predator free effort

16 March 2017

Hundreds of holiday parks in some of our most beautiful scenic locations may soon be free of rats, stoats and possums after the organisation that represents them signed up to Predator Free NZ today.

Holiday Parks New Zealand (HAPNZ) and its 300 member holiday parks are forming a partnership with the Predator Free New Zealand Trust to help rid New Zealand of predators 2050.

Fergus Brown, Holiday Parks Association CEO said a predator free New Zealand is a fantastic, aspirational vision for our country and so important for our industry to champion. “The consequences of New Zealand being rid of possums, rats and stoats and our wonderful native species flourishing will have far reaching benefits, making New Zealand an even more attractive place people want to visit.

“The holiday park sector is excited to be able to do its part in making it happen.

“By committing to this project, we’ll encourage visitors, domestic and international, to get involved in the program” Mr Brown says. “A majority of our international visitors state they come here for nature so we’ll help them connect with Predator Free New Zealand.”

Predator Free New Zealand Trust Chairman, Sir Rob Fenwick, says the long term campaign will pay a massive dividend to the tourism sector.

“I’m delighted and not surprised holiday park owners see real value in this and I expect other tourism operators to join. Air NZ is already deeply involved in predator related conservation work with DOC. It’s a no-brainer.

“This partnership will complement the Government’s Predator Free 2050 project that aims to eradicate predators in regions at a landscape scale.

“The battle front is widening. We’re extending the war on predators to towns and places where lots of people live and visit.”

Holiday parks will be working in a variety of areas to contribute to Predator Free 2050, including:

  • trapping in and around parks
  • supporting predator control activities in local communities
  • encouraging a commitment to and an understanding of a predator free New Zealand from both guests and local communities.

HAPNZ will introduce an annual award in 2017 to recognise a holiday park or park team member who makes the greatest contribution to Predator Free 2050.

Mr Brown says HAPNZ will be working with members on other activities that will support this project.

“We see this as a long term commitment to a cause that really does matter.”

Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive, Chris Roberts, is applauding the holiday park sector for its vision.

“The tourism industry needs to demonstrate its commitment to managing tourism growth in a way that is sustainable and acceptable to our communities. We must maintain and enhance our natural environment so that it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations of New Zealanders and international visitors.”

For more information

Fergus Brown
Chief Executive
Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of NZ
Phone 04 298 3283
Mobile 021 535087

Jessi Morgan
Predator Free NZ Trust
Mobile 021 467 122

Key facts:

  • The holiday park sector provides 36% of New Zealand’s commercial accommodation capacity and 19% of commercial guest nights.
  • In the year ended August 2016 holiday parks provided 7.456 million guest nights.
  • Guest nights to holiday parks are made up of 32% international visitors and 68% domestic visitors.
  • While staying at holiday parks guests contribute over $1 billion in direct expenditure to local communities.
  • Approximately $612 million (60%) of the expenditure is contributed by domestic travellers, with the balance of $405 million (40%) by international travellers.
  • Expenditure by international visitors contributes directly to New Zealand’s export earnings.