Sunday, May 19, 2024

Pure Tūroa granted 10-year ski field lease

Conservation Minister, Tama Potaka, today confirmed Pure Tūroa Limited (PTL) has been granted a 10-year concession to operate the Tūroa ski field.

This decision follows a four-month concession process run by the Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai, which included iwi engagement and consultation, and public notification and hearings.

Feedback from this process was considered by the Minister when granting this concession.

“The concession means the public can continue to enjoy the recreational benefits available in the Tongariro National Park – one of the most majestic places in the country – for years to come,” said Mr Potaka.  

“The 10-year concession allows for outstanding Treaty settlement negotiations to unfold and gives greater protection to iwi and hapū interests and responsibilities, including the future park negotiations, whilst ensuring the continued operation of the ski-field.   

The Minister said the summits of all maunga in Tongariro National Park were especially important for the iwi and hapū, and for all New Zealanders.

“That’s why PTL’s concession includes provisions for the Department of Conservation to carry out enhanced monitoring and a three-year review to ensure the field is operating effectively and in a way that benefits everyone,” says Mr Potaka.   

The previous ski field concession held by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) will be surrendered to allow the new PTL concession to come into effect. Whakapapa ski field remains under the ongoing management of RAL’s receivers.

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