Eligibility self-assessment tool

Use this self-assessment tool to determine if you are eligible to apply for funding from the Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery.

Self-assessment questions

If you answer no or other to any of these questions, you are unlikely to be eligible to receive funding from the programme.

Demonstrating your New Zealand presence

1. If you are an individual, are you a:

◻ a New Zealand citizen or resident, or

◻ a New Zealand tax resident (either you have been in New Zealand for more than 183 days in any 12-month period and haven’t become a non-resident; or you have a permanent place of abode in New Zealand, refer to IR for more information), or

◻ Other

2. If you are an entity, or group of entities, each entity must be one of the following:

a company registered in New Zealand under the Companies Act 1993,

an Incorporated Society registered in New Zealand under the Incorporated Societies Act 2022,

a Charity registered in New Zealand under the Charities Act 2005,

a Limited Partnership registered in New Zealand under the Limited Partnerships Act 2008,

a Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, or a similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership,

a tertiary education institution (New Zealand-based),

a statutory entity listed under Parts 2 or 3 of Schedule 1 of the Crown Entities Act 2004, or

a New Zealand local government body, or

◻ Other

Providing evidence of your co-funding requirements

3. Do you have, or can source, 50% co-funding for your project?

◻ Yes

◻ No

4. If No, are you seeking more than 50% contribution from the government on the basis that this project will have significant community or sector-wide benefits?

◻ Yes

◻ No

Demonstrating that your project meets the definition of transformative innovation

5. Does your project seek to deliver a new or different system, business model, process, experience, or product?

◻ Yes

◻ No

6. Does your project seek to:

◻ deliver an innovation that is new/world first,

◻ apply an existing innovation in a different way,

◻ apply an overseas innovation to the New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey,

◻ apply an existing innovation across the New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey, or

◻ other

7. If your project solely delivers one of the following, it is unlikely to be eligible for funding:

◻ General ‘business as usual’

◻ Upgrading a business or products to be more sustainable

◻ Marketing or brand development

◻ Drafting of Destination Management Plans

◻ Retrospective costs

◻ Qualifications

◻ Infrastructure, such as carparks, toilet blocks or buildings.

Demonstrating the core values of tourism

8. Which of the core values of tourism do you think your project delivers on? You can consider all that apply, but your project only needs to deliver on one to be eligible.

◻ tiaki: caring for and protecting people, place and planet, for our future.

◻ pōtikitanga: our curious, ingenious and adventurous spirit.

◻ manaaki: extending respect, hospitality, generosity and care to others.

◻ whanaungatanga: creating a sense of connection, family and belonging.

◻ other (none of the above).

Demonstrating the programme’s outcomes

9. Which of the outcomes does your project align with? You can consider all that apply, but your project only needs to align with one to be eligible.

outcome 1: reduce carbon emissions resulting from tourism or have a positive impact on the climate,

outcome 2: improve the environmental sustainability of tourism through enhancing our natural environment and biodiversity,

outcome 3: improve the resilience of tourism to future changes, impacts and shocks,

outcome 4: lift productivity or capability of the tourism sector through technology, or

outcome 5: promote and protect Taonga Māori throughout the New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey (where the project is led or delivered by iwi / hapū or Māori enterprises).

◻ other (none of the above).

Demonstrating the applicability to New Zealand

10. Is your project applicable to the New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey?

(New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey diagram)

◻ Yes

◻ No

If you still have questions about your eligibility, please contact MBIE at tourisminnovation@mbie.govt.nz.