Ruapehu ski season to go ahead this winter with Govt support


Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ liquidators have secured millions from the Government to keep its fields operating, just in time for the start of this year’s ski season.

It comes a week after the company was officially placed into liquidation after creditors rejected proposals to save the debt-saddled company.

Regional Development Minister Kiri Allan said the Government will provide up to $5 million to the liquidators to ensure the mountain’s 2023 ski season can go ahead.

“We’ve always been committed to finding a way to ensure the ski season on Mount Ruapehu goes ahead this year. Cabinet’s decision today has solidified that,” she said.

“Ruapehu is a very significant part of the economy in the central North Island, accounting for around a tenth of regional GDP, or $100 million per year.

“The season going ahead will save hundreds of jobs and support local tourism, the regional economy and the community, while a long-term solution is found.


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