Auckland businesses say a voucher scheme aimed to get locals to explore their own backyard has been a lifeline after lockdown, RNZ reveals. The government-funded $9 million Explore Tāmaki Makaurau scheme kicked off late last year offering 100,000 vouchers to tourist attractions in the region. “It’s been a bit of a lifesaver in a way over the last few months,” says Paradice Entertainment managing director Chris Blong.

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