Holiday homes on Banks Peninsula : an impact assessment.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The ownership and use of holiday homes for recreational purposes is a phenomenon which has a long history in New Zealand. This thesis examines the impact that the presence of holiday homes have upon a region and its inhabitants. At present there are approximately 1300 holiday homes on Banks Peninsula catering largely for the recreational needs of Christchurch, and Canterbury families. An assessment of the impact is made by firstly identifying the important characteristics of the holiday home distribution, the nature of the holiday home itself and the socio-economic characteristics of the owners. Secondly, the factors that will influence the final impact are examined. This involves the identification of the patterns of use made of the holiday home and the activities undertaken in the holiday home area. Thirdly, the actual impact is studied by assessing the opinions of the holiday home owners and establishing their spending patterns; and their propensity to employ local residents. Finally, the local inhabitants' attitudes and opinions are examined concerning the impact of the holiday homes upon their household and their area. The local business owners' opinions are also given here. The data for this thesis was collected through a 20% survey sample of all the owners on Banks Peninsula. In addition, over one hundred local inhabitants were interviewed, and all the businessmen and tradesmen were contacted and interviewed by questionnaire. The impact of the holiday homes is assessed with the thought in mind that the area has a declining rural economy, and that it also plays a major role as a recreational area for Canterbury people. In overall terms, the holiday homes on Banks Peninsula appear to be of a beneficial nature to the area and its inhabitants, and it is perceived to be as such by the locals and the holiday home owners alike.