A horticultural labour hire firm has been fined for not keeping employment records and breaching visa conditions.
Money to burn used tyres only fixes half the problem, tyre retailers and industry experts say.
As visitor numbers head towards the 5m a year mark, tourism's "value over volume" mantra mirrors that of the dairy industry.
The wave of Chinese investment may have peaked but there is still strong international interest in New Zealand property.
Horticultural company failed to pay seasonal workers properly, or give them employment contracts.