'My wife bought it, so it's her fault' - Wellington car buff blames collecting 'disease' on better half

More than 30 classic cars are to go under the hammer on the Kapiti Coast on Sunday.

The collection owned by renowned Wellington businessman Roy Savage includes E-Type Jaguars, 1930s Ford, vintage MGS's and will all be up for auction at Southward car museum.

Mr Savage has been collecting them since 1975 after the first purchase of a 1930s Model A Ford.

"That started off the disease of collecting. My wife bought it, so it's her fault," he said.

Mossgreen-Webb’s car specialist Catherine Davison says it's a unique collection as all cars are warranted, running and have been regularly maintained.

"To have a single owner collection like this, that is so personal and that has been so well looked after is quite a rarity," Ms Davison said.

She says interest in the auction has been massive.

"We are expecting a really good turnout. It seems to have really captured people's imagination."

Roy Savage says seeing the cars go to another home will be sad.

"I’ll be hoping to meet them and provide them with any support that they are wanting after they become the owner of the car and make sure that it is being looked after."

Some of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Life Education Trust.

All the cars are on display for viewing at warehouses in Waikanae until auction day.

Roy Savage is selling 30 classic cars in a massive auction on the Kapiti Coast on Sunday. Source: 1 NEWS



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Should tourists pay an extra tax to cover the strain on New Zealand's infrastructure?

Holidaying in New Zealand might get a bit more costly if the Government adopts a proposed two per cent bed tax. 

New Zealand's roads, car parks and sewage systems are straining from record visitor numbers. Source: 1 NEWS

It's one recommendation from an industry report on how to fund hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure investment.

New Zealand's roads, car parks and sewage are straining from record visitor numbers.   

"At that local government level, do they have the ability to respond, even if it's only toilets and car parking and that sort of infrastructure?" Chris Roberts, Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive, asked.

Industry leaders like Air New Zealand don't think local government does have that ability.

And in a report just released they're calling for a $130 million a year for the next 10 years for a tourism infrastructure fund to help local councils keep public facilities up to scratch. 

Half of that annual funding, $65 million, would come from the Government. 

The other half would be from a two per cent charge on all accommodation facilities, including camp sites and Airbnb.

And there would a $5 increase to the international passenger border levy, taking it to $25.

Mr Roberts says this is "well worth having a good debate about and seeing if it's right for New Zealand".

The Government has had the report since Tuesday.  

"One legitimate option is that the Government might put up the money and just say look, we're not prepared to move on these things. Another is to say we might go in and be prepared to go and support some other form of raising money," said Prime Minister John Key. 

Whether the Government is willing to introduce a new bed tax should be known early next year.