PHOTO: 123RF.COM Airbnb is arguing for a national database of all short term accommodation providers to help councils come to grips with the size of the industry and work out how to regulate it.

Airbnb is pushing for national regulations covering short term rental accommodation in New Zealand as more local authorities look at cracking down on the sector. 

It has support from Bookabach which is also keen to avoid a situation where councils around the country start imposing different rules.

The two peer-to-peer accommodation providers, with more than 60,000 listings between them, want a national database of all hosts to assist with enforcement and to ensure properties repeatedly hosting rowdy guests were blacklisted. 

Airbnb’s head of public policy for New Zealand Derek Nolan has met with Government officials, Local Government New Zealand, metropolitan mayors and tourism bodies to put the case for a national approach to regulation, and is seeking to set up a working group on the issue.