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 8 May 2015

NewsLine is a short weekly summary of stories that may be of interest to those involved in the Māori Tourism community.


Māoridom mourns the loss of Māori Language stalwart Erima Henare

Māoridom is mourning the loss of respected reo advocate, public servant and famous Ngāti Hine son, Erima Henare, who passed away at his home in Wellington this week.

Accolades flowed forth, from the very valley he hailed from, to the lofty heights of Parliament.  

The swan song of a scholar who believed education was the key to the world. Watch more here.

E te kura whakaingoingo o te Taitokerau, o te iwi Māori me te iwi whānui tonu o Aotearoa e moe! Nei ra te mihi ki a koe kua riro atu ra ki a Hineruakipouri. E rere tonu ana ngā mihi aroha ki te whanau kua noho pani nei i te rironga atu o tēnei pou roto o tātou.


Governing for present and future generations

From shearing shed hand to corporate strategist to company director - it has been quite a journey for Mavis Mullins.

The latest accolade she has received is from Auckland University, which has just named her its Māori Women's Business Leader of the year.

Earlier honours and responsibilities have mounted up: Landcorp director, Massey University councillor, helping create mobile network Two Degrees, chairwoman of Poutama and Atihau Whanganui Incorporation and a committee member of the Māori land protection agency Nga Whenua Rahui. Read more here.

Cellphone data collected to reveal visitor numbers

Visitors to Hawke's Bay will have their cellphone data collected so Hawke's Bay Tourism can see where they have come from, where they have been and how long they have stayed in the region.

A pilot project between the organisation and Spark off-shoot Qrious, a specialist big data and data analytics company, starts here next month before starting in other regions.

HBT chair George Hickton says the initiative "could totally revolutionise our understanding of visitors". Read more here.


Korean FTA business briefings available

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise invite you to a presentation on the recently signed Free Trade Agreement with Korea.
This presentation will showcase the benefits available to business through the FTA, including in the areas of goods and services, trade and investment, and the opportunities it creates in the Korean Market.
For more details, and to pre-register your attendance, click here.

Cambridge laments shortage of tourist accommodation

A surge in tourism in the area has deepened Cambridge i-SITE chief executive Roger Gordon's concern about a shortage of accommodation.

He said i-SITE experienced a large surge in demand for tourist accommodation and activities during the month of April.

Commenting on the regular statistics generated through their systems, Gordon said:  "Web based access to our bank of 92 commercial and casual accommodation providers has increased by a staggering 18 percent. Activity and attraction seekers were up even further with a rise of 21.9 per cent. Both of these movements indicate a growing interest in Cambridge. This will be having considerable impact on visitor spend." Read more here.


Inaugural recipients announced for Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund

The Māori Development Minister has confirmed that 41 Māori collectives will receive funding from Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund’s Commercial Advisors Scheme.

“A total of $3.7 million will be invested over two years to support these Māori collectives with realising the economic potential of their assets,” says Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.

The Commercial Advisors Scheme allows collectives to partner with a commercial advisor who will mentor and support the collective with identifying opportunities, developing business cases and obtaining professional advice.

“I’m pleased to see there was strong demand for the inaugural funding round. A large number of proposals came from collectives planning to develop their land and fisheries assets, or property and tourism initiatives,” says Mr Flavell. Read more here.

Running a business or activity on DOC land

If you want to use public conservation land to run a business or activity you must get permission from DOC in the form of a concession. Read more and apply here.