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 1 May 2015

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


Wellington restaurant puts Te Reo on the menu

The restaurant, Whitebait, approached Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) to translate the names of its dishes into Te Reo.

Whitebait co-director Louise Hoather, who is Pākehā, said that besides the Wharewaka she did not know of any other mainstream restaurant that would even consider using Māori language on the menu.

She said they wanted to acknowledge Te Reo as part of their kaupapa on kai. Read more here.


Kaupapa Maori as relevant as profit for tribal bodies

Public reporting on large tribal and Maori corporate bodies has increased over the past decade. Major articles on the business pages reflect growing mainstream appetite to be informed about Treaty settlements, Maori investments, and general Maori business. There is a sense that Maori corporates are natural long-term investors and partners in NZ Inc and also an excellent source of co-investment funds and security.

Increased reporting and communications, however, has not addressed the real issue for most Maori corporates - whether they are actually relevant for the people, for the tribal members or land owners who ultimately own the assets that the corporates are responsible for. Read more here.

Welcome to Aotearoa

Athletes from around the world were welcomed to New Zealand for the 2015 FINA Women's Intercontinental Tournament. NZ Māori Tourism facilitated a welcome for the teams. Watch the highlights here.

Taika Waititi takes on 7 Days with new TV show

Taika Waititi is returning to the small screen in Brown Eye, a satirical look at the news with a Maori perspective which is starting on Maori Television next month.

The show will be fronted by Nathan Rarere, from Livesport's breakfast show, who in his younger days, was a host on TV3's youth show Ice TV. Read more here.


Two launches and a farewell

Anzac day was marked in the Far North with celebrations of the naval variety.

At Te Aurere a waka tētē built by Hekenukumai Busby was launched by its new owners, Te Kāpehu Whetū school. He Puna Mārama Trust purchased the waka for $100,000 after it was put up for sale by the legendary boat builder to raise funds for his traditional ocean navigation school.

In addition to the waka launch was a launch of a different variety. “Not Here By Chance”, the biography written by Jeff Evans on the esteemed Te Rarawa elder, tohunga tārai waka and celestial navigator was made available to the public. The book is an exciting look at the life of the man who is responsible for the completion of more than a dozen waka tauā and the revival of traditional ocean navigation in NZ. Watch the story here from 6:10:

ExportNZ Waikato ASEAN Market Forum

Made up of ten economically, culturally, and politically diverse Southeast Asian nations in our neighbourhood, the ASEAN market provides NZ businesses with great opportunities for international trade. Including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, this region is one of the world's most dynamic centres of economic growth and they have an appetite for doing business with New Zealand.

Join an ASEAN Market Forum event to hear from ASEAN exporters on the current and future exporting climate, the FTA in place between ASEAN-NZ, as well as information surrounding key opportunities New Zealand exporters should be leveraging within this market. Read more here.


Education to improve small business insurance cover

The Insurance Council is creating tools to educate small businesses on the importance of the insurance cover to protect them in the event of a disaster like the Canterbury earthquakes.

The council, in partnership with the Young Enterprise Trust is targeting the sector after a survey showed almost 30 per cent of business owners were uninsured.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly welcomed the news and said education was one of the key elements of making sure more small to medium businesses were properly insured.

"Small business owners are less effective at running a proper risk framework. They don't realise insurance is available or they have underestimated the risks associated with particular events like earthquakes...," he said. Read more here.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Get It Wrong With China-Expansion Strategy

Every globally minded entrepreneur hopes to capture the fascinating market in China. Doing just that successfully, however, can be challenging.

Here are five costly and embarrassing mistakes expanding companies make when navigating the Chinese business world. Read more here.