No Images? Click here


7 August 2015

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


Gloombusters: Tourism drives economy higher

New Zealand's tourism sector is on track to overtake dairy as New Zealand's biggest export earner and the country will soon crack three million visitors a year.

Tourism has recovered from the hit dealt by the global economic crisis and for the past three years has enjoyed strong growth.

Prime Minister John Key, who is also Tourism Minister, expects this summer to be the country's biggest for the visitor industry. "It's a growth sector and there's a lot more left in the tank," Key said. Read more here.


Ngāti Porou Invest $500,000 in Inter-generational Reo Transition

Toitu Ngāti Porou, the cultural development arm of Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou commits $500,000 to front-load investment in Ngāti Porou language acquisition, promotion and inter-generational transmission.

Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou Chairman, Selwyn Parata said, “If Ngāti Porou believes that our language is a taonga, which I believe they do, then we need to front-up and take responsibility for the care, use and retention of our reo”.

“Given the decline in fluency and the numbers of Ngāti Porou speaking to tatau reo (our language) we need to move immediately, we cannot afford to wait another year. And we certainly should not be expecting or waiting for the Government, the Taura Whiri or anyone else to lead the way”. Read more here.

Off to the Principal’s Office – please explain!

This column was originally published in Inside Tourism, 4 August 2015.

Dear Sir,
One of the benefits of being raised by my father, Mr Wynter John Tyson, was that he encouraged us to have inquiring minds (take note, Principal). “Why is the most important word in the English language, why opens your mind to a world of discovery” he’d say, though that rule didn’t apply when I was grounded and if (smartly, I thought) asked why, was told I was insolent. I do not think I am being insolent in this situation but adhering to the fundamental principle of ‘why’, or in the case of the introduction of levies into the curriculum, why not! Read more here.


Rotorua biggest tourist draw

Rotorua's tourism industry is tracking "significantly" above national averages in all key measures, according to Destination Rotorua's chief executive. Mark Rawson said that as well as an increase in the volume of tourists from May 2014 to May 2015, there was an increase in the amount of time tourists were spending in Rotorua.

"For the last 12 months tourism has been up. Rotorua has been consistently out-performing the national average for a large amount of time.

"There are less big shopping tour groups and more higher value markets, and the other thing that's driving value in the international market, our more traditional markets - the likes of the US and Germany - are starting to come back." Read more here.

Ecotourism is first to win Liftoff funding

A new equity crowdfunding option with a particular focus on regional businesses has launched, with a Bay of Plenty ecotourism company as the first cab off the rank.

Liftoff is the latest platform to be licensed by the Financial Markets Authority since the Government legalised crowdfunding in April last year. Its first campaign, for Rainforest Experiences New Zealand, would be the first New Zealand ecotourism venture to be crowdfunded, said Liftoff managing director Adam Hunt. Read more here.


Tourism Holdings sees higher 2019 profit

Campervan rental company Tourism Holdings Ltd forecasting growth in net profit to at least $30 million in the 2019 financial year.

The target was announced in the wake of a strategic review. In May THL says it expects bottom line of between $19.5m and $20m in the year to June 30, 2015, compared with 2014's $11.1m.

THL says it expects to remain a publicly listed company and focus on growing through acquisitions. Read more here.

Call to back wahine in business

Māori men need to step up and be more supportive of Māori businesswomen, says the Federation of Māori Authorities.

The authority runs an annual hui for Māori wahine to support the progression of women in top business leadership roles.

The chair of the authority, Traci Houpapa, said wahine face challenges in progressing up the business ladder to senior leadership roles such as chief executive and manager. Ms Houpapa said for women to move forward in business - men need to be more supportive.

"I think there is an opportunity for our Māori men to step up and to suppoort Māori women. Read more here.