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27 February 2015

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


$60,000 for Māori development up for grabs

A total of $60,000 is available for projects that align to the Māori Economic Development Strategy.

The fund aims to assist whānau, hapū, iwi, mātāwaka and Māori business in Kāpiti with costs associated with the ongoing development of Māori economic activity. Read more here.


Northland’s Twin Coast Discovery to undergo a facelift

“Northland’s Twin Coast Discovery Touring Route is to undergo a substantial facelift over the next three years”, says Northland Inc CEO David Wilson. “Two weeks ago with MBIE and MPI, we released the Northland Regional Growth Study (NRGS) outlining a strategic direction for boosting Northland’s economy. The Twin Coast Discovery project (TCD) was identified as a headline project in the NRGS, and will be one of the first to get underway.”

The $1.5m proposal to revamp the touring route was supported by cornerstone funding of $493,000 over three years by the Northland Regional Council on Wednesday. The project will include new regional signage originating in Auckland, new tourism product development, digital online information and a series of interactive visitor information hubs and ‘Pou Trail’ throughout Northland, conveying Northland’s stories and visitor offerings. Read more here.


Data for your business

Wiki New Zealand is a charity devoted to getting people to use data about New Zealand.

They do this by pulling together New Zealand's public sector, private sector and academic data in one place and making it easy for people to use in simple graphical form for free through their website.

There is a lot of data about New Zealand available online today, but often it is too difficult to access and too hard to use. By providing usable, clear, digestible and unbiased information, it can help you make better decisions, and lead to better outcomes. See tourism data here.

Ngāti Toa give history tour

A Porirua-based tribe has hosted a post-Treaty settlement tour of their tribal area - and their buses were booked out by elderly Pākehā folk.

The trip was part its Whiti Te Rā exhibition at Te Papa.

On a cloudy but mild Saturday morning, I boarded a bus which was full of passengers, the majority of them Pākehā, over the age of 60. They were like me, keen to learn about Ngāti Toa's history in the Wellington region. Read more here.


Using the past to navigate the future of our ocean

Hawaiʻi's state treasure, the voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a, is on a 47,000-mile journey around the world to bring people together to protect Earth and its oceans. 

On the face of it, a Polynesian voyaging canoe with a 12-person crew circumnavigating Earth is a bold undertaking in itself. Hōkūle'a’s design is traditional, mimicking the ancient waʻa that were used a thousand years ago to find and settle every inhabitable island within 10 million square miles of the Pacific.

Her deck, stretched between double hulls, is open to the elements. She is lashed together without steel rigging, screws, bolts, or metal fasteners. More audacious the undertaking, however, is the mission of the journey: to use the power of education to set a course for a sustainable future. Read more here.