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 29 May 2015

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


NZ Māori Tourism Confirms Two New Board Members

The Board of New Zealand Māori Tourism confirmed two new Board Members at its quarterly meeting this week.

Verity Webber and Glen Katu were both successfully voted into the two vacant positions by the NZ Māori Tourism membership. NZ Māori Tourism was delighted with the very high calibre of candidates vying for the positions.

Mrs Panoho chose not to stand for re-election and retired from her role as Chairperson at the conclusion of Wednesday's Board meeting. Ms Webber and Mr Katu’s terms commence on July 1 2015. Read more here.


Using a light box as a canvas Marcus Winter manipulates millions of grains of sand for a living. Winter’s extraordinary ability to tell a narrative through the seemingly simple movement of grain is enchanting. His dexterity allows him to conjure evocative images in seconds before they’re dashed aside ready for the next evocative representation. Watch his incredible work here at TEDxQueenstown.


Māori TV series Waka Warriors helps young people navigate modernity on a traditional waka

If you were to ask most people what they thought was important to young people today, they'd probably say social media, selfies and YouTube.

They might be right. But some young Māori are ditching all that – disconnecting to reconnect with their culture and ancestry with the help of a new 10-part Māori TV series, Waka Warriors.

The show's producer, Heather Lee, says it grew out of a larger project in which seven traditional waka undertook a 22,000 nautical mile trip through the Pacific and America over two years. Read more here.

Halal Tourism – an opportunity for Māori tourism businesses?

Say the phrase ‘halal tourism’ to most people and they may be able to give you a couple of lines about what it means, but their understanding of what halal visitors need when they are touring countries may not be as clear.

At the second annual Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium held in Auckland recently, there were several suggestions on how tourism operators could better accommodate and attract halal visitors. Read more here.


Computers in Homes Marlborough Pilot Programme

Over the past few months Ngāti Apa have been creating a learning and development strategy, Te Mātauranga a Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, to complement their Wānanga programme and to offer iwi members access to a range of learning opportunities.

They are now looking for participants to take part in a Marlborough based pilot for their first programme starting in June, Computers in Homes.

Computers in Homes provides training, technical support, refurbished computers and home Internet. Families receive 20 hours of free training (2 hours per week over 10 weeks), a recycled computer, 12 month subsidised Internet connection and technical support. Read more here.

Kiwi lifestyle holding back NZ productivity

If you're happy to sit back and let your business tick along, you could be holding the rest of us back.

But don't fret - it's not entirely your fault.

According to the Productivity Commission's Paul Conway, New Zealand might look like it is performing well at the moment, but that's mostly because our international friends have suffered so much on productivity. Read more here.


Hekenukumai Busby, master waka carver

Hekenukumai Busby, known as Hec, is a Master Waka Carver, a Māori leader and an authority on Polynesian and Māori celestial navigation. He's crafted more than 30 waka, and was awarded an MBE in recognition of his role in the revival of ocean voyaging and navigation using traditional Polynesian double hull canoes. From humble beginnings in the Far North, Hec was inspired to build waka after a childhood visit to Waitangi. Now 82, he's the subject of a new book by Jeff Evans, called Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Busby: Not Here by Chance. Listen to his story here.

New horizons for regional South Island

A new fund has been announced to help regional South Island tourism operators capture the tsunami of opportunities from the growing China market.

The 'New Horizons Fund' is a regional economic development programme initiated by Christchurch Airport, as part of the "South" initiative, which sees all 15 South Island regional tourism organisations working collaboratively in tourist markets.

The programme kicks off with a budget of $100,000 and aims to support a minimum of
two South Island tourism operators into the China market each year. Read more here.