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5 February 2015

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



Visitors cotton on to new tourist trail

Fourteen Central Hawke's Bay businesses have worked together to form a tourist trail designed to bring more people through their doors.

The Limestone Loop was the brainchild of Rosie Butler and Rodger Tynan, owners of Lime Rock Wines in Waipawa. "Having a route for people to follow with things to do makes it a lot more attractive," she said.

The loop follows the geological formation around the Raukawa Range, via State Highway 2 and State Highway 50, and has mixed features including art venues, wineries, dining experiences and businesses. Read more here.


Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015

Where is the world's top destination? Which country is the one to watch? Where is the loveliest international airport – and which airline is the best to fly with? The Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015 reveals that New Zealand is the top destination (rising to the top spot after coming in at number two last year).

Patea Māori Club's Poi E turned into a movie

The story behind one of New Zealand's iconic songs is being turned into a movie.

A production crew will be in Patea this weekend shooting scenes for the film Poi E: The story behind our song.

Publicist Sue May said the film would be a mix of dramatised events and real-life footage, and would outline the role entertainer Dalvanius Prime had in the development of the Patea Māori Club's hit song Poi E. Read more here.


Audio guide company to raise funds

Tourism Radio NZ, a company that offers audio guides to tourists, is seeking to raise up to $350,000 from the public through newly-licensed equity crowdfunding platform

Chief executive Hayden Braddock said the seven-person company would use the funding to expand its service in New Zealand and set up shop in Australia, probably in about 18 months.

Tourism Radio NZ (TRNZ) does not broadcast its audio guides over the radio. Instead, it supplies GPS-equipped devices that can be plugged into rental car and campervan radios. Read more here.


New Zealand named safest country for solo travellers

Taking off on a journey alone? Have no fear. Here are the safest, friendliest countries for your solo adventure.

Despite the dreaded (and often costly) single supplement, bona fide single accommodations are both affordable and available in many parts of the world. Read more here.

First novella in the Ngā Atua Māori series, Te Orokotīmatanga o te Ao, now available.

Published by Kiwa Digital as a series of interactive graphic novellas, the Ngā Atua Māori series has the backing of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission, and re-tells the Māori creation story in a contemporary format for the digital generation.

Kiwa Digital is the world’s leading production house for experiential digital books. Learn more here.