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 6 March 2015

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


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A warm welcome to our new members that were confirmed at our recent quarterly Board meeting.

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NZ Māori Tourism's Blog s now live

New Zealand Māori Tourism has embarked on a series of hui with our current and potential operators around the country. We spent time in Porangahau, Central Hawke's Bay to talk about their tourism opportunities. Read about our time there. We were then privileged to be invited by One Cast Fly Fishing Adventures to spend time with them to learn more about their operations and what they have to offer from their stunning location in Hawke's Bay. We'll be blogging about our operators and experiences with them over the coming months, so keep checking back for the latest stories.

Insurance costs ongoing issue for marae

The charitable arm of Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa - which represents 30 marae - suggests marae should spend time recording the history of their taonga - because they are priceless.

Te Arawa Tangata project manager Aneta Morgan said it was exploring ways to help its pā to reduce the cost of cover.

One way is a collective agreement with an insurance broker and the Māori finance broker, Iwi Investor.

Ms Morgan said about 11 of its marae had joined up to a collective insurance agreement it had thanks to help from Ngāti Tūwharetoa. She said they were looking at what marae were seeking cover for. Read more here.


Northland celebrates Pasifika

Whangarei will for the first time play host to a showcase of the very best Pacific islands cultural performances, art and craft, food, music, and sports.

The Pasifika Fusion Festival, hosted by Te Moananui O Kiwa Pasifika Charitable Trust in partnership with Hihiaua Cultural Centre Trust, will run from 10am to 2pm on the Hihiaua Peninsula section of the Hatea Loop Walkway, on Saturday, March 21.

Entry is free to the smoke, alcohol and fizzy drink-free event.

Themed "We are Pacific", villages from Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu, Tonga and Niue will be selling food and art and crafts. Read more here.

Huge intake of visitors to see Lindauer's Māori portraits overseas

The Lindauer Exhibition, which opened at Berlin's National Gallery in November last year in Germany, is breaking visitor records.

Reports to the Auckland Art Gallery estimate 2000 visitors a day arriving to see Lindauer's portraits of our ancestors. Since its arrival at the Nationalgalerie art gallery in Germany, thousands of people have been intrigued and amazed by the exhibition.
Ngahiraka Mason from Toi o Tāmaki says, "They are captivated with Māori as a people.  They are surprised that we still exist and that we're still practising our traditional customs of tattooing, weaving and other customs." Read more here.


Te Iti Kahurangi focus on youth this Te Matatini

Te Matatini 2015 kicked off in Christchurch this week. Te Kāea profiled Waikato-based group Te Iti Kahurangi. This year they are focussing on youth.

"My haka group is Te Iti Kahurangi.  We only started with 12 performers and stood for the first time in Gisborne.  Then we decided to expand our club," explains tutor and male leader, Kingi Kiriona.

Female leader, Tiare Teinakore, says, "We are based here in Waikato-Tainui at Rukumoana Marae under Ngāti Haua.  Why am I passionate about kapa haka?  Because of my language and my family."

Senior performer Meihana Te Huia says, "We focus on Māori issues.  We also focus on youth and their interests." Read more and watch the video here.

Exhibit Opening: A Delicate Balance / Rongo Taketake A Taane

Inhabiting the space where concepts of art, science and cultural knowledge intersect, The Kauri Project is a curatorial endeavour which examines the relationship between people and landscape, focusing on our unique and threatened indigenous kauri forest ecology. Encompassing sound, performance, photography and sculptural installation A Delicate Balance / Rongo Taketake a Taane brings together new and existing work by artists from across the North island to explore how we ‘listen’ and speak back to this environment. 6 March – 19 April, Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland.