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 19 June 2015

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


Ngā mihi o te wā o Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters; and what is referred to as the traditional Māori New Year. Matariki is a time of festivity for Māori. The Māori new year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon.  Read more here and check out the Matariki events in your area here.


Small Business: Riding the learning curves

How do you know what you don't know? Many small business owners find out the answer to that question the hard way. They make mistakes, drop the ball or end up having some similarly uncomfortable experience that highlights a gap in their knowledge.

"Learning experiences", though, can be the prompt for business owners to seek out further education, such as enrolling in courses, reading blogs and business books or reaching out to networks.

This week we spoke to small business owners about some of the things they have done to educate themselves. Read more here.

Jetstar to break Air New Zealand's domestic stranglehold

Jetstar plans to start flights to regional destinations later this year in what will be a major shake-up for domestic air travel.

The low cost carrier will use a fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft to fly to at least four regional centres initially.

Those cities being considered include Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier and Palmerston North in the North Island and Nelson and Invercargill in the South Island. Read more here.


TIA Regional Summits

TIA have put together an exciting programme of topics and speakers for a series of regional summits over the next few months.

Key industry stakeholders including MBIE and Qualmark will provide industry updates and there will be time for you to ask them the hard questions. There will be practical presentations to help you consistently deliver an outstanding visitor experience.

Business capability breakout sessions will give you vital information about running your business efficiently and ensuring you stay compliant with new health and safety legislation. Read more and register here.

Rauika - events and opportunities of interest

Rauika is where you can find events and opportunities of interest to Māori whānau throughout Aotearoa. Rauika supports Te Puni Kōkiri kaupapa to strengthen Māori cultural and economic wealth, and for an effective State Sector to support Māori aspirations. See the list of upcoming events here, or to register your own event, please click here.


Fine art in the heart of Mangere Bridge: welcome to the House of Natives

Carver, painter and tattooist Gordon Toi has lived in Mangere Bridge 20 years and has nursed dreams of running a gallery on his own turf for just as long.

She came in with a smile that was big and bold and so very happy to see her people's art on display.

"Kia ora," was the cry as she looked around the new House of Natives art gallery in Mangere Bridge. "What a cool shop," she says.

Carver, painter and tattooist supreme Gordon Toi replies: "Nothing made in China here, mate." Read more here.

Upsurge in Chinese tourism having mixed impact: UBS

UBS finds there is a mixed impact on major tourism players from a big lift in the popularity of New Zealand as a tourist destination for middle to high-income Chinese.

Of those Chinese surveyed, 14 per cent said they were planning a trip to this country in the next 12 months, up from the 8 per cent of respondents who had travelled here during the past 15 months.

The firm said this lifted the country's ranking from 11 to eight among a group of destinations as outbound travel by Chinese tourists booms. In five years their numbers have doubled to 117 million in 2014. Read more here.