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 5 June 2015

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


Insights sourced from the Visitor Experience Monitor.

In 2014 New Zealand received just over 2.7 million visitors. 4,200 of these tourists were surveyed in relation to their experience and satisfaction with their visit to New Zealand. This presentation summaries the results of the survey. There are some interesting insights here - especially around Māori tourism experiences.


Otaki author to share stories for Matariki

Matariki is a good thing, Queenie Rikihana-Hyland says about the event that annually piques interest in things Māori, but there was a time when it was lived, not just remembered.

The Otaki author spoke in the lead up to a raft of matariki events planned for Waikanae's Mahara Gallery including a joint korero and reading session between Rikihana-Hyland and Tina Makarete on June 14.

Rikihana-Hyland said the pair would make the session informal and would include a reading from her book Manawa Hine: Women Who Swam Against the Tide, which tells the stories of four Māori heroines. Read more here.


Trade shows and exhibitions: Why and how?

This week a handful of small business owners talk about their experiences of exhibiting at trade shows and other exhibitions, why they market their businesses through these kinds of channels and what they do to get the most of their investment in them. Read more here.

A tiny rural school goes global

A tiny rural school in Murupara in the Bay of Plenty is going global. An hour from Rotorua, the school in Murupara township has a total immersion approach to learning te reo Māori, Mandarin and Japanese.
With their Mandarin and Japanese teachers and a group of Mandarin language assistants, they are looking to produce the next generation of global citizens, all under the leadership of their visionary principal. Listen to their story here.


Ahuwhenua Trophy winner announced

The winner of the 2015 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef is Mangaroa Station owned by Barton and Nukuhia Hadfield. The couple farm in the Ruakituri Valley, about an hour’s drive north west of Wairoa on the East Coast of the North Island. Read more here.

Māori Television journalist Mihingarangi Forbes quits

Experienced Māori TV journalist Mihingarangi Forbes has announced her resignation.

The host of show Native Affairs announced her decision on Twitter, thanking her team and everyone who had shared stories. Read more here.