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 15 May 2015

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


Rise of independent travelers buoys Whale Watch

Whale Watch is flying the flag for Kaikoura and despite five years ago going against the grain, calculated efforts to attract independent tourists are paying off, big time.

The award-winning whale watching operation banked on a large increase in independent travellers, who drive themselves rather than taking packaged tours to pre-assigned destinations, mainly by tour bus.

Whale Watch Kaikoura general manager Kauahi Ngapora said the industry was skeptical five years ago that the number of independent travellers from Asia would increase so quickly, but they've been proven right. Read more here.


Congratulations to Moana & the Tribe

The Māori language song "Ūpokohue" (Moana & the Tribe), written by Moana Maniapoto, Scotty Morrison and Paddy free, has won Second Place in the World Music category in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). With over 18,000 entries from 118 countries, this is an incredible achievement.

The song is a tribute and in some ways, a love song, to the endangered Maui dolphin. Ūpoko means ‘head’ while ‘hue’ is a type of gourd.

Moana & the Tribe released their album RIMA at the end of last year. They will be perfoming at WAIATA on May 30 as part of a special showcase of original Māori music during NZ Music Month.

Poutama unveils pataka for export experts

Māori small business support agency Poutama has developed a new platform to promote Maori food and beverage exports.

The Haukai-Cuisine brand will be tried out at next month’s Taipei Food Show in June, the Hong Kong Food Expo in August and the QingDao Seafood Show in China in November. Read more here.


Ngai Tahu Tourism rewarded for China pitch

Ngai Tahu Tourism has won the award for excellence in tourism at this year’s HSBC New Zealand China Trade Association China Business Awards.

Association chair Martin Thomson says the awards are the leading national accolade for New Zealand companies doing business with China and vice versa.

He says Chinese see such recognition as noteworthy, and the awards could foster further Chinese investment. Read more here.

City eyes riches of untapped potential

Almost 1000 new jobs could be created and annual GDP lifted by $55 million if Rotorua can establish itself as a worldwide spa destination and cash in on the forecast increased visitor spending, according to a new study.

That was one of the findings of the Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study, launched by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell in Tauranga this week.

While the Government-led study looked at the Bay of Plenty as a whole, it found keys to unlocking Rotorua's economic potential included flights between Rotorua and Queenstown, engaging with Māori and becoming a global spa destination. Read more here.


TravCom Travel Media Awards

Following on from winner Mike White for his story Survivor Island, the runners up of the NZMT Award for the Best Travel Story about a Māori Tourism Experience were Jacqui Gibson, for her story On the Track of the Ancestors and Paul Rush for his story Connecting with the Whakapapa.

Motat gets award for clever use of Te Reo Māori

An Auckland museum's clever use of te reo has seen it receive top honours at the Service IQ 2015 New Zealand Museum Awards.

The Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat) was awarded the prize for Most Innovative Use of Te Reo Māori for its most recent exhibition. Read more here.

Attitudes of NZ youth to Māori-language revitalization

What do young people think about the future of te reo Māori?

Nathan Albury is undertaking research on “folk linguistics”, that is, what do ordinary people think about language use.  Nathan is now close to completing his PhD at the University of Oslo on folk linguistics relating to the revitalization of te reo Māori in New Zealand, and the Saami language in Norway. Read more here.