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19 December 2014

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


Meri Kirihimete to all - we know this is a busy time for tourism operators, but hopefully you can find some time to spend with your loved ones, indulge in good food, and soak up the sunshine over the holiday period. NZ Māori Tourism would like to thank you for all your support this year, and take the opportunity to wish you and your whānau happiness, success and prosperity for the year ahead. NZ Māori Tourism will have staff on board over the Christmas break if you need to contact us.


Māori customs and protocols go virtual

New research from Victoria University of Wellington is showing the extent to which information technology is becoming culturally important for Māori.

For her Master of Information Management, Pikihuia Reihana investigated what she calls ‘Ngāti Pukamata’, or the ‘Facebook Tribe’, a virtual iwi of Māori spread across the globe, who maintain contact with their cultural roots through social media.

Pikihuia says whakapapa is a central component of Māori identity. “With Māori making fewer trips back to the marae for a variety of reasons, I wanted to find out whether social networks enhance or undermine the authority of traditional whakapapa,” Pikihuia says.

She set about her research by becoming actively involved in whānau and whakapapa groups on Facebook. “Many marae, hapū and iwi have set up dedicated pages where people can communicate and find out how they’re connected—be that through kaupapa or whānau. Read more here.

TIME Unlimited Tours selected as a TOP 10 contestant for the GreenTec Awards 2015

Congratulations to TIME Unlimited Tours from New Zealand who have been selected as a TOP 10 contestant for the GreenTec Awards 2015, Europe’s largest environmental and business prize.


The future of Parihaka

Today, according to Parihaka Papakainga Trust Chair Amokura Panoho, there is a small community who call Parihaka home. Located about forty minutes south west of New Plymouth there are 15 houses on the land.

There’s been really important korero that we’ve had over the last few years… around a legacy that has been left to us by our prophets, a legacy built on the principles of peace, to have a place of solace, and to remember that conflict can be resolved by peaceful means, even though in demonstrating that our people were over ridden by the government of the time and military reaction.

NZ Māori Tourism Chairperson and Parihaka Papakainga Trust Chair Amokura Panoho talks to Radio New Zealand here.

Far North iwi refute user-pay system on 90 Mile Beach

Far North iwi members are refuting reports they will charge the general public a fee to visit one of Northland's most popular beaches. Ninety Mile Beach or Te Oneroa a Tohe will soon be co-managed by the iwi of Te Hiku o te Ika along with local government. Plans are being made to protect and preserve the area and, while changes are afoot, a user-pay system is not. Watch the full story here.


Waikato Catchment Funding Round Open for 2015

The Trust's twelfth funding round is now open for applications. The Trust is seeking applications for projects throughout the Waikato Catchment that are consistent with the Trust’s objectives:

•    Enhancement of wetland values in the Lake Taupo and Waikato River catchments.
•    Enhancement of indigenous biodiversity in the Lake Taupo and Waikato River catchments.
•    Enhancement of the sports fishery and game bird population in the Lake Taupo and Waikato River catchments.
•    Mitigation of any adverse effects of the operation of the Waikato Hydro System on the ecological environments in the Lake Taupo and Waikato River catchments.

Applications close on 31 January 2015. More details here.

New National Museum of Waitangi

Building work has started on the construction of the new National Museum of Waitangi. The new facility will provide a state of the art, secure, climate controlled environment to house significant taonga associated with Waitangi that are currently scattered throughout New Zealand. The museum will also tell the wider story of Māori-European contact and the ongoing development of New Zealand as a nation. The museum will open in February 2016.