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16 October 2015

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


Border Clearance Levy decisions

This week the Government announced their decisions on the Border Clearance Levy. The levy will be $18.76 excl. GST for air travellers and those arriving on private craft, and $22.80 excl. GST for cruise passengers. Read more here.

40 Years On

40 years ago 79-year-old Dame Whina Cooper led thousands of marchers along the Wellington motorway and crammed onto the grounds of parliament. There were no banners or placards, just a white flag on a carved pouwhenua or land marker post. 50 people had left Te Hapua in Northland making the 1,000-km walk to Wellington in 30 days. By the time they reached Wellington, the numbers had swelled to more than 5,000. Listen to interviews here.


The importance of social media for travel brands

Online firm Internet Marketing Inc has created an infographic to illustrate the major importance of social media for travel brands. See it here.

Waka Legend

Hekenukumai Busby is credited with reviving waka building and celestial navigation in Aotearoa. His waka have sailed between New Zealand, Hawaii, and many islands in the Pacific and he has made at least 30 waka, including several waka hourua (double hulled sailing waka).

Understandably, kaituhi Jeff Evans was a little nervous when he first began talking to Hec in a series of conversations that would become a biography, Not here by chance. Read more here.

Ngā Aho Award winners announced

The designers behind New Zealand's latest tourism campaign were among the three winners in the Māori section of the New Zealand design awards.

The Ngā Aho Award is a partnership between the Designers Institute of New Zealand and Ngā Aho Inc, the national society of Māori designers. Read more here.

Domestic guest nights propel August rise

National guest nights for August 2015 were 4.2 percent higher than in August 2014, Statistics New Zealand said this week.

For August 2015, compared with August 2014:
•    North Island guest nights were up 3.6 percent, and South Island guest nights were up 5.0 percent.
•    Domestic guest nights were up 5.0 percent, and international guest nights were up 2.6 percent.
•    10 of the 12 regional areas had more guest nights.
•    All four accommodation types had more guest nights. Read more here.


Global news network CNN goes behind the haka with All Blacks greats

Global news network CNN has attempted to explain the haka to the rest of the world as the Rugby World Cup enters the business end of the tournament.

The clip features several interviews with past and current New Zealand players, including captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, about the significance of the haka, while All Blacks icon Jonah Lomu performs for the cameras. Read more here.

Te Arawa youth get down to business

Te Arawa's young leaders have been inspired at a special day aimed at encouraging rangatahi to learn about commercial business.

Last Thursday's Rangatahi Business Day was held and hosted by Te Arawa Group Holdings (TAGH) at the steamy Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.

This is the second year the programme has been held, with each of the 11 shareholding affiliates nominating a rangatahi from their hapu to attend. Read more here.

Māori Arts Internship Programme 2016

Toi Māori Aotearoa, with support from Creative New Zealand, is pleased to be running the Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme which aims to develop future Māori arts managers, professionals and producers, to support Māori arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Māori who wish to embark on a career in the arts.

There are three paid internships available for people who are keen to build administration and management experience – in the arts area of their choice. We are now inviting applications from suitably qualified and enthusiastic people who are serious about making a career from the arts. Read more and apply here.


NZ Māori Tourism AGM

NZ Māori Tourism held its AGM this week in Wellington. You can read the 2015 Annual Report here.

WhaleFest aligned with district's environmental values

In just its second year, WhaleFest Kaikoura is shaping up to be a regular and popular event on the Kaikoura calendar.

Hundreds of people were attracted to the various events last year and this year looks no different, with speakers coming from all over New Zealand to share their findings of all things whale-related.

Kaikoura's schoolchildren are also in full WhaleFest mode now, preparing exhibitions and structuring their classroom learning around this year's theme, "Our Whales and Dolphins ... Keeping them Safe". Read more here.

Māori exhibition opens in Rio

A significant Māori cultural exhibition was opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday staged by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, based at Te Puia in Rotorua.

The opening featured more than 80 artworks, kapa haka, Māori songstress Ria Hall and ta moko, and was attended by numerous dignitaries.

The international Tuku Iho/Legado Vivo Maori (Living Legacy) exhibition coincides with the 450th anniversary of Rio's founding and will be open to the public between October 9-25 at the Galpao das Artes, Espaco Tom Jobim, at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens. Read more here.