Tēnā tātou, te whānau whānui o Tāpoi Māori o Aotearoa,
It's been a busy few months for both NZMT and Māori tourism experiences around Aotearoa. It doesn't seem as though the tourism industry has had our traditional 'off season' break this year - is this a sign of things to come?
Some of the things we have been involved with over the last three months include hosting New Zealand NBA star Steven Adams and his fellow players and coaches from the Oklahoma City Thunder, continuing our discussions with government agencies on a range of topics including tourism data, fresh water, infrastructure needs, and investment frameworks. Our work in the regions continues to grow, especially with many Iwi looking to invest in tourism. We have confirmed details for the WINTA (World Indigenous Tourism Alliance) Summit that we are hosting next year, and we continue to find ways to leverage opportunities to promote Māori tourism both within New Zealand and offshore.
We continue to work on ways to address and influence the things that we can, like training opportunities that can be done from ‘your place’ e.g. webinars, business advisory services and of course at ‘our place’ - policy initiatives like reducing compliance. None of these are overnight solutions but they are important for busy business owners and staff.
We are also working on ways to communicate news and opportunities in a way that suits you, our Māori tourism businesses and stakeholders. As part of this, we are revamping our email communications, starting with this, a quarterly update sharing some of what we've been up to, along with content to help your business grow.
By now, all NZ Māori Tourism members should have received their papers for the AGM next week - if you have any questions about the AGM, please contact Lee Beazley on 04 474 4682.
Ngā mihi nui, na
Pania and the team at NZ Māori Tourism.