With Matariki on our doorstep, it’s time to take stock, reflect on the past 12 months, and focus on the year ahead. Before we do that I want to acknowledge the passing of Dame Nganeko Minhinnick (DNZM), another true stalwart who fronted many issues so Aotearoa New Zealand was and is a better place for us all. E te whaea Nganeko, e kore rawa koe me ou mahi hei tiaki i te taiao e warewaretia. Hoea rā tō waka ki Hawaiki nui, Hawaiki roa, Hawaiki pāmaomao, moe mai rā. Paimārire!
There world is currently enveloped with several tragedies appearing on our screens in the UK, Syria, China and others and the one thing that constantly comes to the fore is the numerous acts of human kindness and manaaki. Ka mau te wehi!
In terms of the future, I know many of you are currently in Rotorua for E Rere!.The Future of the Māori Economy Conference.... Many of you will know that sport is not my forte, but I watched this yesterday R.E.S.P.E.C.T! Enjoy today's hui and tomorrow’s game if you are there.
Ngā mihi, na,
Pania and the team at NZ Māori Tourism