Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


What The Hawaiians Learned From Our Maori Cousins


What The Hawaiians Learned From Our ‘Maori Cousins’

‘The Art of Raranga’

Rotorua, New Zealand – 29 September 2006. For many, the notion of talking to a tourism giant such as Hawaii about ‘how we do it’ may be akin to ‘telling your grandmother how to suck eggs’, but not so for Te Puia chief executive officer, Andrew Te Whaiti.

As a guest speaker at the annual Hawaii Tourism Conference, Andrew addressed Hawaiian tourism operators and the central tourism board about adding a cultural component to their tourism offering referred to by Te Puia as ‘The Art of Raranga’ – Making a success of Cultural Tourism.

Andrew says that the key objective is to get “mana and money without compromising cultural integrity.” To this end Andrew believes that the success of cultural tourism requires a delicate balance, or weaving ‘Raranga’ which is of great cultural significance to Maori.

Hawaii Tourism New Zealand representative, Darragh Walshe says that the sharing of the Te Puia model and experience with Hawaii proved both inspirational and invaluable to adding depth and breadth to the spirit of ‘Aloha’. Walshe commented that retaining the cultural elements of the Hawaiian experience is a key component in expanding the visitor experience and revitalising the tourism offerings available.

Walshe says that “like New Zealand, Hawaii has a unique culture and tradition and showcasing the native Hawaiian elements in an authentic way will offer not only the native Hawaiian people but also the destination an array of incremental tourism opportunities as well as affording these people an elevated sense of purpose and mana.”

Using the art of ‘Raranga’ as a basis for his presentation, Te Whaiti demonstrated to the Hawaiians the four key threads Te Puia use in weaving their own unique tourism, offering. These are; commerce, the past, the future and culture. “Pull too much in one direction, the thread will weaken and like a woven mat it will fall out of shape” says Andrew.

Following ‘The Rotorua Maori Arts and Crafts Institute Act 1963’, The New Zealand Institute of Maori Arts and Crafts incorporating the Whakarewarewa geothermal park was opened in 1965. Since then Te Puia, as it is now known has grown into New Zealand’s most visited cultural attraction. Totally self funded, Te Puia has since its inception had an underpinning philosophy of guiding and manaakitanga or caring and sharing. This has included sharing an extraordinary cultural and geothermal experience with visitors from around the world and caring for young people through apprenticeships in the world acclaimed carving school and weaving school.

As 2006 draws to a close, Te Puia will be well advanced in the next stage of its journey to contemporise their tourism offering through an ambitious expansion project that is a fusion of leading edge technology with traditional culture and art forms. Te Puia will be using “Wellywood’s” 3D creative workshop who are leaders in tourism interpretation to deliver a revitalised visitor experience that will showcase Maori culture in a 21st century context.


Andrew says that “the principle of guiding is an integral part of Te Puia’s identity and if others can benefit from the investment and efforts of Te Puia then it is all the more worthwhile, be this in the form of a memorable visitor experience or for another culture to benefit from our experiences as we hope Hawaii will in the future.”

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news