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16 August 2019

Awards offer exciting new ideas for Māori Tourism

Māori Tourism is an innovative and dynamic sector that must be able to continue to grow, National’s Māori Tourism spokesperson Harete Hipango says.



“Aotearoa New Zealand benefits from embracing and celebrating our uniqueness – our Māori heritage is a huge part of that.

“The New Zealand Māori Tourism Dragon’s Den, now in its second year, gives industry leaders a chance to connect, collaborate and work towards developing their enterprises.

“As tourist numbers decrease under this Government, it’s vital industry leaders keep up their great work in showcasing our unique Māori culture to the world.

“Māori Tourism offers authentic insight into our culture, traditions, environment and te ao Māori – the Māori world. There are over five million visits to Māori tourist sites each year.

“That’s why it’s so exciting to connect with industry leaders and see their ideas for ways to support and grow the sector. These ideas draw on generations of Maori experience to reach both international and domestic audiences, merging both old and new world technologies.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all those who won awards for their exceptional ideas, products, services and experiences, as well as the many more who participated.

“The previous National Government supported the tourism industry to grow and thrive, create jobs and showcase New Zealand to the world. We want to see that happen again.” 


Notes to editors: A list of award winners and their concepts is attached.


Media contact: Olivia O’Malley 021860125



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