More investment for Maori tourism

Funding for Maori Tourism will help Maori tourism operators on East Coast to expand their businesses.

Funding for Maori Tourism will help Maori tourism operators on East Coast to expand their businesses.

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A MULTIMILLION-dollar nationwide investment in Maori development and tourism will help fund the creation of a Ngati Porou tourism strategy on the east coast, Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) says.

As the Government’s principal adviser on the Crown’s relationship with Maori, TPK yesterday signed agreements with the Maori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) and NZ Maori Tourism (NZMT) ahead of plans to invest more than $15 million into both agencies over the next three years.

TPK chief executive Michelle Hippolite said the agency had a major commitment to smart and innovative investment that supports Maori-led development and better outcomes for whanau, hapu and iwi Maori.

“Both MWDI and NZMT are leading lights in their field of work and share a track record of success and commitment to get more Maori into business,” Ms Hoppolite said.

The agreement between MWDI and Te Puni Kokiri will invest $3.7m over the next two years in mentoring, advice and support services so more Maori women can start new enterprises or expand their existing enterprises. A great example of their mahi is HineBoss, a programme that supports business set up and boosting business to where the owners want them to be.

The agreement between Te Puni Kokiri and NZMT gives effect to the Budget 17 commitment that extends their current annual investment by $10 million over four years.

The Budget 2017 funding for Maori Tourism will help Maori tourism operators on the East Coast and around New Zealand by providing support to accelerate business growth, leverage Maori storytelling to enhance East Coast tourism, and provide support for Maori tourism operators to make international connections (an example of this would be participating in tourism, trade and cultural delegations).

“New Zealand Maori Tourism works closely with a number of agencies, including Te Puni Kokiri, and other government agencies (MBIE, NZTE, MFAT) on a range of initiatives that help to grow and support Maori tourism businesses, and we will continue to do so. New Zealand Maori Tourism has in the last week worked closely with Toitu Ngati Porou and Te Puni Kokiri, in visiting a number of communities in the Tairawhiti region to discuss tourism opportunities and challenges with a view to informing an eventual Ngati Porou tourism strategy.”

The Maori economy and asset base has grown significantly over the previous years. In 2001 the asset base of the Maori economy was estimated at $9.4 billion, in 2013 it was estimated to have reached $42.6 billion. The Maori economy is a significant and increasingly important participant and contributor to New Zealand’s economy. These two partnerships will continue to add value at the national and local level.

The latest investment follows an earlier $100,000 commitment from TPK to fund a Maori tourism project development team in Gisborne’s regional economic development agency Activate Tairawhiti.

A MULTIMILLION-dollar nationwide investment in Maori development and tourism will help fund the creation of a Ngati Porou tourism strategy on the east coast, Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) says.

As the Government’s principal adviser on the Crown’s relationship with Maori, TPK yesterday signed agreements with the Maori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) and NZ Maori Tourism (NZMT) ahead of plans to invest more than $15 million into both agencies over the next three years.

TPK chief executive Michelle Hippolite said the agency had a major commitment to smart and innovative investment that supports Maori-led development and better outcomes for whanau, hapu and iwi Maori.

“Both MWDI and NZMT are leading lights in their field of work and share a track record of success and commitment to get more Maori into business,” Ms Hoppolite said.

The agreement between MWDI and Te Puni Kokiri will invest $3.7m over the next two years in mentoring, advice and support services so more Maori women can start new enterprises or expand their existing enterprises. A great example of their mahi is HineBoss, a programme that supports business set up and boosting business to where the owners want them to be.

The agreement between Te Puni Kokiri and NZMT gives effect to the Budget 17 commitment that extends their current annual investment by $10 million over four years.

The Budget 2017 funding for Maori Tourism will help Maori tourism operators on the East Coast and around New Zealand by providing support to accelerate business growth, leverage Maori storytelling to enhance East Coast tourism, and provide support for Maori tourism operators to make international connections (an example of this would be participating in tourism, trade and cultural delegations).

“New Zealand Maori Tourism works closely with a number of agencies, including Te Puni Kokiri, and other government agencies (MBIE, NZTE, MFAT) on a range of initiatives that help to grow and support Maori tourism businesses, and we will continue to do so. New Zealand Maori Tourism has in the last week worked closely with Toitu Ngati Porou and Te Puni Kokiri, in visiting a number of communities in the Tairawhiti region to discuss tourism opportunities and challenges with a view to informing an eventual Ngati Porou tourism strategy.”

The Maori economy and asset base has grown significantly over the previous years. In 2001 the asset base of the Maori economy was estimated at $9.4 billion, in 2013 it was estimated to have reached $42.6 billion. The Maori economy is a significant and increasingly important participant and contributor to New Zealand’s economy. These two partnerships will continue to add value at the national and local level.

The latest investment follows an earlier $100,000 commitment from TPK to fund a Maori tourism project development team in Gisborne’s regional economic development agency Activate Tairawhiti.

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