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Mā te wahine, mā te whenua
– ka ora ai te tangata

Cousins Kelly Barry and Jaleesa Panirau stand in the shadow of their ancestral maunga, Te Ūpoko o Tahumatā, eyes shielded against brilliant sunlight as they survey the māra kai taking shape before them. Alongside the awa, they walk among recently planted fruit trees and stoop to observe the neat rows of organic seedlings springing up….

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Takiwā Tourism

Indigenous tourism has been a particularly fast-growing trend in recent years, with more travellers seeking a meaningful interaction with the traditional culture of the countries they visit. Here in Aotearoa – already a popular tourist destination – more than half of international visitors are likely to take part in experiences where they learn about Maōri culture. This presents an opportunity for flax roots tourism that gives travellers a genuine understanding of the history and values of Māori culture.

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