Press Release – Maori TV
Maori Television enters the world of Maori tourism in PUMANAWA: CELEBRATING MAORI IN BUSINESS , a new informative and light-hearted series, premiering Monday, March 25 at 9:30pm.13th March 2013
New Show Celebrates Maori in Business
Maori Television enters the world of Maori tourism in PUMANAWA: CELEBRATING MAORI IN BUSINESS, a new informative and light-hearted series, premiering Monday, March 25 at 9:30pm.
This 13-episode series showcases a variety of tourism businesses, ranging from large iwi-owned entities to small operations.
Producer Elise Francis says PUMANAWA is about being inspirational and practical. “We ask the operators what advice they have to give others wanting to venture into the industry and what they’ve learned.”
Businesses featured include Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua, in which owner Wetini Mitai-Ngatai used his passion for kapa haka to create a unique cultural experience and Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa, where a once lost treasure has been recreated in the 21st century.
“We ask each business how they have dealt with combining cultural practices with business practices and how being Maori is an advantage in the industry,” says Elise.
As a contrast, PUMANAWA will also feature Maori operated businesses that sell or market a non-Maori product and look at the obstacles they have faced.
PUMANAWA also explores the history of Maori tourism highlighting some of the famous attractions that lead visitors here in the past and how they are still attracting visitors today.
Tune in to PUMANAWA: CELEBRATING MAORI IN BUSINESS on Maori Television from Monday, March 25 at 9:30pm