Whale Watch Kaikoura Joins Business Delegation To China   31 May 2012

Iconic tourism company Whale Watch Kaikoura will be represented in a business delegation to China this month that will be led by Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

“Whale Watch Kaikoura brings together Maori knowledge, environmental stewardship and pioneering business acumen,” said Dr Sharples.

“Asia’s Dragon economies are fast becoming the centre of gravity of our global economy with China at the helm. Leaders from our Maori ‘Taniwha economy’ are heading to China to strengthen existing cultural and economic relationships.”

A world class ecotourism venture, in 2010 Whale Watch Kaikoura took out the Community Benefit Award at the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards hosted by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) in Beijing, China. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within the global Travel and Tourism industry Whale Watch Kaikoura was one of 160 tourism operators from 45 countries considered for the awards.

Dr Sharples says the phenomenal growth of the Asian and Chinese economies is something the Maori Taniwha economy can relate and aspire to. Estimated by BERL to be worth $38 billion in 2010, maximising the Maori economy’s export and innovation potential will be crucial to its future success.

“We have no choice but to do what it takes to boost revenue and exports to support businesses, communities and families across our country. At this month’s FOMA Science and Innovation symposium BERL’s Chief Economist Ganesh Nana told Maori asset holders that we must ‘export or die’: we choose export.”

The business delegation is made up of representatives from a wide range of sectors including fishing, forestry, agribusiness, education, food and beverage, investment and banking. The delegation is part of an ongoing strategy supported by Te Puni Kokiri to strengthen trade relationships with China.

“Some of our largest Maori-owned farms, iconic tourism ventures and other innovative businesses are joining us – at no small expense to themselves,” said Dr Sharples.

Whale Watch Kaikoura’s Chief Operating Officer, Kauahi Ngapora and Marketing Assistant for Asia, WenBin Ju were named in the delegation by Dr Sharples this week.

(New Zealand Government)

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Archives New Zealand to rebuild Christchurch facility

22 May 2015 News
22 May 2015 The Budget confirms $6.1 million in operating funding over the next four years and $13 million of capital funding from... more

Budget 2015: At a Glance

21 May 2015 News
21 May 2015 Budget 2015 delivers careful management of public spending, hand in hand with investment in public services. (All... more

Business

NZ consumer confidence slips in May

22 May 2015 Business News By Tina Morrison
May 22 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand consumer confidence slipped in May as sentiment about current and future conditions eased. The... more

Consumer NZ vs Qantas

20 May 2015 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   Consumer NZ ramps up campaign to get Qantas's Jetstar to drop pre-ticked booking forms May 20... more

Living

Britain remembers the ANZACs - 100 years on

25 Apr 2015 ANZAC By Charlotte Everett
100 years after allied forces landed in Gallipoli, 25 April – ANZAC Day – has been commemorated in the UK officially for... more

A Kiwi's guide to ANZAC in Europe - our list of events across the UK, Ireland and beyond

24 Apr 2015 ANZAC By Charlotte Everett
Tomorrow marks the 100th ANZAC Day, and if you are a Kiwi or Aussie far from home there are plenty of events on to enable you both to... more

Property

New guidance on home construction

22 May 2015 Property
Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today released at the Certified Builders’ Association conference in Christchurch... more

Goodman Property lifts FY earnings 5.4% on revenue growth

20 May 2015 Property By Paul McBeth
  Goodman Property lifts FY earnings 5.4% on revenue growth, cost clamp down May 20 (BusinessDesk) - Goodman Property Trust,... more

Migration

Migrant exploitation Bill passed

30 Apr 2015 Migration
The Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) which cracks down on employers who exploit migrant workers passed its final reading in... more

NZ migration hits new annual record in March

23 Apr 2015 Migration By Tina Morrison
April 23 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand migration hit a new annual record in March, as more students arrived from India and China and... more

Travel

Two new tourism projects to receive funding

20 May 2015 NZ Tourism
  Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has today announced the Government is investing in two new tourism projects in... more

Chinese tourists to NZ turning off package tours

19 May 2015 NZ Tourism By Anna Lu
May 19 (BusinessDesk) - China’s tourism market, which is officially expected to be worth over $2.6 billion to New Zealand by... more

Sport

BLACKCAPS tour of England: First Test at Lord's Cricket Ground

22 May 2015 Cricket
First innings at stumps on Day One: England 354-7 in 90 overs (Root 98, Stokes 92, Buttler 67, Ali 49*; Henry 3-93 on Test debut) DAY... more

Critical Moments Will Count For Mojo Pulse

22 May 2015 Netball
Assistant Coach Frances Solia is hoping for a repeat result when the Mojo Pulse come up against the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015

22 May 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget - “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked.... more

Gordon Campbell Key’s abuse of secrecy over Iraq & The TPP

30 Apr 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
  For the past week or so we’ve been hearing a lot about the child-like side of our Prime Minister. So I guess we... more

Kiwi Success

New High Commissioner to Tonga

15 May 2015 Appointments
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today announced diplomat Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to... more

IkeGPS's CEO Milnes and CTO Toorenburg move to US

15 May 2015 People By Suze Metherell
  IkeGPS's CEO Milnes and CTO Toorenburg move to US to chase growth May 15 (BusinessDesk) - IkeGPS, the remote measurement... more

Recruitment

NZ's growing ICT sector drives more diverse economy: Joyce

15 May 2015 State of the Market Report By Paul McBeth
  NZ's growing ICT sector drives rapid economic diversification, Joyce says May 15 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's information... more

5,500 more doctors and nurses in our hospitals

15 May 2015 Recruitment
  Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the... more