15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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Research Symposium              

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The theme for the Symposium is - Making Research a Springboard and not an Anchor 

This symposium will feature a mix of presentations and a facilitated co-production workshop to agree on terms of reference to measure the value of indigenous tourism. The aspiration is for researchers to go back to their countries and undertake research on the value of indigenous tourism using these terms of reference, and reporting back at the next summit on their findings. 

The Symposium themes will include discussions on: capacity building in the industry, the commodification of culture, sustainable management of resources, commercial sustainability and socio-economic benefits for communities.

If you are an established indigenous researcher, or are a new/emerging indigenous researcher, who has interest in taking part in forging terms of reference used world wide, and contributing to an international research agenda, then this symposium is for you.

We also encourage the participation of indigenous tourism operators with an interest in contributing to the development of the terms of reference and how we can better quantify the value of indigenous tourism.


The Symposium will be chaired by - Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith PhD, FRSNZ, CNZM

Professor Smith is from Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou. She is well known internationally for her work on Decolonising Methodologies and Indigenous Methodologies. Linda is currently Professor of Maori and Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. She is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and the Maori Economic Development Board and has previously served on several high level Boards and Research organisations. Linda is also a former PVC Maori and Dean of the School of Maori and Indigenous Studies, a former negotiator for the Ngati Porou Treaty Settlement and one of the joint founding Directors of the Maori Centre of Research Excellence. 


WHERE: The Symposium will be held at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development (Hopuhopu), 451 Old Taupiri Road, Ngaaruawaahia, Waikato, from 18 - 20 April 2018.

HOW: Please register your interest when registering to attend the World Indigenous Tourism Summit or alternatively email Raewyn for more information. The symposium will be held in English and will cost $250 + GST for those also attending the summit and $350 + GST for symposium only registration. To register for the Research Symposium only, click here.

Draft Research Symposium Programme

Date  Time Session    
Wednesday 18 April                 11:30am               Coach departs Summit (Copthorne Bay of Islands)      
  5:00pm   Arrive at Hopuhopu                           
  5:05pm Welcome and orientation tour    
  7:00pm Casual dinner  
 Thursday 19 April 7:00am Breakfast  
  8.15am Karakia and Opening address  
  8:30am Panel One - Indigenous Tourism in a time of climate change  
   10:00am Morning tea    
  10:30am Panel Two - Contribution of Indigenous Tourism to Indigenous Economic Development  
  12:00pm  Lunch    
  1:00pm Agree terms of reference for undertaking research on the value of indigenous tourism - led by Prof. Linda Smith     
  3:45pm Wrap up and summary  
  4:00pm Networking/Free time  
  6:00pm Formal dinner  
 Friday 20 April 7:00am Breakfast  
  9:00am Coach departs for Auckland Airport  
  9.45am Maori tourism experience    
  12.30pm Arrive Auckland Airport    

Symposium Speakers

Tahu Kingi-Potiki ( New Zealand)
Tahu Potiki currently represents the people of Otakou as their representative to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu is the government entity for the Ngai Tahu tribe.

His early years included time as a fitter and welder, social worker and educator but more recently Tahu has been fully involved in Maori tribal development. He was the CEO of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu for nearly six years having previously chaired the Ngai Tahu Development Corporation.

Tahu has had considerable governance experience having sat on five South Island DHBs, been Deputy Chair of Maori Television, sat for two terms on Environmental Science and Research Ltd and currently sits on the board of Ngai Tahu Tourism. He has also sat on several other community boards and governance entities.

For many years Tahu has been a key leadership figure for the local Otakou Marae and Runaka (Council). He is fluent in te reo Maori and is an acknowledged expert in South Island Maori history, traditions and unique dialect.

Tahu was born and raised at Karitane and now resides on the Otago Peninsula with his wife and three chidren.

Beverley O'Neil (Bristish Columbia)
For more than 20 years, Beverley has owned and operated O'Neil Marketing & Consulting and Numa Communications Ltd. Prior to this she was the Ktunaxa Nation Council Director of Economic Development and participated in numerous Aboriginal and provincial Boards and Committees. These included but are not limited to the BC First Citizens Fund Native Economic Development Advisory Board, Tourism British Columbia, BC Wine Institue, All National Trust Company and founder of the Aborignal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC).

She's helped Aboriginal communities and businesses build their tourism programs, marketing plans and image through facilitation, strategic planning, comminications strategies, focus group coordination, training programs, and design of promotional materials and media relations. She coordinated and led teams that completed the 2015 Canadian National Aboriginal Tourism Impact Study, the landmark BC Aboriginal Tourism Research (2002-2005) and Blueprint Strategy 2005, the AtBC Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Accreditation Program and the Natioanl Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Checklist.

Dr Jason Mika (New Zealand)
Dr Mika is a director of Te Au Rangahau, the Maori Business & Leadership Research Centre and a senior lecturer in the School of Management, Massey University, Palmerston North. Dr Mika's research focuses on indigenous entrepreneurialism, indigenous managerialism and indigenous methodologies. Dr Mika's doctoral research, completed in 2015 under the supervision of Associate Professor Paul Toulson, Professor Annemarie Gillies, and Dr Joanne Bensemann, examined the role of publicly funded enterprise assistance in Maori entrepreneurship.

Dr Mika was an associate investigator in several Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga research projects including Whakatipu Rawa led by Dr Shaun Awatere, Te Pae Tawhiti led by Dr Robert Joseph, and is principal investigator for 'entrepreneurial ecosystem efficacy for indigenous entreprenuers.' Dr Mika is a former management consultant, business mentor and enterprise facilitator, and lead author of Te Pae Tawhiti: Manawatu-Whanganui Maori Economic Development Strategy, and coauthor of the Tairawhiti Maori economic development report. Dr Mika is a member of the Academy of Management, Australian and NZ Academy of Management, Small Enterprise Association of Australia & NZ, International Council of Small Business, and Te Au Pakihi Manawatu Maori Business Network.

Kauahi Ngapora (New Zealand)
NZ Maori with Ngai Tahu (Ngati Kuri) and Waikato-Tainui (Ngati Mahanga/Ngati Haua) links residing in the small coastal town of Kaikoura on the East Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Kauahi has been involved within the tourism and marine transport sectors for 25 years with Whale Watch Kaikoura a 100% Maori owned business.

He has worn many hats over this time from his entry role as a dedicated spew bucket emptier, right through to his existing role as the General Manager. Kauahi is a member of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Kaikoura Marine Guardians, a member of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund Panel and a director of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Naomi Simmonds
Naomi is a lecturer at the University of Waikato. Naomi is also a Research Associate with Te Kotahi Research Institute and is engaged in a range of Kaupapa Maori research projects pertaining to whanau wellbeing, decolonising emotions, land-based learning, hapu and iwi environmental management, public participation and Maori maternities. Naomi works closely with her hapu and iwi to understand community engaged and culturally responsive environmental management and what this means for the wellbeing of the land, water and the collective.

Most recently, Naomi has been awarded a Marsden Fast-Start Grant for research that will retrace her ancestress, Mahinaarangi's footsteps to reconnect with the tribal geographies along this trail. Naomi is a mother of two daughters and most of her spare time is spent at her marae, Pikitu, in the South Waikato.

Christina Leala-Gale
Christina Leala-Gale is the Sustainable Tourism Development Manager at the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, a position she has held since January 2017. Prior to joining SPTO, Christina, a proud Samoan mother of five, spent 3.5 years at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as Project Manager for the Finland-Pacific Project on Reduced Vulnerability of Pacific Island Communities to the Effects of Climate Change. Christina was a former employee of Samoa Tourism Authority, having contributed to tourism planning and development in Samoa for over 10 years. Christina's qualification in Economics has helped in her role in resource management to amplify benefits that enhance sustainability of Pacific island countries through genuine and effective partnerships.

15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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