In this episode, Debbie and Josie interview Porina McLeod, owner of Mauao Adventures. Mauao Adventures’ core purpose is to connect people with the moana (ocean), the whenua (land) and tangata whenua (local people). Preserving Māori cultural values is important to Porina and these values are woven through every aspect of her business.
Porina speaks about her involvement in Te Whānau Tāpoi Māori ō Tauranga Moana, a newly formed Māori tourism collective that demonstrates true collaboration and is an example of living systems principles, bringing diverse individuals together through relationships and structures to form a emergent, thriving collective.
Porina’s view of the world, how she operates her business, and Te Whānau Tāpoi Māori ō Tauranga Moana are all examples of living systems thinking and practice. We hope you find much value and inspiration in these examples of regenerative tourism.
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(Our guests will often use words from Te Reo Māori, New Zealand's indigenous language, in their interviews. We welcome and celebrate this, and for listeners outside of New Zealand for whom these may be unfamiliar, we offer an interpretation here to aid your understanding. For more detail, you can reference https://maoridictionary.co.nz/. We also offer explanations of acronyms and other industry terminology used in hope of making GOOD Awaits more accessible.)
Moana – ocean
Mahi - work
Te Ao Māori - The Māori world
Kaupapa - purpose, policy or values
Taiao – environment
Whenua - land
Tangata Whenua - “people of the land”, Māoripeople local to a particular area
Haumarutanga - safety, protection
Kaitiakitanga - guardianship, stewardship
Whakaaro – mindset, thought, opinion
Manaakitanga – hospitality
Whanaungatanga - relationships, making kinship connections
Kotahitanga – unity and oneness
Matariki – Māori New Year
Whakapapa – genealogy, lineage
Iwi - tribe, people
Rangatira - leader, chief
Pākehā – non-Māori New Zealander
Urupā – cemetery
Wairua – spirit, soul
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