In this episode, Josie and Debbie interview Sarni Hart, Director of Coromandel Adventures. Sarni is passionate about helping visitors develop greater understanding, respect, and appreciation of our natural world in hopes they will choose to take an active role in protecting it.
Sarni is a model for how as tourism operators, we can be involved in taking care of the environment and communities that we rely on for our industry. She speaks to the challenges of working with varied and diverse stakeholders in communities, and to how their shared desire to create a better future for the Coromandel keeps them moving forward together.
We’re thrilled to share Sarni’s story, as a tourism operator quietly and diligently working for a positive impact on her place. Wherever you are on the regenerative journey, we hope you relate to Sarni’s story and find inspiration in her passion.
(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.)
Kauri - large forest trees native to New Zealand, often growing over 50m tall and living 2000 years, but threatened by Phytophthora agathidicida or Kauri Dieback
Kaitiaki - guardian, steward
Tūrangawaewae - "place to stand", place where one belongs
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