As we continue to explore tourism’s purpose in a VUCA world, and how tourism can add value and capability to other systems, this is the second of three episodes exploring how tourism can support regenerative food systems, local food resiliency, and help shape local food stories. Both guests in this episode work at a systems level - utilising food related stories and experiences to deepen visitors’ connections to place, whilst adding value to local food and biodiversity systems.
We speak to Amie Young, Destination Development Manager at Great South, the Regional Development Agency for Southland in New Zealand, who provides a regional perspective on how tourism and food intersect. Amie describes the development of SouthlandNZ’s Food Tourism Strategy that recognises food as a key part of the Southland story. We spoke to Amie about the plan’s goals to strengthen local food networks and support tourism entities in enabling visitors to understand the uniqueness of Southland through food related experiences.
We also speak to Kaai Silbery, founder of Go Wild Apiary on the Chatham Islands, who gives us a local food producer and tourism operator perspective of how tourism can support apiculture and biodiversity protection. Kaai is passionate about wild food, endemic plant species, and her bees. She is a beautiful example of how one person can affect change in the systems they are part of by working across sectors and using tourism to tell local stories about the biodiversity and natural ecosystems of her place.
(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.)
Aotearoa - New Zealand
Rakiura - Stewart Island
Kaimoana - seafood, shellfish
Rēkohu - Chatham Islands
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