MEETINGS 2017 puts Maori culture centre stage

MEETINGS 2017 puts Maori culture centre stage

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is on this month, and organisers are making sure that New Zealand’s Maori culture is put embraced throughout the exhibition.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says Maori culture is infused into every aspect of MEETINGS, from the set-up of the exhibition, right through to the welcoming ceremonies.

‘Our culture is New Zealand’s point of difference, and it creates a strong sense of place for people attending business events here. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else,’ she says.

‘Its core values underpin everything we do. They give our visitors a deep connection to the country and its people.’

NZ Maori Tourism director of regions, Simon Phillips says it is all about sharing authentic stories, people, and places.

‘It’s not a show, or put on – it’s just what we do. It’s about how we make our manuhiri (visitors) feel. We want them to feel welcome here, to feel at home. They may arrive as strangers, but we want them to leave as whanau (family),’ he says.

Before MEETINGS 2017 opens on the 30th of May, there will be a blessing of the space and the food by CINZ Maori culture advisor Ngahihi o-te-ra Bidois.

He says CINZ is leading the way when it comes to authenticating indigenous New Zealand Maori culture.

‘This has been demonstrated by CINZ ongoing commitment to honouring and incorporating aspects of te reo Maori (language) and tikanga Maori (values) into major events such as MEETINGS. Maori culture is not just something CINZ does, it is who we are,’ he explains.

There will be 19 regions of New Zealand represented on the show floor, all of which have something different to offer on a cultural level.


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