Feb 27, 2021

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Tourists want more Maori greetings (… and fish and chips)

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A recent report by Tourism Dunedin suggests that tourists visiting Dunedin are keen for more Maori culture the Otago Daily Times reports.

Passengers were especially disappointed with Dunedin as they had hoped, with it being the final port of call in New Zealand, they would see some kind of indigenous greeting or farewell,” the report said.

The report also found that passengers preferred to have Maori people, rather than the local mayor, greet them at each port.

The aim of the report was to provide an overview of what the city was doing well and what it could do better for cruise ship passengers who injected over $19 million into the Dunedin economy in 2008. Last year saw 64 ships drop anchor in the port with more then 100,000 tourists visiting the city. The report is likely to be sold to other New Zealand ports to offset the research costs, Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said.

Highlights of those traveling to Dunedin were the Taieri Gorge Railway, wildlife tours, brewery tours and general city sightseeing tours. “A lack of fish and chip shops and no Maori welcomes in Dunedin were just some of the comments from cruise ship visitors to Dunedin in the 64-page report funded by a $14,000 grant from the Dunedin City Council.”

The report found other shortcomings included postcards, for sale on the ships, of a Dunedin church that was actually in Adelaide; an Australian on board giving passengers a guide to New Zealand popular phrases; a lack of plain food and a lack of fish and chip shops.

For more information on this article contact hamish.[email protected]. Source ODT, Hamish McNeilly.

2 thoughts on “Tourists want more Maori greetings (… and fish and chips)

  1. A recent report by Tourism Dunedin suggests that tourists visiting Dunedin are keen for more Maori culture the Otago Daily Times reports. Now we should have to take action Against war and Tourism.

  2. When will Mainstream NZ realise that people come to NZ for us Maori? Why the hell would white people come to NZ just to look at other white people? When are people gonna realise that Maoritanga and its people are a unique treasure to this world and our life and culture is not only a cultural and spiritual taonga, but a taonga with great economic potential? If this doesn't convince the Rednecks, what will?

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