High profile Maori leader and worldwide expert on cultural/eco tourism, Te Taru White, wrapped up a whirlwind tour to Canada having participated in major book launches of Calvin Helin’s new book The Economic Dependency Trap in Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Ottawa. As well, Mr. White was a keynote speaker at a the Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia’s Annual Stakeholders conference in Vancouver and keynote luncheon speaker at Pacific Northwest First Nations Economic Gathering organized by Tricorp in Prince Rupert. While enroute to Ottawa Mr. White visited with author Helin the famous Canadian literary and journalism icon Peter C. Newman (editor of the Economic Dependency Trap) where he was presented with a signed book.
Mr. White travelled the great distance to Canada to support what he describes as the cutting edge of new thinking around economic dependency which he views as a plague that has afflicted not only his people but people from all levels of society. He says
we can no longer sustain this and neither should we. Now is the time to act and Calvin’s new book will undoubtedly be a catalyst for this.”
He has been the past leader of the National Museum of New Zealand and more recently, the CEO of the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Mr. White has been a leader and an instigator of constructive change in social, cultural and economic issues in his country and is a highly regarded international speaker. He has a passion for the business of culture and is a lead thinker in the development of museums, cultural centres and cultural tourism generally.
He has recently established his own consulting company Te Taru White Consultancy Limited and can provide expertise on conceptualising, designing, building and implementing cultural tourism businesses in a pragmatic and cost effective manner. He understands the value of authenticity and authority around cultural knowledge and product and believes that culture and commerce must sit comfortably together .
If you get the culture right, commerce will follow” he says.