Otago Polytechnic

The topic of Māori business and tourism is both a personal and professional passion for Dr Sharleen Howison.

He awata ā-whaiaro, ā-mahi hoki te kaupapa pakihi Māori me te ahumahi tāpoi ki a Tākuta Sharleen Howison.


Her latest paper, written in collaboration with Australian researcher, Dr Freya Higgins Desbiolles, culminated in a chapter in the book ‘Indigenous Tourism: cases from Australia and New Zealand’. Their research appears in chapter 8: Understanding tourism through an Indigenous lens of NZ and Aboriginal Australian cultures.

“Freya is renowned for her work with the Aboriginal people, and as I am a Māori academic with personal history and interest in all things Māori including research and teaching areas in Tourism and Events, this was a wonderful opportunity to work together.”

This topic was exciting for Sharleen as a lot of her current research explores Māori culture in reference to tourism and visitor markets, particularly the Chinese. “The importance of authentic Māori cultural exchanges with our visitors is imperative to the growth of the tourism industry – in which the Māori people have a voice, place and pride in how their culture is being integrated into tourism in both Australia and New Zealand.”

The core of this research centres on understanding and underpinning cultural values. Sharleen and Freya propose that tourism be viewed through a prism of indigenous values, as this illuminates a different paradigm for tourism worth considering.

Their research was a critique of both indigenous cultures. It highlighted the importance of maintaining cultural authenticity, values, traditions and beliefs in New Zealand with Māori. Sharleen explains: 

 “This focus is very similar to the Aboriginal culture who are also working to maintain cultural authenticity, values, traditions and beliefs in the tourism industry in Australia. It’s about honouring and respecting the passage of time and history of the two indigenous cultures through authentic experiences for visitors that both educate and enlighten them.”


I whakaurua te pepa hou, i tuhi kātahi rāua ko tētahi kairakahau nō Ahitereiria, a Tākuta Freya Higgins Desbiolles, i te pukapuka 'Indigenous Tourism: cases from Australia and New Zealand'. Kei te wāhaka 8 tā rāua rakahau: Understanding tourism through an Indigenous lens of NZ and Aboriginal Australian cultures. E kiia ana a Sharleen:

“Freya is renowned for her work with the Aboriginal people, and as I am a Māori academic with personal history and interest in all things Māori including research and teaching areas in Tourism and Events, this was a wonderful opportunity to work."

He kaupapa whakaihiihi tēnei ki a Sharleen, nā te mea, e whakatewhatewha te nuika o tana rakahau o nāianei i te ao Māori e hākai ana ki te ahumahi tāpoi me kā mākete manuhiri, ina koa, ki te iwi Hainamana. 

"The importance of authentic Māori cultural exchanges with our visitors is imperative to the growth of the tourism industry – in which the Māori people have a voice, place and pride in how their culture is being integrated into tourism in both Australia and New Zealand.”

Ko te whakamāramataka me te taunaki i kā whanoka pono ā-iwi te aroka matua o tēnei rakahau. Ka marohi a Sharleen rāua ko Freya, me tiro te ahumahi tāpoi mā tētahi poro o kā whanoka pono taketake, nā te mea, e miramira ana tēnei i tētahi tauira whaitake rerekē.

He arohaehae tā rāua rakahau o kā iwi taketake e rua. E miramira ana i te whakahirahirataka kia whakamau ki te hāponotaka ā-iwi, ki kā whanoka pono, ki kā tikaka me kā whakapono i Aotearoa ki te iwi Māori. Ka matapaki a Sharleen:

 “This focus is very similar to the Aboriginal culture who are also working to maintain cultural authenticity, values, traditions and beliefs in the tourism industry in Australia. It’s about honouring and respecting the passage of time and history of the two indigenous cultures through authentic experiences for visitors that both educate and enlighten them.”

 

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MĀORI & INDIGENEITY BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

October 2017

Image credit: Glenn G, used under Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 2.0