Greetings to all of the languages, the various peoples, the representatives of the indigenous peoples of the world. Welcome, welcome, welcome.
Bring us the cherished memories of those who have gone before into the spirit world. Bring the customs of your elders, the richness of your peoples' ways, your traditions relating to your ancestral lands, to this great Summit. We as Māori take great pleasure in hosting you, in extending the voice of welcome, in putting out the call to you, to navigate your canoes to our shores here in Aotearoa, to our much-anticipated gathering.
Tēnā koutou katoa
Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitu te whenua.
As people disappear from sight, the land remains.
The underlying message contained in this proverb provides the theme for our Summit. Whenua (land) sustains life, it provides a tangible link with our ancestors and our history; it is our turangawaewae (our place to stand); it is our identity. As kaitiaki (guardians) this is the legacy we are charged with preserving and protecting for our children and grandchildren.
With the profound effects of climate change on our environment and the growing number of visitors flocking to our sacred lands we have significant challenges facing our industry now and into the future.
The 2018 Summit provides a forum for sharing our collective indigenous wisdom, knowledge and stories handed down through generations to guide how we can maintain harmony with the lands we have such a deep connection with.
A prestigious line up of speakers will give attendees unique insights into how they have integrated traditional knowledge into experiences for tourists, the opportunities communities have taken to grow tourism and the challenges ahead of us as guardians of our ancestral landscape.
We welcome you to Waitangi the location for our Summit; the place that has special significance in New Zealand's history. It was here that our nation's founding document was signed. On behalf of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance and New Zealand Māori Tourism, we invite you to join us in Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud) to experience our hospitality, share your stories and experiences, extend your networks and just enjoy the company of like minded people who are committed to developing an indigenous tourism sector that leads the world in protecting our places to stand.
Na maua, na
World Indigenous Tourism Alliance
New Zealand Māori Tourism