Cruise passengers to donate towards Mauao Trust
Donations from Tauranga cruise passengers during the 2018-2019 cruise ship season will go towards developing signage and interpretation for Mauao.
Volunteer cruise ambassadors, recruited and trained by Tourism Bay of Plenty, collected over $3,000 during the last cruise season. The funds will be given to the Mauao Trust and Mga Poutiriao o Mauao to develop signage and interpretation that will showcase the history and cultural significance of Mauao.
Tourism Bay of Plenty chief executive Kristin Dunne says storytelling is an important piece of a region’s infrastructure.
“Our region has a rich cultural history to share. We know visitors want to understand the history of where they are visiting and the people that live there.
“Our volunteer cruise ambassadors are passionate about ensuring the passengers have a fantastic visit to the Bay of Plenty. Mauao is a special experience for many of our cruise passengers and so we are proud to facilitate a donation to the Mauao Trust.”
In 2018, Tourism Bay of Plenty became a Destination Management Organisation ‘to ensure regenerative management of the region and a balance between tourism growth and protection of our taonga. Collaborating with iwi is fundamental if we are to be authentic in our storytelling,’ says Kristin.
The Mauao historic reserve is owned by local iwi Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga in the form of the Mauao Trust. The reserve is managed by Nga Poutiriao o Mauao joint administration board between Tauranga City Council and iwi of Tauranga Moana.
Tourism Bay of Plenty is currently seeking applications for Cruise Ambassadors for the upcoming cruise season. Those interested should call the office on +64 7 577 6234.