12 Jun 2012

Maori delegation plans to attract tourists to Christchurch

7:18 am on 12 June 2012

A tourism operator in Kaikoura who has joined a Maori delegation to China to strengthen economic links predicts the group's work will help fund the Christchurch rebuild.

The delegation led by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples includes leaders from a range of sectors including fishing, forestry, agribusiness, education and banking.

One of the delegation, Whale Watch Kaikoura chief operating officer Kauahi Ngapora, hopes his company will attract Chinese tourists.

Mr Ngapora says creating further trading links will bring more tourists to Christchurch and their spending will help with the rebuilding of the city as well as attracting visitors to Whale Watch Kaikoura.

The delegation in China includes members from a range of other organisations and businesses, including: New Zealand Manuka, Te Matatini, Wakatu Incorporation, New Zealand Maori Tourism, The Maori Trustee, The Poutama Trust, Ngai Tahu Seafood, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, ANZ Bank, Kiwa Media, Aotearoa Fisheries and the Federation of Maori Authorities.