Maori wel­come for Princess

Cruise Weekly - - News -

MAORI el­ders at New Zealand’s his­toric Wai­tangi Marae have cre­ated a new mar­ket in part­ner­ship with Princess Cruises, cre­at­ing in­come for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and cul­tural con­nec­tions for visi­tors.

Held last week dur­ing a visit to the Bay of Is­lands by Ma­jes­tic

Princess, the new at­trac­tion is planned for op­er­a­tion dur­ing cruise ship vis­its and will al­low Maori-owned en­ter­prises to of­fer tra­di­tional art and craft as well as cul­tural per­for­mances.

Group Pres­i­dent of Princess Cruises and Car­ni­val Aus­tralia & New Zealand Jan Swartz said it rep­re­sented the first trade to take place at the marae since the sign­ing of the Treaty of Wai­tangi in 1840.

It had been cre­ated af­ter dis­cus­sions with Maori lead­ers on how they could col­lab­o­rate for mu­tual ben­e­fit.

“They were look­ing to cre­ate and op­er­ate a mar­ket that would show­case their art, crafts, and cul­tures be­cause it was, first and fore­most, about pride in their peo­ple and shar­ing their tal­ents and ideas,” Swartz said.

“For us... it’s about en­rich­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence for our guests.

“They have an op­por­tu­nity to get a taste of cul­ture, visit the marae - let alone such a his­toric one - and have a chat with a lo­cal and take a lit­tle piece of their cul­ture home with them.”

Shut­tle buses op­er­at­ing be­tween the lo­cal wharf and the town cen­tre of Pai­hia made stops at the marae, or meet­ing grounds, to al­low pas­sen­gers to browse at the mar­ket dur­ing the ship’s visit.

The mar­ket will now op­er­ate on an on­go­ing ba­sis dur­ing vis­its by Princess Cruises ships and other op­er­a­tors.

Pic­tured: Maori lo­cals per­form a tra­di­tional wel­come for Princess Cruises guests dur­ing last week’s visit to the Bay of Is­lands.

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