Tumatanui: Te Puia, the next forty years: Stories of those guiding The Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rotorua: (A bicultural research project).

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Taurima, W.
Cash, M.
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Tena koe, tena koutou katoa Greetings one and all ... This narrative-based research project presents stories from a sample of key decision-makers guiding the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rotorua, an icon of the New Zealand tourism industry. In recent years the Institute, founded by Act of Parliament in 1963, to ?preserve Maori arts and crafts? has celebrated its first 40 years in operation, a milestone that marks it out as a ?long-lasting company?. For this reason, we have titled this study ?The next forty years?.The Institute is now part of a recently re-branded tourism centre, called Te Puia,which presents the face of Maoridom to the world. But the Institute remains intact as an essential part of the whole cultural experience presented to the visitor at Te Puia. It is important that the reader knows that these stories were given to us at a time when the total complex was still known as the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. The research project invited the participants (in our view, the true researchers) to reflect critically on their experience in the two inter-twined worlds that are key to the success of their venture, that of the preservation of Maori arts and crafts, and that of presenting a unique cultural experience to the visitor to their very special traditional site, the geothermal valley (Te Whakarewarewa). The stories presented here give us important insights into how the Institute reconciles these two interdependent worlds. Our own research story is included to give another dimension to the strategic and cultural conversation that the project engendered. Through these stories and the critical refl ections that accompany them, we are invited to look in an appreciative way at this unique cultural venture. The aim of the series has always been to hear the stories ?from within?, giving what we call Tumatanui, the view from within the Institute at a signifi cant moment in its history. We are looking for the spirit of the place, the things that make a difference. We are eternally grateful to our knowledge-carriers who came forward with their insightful stories. We hope that you also will find them enlightening.
(2005) Tumatanui: Te Puia, the next forty years: Stories of those guiding The Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rotorua: (A bicultural research project) (The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Monographs in Maori Business: Breaking the Boundaries No. 4). Lower Hutt, New Zealand: The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
The Mataatua Declaration on the Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples (1993): An excerpt Declaration of the First International Conference on the Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Whakatane, June 1993) We - Declare that Indigenous Peoples of the world have a right to self-determination, and in exercising that right must be recognised as the exclusive owners of their culture and intellectual property - Acknowledge that Indigenous Peoples of the world have a commonality of experiences relating to the exploitation of their cultural and intellectual property - Affirm that the knowledge of Indigenous Peoples of the world is of benefit to all humanity - Recognise that Indigenous Peoples are capable of managing their traditional knowledge themselves, but are willing to offer it to all humanity provided that their fundamental rights to define and control this knowledge are protected by the international community - Insist that the first beneficiaries of indigenous knowledge, culture and intellectual property rights must be the direct indigenous descendants of such knowledge - Declare that all forms of discrimination and exploitation of Indigenous Peoples, indigenous knowledge and indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights must cease. [www.tpk.govt.nz/publications/docs/tangata/app-e.html] In accordance with the Mataatua Declaration, the protocol used in this research project aims to protect the moral rights of the indigenous knowledge-carriers. In accordance with this protocol, no material from the following stories should be used in any form without prior approval of the authors of the stories.
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