Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Head of the Fish Speaks

Image & Loggo Supplied by NZ Maori Tourism Council
Visitors and New Zealanders flying into the country can now see our capital city, Wellington, through Maori eyes thanks to a new documentary-style film available on Air New Zealand flights. The New Zealand Maori Tourism Council (NZMTC), the Maori regional organisation, Te Ara a Maui and Positively Wellington worked together to create the 18-minute film, which tells the story of Te Upoko o te Ika a Mauithe Head of the Fish of Maui. The film is currently featured on Air New Zealand’s in-flight entertainment system and is the first of a number of films planned as part of the NZMTC’s Living Landscape Strategya promotional framework that introduces the regions of New Zealand from a Maori view and adds significant value to the portrayal of the New Zealand experience. Living Landscapes expresses the important connection that New Zealanders, and particularly Maori, have to the land through genealogy and legends such as the Fish of Maui. You can see the new film on the Te Ara a Maui website – – plus another called Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui – The Prow of Maui’s Waka, which features the top of the South Island.

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