from Mike's files

The continual growth soon established the company as one of the most successful, private owned Indigenous businesses in the Tourism Industry, delivering cutting edge, innovative and authentic cultural experiences.

Perfecting the balance between cultural integrity and economic viability in the delivery of cultural tourism experiences also grabbed the attention of tourism learning institutes, tourism and travel academies, and lead to the development of start-up cultural business workshops and keynote presentations at major economic forums.   

The company’s success  featured in a number of T.V documentaries eventually leading to the creation of our own highly rated  7-part television series ‘Tamaki Brothers in Hog Heaven’  promoting destinations, experiences, scenery, local characters and budding entrepreneurs looking at starting their own businesses.  

One of the pillars to our success has been our ability to continually innovate and indentify new concepts in the delivery of experiences and therefore maintaining the WOW factor appealing to both Domestic, International and Educational markets. We have also acquired various tourism businesses to diversify our mix of visitor excursions ranging from adventure trails and treks to themed accommodation and major cultural events.

Mike now residing in Queensland Australia yet works extensively with indigenous people around the world including projects,  tourism workshops and presentations with Cree and Blackfoot in Leithbridge, Val Dor and Vancouver Canada, Polynesians throughout the Pacific, Aboriginal mobs in Perth WA, Brewarrina NSW, South East Queensland and Maori in New Zealand.                                                                                                           

Formal Appointments:

  • Director – New Zealand Tourism Board, Maori Sub Committee and Judge 2001-2006
  • Director – Tourism Industry Association of NZ 2001-2003
  • Aotearoa Maori Tourism Board  Member 1992-98
  • NZ Tourism Advisory Board Member 1992-97
  • U.N.E.S.C.O Tourism Sub Committee member 1999-2001
  • Polytechnic Bay of Plenty Tourism Board (Chairman) 2001-02
  • Tourism Committee Rotorua District Council, New Zealand 1995-97

Awards Achieved:

  • Christchurch Heritage Award 2009
  • Golden Backpacker Awards (Australasian Best Indigenous Award) 2011-2012
  • Overall Supreme Tourism Award – New Zealand Tourism Board 1998/2012
  • Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year award 1998
  • Prestigious NZ tourism award for heritage and culture 1995-1999
  • Maori Tourism Award – New Zealand Tourism Board 1999
  • Award of Distinction for Contribution to New Zealand Tourism 2005
  • Recipient of the Sir Paul Harris Award (for contribution to tourism) 1999
  • Recipient for British Airways International Tourism Awards
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