The GlobalStoryConsultants Team

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the Tourism Industry including the developing and establishing of one of Australasia / South Pacific’s leading cultural tourism experience - Tamaki Tours ltd / Tamaki Heritage Group.

The continual growth and success of the company was soon acknowledged as one of the most awarded privately owned Indigenous business within the tourism Industry employing 130 + local staff delivering cutting edge cultural programs to more than 140,000 visitors annually operating seven nights a week across its two major cultural / Heritage attractions in Rotorua and Christchurch, with a third chapter to be built in Auckland.

Mike’s success in perfecting the balance between cultural integrity and economic viability in the delivery of cultural tourism experiences soon grabbed the attention of tourism learning institutes, tourism and travel academies, start-up cultural business workshops and keynote presentations at major cultural economic and tourism forums, where he was invited regularly to present. 

The key to his success lay in the continuing innovative redesigning concepts in product delivery, staff training, community involvement, integral integration of cultural sensitivities to mainstream,   branding, marketing and delivery of visitor interest attractions across domestic, International and educational markets.

Mike lead his team into further development of tours, attractions and experiences over the preceding years  in a diverse mix of visitor excursions ranging from adventure to themed accommodation, trails and treks to tours and re-enactments, major cultural events to in-depth cultural education programs.

His knowledge and experience in balancing values of cultural integrity and commercial realities has been widely recognised and regularly used as a model for sustainable privately owned indigenous tourism businesses winning several awards including the Most prestigious Overall Supreme Tourism Award  (1998), the same year Mike received the category as Ernst & Young international Entrepreneur of the Year, the NZTB Cultural Tourism Award (1999) and an Award of Distinction for Contribution to New Zealand Tourism (1999).
Mike is also a recipient of the Sir Paul Harris Award, a global award acknowledgment of appreciation for his contribution to humanitarian and greater understanding of cultures.
Now residing in the popular tourism mecca of Queensland’s holiday destination, the Gold Coast working extensively with indigenous peoples around the world including projects and tourism workshops with the Cree and Blackfoot in Leithbridge, Val Dor and Vancouver Canada, Tahitians and Australian aboriginal in Perth WA, Brewarana NSW and South East Queensland .

Directorships held
•             New Zealand Tourism Board
•             Maori Subcommittee
•             Tourism Industry Association of NZ
•             Aotearoa Maori Tourism Board
•             Tourism Advisory Board
•             U.N.E.S.C.O. sub committee
•             Chair for B.O.P. Tourism
•             Judge for Tourism NZ awards over three consecutive years
•             Economic tourism committee Rotorua New Zealand

Awards / Acknowledgments / Accolades
•             Christchurch Heritage Award
•             Golden Backpacker Awards (Australasian best Indigenous award 2011 2012)
•             Supreme Overall Tourism Award
•             Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the year award
•             Prestigious NZ tourism award for heritage and culture (4x)
•             NZTB Maori Tourism Award (1999)
•             Award of Distinction for Contribution to New Zealand Tourism
•             Recipient of the Sir Paul Harris Award, a global award acknowledgment of appreciation for his contribution to humanitarian and great understanding of cultures
•             B.O.P best practise Business Award
•             Recipient for British Airways International Tourism Awards

Companies formed
•             Tamaki Group Holdings (holding company)
•             Tamaki Tours Limited (operations / attractions)
•             Tamaki Brothers (TV brand)
•             Tamaki Maori Village (Rotorua Attraction)
•             Tamaki Heritage Village (Christchurch re-enactment)
•             The Realm of Tane (Theatre)
•             Cultural Tourism Business Creators PTY (consultation / advisory)
•    (booking retail/ wholesale)
•             Grab-a-Pass (online live booking)
•             Te Maori Art Gallery (Retail)

Business / tourism Experience’s
•             Full and Half day Tours Rotorua New Zealand
•             Adventure 4WD Mountain Excisions
•             White water rafting adventures
•             4 day Te Urewera National Park Horseback Treks
•             Overnight Themed accommodation
•             Evening Cultural experiences
•             Cultural Education tours
•             Indigenous Village retail
•             Chronicles of Uitara
•             Dart Wilderness Adventures
•             Glenorchy information centre
•             Glenorchy camp and cabin site
•             Realm of Tane Theatre production
•             Overnight Marae themed Accommodation

Projects / advising and consulting
•             Manukua City Council / Telstra Clear Pacific
•             Waitomo Caves
•             Ngati Manuwa
•             Cree Nation Youth Council (CNYC) Val-D’Or, Quebec, Canada
•             Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation Lethbridge Alberta Canada
•             Tahiti Tourism
•             Tourism Board of French Polynesia
•             Cook Island Tourism Organisation
•             Fiji Tourism Board
•             Brewarrina Economic / Tourism development NSW
•             Aboriginal Economic Development Strategies Banff Canada
•             Auckland University of Technology - tourism paper
•             Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Aboriginal Yanguwah night experience
•             Camelot Cottages Mt Tamborine
•             Kalwun Development Corporation (Paradise Dreaming Tours)
•             Nunukul Yuggera Yugimbir Nugi Aboriginal Dance Troop
•             Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Current Key areas performed:
•             Project scoping and opportunity identification
•             Start up, development of new tourism businesses
•             Negotiation and networking
•             Indigenous business development
•             Government Advisory

PAULA JONES: Accomplished Film Maker, Journalist and Story Teller

Specialty Areas: Research, Script Writing, Film and Television Production and Storytelling

Based in New Zealand, Paula has been in the television industry for 14 years working in all facets of TV production. Her first directing role was for the highly acclaimed documentary “Gang Girls” and has since directed a number of social issue documentaries including “Street Kids”, “Missing Out’ and “Lost Boys”. For the past five years she has been researching and directing the Maori TV series “Tatai Hono” and she is also directing the first co-production with Australia’s SBS, in a series “Once Bitten”.

JOHN SERENI – Experience Development Expert, Tourism Professional and Story Teller

Specialty Areas: Experience Development, Market Research, Brand Development and Storytelling

Based in Hawaii, John spent the past three years working for Tourism Queensland and is one of the region’s leading tourism and experience development experts – particularly in cultural tourism. He has a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and has lead Experience Development Programs for Tourism Noosa, Tourism Sunshine Coast and Tourism Queensland. John also chaired the Australian Regional Tourism Network for a number of years and was involved in shaping the industry at a national level.

Over the years, John shaped his craft in management roles in Ski Resorts around the world and has also managed the development of beach resorts wholly owned and operated by indigenous Fijians. His work philosophy is centred on ensuring a match between participant needs and experience delivery.

TE HORIPO KARAITIANA – Senior Executive and Leader of Indigenous Peoples

Specialty Areas: Indigenous Economic Development, Education, Multi Media and Strategic Leadership

Based in New Zealand, Te Horipo has strong leadership in Indigenous Economic Development, with a particular focus on cultural, social and economic transformation. Over the past 22 years, Te Horipo has taken on a wide range of senior management and governance roles in the Education, Technology, Graphic Design and Multimedia sectors. With a strong commercial background, Te Horipo holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

NADINE TOETOE – Experience Tourism Manager and Story Teller

Specialties: Indigenous Economic Development, Strategic Leadership and Storytelling

Based in New Zealand, Nadine has worked as National Sales Manager for the Tamaki Heritage Group since 2005. Previously she has held senior management roles in a number of New Zealand Tourism Organisations including Hells Gate and Waiora Spa and Tourism Rotorua (Marketing Division).

Nadine has gained considerable Marketing, Sales and operational tourism management experience and has built extensive relationships across the NZ Tourism Distribution Chain and Tourism Operator Networks. Nadine also has strong national operator connections having worked with the Maori Tourism RTO and holds a Bachelor or Management Studies Degree, with a double major in Marketing and Human Resources Management.

GlobalStoryConsultants use a vast array of experts from around the world specifically matched to your need, environment and location giving a local and international perspective on solution solving. 
It has never been about ' one glove fits all' with us, we take the time to go the distance in treating each challenge in its unique environment and cultural setting to creating the best roadmap going forward.

... Drawing from our pool of global external expertise, we cover the following fields:
• Construction, Building, Landscape and Architectural planners and specialists
• Financial positioning, planning and strategy
• Marketing / sales strategizing and implementation
• Business structure and governance
• Brand and awareness development
• Community involvement and consultation
• Private / public sector relationship development
• Cultural Education program creation
• Product development
• Brainstorm facilitation
• Existing business assessment
• Product delivery evaluation
• Customer appraisal

Because we know that every story is different, every project requires local input from experienced and gifted experts in various fields to bring you the best results.
Even in times of adverse economic disadvantage; it’s about taking your business, your product, your brand to the next level.

Mike Tamaki, Director – Australia

Mike Tamaki’s focus is on innovative ideas, with an overriding creative vision and inexhaustible energy to bring people and resources together on new projects. The latest project; storytellers, has taken him through the Pacific, Australia, Canada, North America and Scotland developing Global Storytellers. Mike is driven by a passion for telling Maori stories in ways that are compelling, original, innovative and always distinct. He is vehemently opposed to duplication of product and is driven by a will to grow the pie – as opposed to fragmenting it further.

Mike is at heart a deeply spiritual and thought-provoking “tourism agent provocateur” and is passionate about profiling Indigenous tourism development opportunities and issues.

Key Expertise
  • Project scoping and opportunity identification
  • Start up, development of new tourism businesses
  • Negotiation and networking
  • Indigenous business development
  • Government Advisory
  • Presentations and keynote speaking.
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