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Ecotourism NZ projects

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I have been working at Tai Poutini Polytechnic over the last 18 months helping with a number of projects these include:

- Ecotourism NZ conference 2007 and 2008
- Developing the www.ecotourismnz.com web site
- Establishing the Ecotourism NZ advisory committee
- Marketing the ecotourism programmes

I am interested in the forum helping assist with planning how Ecotourism NZ will develop services for the industry as well as continue the dialogue that was developed during the Ecotourism NZ conference 1-3 August.

Next week conference feedback will be available on the www.ecotourismnz.com so it will be great to get comments on it.

Thanks
Sarah Caseley
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Ecotourism NZ

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Introduction: Brian MacKenzie

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I am Director of Planning & Development at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. I have been extensively involved in the development of the ecotourism programmes here, and a range of strategic planning & development. I came to this job on my return to New Zealand after 10 years living in the U.K. (and travelling extensively through Europe).

I have a background in social work, education and public health, and have researched - and written about - the link between ecotourism and public health (see www.ecotourismnz.com).

You can wind me up easily by talking about the tobacco industry, George Bush, the Third Way, inequalities, or other issues of social justice; and you can calm me down again by playing the classics, jazz or blues.

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Introduction from Nelson New Zealand

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Hi, my name is Noel Kennedy from Nelson, New Zealand. I am the Owner/Operator of New Zealand Nature Tours a small developing company that specialises in small group, drive & walk, scenic nature tours in Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, Richmond Forest park, Golden Bay and the West Coast of the South Island. Each journey seeks out stunning yet remote locations each with a conservation story to be told and involves authentic interpretation and a sharing of ideas.
http://www.newzealandnaturetours.com

I strive to adhere and develop a holistic approach to sustainability, whether in business or private life.

My background involves Rural Landscaping & re-vegetation, ecological native plant production & working for the Department of Conservation in Fiordland National Park. I also spent time working in the wine industry.

My interests are reading, carving driftwood, with rugby at the top of the list as the World Cup gets under way in France. Regular time is spent in the Waimarama Brook Sanctuary trapping noxious animals before a pest proof fence is built that will allow the release of kiwi, tuatara and other rare species.
http://www.brooksanctuary.org

I admire Anton Oliver, senior All Black who is prepared to take a public stand on environmental issues.
Yalumba for being the first wine company to be recognised internationally for its efforts in sustainability.
Rippon Wines in Wanaka for their determined efforts in bio-dynamic production and sustainability.

From involvement here I seek ideas how single, small, owner/operators can perhaps collectively develop ways to stand tall as authentic Eco-operators as opposed to those who merely green wash and perhaps have the marketing clout behind them.

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Hi my name is Will Parsons of Driftwood eco tours. I am a 4th generation Marlboroughian and retired farmer. I love to take clients on trips to places I visited as a child with my family and friends.

We visit isolated beaches, rugged hill country with dramatic landscapes and explore rivers and lakes by 4wd or kayak. A majority of these tours are accessed through private farms.

On the Vernon lagoon trip we travel to the historic site of the Waitaha tribe (Moa Hunters) who were the first inhabitants of New Zealand.

We will see a variety of native and migratory birds on the shores of the vast lagoon and surrounding coastline. We also enjoy relaxing bush walks tailored to individual fitness and interests.

Later in the day clients can relax on the beach, drink local wines such as Marlborough

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Kia Ora,

I am in start-up mode of Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown. (established in Canada www.ziptrek.com ) People sometimes laugh when I suggest environmental concern in such a place. I laugh too when I see the challenges ahead...and then get on with my work.

We propose to excite people in the outdoors whilst instilling in them a sense of place and brief taste that Queenstown has as a tourism icon and destination - through giant flying fox transport.

My background is sustainable architecture, outdoor and environmental education and a keen personal interest in everything in the outdoors. I am excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie in tourism as an educative and inpirational tool.

I commend the organisers of this forum (planeta) and hope that the concept of collaboration of New Zealand Tourism is continued and utilised as our key resource for a sustainable future.

Trent

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Administrative note

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Administrative note

As of October 22, 2007 the Ecotourism Challenges Dialogue has been viewed more than 4,500 times. There have been 40+ messages posted in the forum. In the photo gallery more than 60 photos have been uploaded.

A summary of this dialogue is being edited in the Planeta Wikispace
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/Ecotourism+Challenges

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Ecotourism Student Project

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I thought some of you may be interested in reading this project written by a student Kathryn Stewart. She interviewed Hiking New Zealand and some other ecotourism operators.

A link to the full report can be found at the bottom of this page.

Cheers

Mark Brabyn

Abstract

Ecotourism products and services in New Zealand largely reflect the ideology of individual ecotourism operators. These ideologies can differ from those expressed by academics and industry organisations, and some operators believe that the progression of ecotourism from a focus on the environment to the inclusion of social and cultural sustainability makes it increasingly difficult for operators to maintain a viable business. Different definitions of ecotourism also mean that consumers have no measurable way of knowing what principles and practices to expect from operators. While standards instituted by the government could ensure a base level of industry compliance, voluntary certification is currently the best way to guarantee ecotourism credibility. However, certification comes with cost and time barriers to the operator, and as it is a voluntary process, is unlikely to influence New Zealand

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Administrative note - This topic has received more than 1,000 views in the Ecotourism Challenges Dialogue
http://forum.planeta.com/viewforum.php?f=103

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World Environment Day

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FYI - This discussion is referenced in my recent World Environment Day talk. The video is online
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhs_aP4_5_8

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