Nga Mataapuna Oranga Visit

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Great to catch up with the team at Nga Mataapuna Oranga PHO this morning! Looking forward to partnering with NMO to provide a digital platform that assists our people and local communities in Tauranga Moana with hauora and cultural awareness outcomes.

Na matou te whiwhi! #Hauora #Collab #NMO #Arataki

Culture vs Commerce

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What does this mean for you? For me, it means prioritising my cultural values & beliefs, before money. It means prioritising people before profits. It means sharing as much of my knowledge and experience with as many of our people as possible, for nothing in return.

Dont get me wrong, I’d love to make some money to pay some bills (and maybe even pay myself!). But thats not always first on my radar as CEO of this business, in fact its quite far down the list. I’m in this gig because I’m very passionate about Maori storytelling (go check for yourself at The reason I’m so passionate is because I believe in the power of our stories as an enabling and empowering device for our tamariki (I’ve seen it first hand many times at our storytelling events, the connection between storyteller and the kids is a golden moment). I therefore place a very high importance on our oral traditions and the integral part it plays in transferring knowledge, history and information to the next generation. I want my kids, and grand kids to know the stories that link them to our whenua, marae, hapu & Iwi. I want our narratives to be strong in the minds of our future generations, to provide cultural context and a strong historical foundation that supports positive self worth, self reflection and self importance.

If we can play a small part in maintaining the knowledge link between our tupuna and our tamariki, through the revitalisation and sharing of our stories, the reward of doing so far outweighs any amount of commercial gain. In my honest & humble opinion 😎

#Pono #CultureFirst #Purakau #TRWOT #Arataki

Arataki Cultural Trails Official Launch

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We’re officially launching our business on Friday 1st September in Mount Maunganui.

If you’d like to join us, please register with our Facebook event by clicking here.


Join us at Mauao (the Mount) to celebrate our official launch. Exact location will be advised prior to the event, but it will be near the base of the mountain and adjacent to the Mauao base track.

6:30am – start of formalities:

• Karakia (opening prayer)
• Waiata (opening song)
• Whaikorero (speeches)
• Waiata (closing song)
• Karakia (closing prayer)

7am – end of formalities

7am to 8:30am – afterwards, you have the option of joining us for a hikoi (walk) around Mauao base track, or breakfast (venue TBA).

Nau mai, haere mai! All are welcome!

Lee Timutimu
CEO & Founder
Arataki Cultural Trails

Arataki attends the NZMT Networking Event 2017

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Our CEO – Lee Timutimu – has been fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the NZ Maori Tourism networking event in Te Anau, thanks to Simon Phillips who is Director of Regions at NZMT.

“This will be our first official foray into the NZ Maori Tourism space as a tourism operator, and we’re very privileged to be among some of the best tourism operators and Maori businesses in Aotearoa.”

Nga mihi nui kia NZMT!