At a NetHui in Auckland in 2015, Māori discussed and shared their ideas about whether tikanga Māori crossed over to the internet.
A Lincoln University philosopher said it does, according to one report of the proceedings.
Indigenous Digital Philosopher, Karaitiana Taiuru says, “We’re kanohi ki te kanohi, you know their mauri, you can touch something and get the mauri and the internet, it’s nothing, it’s te kore and it’s hard to try and quantify that. But if you use the internet for the right purposes then it will have mauri.”
Here at Point of Order we trust we are putting the internet to the right purpose by drawing attention to the cultural and spiritual thrust of the recently released Tourism Future Taskforce Interim Report. It says:
This is a taskforce and report that from day one has been inspired by the Te Ao Māori perspective.
The wisdom and guidance received from Māori leadership has been incredibly significant to the thinking along the journey towards these [the taskforce’s] recommendations
The concept of “mauri” looms large in the taskforce’s vision for the tourist industry. Continue reading “May the force be with you – and it will be when tourist taskforce’s vision (influenced by Te Ao Māori) is turned into policy and practice”
As reports pile up on the success of vaccines against Covid 19, is it time for New Zealand to think of how it will return to normal?
The vaccines will not simply eradicate the virus, so governments will need to start thinking about how to live with it.
The London “ Economist” last week pointed up the problem for NZ, a country which it said had sought to be Covid-free by bolting its doors against the world.
“ In this way it has kept registered deaths to just 25, but such a draconian policy makes no sense as a permanent defence. NZ is not North Korea. As vulnerable Kiwis are vaccinated , their country will come under growing pressure to open its borders—and hence to start to tolerate endemic Covid-19 infections and deaths.”
The task for governments is to work out when and how to switch from emergency measures to policies that are economically and socially sustainable indefinitely. The Economist reckons the transition will be politically hard in places that have invested a lot in being covid-free. Continue reading “Govt funding for Air NZ is among the big issues around future of our tourism industry”
If you want to understand some of the thinking behind the policy response to the spread of coronavirus, you might want to read the paper from the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team, which is credited with accelerating the introduction of the current lockdown measures in the UK.
The paper builds a mathematical model for the spread of the infection and then applies another mathematical model for hospitalisation, treatment and death rates (both based on what experts think they might know so far about the virus’s behaviour and impact). It models possible outcomes for three options: doing nothing, mitigation (ie, slowing down the spread), and suppression (ie, stopping the spread until a vaccine is developed), using judgements on the effectiveness of policies and actions by governments and individuals to achieve these effects.
To simplify, the assumptions put into the model suggest that more than 500,000 people in the UK could die prematurely if the virus is ignored. Mitigating its spread could reduce this by half. The modelling suggests that suppression could reduce this into a range of 5,000 – 50,000 (compare this to the 10,000 deaths predicted for a typical flu season or the 616,000 annual deaths in the UK ). Continue reading “Coronavirus – analysing the data makes you think we could do with more of it”
The Times newspaper reports that the Nepalese government is planning to make trekking companies responsible for removing dead bodies from Mount Everest. This raises the question about how long the lucrative climbing business is going to last in its current form.
It is barely 65 years, less than an average lifetime, since Ed Hillary summited but he surely would not have imagined quite what it would become. Continue reading “Will a New Zealander also be the last on Everest?”
Those reflecting on the aftermath of the White Island eruption might take a little time to study this article in Discover Magazine by Erik Klemetti.
Published in August 2012, he asked the question “How Dangerous is Visiting New Zealand’s White Island?” and offered some sober opinions. Continue reading “A previous view of White Island”
Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis was reported by Radio NZ as saying he will not challenge the Prime Minister’s decision not to appoint an associate minister.
Whether he said this because he is confident he can do the job without assistance or because he did not want to be publicly disagreeing with his boss is something we might muse on.
According to Radio NZ, Tourism Industry Aotearoa recently approached Jacinda Ardern saying the country’s largest export earner needs greater representation at the Cabinet table, but she turned down the request.
Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said he supported the prime minister.
“We’re well aware of the interest from the tourism industry around having an associate minister but, you know, that’s a decision that the Prime Minister will make.
“We’ll wait and see what decisions she makes if and when there is a reshuffle.”
Tourism is the country’s largest export earner and was recently valued at $39.1 billion.
Continue reading “The tourism portfolio: if the minister isn’t doing his job, the remedy – surely – is to sack him”