TOURISM_091013_Medium.JPGToitu Otago Settlers Museum acting
director Jennifer Evans highlights the prominence of Maori
and Chinese heritage within Dunedin and Otago during a
cross-cultural tourism symposium at the Otago Polytechnic
yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
More of Dunedin's Maori and Chinese stories will be
shared, and more will develop, through the work of tourism
professionals and academics in the city.
About 40 people gathered for the Otago Polytechnic's
Cross-Cultural Tourism Symposium in Dunedin yesterday,
including Ngai Tahu kaumatua Sir Tipene O'Regan and Chinese
professor Kaye Chon of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
They were keynote speakers at the event, which also involved
Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton, Dunedin
Chinese Garden manager Margot Reid, University of Otago
senior tourism lecturer Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Whale
Watch Kaikoura operations manager Kauahi Ngapora and Toitu
Otago Settlers Museum acting director Jennifer Evans.
Ms Evans said Dunedin's three main cultural stakeholders were
recognised as being Maori, Scottish and Chinese.
Artefacts and information at the museum reflected their
importance in the community, both historic and modern, she
Visitors to the redeveloped museum had commented on the
increased prevalence of Maori and Chinese displays, which
would be further developed, Ms Evans said.
Although Chinese visitors to Dunedin were largely not aware
of the city's Chinese history, and that of the wider Otago
region, they were thrilled to discover it, she said.
Dunedin's sister-city relationship with Shanghai was
important to both the museum and Chinese garden, through
which further links would be forged with Chinese
institutions, Ms Evans said.
The symposium was hosted by Otago Polytechnic's principal
business lecturer, Dr Sharleen Howison.