April 25, 2018
Iwi partnership takes wing
As Air New Zealand cuts services to many smaller centres, Ngati Porou has signed a partnership agreement with the national airline aimed at shoring up its presence in Tairawhiti.
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou chief executive Herewini Te Koha says the iwi and the airline have worked closely together for several years and are now formalising their partnership.
Ngati Porou will develop a Mount Hikurangi tourism experience that Air New Zealand will market internationally.
The iwi will sell carbon credits to Air New Zealand from its forest estates on the East Coast, increasing the domestic forestry options available for Air New Zealand to meet its ETS obligations.
Air New Zealand will support Ngati Porou as it seeks to expand its commercial partnerships domestically and offshore, including providing business leads into supplier networks.
Where commercially practicable the airline will include the iwi’s primary products in its own supply chain.
Air New Zealand will supply resources to support Ngati Porou environmental and conservation efforts.
There will also be a talent sharing programme between the two organisations.
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