Kotahi Tourism: meaningful experiences
· Connecting people with place
· Developing cultural understanding
· Creating visitor experiences
Kotahi means ‘be one’ or ‘be united’ in Te Reo Māori. For Kotahi Tourism it means we are striving to find the connection between people and place in all that we do.
Our goal is to develop visitor experiences that make people feel a connection to places while also building cultural and environmental understanding.
Kotahi Tourism offers Poihākena Tours: Stories of Māori in Sydney, and partners with Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness to offer a 3 day cultural immersion experience on Yuin Country, NSW South Coast, Gulaga Creation Program.
· Partnerships, cultural awareness programs, mentoring
· Education programs
· School holiday programs
· Interpretation strategies
Kotahi Tourism Directors Hohepa Ruhe and Melinda Loe have more than 30 years experience in the tourism industry including business management (attractions and tours), Indigenous mentoring and development of exhibitions, tours and education programs.
Hohepa and Melinda moved to Australia in 2001 from Wellington where they worked at Te Papa Tongarewa – The Museum of New Zealand. After 12 years in Sydney working at major tourism venues including The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney Visitors Centers and The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, they moved to the NSW South Coast in 2013 and established Kotahi Tourism.
“We are not tangata whenua here…”
Hohepa and Melinda’s background in cultural awareness includes a 9-day program on Country with Yuin Elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison.
Hohepa is of Ngā Puhi and Tuwharetoa descent.
Ph: +61 2 4456 4848
Mob + 61 405 411 394