ANCIENT TREES BRING
NEW ZEALAND AND CLOSER JAPAN
Date: 22 April 2009
Two ancient trees, both tourism icons of cultural significance, have united
Waipoua Forest’s giant kauri tree Tane Mahuta and Jōmon Sugi, a giant cedar on Yakushima Island off the coast of Japan, have brought together two communities in a ground-breaking ‘Family of Ancient Trees’ agreement.
"The ancient trees project will add another dimension to promote
Japanese officials including Tonao Hidaka, the Mayor of Yakushima, arrived in
The signing ceremony will be attended by
Alex Nathan, Chairperson for Te Roroa Whatu Ora Trust, says the relationship provides a significant opportunity to develop into practical and tangible gains for Te Roroa as an iwi and as a corporate identity.
"Te Roroa is proud to be in this relationship with the people of Yakushima; we have a lot we can learn from their experiences and look forward to sharing our experiences and knowledge with them. This is the beginning, the seed."
George Hickton says Tourism New
"The family tree project is a living example of kaitiakitanga, or guardianship of the environment, a core value of the New Zealand Tourism Strategy. This project fits well with Tourism New Zealand's work in
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