THE MICRO GEOPOLITICS OF (ECO)TOURISM

Competing Discourses & Collaboration in New Zealand and Brazil

a strong academic model that directly relates to our programs

This thesis was motivated by Dr Lima’s search for models of business that may enable local communities along the Amazon River to use the intact rainforest systems as a generator of small scale sustainable businesses.

Kuaka New Zealand is the key New Zealand model that Dr Lima settled on for this study.

The role of Kuaka NZ as a key stakeholder in small scale sustainable development has evolved through a deliberate growth in collaborative partnerships & networks. We are positioned as an enabling force between managers & communities & between Academic Tourism supply chains & consumers - especially USA College consumers.

Our Vision is 'To Enhance New Zealand' & Dr Lima's analysis of this approach demonstrates the enabling role we take with Regional Councils (local government), Iwi (Maori family groups), community groups & educational institutes to provide comprehensive positive Triple Bottom Line outcomes.

We are in a unique position of having a strong academic model that directly relates to the actual programs that we are running. We now base some of the readings for our Sustainability & Service Learning programs on abstracts & chapters from this academic work.

  ISMAR BORGES DE LIMA  Department of Geography, Tourism & Environmental Planning The University of Waikato   FULL THESIS

ISMAR BORGES DE LIMA
Department of Geography, Tourism & Environmental Planning
The University of Waikato

FULL THESIS

Kuaka NZ: an enabler & key stakeholder

  Kuaka NZ Education Travel’s Interactive Relationship  Graphic based on Figure 7.6 from Dr Lima’s Thesis

Kuaka NZ Education Travel’s Interactive Relationship
Graphic based on Figure 7.6 from Dr Lima’s Thesis

 
    • - Maraes
    • - Schools
    • - Estuary Groups
    • - Community Centers
    • - Community Health Providers
    • - Charitable Trusts
    • - Rotary
    • - Coach Suppliers
    • - Tourism Operators
    • - Food Suppliers
    • - Nursery Partners
    • - Department of Conservation
    • - Environmental Agencies
    • - Local Governments
    • - Tourism Agency

Our programs are designed to be sustainable, assisting students to give something back to the community & environment & then focusing on how the students can 'take this learning home'. We enhance the environment, the community & the students through real, purposeful, effective learning experiences that also improve the destination.

Students see how volcanic activity has shaped the landscape of Auckland from the unique perspective atop one of the eight volcanoes that ring our largest city.

Examine the great geothermal fields of Rotorua - how humans have harnessed geothermal energy & how this environment has shaped the culture.

Immerse in the rich indigenous culture of New Zealand Maori, through engagement in important traditions & being hosted overnight at a cultural learning center set in virgin rainforest.

Experience how this bi-cultural society has Maori principles & beliefs as part of the fabric of everyday New Zealand life.

Discover how New Zealand is the most innovative country on earth!
From the characters of Avatar & Lord of the Rings, to the global success of Kiwifruit, developing numerous adventure activities & enhancing our natural wonders.

New Zealand is the perfect 'education destination' to connect classroom learning to their real-world applications. 

Our local knowledge & field expertise will ensure that you have a well targeted, effective & enjoyable educational program.

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