Ngahiwi Tomoana:The Emiratis have demonstrated to us that they can come from a tribal nature of fishing and hunting and nomadic existence to become one of the world leading economic powers. And so, as the Emirati economy is leading the world, we believe that with Māori we can be a leading edge for New Zealand.
There’s been a maturity and a confidence with the Maori economy in expanding into Australasia and then further afield into deep Asia and we’ve had a natural association with Europe, but with that sort of confidence we’re now looking at exploring new markets, especially here in the United Emirates.
As the Emirati economy is leading the world, we believe that with Māori we can be a leading edge for New Zealand, shoulder to shoulder with the New Zealand economy and participate in this ever-evolving world economy.
Bahkeet Alameri:There are a lot of similarities between all of us, the Māoris and the Arabian Peninsula peoples, especially the Bedouin.
Pat Hokianga:We hongi when we greet each other, we have family values. In our language it’s our whakapapa and they have the same values within their family. It’s important to understand the Arab culture.
Leanne Henderson:The biggest thing is, that I’ve noticed coming up here as a Kiwi is that everyone’s really welcoming of New Zealanders.
Ngahiwi Tomoana:So be brave, be adventurous, come and learn the lessons of our brethren here, they have proven to be great kaitiaki guardians of the lands and of their peoples.