At the Cordis evening in Wellington… Gaylord Lamy, The Langham Sydney; Franz Mascarenhas, Cordis, Auckland; Lachlan Harris, The Langham Sydney At the Cordis evening in Wellington… Gaylord Lamy, The Langham Sydney; Franz Mascarenhas, Cordis, Auckland; Lachlan Harris, The Langham Sydney

Building iwi connnections

Building connections with local iwi is the right thing to do, says Michael Shah, director of sales and marketing, Cordis, Auckland.
A visit to Wellington last week confirmed for him that Cordis is ‘on the right track’ in its efforts to pursue stronger connections with tangata whenua, Ngāti Whātua.
Shah attended the Tourism Summit Aotearoa, then a Cordis-hosted function for the hotel’s Wellington-based clientele. Shah says he was impressed that so many speakers at the Tourism Summit were fluent in te reo, and expressed a hope that in the future his own team could be similarly

eloquent.
‘I was impressed and inspired by the genuine efforts people are showing in their respect for the tangata whenua. One of the pillars of the new Cordis brand is that we become more connected with our neighbours and as part of this we have been meeting with our local iwi, Ngāti Whātua. We want to explore how we can develop stronger connections, and bring stronger elements of manaakitanga into the hotel. What I saw today in Wellington has convinced me that we are headed in the right direction.’

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