South Pacific Motorcycle Tours is commited to the culture of 'Kaitiakitanga', helping care for and protecting New Zealand and our precious environment. We are a strong advocate for the Tiaki Promise
, a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.
New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.Nau Mai, Haeri Mai Ki Aotearoa - welcome to New Zealand!.
Qualmark Silver Award
South Pacific Motorcycle Tours is proud to have received the Qualmark Silver Award for Sustainable Tourism Businesses. Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism's official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to identifying quality travel experience. When you book with South Pacific you know you’re traveling with a business that’s providing quality experiences and leading the way in sustainability.
Here's just a few of the things we do every day to support our claim!
- Recycle waste, food, tyres, plastics, metal, oils
- Reduce printing
- Use energy-saving air contitioning, solar water heating, and eco lighting
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products everywhere
- Adopting our Sustainable Procurement Policy - asking our suppliers what sustainable options they have too
- Buying locally and buying organic
- Always supporting our local shops and gas station
- Riding and driving with the environment in mind
When you travel with us we will be asking you to respect our Department of Conservation's Environmental Care Code and our Tiaki Promise by:-
Sustainability and Carbon Emissions
- protecting our beautiful native plants & animals
- removing rubbish (trash) and recycling responsibly (this often means taking your trash back to your lodgings)
- throwing nothing into our streams and lakes
- camping considerately
- respecting our cultural heritage
South Pacific Motorcycle tours are committed to sustainable tourism in New Zealand and actively engage in offsetting our carbon emissions supporting Tree's The Count. This initiative champions native tree planting in New Zealand. Our staff are involved with Volunteering Canterbury and Smile Dial NZ charity which include participation in planting in the Canterbury community.
'Kaitiakitanga' – meaning 'guardianship and protection'
A kaitiaki is a guardian. This can be a person or group that cares for an area such as a lake or forest. Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and protection, a deep kinship between humans and the natural world. It is a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view. It does not focus on ownership, but on authority and responsibility. Kaitiakitanga is concerned with both sustainability of the environment and the utilisation of its benefits. There is growing interest in kaitiakitanga today. Our policy is that every one of us, residents and tourists alike, can be ‘kaitiaki’ of our land. It is the way we treasure, protect and conserve our environment, regardless if we are living here permanently or just passing through. Each one of us has a responsibility to ensure our environment and resources are protected for the generations to come. You will be able to get a sense of kaitiakitanga through our staff and guides here at South Pacific, and our guides, in the way they talk about the cultural history of the area. We are proud of our beautiful surroundings and would like to keep it that way for many decades to come.
Manaakitanga - meaning 'hospitality' and so much more
Manaakitanga is a Maori word that loosely translates to ‘hospitality’ – it is central to Maori society and inspires the way that travellers are made to feel welcome when visiting New Zealand. At its heart, the term refers to the need for reciprocal hospitality and respect between different people, groups and cultures.
Manaakitanga can be broken down into three parts: mana-ā-ki which loosely translates as ‘the power of the word’ and reminds hosts to be expressive and fluent in welcoming visitors. Another explanation has the words mana (prestige) and ki te tangata (to the people) – pointing out the importance of enhancing the mana which covers the integrity, prestige and power of guests. Whether it’s the nation of hosting thousands of international visitors from around the world for a major sports event or an individual on their self-drive holiday, it is the spirit of manaakitanga that makes a New Zealand holiday unique. We at South Pacific consider the values of mannakitanga to be hugely important. We take pride in hosting our customers with the utmost care and respect, making them feel special and taken care of each time they visit us and use any of our products or services. All our guests are made to feel welcomed and comfortable, no matter who they are or where they come from.
The Tiaki Promise
New Zealand, Aotearoa, 'Land of the Long White Cloud. Our home.
South Pacific Motorcycle Tours supports the Tiaki Promise, to care for our people and place. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.
New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.
By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.
Nau Mai, Haeri Mai Ki Aotearoa, Welcome to New Zealand.