Mike Tamaki

In 1998, Mike was named the Ernst & Young International entrepreneur of the year. ‘Tamaki Brothers in Hog Heaven’ introduced the brothers Tamaki to your TV screens. Tamaki Maori Village, in Rotorua is now one of New Zealands top tourist attractions.

Mike Tamaki learnt the tourism business from the bottom entering the Tourism Industry in 1985 as a tour coach driver with Road Services NZ. As a coach driver he experienced first hand what people really wanted. No ivory tower approach from Mike.

In 1989 Mike and his brother Doug started Tamaki Tours Ltd. A humble beginning in an industry dominated by very big commercial interests, but the Brothers Tamaki had more than a business plan - they had a dream. Their initial venture grew to encompass a multi level approach to tourism with the formation of the Tamaki Maori Village under the Tamaki Heritage Group.

‘Tamaki Heritage Group’ today is a family owned business that employ’s around 120 staff in their Rotorua operation with a further 30 staff in the Queenstown / Glenorchy operation and a further 80 staff at their Christchurch Town and Pa Ferrymeade Colonial Village, an $8 million expansion of a Cultural, Heritage theme park opened in 2006.

At the Group’s main office is the ‘Realm of Tane’. An undercover light / sound and theatrical experience that travels through six different chambers from the beginning of time to modern Maori today. Future plans may also see the development of a Health, Spa and Wellness centre. Tamaki Maori Village has won several awards including:

. 1992 Best Rotorua Tourist Industry Business Award
• 1996 New Zealand Tourism Best Heritage and Cultural Award
• 1997 Finalist of New Zealand Quality Award
• 1998 New Zealand Representative in British Airways Award
• 1998 New Zealand Representative in P.A.T.A/Pacific Asia Tourism Awards
• 1998 Best Maori Business Award
• 1998 Overall Supreme Tourism Award Winner at the N.Z Tourism Awards
• 1999 Winners of the NZTB Maori Tourism Award
• 1999 Award of Distinction for Contribution to New Zealand Tourism

Apart from his continual pro-active role within the company, Mike does presentations and key-note speaking both nationally and internationally on business trials and tribulations. He has sat on and still sits on various boards including:

• Director for Maori Tourism sub-committee
• Aotearoa Maori Tourism Federation
• Director for New Zealand Tourism Board
• Director for Tourism Industry Association
• Director for Tourism Advisory Board
• Sub-committee for U.N.E.S.C.O
• Chief Judge for Bay of Plenty Tourism Awards
• Judge for New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 years running

• In 1998, Mike was named the Ernst n Young International entrepreneur of the year

• Judge for Miss South Pacific Beauty Pageant

• Judge for Miss Diamond central Beauty Pageant

Mike is also a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award, presented by the Rotary Foundation in recognition of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

And also appeared on various T.V. documentaries and series including; Holmes, Burkes Back Yard, Good Morning America, Morning show NZ, Documentary NZ, p.a. for a day and there own four part series of ‘Tamaki Brothers in Hog Heaven’.