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Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watch Kaikoura

These tourists are on board the Whale Watch Kaikoura boat, Te Ao Mārama, as it follows a whale off the Kaikōura coast. The company is owned by the indigenous Ngāti Kurī people, who are part of the Ngāi Tahu tribe of the South Island. Ngāti Kurī claim descent from Paikea who, according to tradition, was saved from the sea by the great whale Tohorā and brought to New Zealand.

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Margaret McClure, 'Tourist industry - Tourism boom', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23204/whale-watch-kaikoura (accessed 23 September 2019)

Story by Margaret McClure, published 11 Mar 2010