The country will require travellers to make the Tiaki Promise upon their arrival
New Zealand prides itself on having some of the most beautiful natural landmarks our planet has to offer. To protect its unique environment, the country has now decided to ask visitors to sign a document called the Tiaki Promise.
Originating from the Māori tongue, Tiaki means to guard. It stands for the principle of being responsible of caring for the land and for people.
The program was launched by the Tourism New Zealand as an additional measure that complements rules that are already in use, such as screening arriving travellers to ensure they haven’t brought in any outside animals or plants — or even food — that might affect the country’s environment.
“New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations,” Tourism New Zealand said on the Tiaki Promise’s official website.
“By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.”
However, the Tiaki Promise doesn’t specify guidelines that could remind tourists of a classroom chore chart. It serves more as a mindset visitors should adopt.
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“The idea of tourism in New Zealand is bigger than the border process,” said Stephen England-Hall, CEO of Tourism New Zealand.
“Tiaki talks to guidelines or guiding principles about how we would like people to behave when they’re in New Zealand. The idea is that we have a deep and symbiotic relationship with our environment here in New Zealand.
“You are welcome to come and to experience our landscape, but we want you to please be mindful of the fact that it’s a really important place.”
The full Tiaki Promise reads:
While travelling in New Zealand I will:
- care for the land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace,
- travel safely, showing care and consideration for all,
- respect culture, travelling with an open heart and mind.