Mike entered the Tourism Industry in 1985 as a tour coach driver with Road Services NZ and became the permanent tour guide/driver for Intercity Travel 1987. He started Tamaki Tours Ltd in 1989 with money made from the sale of his brother's Harley Davidson motorcycle - and has just kept on developing tourism projects.
Tamaki Maori Village is a family owned business that now employs over 120 staff in their Rotorua project and turns over in excess of $10 million. The company is regularly used and recognized throughout New Zealand as a role model for indigenous tourism business development. The Village has won several awards including the prestigious Overall Supreme Tourism Award Winner at the N.Z Tourism Awards (1998), NZTB Maori Tourism Award (1999) and an Award of Distinction for Contribution to New Zealand Tourism (also in 1999).
A major $8.0 million expansion of a Cultural, Heritage theme park in Christchurch opened in 2003.
Mike was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.
Mike has stepped back from the operational side of the business but is still a Director on the Board. He also drives several marketing strategy committees’s and sits on various Tourism boards.
He delivers marketing presentations and keynote speeches both nationally and internationally. Mike's presentations have been described as inspirational, motivational, entertaining and thought provoking.
Client Comments for Mike Tamaki
Mike Tamaki travels from New Zealand
- Mike entertained the group well and spent a lot of time with them following the event. They were alert the whole way through and totally inspired afterwards. It [the presentation] was great!
HQ NZ Ltd
"Saxton staff are always very helpful, professional and attentive. I found Lauren to be very responsive and very quick to answer queries and respond to any emails."
University of Queensland
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