Ko Mataatua te Waaka My waka is Mataatua
Ko Toroa toku Tipuna My ancestor is Toroa
Ko Putauki toku Maunga My sacred mountain Putauki
Ko Ohinemataroa toku Awa My sacred river Ohinemataroa
Ko Ngāti Hokopu raua ko Wharepaia toku iwi
My tribe is Ngāti Hokopu and Wharepaia
Ko Miria Patara raua ko Joseph Merritt oku tupuna
Kia ora koutou! Hello everyone,
I am a bit of a cliche actually. One of those travellers who sees the world and then returns home to realise that home is paradise. For twenty years I travelled and promoted and consulted on Indian tourism however the heart has its own compass and now I am back home in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I am still passionate about travel, but I loathe tourism. For me travel is about the people you meet and the things I learn but mostly it’s about the heart connection. I offer experiences that are priceless and unavailable on ordinary organised tours.
I have pretty much spent a majority of my life On The Road, seeking out places that people rarely see, living in small villages and fitting into families. These days I am in love with showing my fabulous country Aotearoa, New Zealand, to our manuhiri (visitors) and fellow Kiwis. I have worked as a tour leader taking small, intimate groups throughout India, and now that I am based back home, I will take you into Te Ao Maaori (the Māori world) and the real journey begins….I look forward to meeting up with you all soon!
Dianne Sharma-Winter – Tour Guide.