18 May 2010

Marae tourism proposed for Rugby World Cup tourists

9:07 am on 18 May 2010

A tourism entrepreneur is looking for marae willing to open their doors for Rugby World Cup tourists.

David Tanenui says he's in talks with 18 marae around Auckland and other centres about what might be required for the venture.

Waatea News reports the Waitakere City Rugby Club member says he's concerned at the lack of a Maori dimension to preparations for next year's tournament and determined to do something about it.

Mr Tanenui says marae charges would start at about $80 per night.

A Te Puni Kokiri spokesperson says the ministry was concerned any such venture respects marae protocols and tikanga.