22 Mar 2012

Delegates describe India conference as success

6:02 am on 22 March 2012

Members of the Maori Research Institute's delegation to an international conference in India for elders of ancient traditions and cultures say the trip was an unqualified success.

Twenty-two Maori business people, academics, artists and kaumatua attended the conference, and then held business meetings in Mumbai and New Delhi.

Institute director Malcolm Short says the contingent from New Zealand was the largest of the groups from 40 countries represented at the conference.

He says the group certainly stamped the Maori culture on those at the conference, who were impressed with how Maori have retained their culture and language, and their ability to express it all through performance.

Mr Short says he along with other members of the delegation from the Maori Research Institute, Auckland University's Business School and several polytechs also presented papers at the conference.