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New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook, also known by it's Maori name of Aoraki, on Feb. 25, 2015. (AFP/William West)
The “Tiaki Promise” is a document through which visitors pledge to help protect the environment during their trip to New Zealand. Tiaki means “to guard” in the Maori language, and the document advises the indigenous people’s principle of taking care of the land.
CEO of Tourism New Zealand Stephen England-Hall noted that the promise isn't a list of "do this" and "don't do that" guidelines. Rather it is a way to put traveler in a certain mindset when they arrive in the country.
“The idea of tourism in New Zealand is bigger than the border process,” he said to CNN Travel.
He went on to say that visitors are welcome to experience the landscape of New Zealand, but they need to be mindful of the fact that it's a really important place.
Travelers can learn about the “Tiaki Promise” in advance by checking out the Tourism New Zealand's website or the Tiaki website. The Tiaki video is also displayed by the country’s national flag carrier Air New Zealand on international flights.
New Zealand is the eighth-happiest country in the world, according to the United Nations’ World Happiness Record 2018. Easy access to nature is said to be one of the key factors in the ranking. (iru/mut)