2015 SWUG Conference will be hosted in Rotorua

Posted in: SWUG NZ 2015- Aug 24, 2015 Comments Off on 2015 SWUG Conference will be hosted in Rotorua











Rotorua will host the 2015 New Zealand SWUG conference, nestled beside the cerulean blue Lake Rotorua, the township of Rotorua is home to one of the most unique tourism sites in the world. Aside from the breathtaking scenery of this volcanic-shaped wonderland, the 16 beautiful lakes in the region and the lush green of the abundant native flora, Rotorua is a geothermal paradise and the cultural heartland of new Zealand, The Maori people were the first settlers to New Zealand. The Te Arawa canoe landed at Maketu on the coast of the Bay of Plenty around 1340 AD.

Te Arawa people initially settled on the coast. Some five generations later, a young Arawa man by the name of Ihenga came across a lake and the disovery of Rotorua. This lake, which he named Rotoiti or Small Lake, lies to the north east of Rotorua.

Within Rotorua District there is still a significant Maori population today, with many tribes and sub tribes, each with their own unique customs.

While New Zealand is increasingly a multi-cultural society, Maori culture and values, are a strong and vital cornerstone of this country. Rotorua is considered the Maori cultural capital of New Zealand.

See the 2015 SWUG Conference page for more detail