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Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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Tairāwhiti is building itself as a destination, not just a stop off, as New Zealanders seek to explore their own back yard more and more.  

This is the view of a newcomer to the tourism industry, student and Isite visitor information officer, Ewan Sinclair.  

The 22-year-old has a huge interest in the history of the region and is buzzing about the potential.  

“There are the stingrays, rail bikes, Rere rockslide… and the big events like R and V. There is so much to do here and Gisborne will establish itself as a destination more and more in the years to come.” 

Cultural tourism is another opportunity for this district.  

“We are a unique part of the country – the district is steeped in history.” 

The arrival of the pandemic Covid 19 has not changed his thinking toward a career in tourism. 

“It will always be a thing. People always want to travel and see different things. I thought I will study in the slump and come out when its booming.” 
Working full time and studying at the same time means Ewan is “very busy”. 

“But I enjoy doing it. It has never felt like a chore … I chugg along doing the reports and when I’m at work at the Isite I want to sell the region. 

“The job helps my study and the study helps my job. I feel so lucky to have the synergy between them,” says Ewan. 

The former Gisborne Boys’ High School student originally from Scotland says tourism was a natural path because travel has been an important part of his life.  

“After I left school I travelled to Canada and America. I was super lucky this happened before Covid. Travelling really opened my eyes to tourism. 

“I really want to see the world and show others the world too.” 

MIL OSI New Zealand News