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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.”