Inaction sees missed opportunities

LETTER

When Tourism Eastland was operating, people all over the world could easily check on Google for details about tourism in this region. Now it is lost, because of a name people don’t know. Ratepayers are coughing up big money for nothing.

What prompted me to write this is a series of opportunities I have tried to discuss with Activate Tairawhiti via manager Steve Breen. After several visits to its office for a meeting, there has been no response. Documents were also emailed.

I have to show ratepayers serious missed opportunities for promoting Eastland via my contacts and work for this region. This had to do with 33 important businessmen who visited here last week from Wellington, Auckland and Nelson. I mentioned this some months ago in The Gisborne Herald. For example, my brother-in-law owns pine forests, has been chairman of the stock exchange and is a director of Petroleum Logistics (which sells cheaper fuel through our fishing club).

While here they visited Millton Vineyard, the fishing club, key tourism locations and a lodge. They also visted Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, East Cape lighthouse, Lottin Point, Hicks Bay and Waihau Bay.

Tony Robinson has also visted my cousins in France, who are involved with the America’s Cup, at L’Orient in Brittany. Could some French people visit Gisborne during the next challenge? They did before.

AT should support long-standing policy of Tourism Eastland and the NZ Recreational Fishing Council. Crayfish inequity is important for locals and tourism. A recreational marine park off Gisborne is supported by the fishing club, Tairawhiti Residents Association, various clubs, Dive Tatapouri and formerly Tourism Eastland.

So my disappointment has to be known. My suggestion the 33 businesspeople meet our Mayor was declined by them — all due to no reply from AT.

Alain Jorion

Footnote response from Eastland Community Trust CEO Gavin Murphy:

Firstly, we thank Alain for his passionate representation of our region.

For those worried about finding our region online, rest assured all roads lead to the Gisborne Tairawhiti website — including the gisbornenz.com site built and managed by Tourism Eastland up until last year. The team at Activate and Tourism Eastland are also fervent advocates of the region and are pleased to host visiting dignitaries at any opportunity, now and into the future.

We also thank Alain for his advocacy of the recreational crayfish quota. We recognise he has been in contact with the Activate office regarding this and that, in embedding new staff and establishing a new regional strategy for tourism, this has gone on the back-burner. Management of the region’s fish and crayfish stocks is complex and isn’t something that has been on Activate’s agenda to date. However, we are happy to take a look at it with industry and recreational fishers in the future. Until we can make an informed decision, it would seem prudent to rely on the expertise of MPI to strike the right balance between the commercial and recreational catch.

When Tourism Eastland was operating, people all over the world could easily check on Google for details about tourism in this region. Now it is lost, because of a name people don’t know. Ratepayers are coughing up big money for nothing.

What prompted me to write this is a series of opportunities I have tried to discuss with Activate Tairawhiti via manager Steve Breen. After several visits to its office for a meeting, there has been no response. Documents were also emailed.

I have to show ratepayers serious missed opportunities for promoting Eastland via my contacts and work for this region. This had to do with 33 important businessmen who visited here last week from Wellington, Auckland and Nelson. I mentioned this some months ago in The Gisborne Herald. For example, my brother-in-law owns pine forests, has been chairman of the stock exchange and is a director of Petroleum Logistics (which sells cheaper fuel through our fishing club).

While here they visited Millton Vineyard, the fishing club, key tourism locations and a lodge. They also visted Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, East Cape lighthouse, Lottin Point, Hicks Bay and Waihau Bay.

Tony Robinson has also visted my cousins in France, who are involved with the America’s Cup, at L’Orient in Brittany. Could some French people visit Gisborne during the next challenge? They did before.

AT should support long-standing policy of Tourism Eastland and the NZ Recreational Fishing Council. Crayfish inequity is important for locals and tourism. A recreational marine park off Gisborne is supported by the fishing club, Tairawhiti Residents Association, various clubs, Dive Tatapouri and formerly Tourism Eastland.

So my disappointment has to be known. My suggestion the 33 businesspeople meet our Mayor was declined by them — all due to no reply from AT.

Alain Jorion

Footnote response from Eastland Community Trust CEO Gavin Murphy:

Firstly, we thank Alain for his passionate representation of our region.

For those worried about finding our region online, rest assured all roads lead to the Gisborne Tairawhiti website — including the gisbornenz.com site built and managed by Tourism Eastland up until last year. The team at Activate and Tourism Eastland are also fervent advocates of the region and are pleased to host visiting dignitaries at any opportunity, now and into the future.

We also thank Alain for his advocacy of the recreational crayfish quota. We recognise he has been in contact with the Activate office regarding this and that, in embedding new staff and establishing a new regional strategy for tourism, this has gone on the back-burner. Management of the region’s fish and crayfish stocks is complex and isn’t something that has been on Activate’s agenda to date. However, we are happy to take a look at it with industry and recreational fishers in the future. Until we can make an informed decision, it would seem prudent to rely on the expertise of MPI to strike the right balance between the commercial and recreational catch.

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w gerrard - 13 days ago
What waffle! Tourism Eastland did a much better job than you are now!!

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