Why a new i-Site complex, location as well as refurbish?

LETTER

Re: i-Site building, with reference to Tairawhiti general manager tourism Adam Hughes’ statement: “Plans for a new build are in the very early stages, with the location of the new building to be decided.” (November 27 story.)

Could he please explain why we are refurbishing the present i-Site building and why there is a need to build a new complex away from the present site.

There seems to be a penchant to rebuild Gisborne’s public buildings i.e. the council buildings, the library, the War Memorial Theatre, the Lawson Field Theatre and now the i-Site building.

The Olympic Pool Complex is next and we still have problems with our sewage system.

W. Brown

Footnote response from Activate Tairawhiti general manager tourism Adam Hughes:

No decisions have been made concerning where or when a new i-Site will be built or remodelled.

However, the current centre is 29 years old and Activate Tairawhiti is leading the thought exercise around what the visitor centre needs to be to keep up with an expanding tourism industry and increased visitors.

This includes the current site, alternatives, how this fits in a digital age and how we provide a better i-Site experience on the coast and inland.

There will be no major change in the immediate term, so in the interim the i-Site needs some soft refurbishment (general maintenance, painting, updated signs etc).

It is a key part of Tairawhiti’s tourism industry and Activate has an ongoing commitment to ensure the first port of call for visitor information is welcoming and an accurate reflection of all our region has to offer.

The logic for bringing tourism accountability into Activate, supported by the Eastland Community Trust, means this burden no longer sits with Gisborne District Council — which can then focus on core infrastructure such as sewerage and roading etc.

Next year, Tuia 250 will see an influx of visitors and national attention. This refurbishment will ensure the i-Site is ready to welcome those visitors.

Re: i-Site building, with reference to Tairawhiti general manager tourism Adam Hughes’ statement: “Plans for a new build are in the very early stages, with the location of the new building to be decided.” (November 27 story.)

Could he please explain why we are refurbishing the present i-Site building and why there is a need to build a new complex away from the present site.

There seems to be a penchant to rebuild Gisborne’s public buildings i.e. the council buildings, the library, the War Memorial Theatre, the Lawson Field Theatre and now the i-Site building.

The Olympic Pool Complex is next and we still have problems with our sewage system.

W. Brown

Footnote response from Activate Tairawhiti general manager tourism Adam Hughes:

No decisions have been made concerning where or when a new i-Site will be built or remodelled.

However, the current centre is 29 years old and Activate Tairawhiti is leading the thought exercise around what the visitor centre needs to be to keep up with an expanding tourism industry and increased visitors.

This includes the current site, alternatives, how this fits in a digital age and how we provide a better i-Site experience on the coast and inland.

There will be no major change in the immediate term, so in the interim the i-Site needs some soft refurbishment (general maintenance, painting, updated signs etc).

It is a key part of Tairawhiti’s tourism industry and Activate has an ongoing commitment to ensure the first port of call for visitor information is welcoming and an accurate reflection of all our region has to offer.

The logic for bringing tourism accountability into Activate, supported by the Eastland Community Trust, means this burden no longer sits with Gisborne District Council — which can then focus on core infrastructure such as sewerage and roading etc.

Next year, Tuia 250 will see an influx of visitors and national attention. This refurbishment will ensure the i-Site is ready to welcome those visitors.

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winston moreton - 14 days ago
The new 'General Manager Tourism' of ECT owned Activate Tairawhiti Ltd confirms the popular and industry built i-Site bus station is doomed. He coyly admits today; "No decisions have been made concerning where or when a new i-Site will be built or remodelled."
A large part of the problem is his employer's main men would never travel by bus. Nor would they like being based across the road from the busy and popular skateboard park. Proof is in the way the popular mini golf at the i-Site has been allowed to degrade.
http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/3798190-135/i-site-in-for-a-tidy-up
In accordance with ECT's abhorrence of rail-tourism, an international state-of-the-art bus station (think Jack Reacher) is probably already on some lucky architect's drawing board.

The new GM should also understand the thousands of dollars now being paid to him and his bosses are coming from the pockets of the beneficiaries of the community trust known as ECT. And it is a heck of a lot more than the pittance that used to be granted by GDC.

W Gerrard - 14 days ago
Adam Hughes, GDC has had decades to fix the sewage system but no, they would rather waste ratepayer money on a new building for themselves. Definitely don't know how to prioritise. I agree with W Brown.

Niggly - 13 days ago
It's definitely the right spot but will need upgrading to meet future needs. Think about parking access for the many thousands of self-contained motorhomes and caravans that are arriving in Gizzy as word spreads of its attractions and especially after over 1000 people arrive for a major event in March next year.

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