Partnership Programme for Tairāwhiti based students

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The Chamber in partnership with QRC/Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Air New Zealand warmly invites you and your colleagues to a forum to learn about a new education initiative specifically targeting local tourism with longer term employment outcomes. 

Monday 29th July 2019
Venue: Gisborne Chamber Office
Location: 157 Grey Street
Time: 5.30pm
Refreshments provided

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Regional New Zealand has a high youth unemployment issue and addressing this is a priority for Central and local governmentTourism in New Zealand has a lack of New Zealand born citizens working (or being attracted to work) in the sector. There is a strong desire to attract more New Zealand born students to the sector in order to provide a sustainable and authentic visitor experience.

QRC have a track record of high-quality delivery (enabled by a targeted recruitment strategy) leading to successful outcomes for the Tourism and Hospitality sector. It is a tourism specialist, and as a result can successfully attract youth to its programmes given the targeted nature of marketing - supported by strong industry networks that leads to employment outcomes.

The opportunity is clear given that the shared objective that ALL are focussed on a step change solution that will benefit whanau, hapu and iwi. Tourism can provide a structured entry for employment that can be facilitated by QRC in conjunction with Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Air New Zealand.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa powered by QRC (Queenstown Resort College) will combine the collective strengths of both Institutions. High standard cultural regional facilities hosting exceptional programmes focussed on the outcome (employment or pathways) of delivering the Tourism sector with work ready domestic graduates. QRC, in partnership with Te Wananga o Aotearoa will:

  • Develop and deliver existing and new quality tourism programmes
  • Provide quality provision
  • Actively market tourism as a career of choice for rangatahi throughout Tairāwhiti
  • Provide a high level of (residential) pastoral care
  • Deliver successful outcomes ensuring Te Wananga o Aotearoa powered by QRC contributes to a Tairāwhiti based Tourism Centre of Excellence.

We are very excited about the potential of this partnership, especially when we include the broader Tairāwhiti stakeholder group already working on the establishment of new tourism products, supported and promoted through Air New Zealand.


We have absolutely no doubt that this initiative will prove to be highly complementary to the social and economic outcomes of the Tairāwhiti economic development plan and the recently announced New Zealand- Aotearoa Government Tourism strategy.


Please RSVP with numbers attending to -

                                      or Annaliese O’Leary -


Posted: Monday 22 July 2019