Ngāi Tahu Tourism announces scholarship winner

PRESS RELEASE: Ngāi Tahu Tourism

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Ashleigh Howell as its 2017 Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship recipient.

Ashleigh Howell and NTT CEO Quinton Hall

Originally from Palmerston North, Ashleigh will be undertaking diploma studies with the New Zealand School of Tourism in Dunedin.

The scholarship was open to Ngāi Tahu students and includes study fee support, paid holiday work and opportunities to grow cultural skills and learn more about Ngāi Tahu.

Chief Executive Quinton Hall says, “Tourism is New Zealand’s biggest export earner and one of the most dynamic sectors to work in. This is one way we can encourage more Ngāi Tahu to consider the tourism industry as an exciting and worthwhile career option.”

Mr Hall says the Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship attracted a strong pool of candidates, and it was great to have Ashleigh on board.

Ashleigh will start her Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management in January.

She says she is passionate about the tourism industry and eager to further connect with her iwi (tribe).

“I’m interested in resort and hotel management, and adventure tourism,” Ashleigh says.

“I was so happy when I found out I got the scholarship – I cried! I’m looking forward to learning so much more about tourism and Ngāi Tahu, and I’m so thankful for this opportunity.”

Ngāi Tahu Tourism owns and operates some of the most iconic experiences in Aotearoa, from the thrills of Shotover Jet to the tranquility of the Hollyford Valley. We have 10 businesses in spectacular locations and host one million visitors each year.

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