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BAY CHRONICLE, FEBRUARY 24, 2011
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Seriously. Having travelled to every con nent
on the planet (bar Antarc ca), I have no doubt
whatsoever that we live in a fantas c part of the
world. There is not a region in the en re country
that possesses a history as rich nor as deep as
ours. Surrounded by unspoiled beaches and
pris ne na ve forest, the contras ng Tasman and
the Pacifc are but minutes apart. New Zealands
largest kauritree liveshere, New Zealands longest
beaches envelope us, and we are the warmest
region in the land. Outdoor ac vi es abound in
Northland, as does the poten al for geothermal
and cultural experiences and educa on. The
Poor Knights islands are Northlands, as is Cape
Reinga, Waipoua Forest, and the Bay of Islands.
Lets face it, we even have the best toilet in the
en re country!
One of our greatest assets is the Twin Coast
Discovery Highway. This route encompasses all districts, showing no
favouri sm to any par cular area. I believe that it is me for each town
to consider what makes it unique and to run with that uniqueness. Find
that thing that makes your town special. If need be, create an a rac on
that will be unique to your town. Kawakawa has led by example and has
done it extremely well. Every single day of the week, the town is busy. If
you can make the tourist stop, they will shop. If they stay, they will pay.
Sadly, despite all that we have been blessed with, 3 in 4 overseas tourists
who land at Auckland airport do not come north they go south.
Now, please, consider all of this in light of our dispropor onately high
unemployment rate. Is there an answer? I would like to suggest that
tourism is one of our greatest poten al employment opportuni es. Will
we run with it?
It is me that we realised that our compe on is not the motel across
the road, nor the town or a rac on across the way. Our compe on is
everywhere south of the Dome Valley and the lands beyond our shores.
Collec ve, regional approaches need regional, community and individual
support to ensure that we a ract interna onal and local visitors to our
land, this First Land of Aotearoa.
Tourism: recognising our great poten al, crea ng greater employment
and increasing our pride in who and what we are - Northlanders.
Next me: Agriculture the bread and bu er of Northland
Paid Opinion Piece
Mark B. Tan
Aspiring National Party
Candidate for Northland
We live in a special place.
Potential Candidate for Northland.
A country of strong communities
Is a strong country
I am capable and can present your voice and
vision to the nation.
With our innovative pathways we will contribute
a Northland strength. Businesses, horticulture,
agriculture, fishing, forestry, environment,
recreation, tourism and social ventures are in
Contributing significantly to improved and happy
lives for us all.
Science, quality of life, health, housing, education,
human safety and justice progress towards world
Lets make a significant difference together locally
Lets make the choice together for a positive
Prefects at Springbank:
Back from left, Patrick
Deely, James Richardson
and Vincent Claus. In front,
Jade Parata, Alex Bird and
prefects for 2011 are
head girl Alexandra
Bird, head boy James
Deely, Jade Parata, Vin-
cent Claus and Rachel
The students were
selected from their CVs,
in-depth interviews and
the school also took staff
and senior students'
votes into consideration.
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