The Dunedin City Council has employed a person to help
attract international students to the city to study.
Sarah Gauthier will start work today. Her position is funded
through the Dunedin Economic Development Strategy project
budget, which is funded by the council's Grow Dunedin
partnership, Otago University, Otago Polytechnic, Otago
Chamber of Commerce, Ngai Tahu and the Otago Southland
Grow Dunedin partnership chairman deputy mayor Chris Staynes
said the specialist role had been created to achieve one of
the aims of the city's Economic Development Strategy: to
position the city as New Zealand's premier destination for
The strategy's overall goal is to create 10,000 extra jobs in
Dunedin and increase Dunedin people's incomes by an average
of $10,000 in the next 10 years.
Cr Staynes said Ms Gauthier, who was most recently the
international market manager (Southeast Asia) at Education
New Zealand in Wellington and had extensive work experience
in the international education sector, would be charged with
implementing the group's Export Education Strategy, developed
Her role would also involve supporting local education
businesses and providers and leveraging export education to
attract and retain talent in the city.
She would work closely with tertiary institutions, schools
and private-sector education providers.
Cr Staynes said the role recognised the importance of
Dunedin's education sector. Having someone totally focused on
this area would add greatly to the city's efforts to promote
Dunedin's strong knowledge base, he said.
Ms Gauthier said international education was a critical part
of Dunedin's and New Zealand's economy, and she looked
forward to her new role in Dunedin.
Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker said he was
''thrilled'' to see the job starting after months of careful
''I look forward to seeing the Dunedin community getting in
behind the strategy and really welcoming and supporting the
international students who come to study here.''
He also looked forward to employers helping out with lots
more work experience and internship opportunities.
''These will really make a difference to the success of the
University of Otago pro-vice chancellor Prof Helen Nicholson
said the university was looking forward to working with Ms