First-hand experience

Photo: Peter McIntosh
Photo: Peter McIntosh
Dunedin's Trenz event has given 46 local students an early taste of the industry they are training for.

Among interns at the Trenz conference in Dunedin were (from left) University of Otago tourism student Kate Martin (20), Otago Polytechnic events student, Han Sueno (29), University of Otago tourism student Fergus Dale (20), and Otago Polytechnic events students Jessica Hatfield (23) and Victoria Watson (25).

Students from the university, polytechnic and New Zealand School of Tourism, who worked for Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), were prominent in their green shirts, as they did everything from helping register delegates to marshalling lunch queues.

TIA events and marketing director Trina Edwards said six had a role as "shadow students", following the events team to see how Trenz was organised.

Ms Edwards said the event used students wherever it was held, which helped the

small organising team, and benefited the students, who got to see the industry in action.

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