Media personality in town


New Zealand-born Australian media personality Derryn Hinch’s recent trip to Oamaru was “really positive” for the area, Harbour Tourist Park owner Scott Fitzgerald says.

Mr Hinch and his partner Natasha Chadwick stayed at the tourist park, owned by Scott and Dee-Ann Fitzgerald, in a campervan on Saturday and Sunday night during a two-week tour of the South Island.

The media personality, who has more than 50,000 Twitter followers and 30,000 Facebook likes, has posted links to what he has written about Oamaru on his website Human Headline.

Mr Fitzgerald said having the couple come to Oamaru is a “really positive” thing for the region because he has such a broad reach and was clearly taken with the place.

“They said Oamaru is easily the best place they’ve been to [on their trip].

“He felt that it was a really untapped place as far as tourism goes.

“He was very upbeat about Oamaru and the tourism side of it.”

The couple had originally booked for one night but decided to stay for two as they liked the town so much, Mr Fitzgerald said.

“While they were here I spent a bit of time talking to them, they were very easy to talk to.”

Mr Hinch, who was not available for comment when contacted by the Oamaru Mail, said on his website that the town was “beautiful and tranquil” and could be his most favourite place on the whole trip.

The 70-year-old is best known for his work on Melbourne radio and television and is a critic of Australia’s criminal justice system.

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