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TE ANAU Available on departures from Te Anau
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Now only $40 adult / $15 child
Cruise Lake Te Anau and venture underground.
MILFORD SOUND Available on departures from Milford
Scenic Cruises (daytime)
All cruises now only $50 adult / $10 child
Cruise on Milford Sound, check out Mitre Peak, waterfalls and wildlife.
Overnight Cruises Offer ends 17 May 2014
Twin-share now only $199 adult / $99.50 child
Quad-share now only $139 adult / $69.50 child
Stay the night on board – full length cruise, meals and activities –
Coach transport additional. From Queenstown $60 adult, $30 child
or Te Anau $20 adult, $10 child.
DOUBTFUL SOUND Available on departures from Manapouri
Wilderness Cruises (daytime)
Now only $135 adult / $40 child
Cross Lake Manapouri, then over Wilmot Pass by coach,
Overnight Cruises Offer ends 17 May 2014
Twin-share now only $249 adult / $124.50 child
Quad-share now only $199 adult / $99.50 child
Stay the night on board, meals and activities – kayaking, wildlife
transport additional $50 adult, $25 child.
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QUEENSTOWN Offers end 11 May 2014
TSS Earnslaw Cruises
Now only $25 adult / $10 child
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on board our 101 year old steamship.
TSS Earnslaw Cruise + Walter Peak Farm Tour
Now only $35 adult / $15 child
Add a farm tour (includes morning or afternoon tea),
it’s only $10 more than a cruise.
TSS Earnslaw Cruise + Gourmet BBQ Lunch
Now only $50 adult / $25 child
For a real taste of Walter Peak, stay for lunch!
(Farm demonstrations included).
TSS Earnslaw Cruise + Gourmet BBQ Dinner
Now only $65 adult / $33 child
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Light refreshments will follow.
Wednesday 14 May - Te Anau
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Tuesday 17 June - Otautau
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It’s often been said that the
National Party could put a
gumboot up in the Clutha-
Southland electorate and
it would get elected. He’s
clearly not a gumboot but
commentators and opponents
have wasted no time putting
the boot into National’s heir
apparent Todd Barclay.
He’s only 23 yet his proverbial
smoking gun was revealed on
the very day he announced
his candidacy in the fact he’s
worked as a “tobacco lobbyist”.
The term alone catches in
the throat like some kind of
unhealthy substance and what
a delight that must be to non-
Welcome, Mr Barclay, to the
world of politics.
It’s not just the newbies whose
mettle is being tested this year.
You know it’s election year when
MPs previously held up as tough
and forthright are carved up
like sacrificial lambs. In a few
months we’ll have forgotten what
it was they did that was so bad
we could no longer tolerate them
being in public office, but for the
time being this is the game and
they chose to play it.
As spectators we cheer as
rowdily for their demise as we
did for their triumphs. We do the
same for our sporting stars. One
day they’re heroes but step out
of line and they’re vilified.
So it is for the latest political
Judith Collins was the woman
of the moment
when she came
on crime and
Bill that gave
power to crush cars when
their owners had notched up
three serious vehicle offences
within four years. Her downfall
was having a meeting in
China, while on a taxpayer-
funded visit, that may or may
not have inferred some kind
of New Zealand government
endorsement of a single brand.
It was most certainly not the
wisest decision of her career,
and her subsequent handling
of the fallout was spectacularly
bad. According to the “rules”
of the “game” she has to be
penalised for that and that she
hasn’t already been sacked is
surprising in the least. But as
the Devil’s Advocate I’ve got to
wonder just how much damage
has actually been done given
New Zealand’s enormous desire
to boost trade with China and
the need to restore confidence in
the safety of our dairy products.
Maurice Williamson, on the other
hand, is a seasoned political
player who’s fallen in and out of
favour more times than I care
to count. In recent times it was
his “big gay rainbow speech”
in favour of marriage equality
laws, that “went viral” and saw
his international popularity soar.
He was even invited to appear
on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,
although that didn’t eventuate.
His latest downfall, which
led to him resigning from his
ministerial portfolios, was pretty
much a fait accompli after he
contacted a top ranking police
officer regarding businessman
Donghua Liu’s arrest on
domestic violence charges.
Pretty hard to offer up a job-
saving defence to that one.
Amid the many smokescreens,
however, another feature of this
year’s election comes into view –
that of a seemingly never-ending
trail of politicians or political
would-be’s beating a path to the
Dotcom mansion. Once decried
as little more than a cunning
cyber criminal, whose very right
to live in this country was thanks
to his money and not his good
character, Kim Dotcom is already
being built up as some kind of
political kingmaker. An audience
with him seems to be becoming
some sort of rite of passage
for the 2014 election. I guess
notoriety has its perks.
Ah yes, politics is an intriguing,
exciting and sometimes
dangerous game for those who
choose to play it.
But if the boot fits...
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