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Visitors to Fiordland got the chance to rave
about their stay to the rest of the world
last weekend thanks to the Have Your Say
mobile studio that stopped in Te Anau for
The third day was supposed to have been
recording video postcards from Milford
Sound but, only days beforehand, the
driver realised the truck was 30cm too
high to fit through the Homer Tunnel.
The mobile studio is the brainchild of
Tourism New Zealand and is touring the
country to collect video diaries of tourists’
experiences while in this country, to be
broadcast on the internet via YouTube and
social networking sites such as Facebook.
Tourism New Zealand hoped at least 10
people in the visitor’s home country would
view each of the clips but already the hit
rate is around 80 per video.
So far visitors from more than 37
different countries have sent home video
postcards, but the vast majority have
been from the UK, Australia, US, Germany
and Canada – all of which are important
markets for New Zealand tourism.
With international visitor numbers
expected to be down by 10 percent this
summer, Tourism New Zealand hopes the
initiative will help keep New Zealand’s
profile high, particularly in the UK, which
is New Zealand’s second largest tourist
Destination Fiordland marketing
coordinator Toni Ellis said she was
impressed with what the mobile studio
had to offer. In addition to recording their
“rave”, visitors could also download their
photographs and incorporate them into a
slideshow that played as they spoke about
To see what visitors have had to say about
their trip down under visit:
RIGHT: The Nightcaps
Playcentre faces closure
if more families don’t
BELOW: James, 2, and
Aimee, 4, are the only
two enrolments at the
Playcentre this year.
The Southland Playcentre Association is
appealing to the Nightcaps community to
support its playcentre or risk losing it.
The roll has plummeted from 16 last year
to only two this year and needs at least
10 children registered to justify remaining
To that end a community meeting has
been called for March 31 to gauge
community support for the continuation of
the service in the area.
Southland Playcentre Association
promotions coordinator Karen Witham
said the success of playcentre was
dependant on the involvement of parents
and caregivers. However, there was also
a role those in the wider community could
play, such as helping with maintenance
or volunteering on the committee for jobs
such as treasurer to ease the burden on
“It’s not just a children drive, it’s a family
drive,” she said. “We’re about families
Southland playcentre licensee Nicky
Lindsay said the Nightcaps Playcentre was
due to celebrate its 50th
jubilee this year
and nobody wanted to see its demise.
“I hope the community gets behind what
we offer and it can continue for another
Many playcentres in the province had
been affected by the increase in dairy
farming and the transient nature of that
industry’s workers. That was a possible
explanation for the sudden drop-off in
enrolments at Nightcaps, she said.
The Nightcaps Playcentre offers two,
three-hour sessions a week. At the
moment they run between 9.15am and
12.15pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.
However, because parents ran the
committees and managed the centres,
those times could be flexible to suit those
backing the organisation, Ms Lindsay said.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday
March 31 at 7pm in the Nightcaps Town
be in doubt
It’s bag a book bargain in Winton again
April Fool’s Day marks the start of the
Southland District Library’s Winton book
All manner of books, jigsaws, magazines
and cassettes will be on sale at the
Winton Memorial Hall between April 1 and
April 4. The doors are open 10am-5.30pm
on April 1 and 2 and 10am-8pm on Friday
April 3. The final day will be April 4 where
bargain hunters will be able to fill a bag for
$1 between 9am and midday.
Meanwhile donations of books, puzzles,
CDs and cassettes are being sought
for the Te Anau library’s annual sale at
Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
Friends of the Library spokesman Ted
Loose said the sale had traditionally
enjoyed god support and this year it would
open a day earlier.
The Te Anau sale is held at the Real
Journeys Fiordland Community Event
Centre and this year will run on both Friday
May 29 and Saturday Mary 26.
Money raised from the sale is put back
into the library.
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