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South Island tourism operator Real
Journeys has helped its nature guides
towards gaining a Diploma in Ecotourism, by
funding a residential training course run by
Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
Earlier this month, 12 guides from different
areas of the company completed the
week-long course at Deep Cove, Doubtful
Sound. The training course, which covered
interpretation techniques, meteorology,
geology and plant and animal biology,
fulfilled the first credits towards a full-year
Diploma in Ecotourism.
Real Journeys Milford Sound operations
manager Angus Small said the company
intended to assist the guides to continue
their studies part-time, with the aim that
they would eventually graduate with a full
“The aim is two-fold: to ensure that we
provide the very best quality guiding,
and also to encourage our staff to stay
with the company by providing them with
wider opportunities. I am a firm believer in
training and up-skilling staff.,” he said.
“The investment always pays for itself.”
Mr Small said the guides’ response to
the course was overwhelmingly positive,
and many of them were excited about the
opportunity to gain an education while
working in remote locations.
“We’ll look at running another residential
next winter and offer another part of the
Diploma... I am hoping we can offer a new
unit each winter so that over time they can
complete the Diploma. They also have the
option of carrying on with the units in their
own time and completing it earlier.”
Outdoor classroom for guides
Real Journeys nature guides during their residential training course at Deep Cove.
New Zealand Tourism
chief executive Tim
Cossar is the guest
speaker at next
Tickets for the
formal dinner and
are on sale now at
$55 per person
which includes a
by the Kingston Rover.
Among the accolades to be handed out is
the long-standing and prestigious “Tourism
Personality of the Year” award.
This will recognise an individual who has
made an outstanding contribution to the
tourism industry in Fiordland.
The AWS Legal “Operator of the Year Award”
recognises an outstanding business that
has played a significant role in the local
It also acknowledges increasingly
sustainable tourism practices, contributions
back to the environment and also to social
and cultural causes within the community.
Also being awarded is the Bradley Cup
“Excellence in Retail” Award, while
certificates will also be presented to those
who have completed the Sustainable
Tourism South programme.
Making a popular return to the awards this
year is the Friendly Service Award, now to
be known as the “Service Plus Award”.
Sponsored by the Fiordland Motel
Association, it will recognise an individual
who, in their work environment, not only
provides great service but also goes that
extra mile for their customers.
The Fiordland Tourism Awards Dinner will
be held at the Te Anau Club on Saturday
September 5, beginning at 6pm.
Tickets are available from the
Destination Fiordland Office
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 249 7959).
Tourism head guest
at awards dinner
NZ Tourism Industry
executive Tim Cossar
They might be dab hands on the court but
in the quest to prove it the Fiordland College
senior boys’ basketball team members have
had to turn their hands to almost anything
On Monday the team lines up in Westport
for the zone 4 National Qualifying
Tournament for schools with under 600
students. This will involve six games over
three days with the final being played on
Twelve students from the college will be
They are: Jim Robins (captain), Mark Still
(vice-captain), Nick Dainty, Alec Sanders,
Marcus Pearce, Luke Henward, Hayden
Pearce, Blake Kemper, Marcel Robson,
Philip Crouchley, Samuel Taberner and
To get there has been no mean feat.
have included car
washes, a mother’s
choice meal for 40
people, turning a boat
and delivering phone
books. Most recently they
took on the unenviable
task of brick cleaning and
managed to complete
500 in only about two
Coach Shona Salomen
said helping them over
the final hurdle were 12
businesses who each
sponsored a player to the tune of $200
after a grant application was declined.
Fiordland College would like to thank
Anchorage Motels, Te Anau
Pharmacy, Caltex/Subway Te Anau,
Fiordland Electrical, Rosie’s Backpackers,
La Toscana, Distinction Hotels Te Anau,
North Gore Dairy, Sandfly Cafe, Southern
Discoveries, WHK and Aden Motels
for their support.
Bricking it before the tournament
The Fiordland College Senior Boys’ Basketball team hard at work
cleaning 500 bricks as part of their fundraising effort (from left)
Samuel Taberner, Andrew Taberner, coach Shona Salomen, Marcel
Robson, Philip Crouchley and Nick Dainty.
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