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Te Anau holiday park owner Bryan
McChlery has been named one of
four national finalists for the PATA
Young Tourism Professional Award.
Mr McChlery has developed
and manages three tourism
businesses in Fiordland, with
plans to open a fourth this year.
Under his management Te Anau’s
Top 10 Holiday Park has expanded
significantly and developed new
and related tourism activities.
These include the Top 10 Milford
Sound Coach and Cruise business
(rebranded Go Milford) and
Driftaway Rental Campervans.
Earlier this year the Te Anau Top
10 Holiday Park won the national
AA Spirit of Hospitality Award.
This is the first time he has been
nominated for the Young Tourism
Professional award and said he
was delighted to be a finalist
among such high-calibre business
The Young Tourism Professional
Awards is managed by the Tourism
Industry Association NZ and
recognises aspiring individuals
under 35 who are paving the way
in the tourism sector.
Cossar said this
which bodes well
for the future
of the industry,
The award is sponsored by
the PATA NZ Trust. Pacific Asia
Travel Association (PATA) is
an international organisation
based in Bangkok committed
to the sustainable growth and
development of the global tourism
industry, with a special focus
on the Pacific Asia region. The
PATA NZ Trust comprises a group
of senior New Zealand tourism
industry leaders who have also
filled senior roles in PATA. The
Trust aims to support development
within New Zealand of educational
and training programmes for the
Trust chairman Neil Plimmer
said the 2009 finalists were
outstanding contributors to the
industry and had huge potential to
achieve much more.
“These finalists are amongst
New Zealand’s most talented
young professionals, for their
leadership, their aptitude and their
passion for tourism. The range
of their activities underlines the
great diversity and depth of our
industry,” he said.
The award will be made in
Wellington on October 6. The
winner will receive a $2500
professional development grant
The winner and runners up will
also be awarded free access to an
ATTTO management course.
In line for another top spot
Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park owner Bryan McChlery
The Manapouri Volunteer Fire
Brigade is on a recruiting mission
to bolster its ranks.
Chief fire officer Paul Ridder said
there were currently 10 firefighters
in the brigade, with room for at
least another six.
The positions were open to males
and females who were physically
fit and had no serious criminal
“You’re not going to be considered
if you’re an arsonist,” Mr Ridder
One of the station’s biggest
problems was finding enough
people to provide daytime cover
as many volunteers worked out of
He hoped some young mothers in
the town might see an opportunity
to help fill that gap.
Full training was given and
involved a probationary period
of a couple of months before
graduating to recruit firefighter
status. At that point they would
be sent on a recuits’ training
course which were usually held
either over two weekends or for a
week. Trainees would be qualified
as firefighters within about six
The initial commitment to training
was relatively high but beyond that
being part of the fire briagde was
not a big tie, Mr Ridder said.
Those who volunteered would
be making valuable and much-
needed contribution to the
community, he said.
Manapouri was fortunate that it
had a relatively low number of
callouts. It had been about six
years since there was a serious
property fire in the area and
most calls were to motor vehicle
accidents or as first response on
medical calls as the fire crews
carried a defibrillator and oxygen,
Mr Ridder said.
Anyone interested in finding out
more was welcome to attend a
training night – every Wednesday
from 7pm to 9pm at the fire
Alternatively, phone Mr Ridder on
249-6869 or 021-128-3212 to
talk through what is involved.
Heat on Manapouri Fire Brigade to
recruit new members
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