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A Te Anau resident is still receiving
phone calls from an apparently
underhanded travel agency after
falling victim to a believed scam a
number of years ago.
Kay Brown received three phone
calls in December from a company
which had first contacted her in
2005 saying she was the recipient
of a discounted holiday to Florida.
At the time she had already made
a payment of nearly $US1000
before feeling uneasy about the
transaction. She wanted to back
out but the money was already
gone from her account and she
was unable to contact the agency.
"They caught me in a situation
when I didn't have time to think
about it, because I was so busy at
work," she said.
Ms Brown reported the incident
to the police and wrote off the
money as a foolish mistake. She
subsequently received travel
documents in the mail from the
company -- appearing to operate
under both the names 'Astar' and
'All Seasons Travel' -- which she
chose not to do anything with. She
had also read numerous reports
of other people's experiences
with the company on the website
ripoffreport.com which confirmed
her belief in it being a scam.
Throughout the reports common
factors included being contacted
at work, inability to contact the
company and no refunds for
Last month Ms Brown received
another phone call at work from
what she believes was the same
company offering the same
deal. She told them she was not
interested and hung up the phone.
A week later she was phoned
again, but this time at home. She
told them she didn't want to talk to
them but the woman on the phone
was very persistent and Ms Brown
A few days later she was phoned a
third time. They said they needed
credit card details for a fee to
reactivate her holiday that she
hadn't taken, but would not supply
a contact phone number when
requested. She hung up again and
hasn't heard from them since.
"It's quite mind boggling that they
would do it again to the same
people in a small place like Te
Anau," Ms Brown said.
"I would like the whole community
to know about it."
Advice from the Te Anau Police for
anyone receiving such calls was
that if it sounded too good to be
true then it probably was.
The best policy was to say no
thank you and hang up the phone.
Phone-y travel agency calls again
A disgruntled Kay Brown after repeated phone calls from a persistent, yet
evasive, US travel agency.
PHOTO: Linda Jane Keegan
By Linda Jane Keegan
Michelle Wilson of Tuatapere is
the new chairwoman of the NZ
Dairy Women's Network.
Offering professional and
developmental support for women
in the dairy industry and had 3000
members. An integral part of the
organisation "Dairy Days" -- one
day topical workshops covering
issues such as financial strategy
Mrs Wilson was previously the
deputy chair of the network and
farms in Tuatapere with her
husband Pete. She has been on
the network's board since 2006
and was previously Invercargill's
regional convenor from 2004.
She said she was excited about
leading the Dairy Women's
Network into its next phase of
"I would like to see the Dairy
Women's Network take the lead
in encouraging more awareness
of the contribution that dairy
women make to the industry and
the New Zealand economy," she
said. "Women's involvement and
influence in our industry -- whether
it is labouring on the farm, taking
care of administration and/or
supporting the family -- is huge
and we need to ensure they get
the recognition they deserve.
"Additionally, I'd like the network to
work on further initiatives to help
bridge the urban/rural divide."
Tuatapere woman leads national dairy network
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