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Real Journeys has acquired another
cruise operation on Doubtful Sound,
buying Fiordland Explorer Cruises' day trip
business, Doubtful Sound Cruise.com, from
Nigel and Paula Lamb.
Chief executive Richard Lauder said Real
Journeys intended to retain the operation as
a stand-alone business, maintaining its own
brand and legal identity.
"The company has established a successful
business taking about 8000 people into
Doubtful Sound each year. We don't want to
change that business model," he said.
A lot of Real Journeys' business came
from wholesalers, with bookings made
in advance from offshore agencies but
payment often not coming through until
months after the tour. By contrast, Doubtful
Sound Cruise.com had a strong Internet
presence with people booking their trip
directly and paying up front.
"It's quite a different business model that
we find attractive and therefore will keep
going," Mr Lauder said.
By keeping the Doubtful Sound Cruise.com
separate from the Real Journeys brand and
products, visitors would continue to have
choice in the marketplace, he said.
Doubtful Sound Cruise.com operates the
21.5m Tasman Explorer in Doubtful Sound,
which is surveyed for up to 49 passengers.
Real Journeys buys
Southland police are calling for stock
owners to be more vigilant in ensuring
stock are contained appropriately after an
increase in reported accidents over the past
three months. And they say it's only luck
that has avoided a serious crash resulting
in injury or fatalities.
Most reported crashes have occurred at
dusk or dark on state highways with a
speed limit of 100km per hour.
Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, of Winton,
said this allowed drivers very little time to
react to livestock on the road and to take
safe evasive action.
Stock owners were therefore being asked
to take more care in tending to their stock,
ensuring fence lines are maintained and
ensuring that roads are clear of muck left
behind from stock movements and heavy
farm vehicles and machinery.
There have been at least 10 incidents of
either wandering stock or a crash as a
result of wandering stock
reported to police over the
past few months but Ms
Fairley said there were also
likely to have been many
other near misses that had
not been reported.
The most recent incident
occurred over the weekend
when a vehicle hit a mob of
bulls near Winton.
Responsibility lay squarely
"Police will be taking a
firm stance in relation to
any stock located on rural
roads that has broken out
of paddocks without
correctly maintained fences,
or resulted in a crash," Ms Fairley said.
"Stock owners need to step up to ensure
the safety of motorists on our roads."
Stock should also be tagged and able to be
identified so as to assist the local council to
liaise with the owner if an incident occurs,
Wandering stock worries
The driver of this car and her two small children were lucky to avoid
serious injury when it hit stock that was being moved across the
road by farm workers about 6pm on May 31 on Oporo Flat Road.
Two cows died at scene.
PHOTO: NZ Police
Recent stock-related incidents reported to police:
8 May 2012: Several cows loose on SH6 near Five Rivers resulted in a vehicle collision
31 May 2012: A vehicle struck cows being moved across the road by farm workers about 6pm on Oporo Flat Road. The female driver
had two small children restrained in the back seat. Two cows died at the scene.
16 June 2012: Approximately 100 cattle on SH94 near Lintley
17 June 2012: Sheep on SH94 near Balfour
21 June 2012: Approximately 200 dairy cows on Dipton Castlerock Road
22 June 2012: Four sheep on SH6 near Dipton
1 July 2012: Approximately 150 cows on SH6 near Lumsden resulted in a vehicle collision
5 July 2012: Several sheep on SH6 near Garston resulted in vehicle collision
7 July 2012: A bull on SH94 between Lumsden and Riversdale
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