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Real Journeys brand new multi-
million dollar catamaran, the MV
Titiroa, made a dramatic arrival to
its new home at Lake Manapouri
Weighing around 55 tonnes, the
boat, which will ferry passengers
from Pearl Harbour to West Arm,
is almost 24 metres long and 7.5
metres wide. It was in Wanganui
and travelled by sea to Bluff,
(via Lyttleton) where it was lifted
out of the water and had
its wheelhouse roof and
propellers removed for road
Real Journeys General
Manager of Engineering,
Brian Humphrey said
significant planning and
engineering had to be
undertaken for both the road
trip and the launch at Lake
Manapouri, because there
are no established launching
"It's something of a logistical
nightmare. It's a bit like carting a
whale out of water -- the forces are
against you. I think it's probably
the largest thing to move on these
roads since the power station
days. The transporter has had
to import a trailer to carry it," he
Built in 15 months by Q-West boat
builders in Wanganui, the MV
Titiroa is the result of five years
of planning and research by Real
Journeys. One of its more unusual
features is its double glazing;
to regulate the temperature
efficiently, make it quieter (less
engine noise) and help prevent
windows fogging up, a problem
sometimes caused by the unique
Fiordland weather. The hull of the
aluminium boat has been painted
with Intersleek to help streamline
it in the water to save emissions.
It has LED lighting throughout
to make it more energy efficient
and recycling facilities on board.
Energy efficient "hand sweepers"
have been installed for drying
hands instead of paper towels
and crockery instead of paper
cups. It will be the largest vessel
on the lake and can carry up to
138 passengers; this will cut down
the number of vessels travelling
across the lake at peak season.
The wharves at both ends of
Lake Manapouri have also been
upgraded and extended to cater
for the MV Titiroa which is due to
start operations in January 2012.
Once passengers have crossed
Lake Manapouri they'll board
one of two new Volvo coaches to
take them across Wilmot Pass to
Doubtful Sound. On arrival at the
fiord, passengers embark for their
three-hour day cruise on another
multi million-dollar purpose-built
vessel "Patea Explorer", which was
launched just five years ago.
Grand entrance for big boat
Traffic is brought to a standstill on Monday at the Mavora Lakes turnoff on State Highway 94 as Real Journeys' new boat
the MV Titiroa negotiates power lines en route to its new base on Lake Manapouri.
PHOTO: Stephanie Voice
The group formed to save
Tuatapere's maternity home from
closing has pledged to support the
Waiau Health Trust regardless of
its final decision on the issue.
The trust has announced that its
contract with the Southern District
Health Board to provide in-patient
maternity care at Tuatapere
Maternity Hospital is unlikely to
be renewed when it expires at the
end of March. That's because the
operation has been running at a
deficit for the past five years.
The news elicited a swift response
from the community with a group,
calling itself "Save Tuatapere
Maternity" formed following a
public meeting to try and come up
with ideas that would enable the
service to be retained.
Three representatives of that
group-- Leona McCracken, of Te
Anau, Laralee Clarke, of Tuatapere
and Nicky McFadzien, of Otautau
-- met with the trust on Monday
night where they presented their
Miss McCracken was not prepared
to discuss details of what had
been put forward but said the
representatives came away feeling
that the directors had listened
to and would consider their
But paramount to their case had
been their support for the trust.
"We pledged our support to
them, whatever the outcome.
We just want to benefit the
community," she said. "They're
all well-established members of
the community who have fought
for the community before. They're
looking to do the best they can."
The board had already stated that
it did not want to lose maternity
services altogether and the action
group wanted to work with the
trust members to secure the best
outcome for the community --
preferably retaining in-patient care
"We just have to hope that they
don't shut the doors," she said.
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