JUNE 2017


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Fashion on the street

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Cosmetic tattooing

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Self love and happiness

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I believe that we travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us


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Good old fashioned Kiwi dishes, Thai cuisine and seafood creations

Leek, Potato & Ginger Soup

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Book reviews

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Matariki Whanau Festival 2017

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I believe that we travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us



Deanna Johnston

Business name and when it was established:

Deanna Johnston Travel Broker Limited est. August 2007, working under affiliation of NZ Travel Brokers Deanna Johnston

Describe your business in less than 50 words:

To enable ALL of your travel arrangements without the unnecessary stress and time spent planning. Most travel agencies will just book the basics or just quote, but I will go out of my way to ensure all details are taken care of for you. From what is expected, to what suits and what is available. I am also there 24/7 to help! Before, during and after your arrangements.

What has been your biggest business challenge over the past year, and how are you tackling it?

The internet has always been a player but advising people that this is a search engine and that what you can seem to get on sites such as Travelgenio and Cheapseats, is not always the case. You don’t actually save anything from booking on these sites and I have had people caught out using these and come back to me for help. They have their place (as a search engine) however, I take the liability and responsibility if you book through me and if something does goes wrong and you need someone there to help or change anything, I am available.

If you book online direct, there is no help or someone available to try and sort any issues for you. I am honest, reliable, professional and a real person - this helps!

What do you do in your leisure time?

I manage my son’s rugby team. I walk, bike and spend time with family! Travel when the opportunity arises.

What awards or accolades are you most proud of?

Achieved Level 4 ATTTO in Travel in Tourism and accolades with trips to Las Vegas and Malaysia.

What community or charity initiatives do you currently support?

I sponsor Ronald Mcdonald House (amazing service) and cancer charities. I try and help with kids activities/clubs/schools as much as possible and I manage my son’s rugby team and am on the committee at the Club.

What is your proudest moment?

I have had many proud moments, but nothing makes me more proud than watching my kids have fun and enjoy that they have danced in a show, or scored a try or their faces when they have received a certificate for something! I think most parents get a lump in their throat and are proud of their kids at these times.

What was your first job?

Office Junior at NZ Window Glass which became Pilkingtons Ltd and was based where Okara Countdown is sited now.

What do you love the most about your job?

The satisfaction of clients and customers experiencing travel. Travel does not always mean overseas. We don’t all have the luxury of hiking around the world where we travel non-stop. It’s also about taking little weekend jaunts a few hours away when you are not on the sports field or dance studio. When kids have a school break, try to take one - two week long trips a year. Otherwise, go domestic and try exploring in your own backyard!! BECAUSE... these are important and will become some of your most valuable memories!

If you could be anyone else, who would you be, and why?

I have been fortunate to have travelled and experienced some amazing parts of the world and would have loved to be a travel photojournalist to capture these sites. I believe that we travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.

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