We are looking into bus options for touring New Zealand. We were all set to go with the Naked Bus, the unlimited pass, but have read some negative reviews about them leaving people stranded, along with an info centre saying they were unreliable. Has anyone used them recently? The reviews of Naked Bus seem to be complaining that they turned up 5 mins before departure time and missed the bus or one person who seems to have a personal issue with the company and complains all over the place.
A spokeswoman for Mana said that the decision to end the budget bus operations was in order to focus more exclusively on the company's Ferry services. The spokesperson said the ManaBus and Naked Bus fleets had been sold to Ritchies Transport Holdings as part of the decision to exit the space. The spokesperson is yet to confirm how many staff worked for the pair of bus companies or if any jobs are on the line. ManaBus was first launched as a budget travel option in by Scottish transport entrepreneur Brian Souter, adding to a portfolio that included Auckland urban bus companies Howick and Eastern Buses, the Wellington-based bus service Mana Coach Services and Waiheke Bus Company, as well as the Auckland Fullers Group ferries and the Discovery cruises. In May , Souter's company acquired rival Naked Bus in a bid to expand the company's footprint across the South Island.
The last ride: ManaBus closed its doors to travellers on Sunday
The combined entities have made the announcement on their websites today, saying all their bus and tour services will cease operation on July Fifty jobs are on the line as a result, the NZ Herald reports, quoting a spokesperson as saying they're working with the 50 staff members to support them through the transition. ManaBus and Naked Bus say they'll provide full refunds on bookings for beyond July 15 and they're recommending re-booking with InterCity. Travellers who already have a 'Naked Passport' will be refunded if that ticket extends beyond July The companies are part of the group which operates Fullers ferries, and the group reportedly wants to focus more on its ferry services.
There is little doubt that Google AdWords and the careful selection of keywords can be a powerful tool to increase online business and provide a competitive edge for businesses. However, what limits trade mark law places on the selection and use of third party trade marks as keywords is still uncertain in New Zealand and Australia as there have been no cases directly decided on this point. In February this year, some certainty was finally provided at least in New Zealand with the help of a case involving Nakedbus. InterCity the successor of the former New Zealand Railway Corporations' bus services had traded in a near monopoly position. In , Nakedbus was founded to directly challenge InterCity's dominant position in the New Zealand market.