Praise for Ti­rau’s user-friendly toi­lets

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

While pub­lic toi­lets of­ten get a bad rap users of Ti­rau’s don’t seem to mind stop­ping by.

The New Zealand Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tions (AA) Mem­ber Sur­vey has re­vealed a hand­ful of top pub­lic toi­let lo­ca­tions and Ti­rau’s cor­ru­gated dog toi­lets have im­pressed.

AA com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant Meh­para Khan said users of Ti­rau’s pub­lic toi­lets liked them for sev­eral rea­sons.

‘‘The big one was how clean they are and peo­ple love the de­sign,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s well lo­cated, easy to spot and al­ways has toi­let pa­per. Best of all they’re free to use.’’

One user said they are ‘‘per­fectly sit­u­ated for stops on the drive from Auck­land to Welling­ton’’.

AA Trav­eller mar­ket­ing man­ager Rhys James said it’s not al­ways easy to get good feed­back when it comes to pub­lic toi­lets.

‘‘Ki­wis aren’t that eas­ily im­pressed, so when peo­ple men­tion a pub­lic toi­let as de­cent, it’s fair to as­sume they mean it,’’ he said.

‘‘When we travel, we don’t re­ally think about loos un­til we ac­tu­ally need them and then they be­come re­ally im­por­tant. When we’re in un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory the chal­lenge is to find one in time, es­pe­cially when the kids are in

‘‘A good pub­lic toi­let that trav­ellers can find eas­ily is likely to help form opin­ions about a place and also drive cus­tom for those busi­nesses lo­cated nearby.’’

the back seat get­ting vo­cal about their needs.’’

‘‘A good pub­lic toi­let that trav­ellers can find eas­ily is likely to help form opin­ions about a place and also drive cus­tom for those busi­nesses lo­cated nearby. While we weren’t ask­ing about poor-qual­ity toi­lets, the more than 2000 re­sponses we had on the best demon­strates that trav­ellers are well catered for pretty much wher­ever they go in New Zealand,’’ he said.

Other stand­out toi­lets in­cluded the Taupo Su­per­loo which was one of New Zealand’s first user­pay fa­cil­i­ties and those in Ash­bur­ton, the Frieden­sre­ich Hun­dert­wasser de­signed toi­let in Kawakawa, Cam­bridge, Che­viot, Geraldine, Gor­don­ton, Kaik­oura, Mata­mata, Pic­ton, Pio­pio, Tai­hape, and Waiouru.

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AA Trav­eller mar­ket­ing man­ager Rhys James The Ti­rau pub­lic toi­lets are lo­cated in a large cor­ru­gated iron dog.

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