31 Jul 2020

Class action - Schools consider legal move after travel company folds

From Nine To Noon, 9:07 am on 31 July 2020

The collapse of a travel company specialising in school trips has left a number of New Zealand schools considering their legal options to try to recoup the money lost to students and their parents.

Antipodeans Abroad, a 30-year-old company which ran trips to 30 destinations, has gone into liquidation in both New Zealand and Australia, leaving students in both countries in the lurch.

Up to 18 New Zealand schools have now banded together to try to work out how to recover the money paid for trips - and they say a class action is a possibility.

One of the schools is Kapiti College, where students paid around $3500 for a trip to Nepal due to take place next July, 2021. Principal Tony Kane and Year 12 student Lily Collette, who's lost $5000 of money she saved herself, join Lynn to talk about the situation.

Travel Agents Association of New Zealand CEO Andrew Olsen also joins Lynn to talk about concerns he's raised previously about whether Ministry of Education advice to schools on which agents to use is strong enough.