Archive for January, 2012

Union members vote for sixth strike on Auckland waterfront

Report from BusinessDesk
Maritime Union members at Ports of Auckland have voted to strike for a sixth time, and wharfies will refuse to work containers moved by the company’s transport unit Conlinxx. Some 300 union members voted for a week-long strike this morning. The industrial action won’t be continuous. The action will start at 7am on February 15. Read more »

If there’s a strike, port will maintain services with non-union labour, says CEO

Statement from Ports of Auckland
Ports of Auckland said it was yet to receive a 7th strike notice from the Maritime Union of New Zealand – Local 13. However, Port CEO Tony Gibson said in the event that a notice is received, port operations would be maintained seamlessly with non-union staff and the company would be working to ensure that customers were not affected. Read more »

Tolls on Northern Gateway toll road being increased, to repay debt

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
Tolls on the Northern Gateway Toll Road (NGTR) on State Highway 1 north of Auckland will increase on 1 March by 20 cents to $2.20 for cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles, and by 40 cents to $4.40 for heavy commercial vehicles. Read more »

Air New Zealand’s chief executive to leave his job at the end of the year

News from Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand will have a new chief executive next year. Chairman John Palmer says Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe this morning confirmed this will be his last year at the helm of the national carrier. Read more »

“Disgusting cruelty” to dog – SPCA wants to punish the owner

News from SPCA
SPCA Auckland is calling for members of the public to help identify the person who dumped a severely emaciated dog in Manurewa on Friday. Read more »

Auckland episode of ‘Biggest Loser’ wins Directors Guild award

Press Release – Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development
Auckland is in the limelight in the United States with an episode of the Biggest Loser reality show winning a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award. Read more »

Stardome offers star-gazing for Valentine’s Day

Press Release – Stardome Observatory
Stories of star-crossed lovers abound in star lore, and have been handed down for millennia. There are tales of sacrifice for one’s lover, a hero’s quest to prove their devotion and beautiful maidens who win the hearts and minds of gods and mortals alike. Read more »

GrabOne offers instant deals for Aucklanders

Press Release – GrabOne
GrabOne Instant hits the streets tomorrow giving Kiwis the opportunity to pick up incredible instant local deals for businesses in their immediate vicinity. Read more »

Fashion Festival event aims to encourage Auckland shoppers to dress well

News from Big Little City
The inaugural Fashion in the BIG little City event on Saturday March 3 will be celebrating the very best in fashion glamour, creativity and public shows, as part of the third annual New Zealand Fashion Festival, taking place in Auckland from Feb 24 – Mar 4.

Complementing an array of ticketed catwalk shows, fashion seminars and a designer garage sale produced by New Zealand Fashion Festival for general public attendance, Fashion in the BIG little City is a day designed to encourage shoppers to put their best threads on and head into the city. Take advantage of great offers and in-store activities from the city’s fashion retailers, attend FREE on-the street fashion shows and be in to win big for the sake of fashion.

Up for grabs on the day is one of four $1,000 shopping sprees for being the best dressed – man, woman, casual and child. To be in the running, shoppers must be captured by a roaming photographer and judged by an experienced fashion panel, with winner announcements taking place at a fashion show and awards event at the end of the day in the Atrium in Britomart.

In addition, a covetable prize of a $10,000 Ultimate Fashion Weekend for two in the BIG little City can be swooped simply by attending Fashion in the BIG little City on Saturday March 3, picking up an entry form in a participating store, and receiving a stamp from four different locations on the day before placing it in an entry box for the draw.

Alex Swney, CEO Heart of the City, says, “New Zealand designers long ago made their mark on the global fashion stage, it is only natural that BIG little City as a key fashion destination joins with New Zealand Fashion Festival in celebrating this talent and our extraordinary breadth of retailers by activating the central city with a week of shows, events, and retail offers.”

“We are very pleased to be a partner of the festival and to launch Fashion in the BIG little City, created for Aucklanders to celebrate their city’s fashion, get dressed up, channel their inner Parisian or New Yorker for the day, receive some great deals and be in to win great prizes in return.”

“Fashion in the BIG little City is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to visit the city, take in free fashion shows on the streets and in our newly revamped city spaces, check out the new season ranges in store and celebrate our truly fashionable city”, concludes Swney.

The four $1,000 shopping sprees for the best dressed on the day will receive a cash prize.
The $10,000 Ultimate BIG little City Fashion Weekend prize for two includes:
• $5,000 shopping money cash prize
• A personal stylist to shop with
• Two nights in a luxury suite in a 5 star boutique hotel in the centre of the fashion district
• Dinner and lunch at two of the city’s most celebrated and loved restaurants
• Hair styling and treatment at a top city salon
• An indulgent spa treatment package
• And either
o Your own fashion party at a cool city venue if you’re an Aucklander
o OR if you are from out of town, flights and transfers to get you to & from the BIG little City.

Those who love to shop simply need to be in central Auckland on Saturday March 3 dressed their best and ready to shop. For more information about BIG little City head to

Note to the Editor:

Fashion in the BIG little City – brought to you by Resene, Saturday 3rd March line-up
• 10am-6pm Fashion Garage Sale – Shed 10 on Queens Wharf

• 12.30pm-1.00pm Cherry Bishop Fashion Show – 500 K Rd

• 1pm- 1.20pm Britomart ‘On the Street’ Fashion Show – Atrium, Britomart

MPs, entertainers and sports people giving up alcohol for FebFast

Press Release – FebFast
The New Zealand Drug Foundation’s premier FebFast fundraising event starts tomorrow, with people around the country beginning a month without alcohol. Read more »

Auckland research shows: what you think matters most when you’re ill

Press Release – University of Auckland
What you think about your illness matters just as much, if not more, in determining your health according to a new report by researchers from The University of Auckland and King’s College London. Read more »

Manurewa MP wants legislation to reduce misuse of hand-held lasers

Press Release – New Zealand National Party
National MP Dr Cam Calder will continue his efforts to introduce a Member’s Bill to Parliament to control the use of hand-held laser pointer devices. Read more »

Occupy Auckland invited to hui at Waitangi

Press Release – Occupy Auckland
Occupy Auckland has been invited to attend a peace hikoi to Waitangi as guests of the Waitaha nation on February 4-6th. Read more »

Auckland housing approvals rose 51% last month, but national totals at record low

Report from BusinessDesk
New Zealand building consents fell to a record low in 2011, underlining a slump in activity that has hurt earnings at construction firms including Fletcher Building. Read more »

Number of homes for sale hits four year low

Press Release –
The number of homes for sale in New Zealand’s three largest cities has fallen to its lowest level in four years, according to data released by Read more »

Adventure seekers to compete in Tawharanui Regional Park

Press Release – Kathmandu Adventure Series
On Saturday 18th February, hundreds of adventure seekers will head to Tawharanui Regional Park to compete in one of the most adrenaline-pumping adventure races in the Southern Hemisphere: the Kathmandu Adventure Series 2012. Read more »

North Shore player wins Skycity poker championship

Press Release – Sky City
After a gruelling Final Day in the 2012 SkyCity Auckland Anniversary Poker Champs, Kevin Clark from Auckland’s North Shore took out the long weekend title against Auckland’s Sam Ruha collecting NZD $44,100 for his efforts. Read more »

Volcano imagery chosen for fund-raising conference in Auckland in May

Press Release – Fundraising Institute of New Zealand
The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) invites members and non-members alike to join us at the 2012 FINZ Conference, the definitive annual professional development event for those in the charity and not-for-profit sectors. The event will be held 10 – 12 May at the Waipuna Hotel in Auckland, with the conference centring on the theme of “consolidation” and the accompanying imagery inspired by Auckland’s majestic volcanoes. Read more »

Art exchange aims to help Mangere children

Press Release – Auckland Council
An artists’ collective is running an inspiring exhibition that aims to help Mangere children this winter. Read more »

Romantic vintage Valentine’s night at Motat

Press Release – MOTAT
Treat that special someone to a vintage Valentine’s night they will never forget in the magical surroundings of MOTAT’s Victorian Village. Read more »

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