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Sir Graham Henry and New Zealand Blood Service Join Forces to Create the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench

Answer Sir Graham’s call up and join the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench New Zealand needs 100,000 people to commit to becoming a blood donor There is no alternative to blood; blood donors save lives Every 18 minutes in New Zealand, someone needs blood. For some, it’s the difference between life and death. Sir Graham Henry is teaming up with… Read full post

Foodstuffs North Island kicks off search for Checker of the Year

Foodstuffs North Island has begun its quest to find this year’s Checker of the Year with nine regional tournaments to narrow down top contenders. Now in its 71 st year, Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin says the annual competition is a much-loved tradition that recognises the customer service ‘legends’ of Foodstuffs New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores. … Read full post

Rural/Lifestyle Property Market Trades Strongly, Auckland Urban Market Activity Builds

A strong trading month in the rural/lifestyle property market and increased buyer activity in the Auckland urban area were features of June trading as the property market settled into its winter trading pattern. “While prices in June remained solid and sales numbers were modest, there were a number of underlying trends that suggest greater activity was building than has been present over… Read full post

Auckland Reverts To More Traditional Housing Sales Cycle

For the third consecutive month the Auckland residential property market registered limited change in activity with May sales numbers remaining subdued and prices not moving. “Within the context of the onset of winter and where the market is at, May activity was typical of what we have seen over the past 18 months,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.… Read full post

Wanted: Top drops for NZ’s most consumer-focused wine competition

New Zealand’s most consumer-focused wine competition is back, offering wineries an unparalleled opportunity to get their top drops in front of wine-loving shoppers in New World stores nationwide. Now in its 17 th year, the New World Wine Awards are well-recognised within the industry for pairing the rigour of an international-standard wine show with a retail platform that sees the top… Read full post

Craft beer classic’s new winning ways at 2019 New World Beer & Cider Awards

New Zealand craft brewers are set to win even more fans after taking 28 of the Top 30 spots in the New World Beer & Cider Awards announced today.   Among the top-notch ales, crowd-pleasing lagers and delectable ciders, all eyes are on the variety of IPAs on offer. Seven different approaches to the ‘craft beer darling’ style have been rewarded by the panel of judges, promising… Read full post

Auckland Property Regains Momentum While Prices Remain Stable

The Auckland property market regained some momentum in March with sales numbers nearly doubling on those for February while sales prices remained stable. “March is the month when sales activity returns to normal after the summer break, and this year’s March trading followed that normal pattern,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. “Sales… Read full post

Dream work experience on offer to new brewing students

Students from New Zealand’s newest brewing course will soon have access to an exclusive work experience opportunity: to put their palates to the test as associate judges at one of the country’s largest beer and cider awards. The new scholarship for select students from Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago based brewing certificate programme was announced today at the New World… Read full post

Hopping big days ahead in search of New Zealand’s Top 30 beers and ciders

The competition is set to hit full froth in Wellington this week as judges begin tasting their way through a record number of entries in the New World Beer & Cider Awards. Over 100 breweries and cidermakers from around New Zealand and the world have put more than 640 of their best brews in the ring. All are vying for a spot in the awards’ Top 30, which will see the winning beers and… Read full post

Auckland’s Buyers’ Market Hardens With Low Sales Numbers And Prices Easing

The Auckland property market has made its slowest start to a year in more than a decade as the market hardens towards being a buyers’ market. “The market has failed to gain any momentum since the holiday break. Sales numbers in February at 474 were the lowest in a month since December 2008, which was at the high point of the global financial crisis,” said Peter Thompson, Managing… Read full post

Nikko AM again named NZ Fund Manager of the Year

Nikko Asset Management New Zealand Limited (“Nikko AM NZ”) has again won New Zealand Fund Manager of the Year at the Morningstar Awards, the second year in a row it has picked up the accolade.   The Morningstar Awards honour funds and fund managers worldwide who have added the most value for investors. Fund Manager of the Year recognises consistency of performance across… Read full post

Auckland January House Sales See Higher Sales Numbers, Lower Prices

  The Auckland housing market made its traditional modest start to the year in January with relatively high sales numbers and lower sales prices. “From a price perspective, the market has started the year at the same point it was in January 2018,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. “The average sales price for the month at $927,181… Read full post

Who will come out on top? Entries open for New World Beer & Cider Awards

The New World Beer & Cider Awards are back with more chances for local breweries and cidermakers to get their best brews on the supermarket shelf and to the very top of shopping lists. In an exciting change for the fifth year of competition, an expanded panel of expert judges will sniff, swirl and sip their way through hundreds of entries to discover the Top 30 beers and ciders on behalf… Read full post

Quarterly Rental Update: Auckland Rental Prices Move Slowly Towards A New Year

Auckland has experienced the slowest rate of rent increases in years, according to quarterly data from Barfoot & Thompson which manages more than 16,500 rental properties in the region. “Rent increases trended down for most property sizes and areas throughout 2018, and this persisted in the final months of the year with the lowest rates of change yet,” says Barfoot & Thompson… Read full post