Menu

The Communication Agency

Subscribe to our News & Views

To keep up-to-date with news and views from Network, please provide your details below.

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

Ethique to take on Australia’s love of plastic bottles in beauty industry

Christchurch-based beauty brand Ethique has signed a deal with major Australian retailer that will see 22 of its products sold in more than 420 stores throughout Australia. From the end of October, Ethique [pronounced Eh-tique] will supply its range of products to Priceline – one of Australia’s largest health and beauty retailers. Since 2012, Ethique has grown from a one-woman business… Read full post

Rosy start to NZ wine judging season at 2018 New World Wine Awards

The rise of Rosé looks set to continue with a record number of entries of the in-demand wine to be judged at the 2018 New World Wine Awards. Judging gets underway in Wellington today, where more than 1,400 wines across a range of varietals and styles will vie for Top 50 status and coveted Champion titles. Jim Harré, Chair of judges for the New World Wine Awards, has seen the changing… Read full post

Celebrating New Zealand Blood Services’ 20th Anniversary

New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is proud to celebrate its 20 th anniversary with Health Minister Hon Dr David Clark at the Parliamentary buildings in Wellington this Tuesday 31 st July, to commemorate the important milestone. NZBS was created and appointed as the Crown Entity responsible for the national provision of all blood services and blood products 20 years ago this month. The creation… Read full post

Barfoot & Thompson Supports Young Marathon Runners

Barfoot & Thompson is pleased to announce its new sponsorship of the Auckland Kids Marathon. Barfoot & Thompson today confirmed it is extending its involvement at the ASB Auckland Marathon adding its name to the Barfoot & Thompson Kids Marathon. This new sponsorship complements its successful four-year association with the Barfoot & Thompson Half Marathon at New Zealand’s… Read full post

CatWalk Trust applauds inclusion of wheelchair division in ASB Auckland Marathon

The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust (CatWalk) congratulates the ASB Auckland Marathon on its commendable decision to include a pilot wheelchair division in the multi-distance event of the 2018 ASB Auckland Marathon. CatWalk is a registered charity dedicated to a world free of paralysis caused by spinal cord injury (SCI), It supports innovative, world-class research into a cure for… Read full post

Over Half a Million Lives Saved in the last 20 years, thanks to New Zealand’s blood donors

For New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS), today marks a significant milestone, commemorating 20 years since it was created and appointed as the Crown Entity responsible for the national provision of all blood services and blood products. The anniversary is certain to invoke an emotional reaction in many New Zealanders as well; since its inception in 1998, NZBS and its dedicated donors have saved or… Read full post