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World Blood Donor Day encourages donors to stand up and take a bow

This World Blood Donor Day, we are sharing for lives, not likes. Thank you for #SharingForLives from NZ Blood Service on Vimeo .   Across New Zealand, there are 110,000 secret lifesavers walking amongst us. Teachers, builders, chefs, league players, farmers and shop keepers, together they help save the lives of nearly 29,000 people around the country every year. These unsung… Read full post

Auckland House Prices Hold Steady

While the number of residential properties sold in Auckland in May was low compared to previous years, prices showed no signs of retreating. "The average sales price for the month at $942,717, and the median price at $846,000, remained rock solid," said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. "With a sound number of new listings, total listings at their highest for the past… Read full post

Rental market showing signs of pressure

• Vacancy rate has been steady at 1% for at least one year; over 100,000 enquiries for Q1 from prospective tenants • Average rent increased by 4.6% in Q1 2017 compared with Q1 2016, with average weekly rent for a three-bedroom home now $531 • Average rent for new tenancies has increased by 7% in Q1 2017, compared with Q1 2016 Rental market showing signs of pressure … Read full post

Account Executive - be our new star!

We are looking for an outstanding Account Executive to join the team and be our brightest new star. If you have a passion for current affairs, popular culture and a knack for spotting emerging trends, then this could be the job for you. Working across a variety of corporate and consumer clients, you will be given the opportunity to hone your PR skills and become an integral part of our… Read full post

Auckland Property Sales And Prices Lift In March

Auckland residential property prices returned to normal levels of activity in March with sales numbers increasing and the average and medium prices setting new monthly records. “After a quiet two months of trading at the start of the year, the market lifted in March with activity returning to something like the normal pattern and increased," said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot… Read full post

Property maintenance costs surprising

In any given month, around 60% of rental properties don't require any general maintenance according to a new analysis of Barfoot & Thompson’s rental database of over 14,000 properties in Auckland. The analysis looked at over 60,000 transactions in 2016, which included everything from new smoke alarms and leaky taps, to gutter cleaning and pest control. When looking at costs… Read full post

An early arrival for Go Bus’ new $7 million Dunedin fleet

Go Bus is on a roll in Dunedin having just welcomed the first four of 16 new buses for its urban routes, well-ahead of schedule. Originally slated for an August delivery from their assemblers Kiwi Bus Builders in Tauranga, the 16 vehicles are now starting to appear on services as part of the company’s new contract with Otago Regional Council. These newly arrived buses are part of a… Read full post

Christchurch bus drivers among best in New Zealand

Two Christchurch bus drivers can now claim they are among the country’s best, after winning the top two awards at Go Bus Transport’s Bus Roadeo at the Airforce Museum in Wigram on Saturday March 11. Raymund Llamas was named Go Bus Driver of the Year, and Arvinder Singh Runner-up, after demonstrating their capabilities in four different disciplines – theory, vehicle inspection,… Read full post