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Account Manager - Nutrition wanted!

Do you have a passion for food, health and communications? Network Communication has an exciting opportunity for a qualified Nutritionist to join our FoodGroup team. We are looking for an Account Manager, with responsibility for leading a number of clients, largely within the Food Industry sector.  The Network FoodGroup is a specialist team of foodies, nutritionists, dietitians and public… Read full post

Who are the happiest and healthiest New Zealanders?

Already more than 31,500 Kiwis have taken the Choose Wellness Quiz since end October last year and our septuagenarians have come out on top! The Nestlé Choose Wellness Quiz gives a score of up to 100 based on happiness, diet, exercise, health behaviours, sleep and social interaction. For people aged 70 or older the average wellness score is a spectacular 70, compared with the average… Read full post

Auckland rents increase in line with doctor visits and beer

The average weekly rent in Auckland over the past five years has increased less than the price of petrol, and increased only marginally more than a glass of beer or a visit to the doctor. “The average weekly rent in Auckland in 2014 was $488, compared with $388 in 2009, which is an increase of 26 percent,” said Kiri Barfoot, a director of Barfoot & Thompson. “According… Read full post

Honey, we've shrunk the Killer Python!

Nestlé New Zealand is shrinking the   Killer Python   to treat size - a move aimed at bringing confectionery serves down to scale. While the new treat size   Killer Python   weighs in at 24g, or 336kJ, compared with the original 47g, 630kJ version, it still has the same recipe, taste, stretchiness with no artificial colours that have made it a favourite… Read full post

What's your wellness score?

New quiz to provide personal and national view of Kiwis’ health and happiness A new quiz is available to help New Zealanders learn more about their personal wellbeing and contribute to a picture of the country’s overall health and happiness. Each and every New Zealander who takes the quiz will be having input into the total score and will be able to see a real time view of… Read full post

Tackling the task of bus schedules – mission impossible

There are few things more frustrating for the user of public transport, having arrived at the bus stop in plenty of time only to have the selected and due bus, and the next one, to bypass the stop because it’s already full. In recent weeks it has occurred to me just how difficult life must be for the team responsible for scheduling buses. Admittedly my experience is largely confined to the… Read full post

Who is trying to silence whom?

Nicky Hager now attacks the public relations industry.  He asserts: the PR industry has not been honest about a good half of what they do – that is, their activity aimed at suppressing other people’s freedom of speech when it’s hurtful to their clients. He used a seminar hosted by the public health department at the University of Otago, Wellington, to do exactly what he accuses… Read full post

Million dollar sales push up Auckland's average house price in September

Signs that prices and sales activity in the Auckland residential housing market will lift post the General Election are evident in September’s sales figures. “September’s average house sales price at $738,876 is the highest on record,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director, Barfoot & Thompson. “It is $13,000 up on the previous highest average price established… Read full post