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Ethique to take on Australia’s love of plastic bottles in the 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 New Zealand 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

Competition to cook from ‘Root to Tip’ heating up in schools around NZ

The challenge is on for pairs of year five and year six school pupils to grate, slice, cook, create and plate a vegetable-based meal from ‘root to tip’, and there’s still time to enter a team! Root to Tip Competition 2018 , run by Garden to Table, with the support of RaboDirect, has students all around the country, putting their tastiest kitchen creations to the test, using… Read full post

The search is on for new Champions - Entries now open for 2018 New World Wine Awards

Winemakers are encouraged to put their best drops forward for the 2018 New World Wine Awards, the only New Zealand wine show that sees an  increase in sales for the top wines as a direct result of winning medals. On a mission to connect wine-loving shoppers with the best quality affordable wines, New World rewards the Top 50 medal winners with nationwide distribution and publicity support… Read full post

Kiwi companies win big at international packaging awards

New Zealand companies have been lauded across the Tasman for packaging innovations that include an automated lamb processing system, packaging that triples the shelf-life of fresh avocados, and a food packet that turns into a breakfast bowl for hardy travellers.   Those and other Kiwi innovations were celebrated at this year’s Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards… Read full post

‘Root to Tip’ school cooking competition tackles food wastage in New Zealand

Beetroot leaves, pumpkin skin, broccoli stalks and orange peel seldom feature in popular recipes, however these will take centre stage as part of culinary creations cooked in the nationwide Root to Tip Competition, which is run by Garden to Table, with the support of RaboDirect.   School pupils around New Zealand are challenged to create a vegetable-based meal from ‘root to tip’,… Read full post

Ale in a day's work - judges search for best beers and ciders among record number of entries

Finding the best beers and ciders among almost 600 entries is no easy job, but a group of expert judges are stepping forward to put their palates to this very challenge for the 2018 New World Beer & Cider Awards. The 16-strong panel of brewers and beer and cider experts will gather for two full days of judging at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on 21 and 22 March. They will swirl, sniff… Read full post

Growing Acceptance That Current House Prices Are Benchmark

Greater sales activity returned to the Auckland property market in February while prices eased back on those being achieved for the previous three months. “Caution as to which direction the market is likely to take eased in February,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director, Barfoot & Thompson. “There is a growing acceptance that where prices are at presently is likely… Read full post

Team Red makes saving lives a team effort

A new blood donation programme being launched by New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) today is giving Kiwis the opportunity to save lives alongside their friends and workmates, by giving blood as a team. Team Red is the latest NZBS initiative designed to boost donation rates across the country, with 3,000 donations now required each week to keep up with demand for life-saving blood products in New… Read full post

New year, new brews - entries now open for 2018 New World Beer & Cider Awards

Breweries large and small are being encouraged to get hopping and enter their best brews in this year’s New World Beer & Cider Awards. The hunt is on for brewing perfection from New Zealand and around the world, with the competition’s judges ready to put hundreds of beverages to the taste-test on behalf of thirsty New World customers. For breweries and brew brands from all… Read full post

Quarterly Auckland rental update - Quarter Four 2017

The average cost of renting a home in Auckland during 2017 grew at a slightly lower rate year-on-year than in the past and was comparable quarter-on-quarter. Fourth quarter figures (October to December 2017) released today by Barfoot & Thompson show the average weekly rent for a three-bedroom* home in Auckland was $547, up 4.3% since the same period in 2016 and 0.9% over the previous quarter.… Read full post