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  • Auckland convention centre cost jumps by a fifth
    SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further...
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:50:51 +1200

  • Bulldozers lurk for Earls Court
    It has housed the world's largest water chute, welcomed the Empire of India exhibition and hosted David Bowie and the most disastrous concert of his career.Now the bulldozers are to move in on Earls Court - a magnet for Kiwis on...
    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:00:00 +1200

Destination New Zealand
  • Room check: Breakers Boutique Accommodation, Runanga
    Location? Beside a beach along the dramatic Punakaiki coastline, a 14km drive north of Greymouth on SH6. Check-in experience? No starched receptionists behind gleaming counters here. When we pulled in, owners Jan and Ste
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +1200

  • Kia ora: Whakatane
    Where is it? In the Eastern Bay of Plenty, a little over an hour's drive from Rotorua or Tauranga and 293km from Auckland. Origin of name? In the 12th century, the Mataatua Waka arrived and, while the men went ashore to
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:30:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Butterfly Creek the real macaw
    It's not every day you get your hair done by a blue and gold macaw, but that's what happened during our most recent visit to Butterfly Creek.Maya is a long-tailed and brightly-coloured macaw, a South-American parrot, and a relative...
    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Star-studded film enlightens all
    Our trip to Stardome doesn't start well; four-year-old Florian has fallen asleep in the car on the way and doesn't take too kindly to being woken up.My plan to check out the exhibits before the 3pm showing of Tilt dissolves in a...
    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Room check: SkyCity Grand Hotel, Auckland
    Price? $1929 a night. A taxi from the airport costs? This was the ultimate stay-cation - so no taxi required. We simply drove the 3.3km from home to the hotel then got the super-friendly and efficient valet staff to park
    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +1200

  • Five foodie things to do in Rotorua
    1. Te Puia - Steambox 1 Hemo Road, Rotorua. When I first moved over to New Zealand from Australia my flatmates decided to host a hangi in the small yard of our posh
    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +1200

  • Kia ora: Norsewood
    Where is it? In the North Island's Tararua District on SH2. It's 210km north of Wellington, 515km south of Auckland and 20km northeast of Dannevirke. Origin of name: Norsewood was settled by migrants from Norway and othe
    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:30:00 +1200

Business travel
  • Virgin Atlantic sets up NZ base with eye on Rugby World Cup
    Virgin Atlantic has established a foothold in New Zealand with the appointment of a sales manager and a push to take more Kiwis to England, including Rugby World Cup fans.The Sir Richard Branson-founded airline is now the only British...
    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Airlines increase courses to combat fear of flying
    If professional golfer Florian Fritsch could have caught a bus from his native Germany to Nairobi in east Africa, he might have made the 2010 Kenya Open. Instead, he stayed put, grounded by his fear of flying.The 29-year-old's phobia...
    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:10:00 +1200

  • Air fares seen dipping thanks to oil slump
    Flying could get cheaper next year as airlines say they will finally start passing on some of the savings made on plummeting oil prices.Carriers are forecasting record profits for 2015 thanks to cheaper fuel and rising demand. As...
    Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:38:53 +1200

  • Boeing to trial tobacco biofuel
    Boeing's latest biofuel plan is smokingBoeing and South African Airways are working on making aviation biofuel out of nicotine-free tobacco.The two companies announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop...
    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:20:12 +1200

NZI Business National Confrence Discussed
The prospect of a new government backed national convention centre is likely to be the key…
Tue, Jun 22 2010 07:30:00 +1200