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Business Confidence Falls

A Chamber survey of businesses in the Auckland Region reveals that business confidence has fallen dramatically.When questioned on their view of the NZ economy in the next six months, only 18% believed it would improve and 33% believed it…

Business Confidence Falls

A Chamber survey of businesses in the Auckland Region reveals that business confidence has fallen dramatically.When questioned on their view of the NZ economy in the next six months, only 18% believed it would improve and 33% believed it…

New Zealand Business news 2017-11-23 17:30:35

AUCKLAND, 20 NOVEMBER: AVANI Hotels & Resorts is looking for the ultimate Auckland insider, willing to swap their knowledge of secret breakkie spots, local boutiques and unforgettable outdoor experiences in a world-first Keys to the City experience. Four lucky locals will be chosen to become AVANIme guides.
Upscale contemporary hotel brand, AVANI Hotels & Resorts is making the move south and is on the hunt for four local Auckland aficionados to join the Keys to the City experience. Applicants must have insider knowledge – ready to keep guests immersed in back alley bars, quirky experiences and local culture.

The four chosen local explorers will be connected with hotel guests in real time via the world’s first Keys to the City experience at AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences. Guests can use their mobile phone to scan a Facebook Messenger code on their room key and chat to experts any time they need a city recommendation.

Successful applicants for the Keys to the City Campaign will be joining Auckland- based blogger and influencer, Makaia Carr and all need to meet one criteria – they must live and breathe all things Auckland!
Makaia Carr is the founder behind NZ’s most successful fitness community, Motivate Me NZ. She began to climb the ranks of social influence in 2012 when she started documenting her journey to a healthier lifestyle, while juggling motherhood, marriage, schedules and a busy household. Makaia started a Facebook page, Motivate Me NZ, and used it as a platform to connect with other like-minded Kiwis around the country. Within a few short months, the community had grown by tens of thousands.

Makaia sold the Motiviate Me NZ business in early 2017 and re-branded her social pages. She still shares snaps of her daily life and struggles as she takes steps towards a healthy, balanced lifestyle, inspiring her hundred-thousand strong following to do the same.

Makaia Carr, says: “I’ve lived in Auckland for seven years and know the place like the back of my hand. We want to find locals with just as much passion for this beautiful place. If you know where to find those hidden gems and secret spots that really make this city special, get involved!”

Kira Klein, Director of Marketing and Brand Loyalty at Minor Hotels, says: “We are eager to see how many self-proclaimed Auckland experts are keen to come on board and share their tips on the best places to eat, drink, shop and play with our guests.”

“We are all about giving guests the details that matter and with our AVANIMe initiative we have successfully partnered with bloggers and experts to share their experiences of our destinations, so our guests can experience the best inside and outside our hotels. We thought we’d take it one step further for the launch of AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences and include local explorers too,” added Klein.
AVANI Metropolis Auckland opened its doors on the 1st of November 2017 following an extensive refurbishment programme. The upscale One and Two Bedroom Residences feature spacious lounge and dining areas, well-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, and boasts impressive stunning views of the city skyline, harbour and beyond. Leisure facilities include a 22-metre heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym facilities and steam room.

To apply, applicants can go to AVANI Metropolis Auckland Facebook page and share why they deserve to be an Auckland Keys to the City guide. The most creative answers go in to a draw to win an overseas AVANI experience.

Pause for effect

Activity in New Zealand’s services sector during October was largely on par with recent months, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI).The PSI for October was 55.6, which was 0.3 points lower than Sep…

Steady and Stable Path

Activity in New Zealand’s manufacturing sector during October remained within a fairly tight band of expansion over recent months, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).
 
The seasonally adjusted PMI for October was 57.2 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  While this was again 0.4 points lower than the previous month, the figure still represented very healthy and consistent levels of expansion.  Overall, the sector has remained in expansion in all months since October 2012.
 
Catherine Beard
 
Catherine Beard
Executive Director
ManufacturingNZ
 
BusinessNZ’s executive director for manufacturing Catherine Beard said that the fundamentals of the October result remained healthy.
 
“The two main sub index values of production (60.7) and new orders (60.1) indicated strong expansion for October.  Also, while the proportion of positive comments dipped in October (64.2%) compared with 69.5% in September, it was still similar to the 65% recorded in August.  

BNZ Senior Economist, Craig Ebert, said that “October’s result was certainly encouraging, as was September’s – bearing in mind the PMI is about the nuts and bolts of activity rather than sentiment about where things might be heading”.