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Kids welcome Bunnings to Grey Lynn

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  • May 19, 2017
  • Jai Breitnauer
Kids welcome Bunnings to Grey Lynn
Newton Central pupils Arlo, Isaac and Lennox meet Sir Graham Henry.

The school, which is a rumaki Maori immersion unit and Te whanau awahou Maori medium unit, was the first community group to benefit from Bunnings when the team came in to help with garden maintenance. Bunnings also donated a worm farm to Mt Albert Primary School and helped renovate the gardens at Kumeu Playcentre.

Sir Graham Henry, the legendary All Blacks coach, was there to answer a few questions. He encouraged the children to study well at school, 'like Ritchie McCaw' and admitted he had a fear of kitsets but a love of gardening and fishing. He officially opened the building.

The $42m build has been in the planning for six years and in the build phase for 19 months. It's suffered some unexpected obstacles but Bunnings Grey Lynn is now officially open with a $3.2m injection into the community via salaries. Bunnings GM New Zealand Jacqui Coombes said of the performance by Newton Central, it was the "most powerful opening we could have expected for our new store."

"I was tearing up, they were phenomenal," she said.

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Sale squared: Onceit talks deep discounts and sale events

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  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Sale squared: Onceit talks deep discounts and sale events

Kiwi high-end clearance ecommerce store Onceit works with more than 400 suppliers from New Zealand’s fashion, beauty and homewares industries to offload excess stock without brand damage. We had a chat with executive director Jay Goodey ahead of its once-yearly sale of sales.

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Enhancing the experience: Hospitality New Zealand

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  • November 17, 2017
  • Courtney Devereux
Enhancing the experience: Hospitality New Zealand

Some commentators think food and integrated hospitality offerings will save brick and mortar retail from obsolescence in the age of ecommerce. But does catering to the consumer’s every need result in sales, or are shoppers moving on without making a purchase? In the Enhancing the experience series Courtney Devereux hears from Vicki Lee of Hospitality New Zealand about why these two different sectors are working together.

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What’s next for Auckland’s City Centre: a Q&A with designer Ludo-Campbell Reid

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  • November 16, 2017
  • Elly Strang
What’s next for Auckland’s City Centre: a Q&A with designer Ludo-Campbell Reid

Auckland Council recently released a video detailing how far it’s come with the urban design of the City Centre over the last 10 to 15 years, as well as its vision for the years to come. Elly Strang talks with Ludo Campbell-Reid about the pace at which his vision is coming to fruition, the most impactful changes already made to the City Centre and goals for the future.

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Owner / Retailer: Suzie Johnson

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  • November 16, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Owner / Retailer: Suzie Johnson

Oosh is a regional retail empire that’s built on empowering rural women. Founder Suzie Johnson chose the name after ‘Oosh’ was tagged into the side of her first store in Shannon, which she opened after putting her husband through university selling jewellery and paintings at markets.

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