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Auckland International Airport opens $4 million lounge

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  • September 7, 2017
Auckland International Airport opens $4 million lounge

The new Strata Club lounge for international travellers has opened at Auckland’s international airport. The major $4 million upgrade replaces the old Emperor Lounge.

Strata Club was introduced earlier this year, but offered digital rewards and perks only, including more Wi-Fi and air point dollars.

The expansion comes alongside the completion of stage one for The Loop Duty Free retail space.

Richard Barker, Auckland Airport’s general manager retail and commercial, says the lounge is a big part of the international departure area and adds to the whole experience.

“We have already opened the first stages of our new and expanded security screening and processing area for all passengers, as well as part of the new stores for our two duty free operators. The rest of the international departure area upgrade – including a reconfigured landside farewell portal, a new retail hub and a new passenger lounge.”

The new Strata Lounge was designed by Ignite architects and constructed and fitted-out by Alaska and boasts and impressive curation of new facilities available to customers.

“Our new Strata Lounge means that no matter which international airline or class you are flying, before boarding your flight you can enjoy a modern lounge – with a fresh range of international food, beverages, work stations, shower facilities and a separate children’s space for families to use. In the future the lounge will also have sleeping pods and a beauty spa.”

International passengers can purchase entry into the Auckland Airport owned and operated Strata Lounge for $49 online or $55 on the door. 

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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

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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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