Close
 

Dunedin’s heart of the city due for some tender love and care

  • News
  • May 23, 2016
  • Elly Strang
Dunedin’s heart of the city due for some tender love and care
Wall St Mall, Dunedin

The group is made up of retailers, property owners and other local businesses. It’s been formed to increase collaboration between groups to revitalise the CBD, as well as to lobby the council to invest more in the main CBD area that Dunedin retailers are operating in.

It has amassed around 40 members so far, with a plan to reach 100.

Spokesperson and general manager of the Golden Centre Mall Simon Eddy told RNZ the main shopping strip along George St hadn’t had enough council and investment and attention.

A report by Bayleys last year found an increasing number of shop vacancies were cropping up in Dunedin’s George St shopping precinct. It said changing consumer habits were creating a retail exodus from what was once the city’s heart.

Six vacancies on the ‘golden block’ in August last year were unprecedented, Bayleys researcher Goran Ujdur said. A more recent analysis by RNZ this month found four empty shops visible.

First Retail managing director Chris Wilkinson is advising the Heart of Dunedin group and says the goal for the city is to become an aspirational destination.

It already has a lot of the features to make this happen, he says.

“The design school down there has been a huge incubator for fashion design, with lots of style and cool designers like Tamsin Cooper. There’s no reason it can’t be a place where people head to for girls’ weekends, like Queenstown or Wellington.”

Another one of Dunedin’s hidden gems is its food and beverage offering, he says.

He says the contemporary cafes and coffee culture are on par with that of Melbourne, but not many people are aware of it.

“It’s just a question of getting it on the radar to be honest.”

One of the challenges the city is facing is increasing its profile not only with consumers, but with other businesses.

Wilkinson says international retailers and businesses in Auckland looking to expand don’t necessarily consider Dunedin an option in the same way they do with other major centres like Queenstown, Hamilton, Christchurch and Wellington.

However, the stakeholders involved with Heart of Dunedin have the resources and drive to achieve this, he says.

“The businesses are looking for collaboration – shared marketing ideas, to get on the radar of cruise ships. There’s strength in collaboration, and they’ve been looking closely at Wellington and Queenstown’s heart of the city groups,” Wilkinson says.

Heart of Dunedin was formed after a long-awaited $37 million upgrade of Dunedin’s CBD has been moved back by a year by the council.

The upgrade is mainly centred around urban design to revitalise the CBD.

Heart of Dunedin has lobbied the council to prioritise areas like George St in the upgrade, where the heart of the city’s retail is.  

​ ​

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

 

Consumer confidence falls again, but still optimistic

  • News
  • June 20, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Consumer confidence falls again, but still optimistic

Consumers remain downbeat about the future of the economy, but are more upbeat about their own financial situations.

Read more
 
 

Automation will help retailers focus on customers

  • News
  • June 19, 2019
  • The Register team
Automation will help retailers focus on customers

More than 100 retailers have gathered at Freedom Furniture’s new Newmarket flagship to consider what the upcoming wave of automation technology offers for the industry. Speakers included Pier Smulders from Alibaba Group and Soul Machines’ Hilary O’Connor.

Read more
 
 

A guide to the four favourite business f***-ups I've made

  • Opinion
  • June 18, 2019
  • Wendy Thompson
A guide to the four favourite business f***-ups I've made

Wendy Thompson is the founder and CEO of the successful social media marketing agency Socialites, and has 16 years digital marketing experience in some of New Zealand's top advertising agencies. However. that doesn't mean she hasn't made her fair share of mistakes in her career. Here, in her typically colourful way, she shares four mistakes she's learnt from all her years in business – and the important lessons she learnt from them.

Read more
 

Social scoreboard

Zavy and The Register have worked together to create a scoreboard that compares how the top 25 traditional media advertising spenders in New Zealand have performed on social media over the past 30 days, updated in real time.

 
topics
Regional rollercoaster
What does retail look like in 2019 for ...
Concept to closet
Business coverage of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Town centres
A positive retail environment over the past 12 ...
Amazon Arrival
Keeping up with all things Amazon as it ...
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
Sisterhood
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
 

The Kiwi start-up making edible coffee cups a reality

  • Design
  • June 18, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
The Kiwi start-up making edible coffee cups a reality

The vanilla-flavoured, sog-resistant edible cups produced by Auckland company Twiice were four years in the making, but now they’re on the menu at Auckland cafes. We gave them a taste.

Read more
 
 
News

Alibaba runs its Ecommerce Expo in New Zealand for the first time

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group reported revenue of more than US$56 billion this year, and in Alibaba.com it owns the world’s largest online B2B trading platform ...

 

The beauty of it: From start to success with cosmetics mogul Rowena Roberts

  • News
  • June 14, 2019
  • Courtney Devereux
The beauty of it: From start to success with cosmetics mogul Rowena Roberts

Rowena Roberts had zero experience in retail when she propositioned Estée Lauder to allow her to open a MAC Cosmetics store in New Zealand. Now, over 18 years later through her business Red Honey Cosmetics, she has sold luxury brands Jo Malone London, Bobbi Brown and MAC in New Zealand successfully. The cosmetics mogul talks to us on the most important aspects of running her businesses, and why no one should ever be afraid to do the literal dirty work.

Read more
 
Next page
Results for
Topics
Jobs
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

Advertise
The Register

editor@theregister.co.nz

Content marketing/advertising? Email anita.hayhoe@icg.co.nz or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit

}