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  • Hyatt back to run new luxury $200m hotel at Auckland's Viaduct
    US multinational hotel chain Hyatt has been named as the new operator of a luxury $200 million Auckland waterfront hotel to be developed by a Chinese property group.PM John Key and Chinese president Xi Jinping are today unveiling...
    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:37:33 +1200

  • Auckland viaduct hotel plans to be unveiled
    The focus will go on plans for Auckland's new $200 million luxury waterfront hotel tomorrow when China's President, Xi Jinping, and Prime Minister John Key announce new details of the Wynyard Quarter deal.Chiefs of the billionaire...
    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:01 +1200

  • Chinese billionaire: Don't fear my NZ investments
    A Chinese billionaire behind the controversial buy-up of the Crafar dairy farms and Lochinver Station says New Zealanders have nothing to fear from his investments in the country.Speaking to the Otago Daily Times at a function...
    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:51:12 +1200

  • China's president arrives to familiar surroundings
    President Xi Jinping of China is hardly a stranger to New Zealand. When he arrives tonight, it will be his third visit although his first as President.He is hardly a stranger to New Zealanders either. He was visiting as Vice-President...
    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • TV deal opens door to China
    A China-New Zealand television co-production agreement is set to help Kiwi producers access the Chinese market as the country eyes greater controls on foreign television content.The deal being signed tomorrow by Arts, Culture and...
    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Crafar buyer confirmed as new Queenstown Hilton owner
    Hilton Queenstown's new owner is the Chinese billionaire behind the controversial Crafar Farms sale.News reports in May said the hotel had been sold to Chinese interests but the identity of the new owner has not been made public...
    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:34:09 +1200

  • Xi's visit big chance to push NZ Inc
    Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit is a massive marketing opportunity for New Zealand, with a large contingent of media from the world's second-biggest economy set to arrive on our shores this week, says NZ China Council executive...
    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:32:01 +1200

  • Hobbits to bring special glow to Waitomo Caves
    Long ago Waitomo Caves staff named two eels living in the cave system "Smeagol" and "Gollum".These names, from a Lord of the Rings character famously played by Andy Serkis, seem prophetic.Last month marked 125 years since guides...
    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +1200

    
Destination New Zealand
  • Kia ora: Lumsden
    Where is it? In the South Island on the Waimea Plains, 84km north of Invercargill and 106km south of Queenstown. Origin of name: Originally called The Elbow, thanks to the Oreti River turning at 90 degrees east to south
    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:30:00 +1200

  • Middlemarch: Next stop Longford
    If you're looking for the middle of nowhere right on Dunedin's doorstep, Middlemarch is the right place. From the Octagon, it's just an hour's drive to the foothills of the high country. We took Taieri Gorge train, which wound through...
    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +1200

  • Sunday drive: Herald Island
    Many people will have heard of Herald Island, but few will have visited this quaint little Auckland suburb. It is 25km from central Auckland, and near Hobsonville, reached by a causeway. Once you're on this sleepy little piece of...
    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +1200

  • Thames: Taking flight
    Instead of risking a bumper-crunching day trip on the road north out of Auckland, we headed south to Miranda on the Firth of Thames and were soon wondering why we hadn't visited this mecca of wading birds earlier. Shunning the faster,...
    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +1200

  • Stranded cars a free holiday opportunity
    Kiwi holidaymakers are being offered a free ticket to ride this summer.Auckland-based Transfercar.co.nz, founded in 2008, matches rental car companies that need to move their cars with drivers who want to drive them there.Chief...
    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Room check: The Langham, Auckland
    Check-in experience? Smooth as silk - we do love valet parking, even if one's car sticks out like a slightly dusty sore thumb on this luxury hotel's forecourt. The cheery staff member at the check-in desk sorted us out in a flash...
    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +1200

  • Kia ora: Palmerston
    Where is it? On the South Island's East Coast, in the Otago district, smack bang between Dunedin and Oamaru on SH1, 54km from the former and 58km from the latter. Origin of name: Palmerston was named in honour of Lord Pa
    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:30:00 +1200

    
Business travel
  • China Southern Airline's top chef deal aims to attract Kiwis
    The China Southern Airlines partnership with chef and restaurateur Al Brown is aimed partly at getting more New Zealanders travelling on the airline, says its president and chief executive, Tan Wangeng.Since the airline started...
    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Fuel price fall aids Qantas revival
    Qantas boss Alan Joyce says fuel prices falling more quickly than the Australian dollar are helping revive the airline's international division but he's not putting a date on when it will be out of financial trouble.He said a A$2...
    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +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