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NZ Sotheby’s International Realty announces significant Auckland appointment

NZ Sotheby’s International Realty announces significant Auckland appointment

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR) has today announced the appointment of prominent Auckland property expert Gavin Lloyd. Lloyd has 36 years’ experience in the property sector and joins NZSIR as the agency’s Managing Director of Auckland Projects & Developments. His principal focus will be the sales and marketing of large-scale residential developments in central […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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The top 10 do’s and don’ts for clever copy

The top 10 do’s and don’ts for clever copy

The secrets to stealing attention with words  Us humans have pretty short attention spans. Whether we’re scrolling our Facebook feeds, scanning news sites or perusing a magazine, our content-hungry brains are up for grabs for a mere eight seconds before we move on to the next tidbit of text.  That’s why now – in this fast-paced digital age – it’s more important than ever […]

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Queenstown Lakes District Council launches economic diversification campaign

Queenstown Lakes District Council launches economic diversification campaign

Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) Economic Development Unit (EDU) has today announced an exciting campaign to advance economic diversification in the region. The diversification campaign, Home for Healthier Business, is dedicated to attracting business leaders, employers, and talent to Queenstown Lakes with an aim to broaden future economic prospects in the district. QLDC Economic Development […]

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Pepin Island sold to NZ company

Pepin Island sold to NZ company

Pepin Island – a spectacular private island near Nelson – has been sold to a New Zealand company after 26 years of international ownership. The 518-hectare property and working sheep farm was sold by real estate agency New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR) earlier this month. Details of the sale price, vendor and purchaser remain […]

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NZ real estate company launches new lifestyle magazine

NZ real estate company launches new lifestyle magazine

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR) has today launched a new lifestyle magazine in a momentous first for the NZ real estate industry. Property Style is a complimentary printed magazine available through all 18 NZSIR offices nationwide and selected urban street boxes. It will also be distributed to a large selection of homes throughout New […]

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Wānaka toasts inaugural Ripe festival

Wānaka toasts inaugural Ripe festival

New Zealand’s newest wine and food festival – Ripe – welcomed a crowd of over 2000 people at the inaugural event in Wānaka on Sunday. The warm weather conditions enhanced the spirits of festival goers who turned out to Wānaka’s Corbridge Estate to sample Central Otago wine, beer and food from 37 vendors, including Maude […]

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Wanaka A&P Show celebrates another successful event

Wanaka A&P Show celebrates another successful event

Organisers of the Wanaka A&P Show have confirmed another tremendous turnout for the annual event, with about 45,000 people attending the two-day Show this weekend. Many months of planning went into the 84th Wanaka A&P Show – the largest lifestyle event in the South Island – with new challenges presented this year due to the […]

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Community initiative turns Queenstown students into marathon runners

Community initiative turns Queenstown students into marathon runners

Twenty-nine students and 20 teachers and staff from the school are participating in weekly training sessions, led by Braden Lee of Industrial Fitness, to get in tip-top condition for the world-renowned marathon, which takes place Saturday, November 21. NZSIR offered each participant a subsidised entry fee to their event of choice out of the New […]

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Local artists announced for RenewArt community showcase

Local artists announced for RenewArt community showcase

More than 100 arts and cultural practitioners in the Queenstown Lakes District stand to benefit from the RenewArt initiative by the Three Lakes Cultural Trust. The Trust has today announced the 41 successful recipients of the RenewArt grants, who will now receive funding for their creative work to be displayed or performed at free community […]

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Community arts celebrations planned for Queenstown and Wanaka

Community arts celebrations planned for Queenstown and Wanaka

The Three Lakes Cultural Trust today announces plans to help renew and reinvigorate the local arts and cultural sector with two new community events in Queenstown and Wanaka this spring. The Trust – which supports and advocates for arts and culture in the Queenstown Lakes – invites all local artists to apply to showcase their […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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Top tips on how to speak to the media

Top tips on how to speak to the media

It’s been a long day. A crisis erupted at work and you and your colleagues have been flat-out trying to make amends to something completely out of your control. You sit down for a team meeting to take a breath, recalibrate and assess the damage. Then your phone rings. It’s a journalist from a well-known […]

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How to adjust your brand story after COVID-19

How to adjust your brand story after COVID-19

Creating a captivating and authentic brand story Every brand has a story to tell. Whether it’s how your business was developed, the reason why you exist or your meaningful connections to your audiences, the environment, sustainability or a solution to a particular problem, there is something intriguing about your business that your audience needs to […]

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PR for SEO: How to build your brand presence online

PR for SEO: How to build your brand presence online

Get ahead of the digital hustle    Acquiring the attention of your audience is one thing but generating interest from Google and other search engines is another game altogether.   The rise of social media and the way we consume our news and information has disrupted the media landscape and, although the game is fast-paced, it is possible for online-savvy brands to keep up in the digital world.   Your website is your most important tool for communicating to your audience and, […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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Queenstown-based tourism operators collaborate during COVID-19

Queenstown-based tourism operators collaborate during COVID-19

Two Queenstown-based tourism operators have joined forces in a bid to ensure the industry will survive COVID-19. Totally Tourism founder Mark Quickfall and Altitude Tours and Black ZQN director Nigel Hobbs are optimistic the region will be reinvigorated in the future and domestic tourism will ramp up as the threat of the coronavirus subsides. New […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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Communicating in a crisis

Communicating in a crisis

The majority of New Zealand businesses have suffered some form of disruption due to COVID-19, particularly in the Queenstown Lakes. Although this type of external crisis is unfortunately largely unavoidable, strong communication both within your business and with your audiences is now more important than ever. A crisis can arise through various internal and external […]

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Good communications with colleagues, clients and stakeholders through COVID-19

Good communications with colleagues, clients and stakeholders through COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has seen New Zealand businesses and staff shift from the comforting normalcy of a shared, collaborative workspace to an isolated home office or kitchen table.  But the change of scenery doesn’t have to equate to a downturn in productivity. This is a practical time to ramp up your company’s communications competency and your own personal relationship and time-management skills. Here’s a step-by-step […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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Free fundraising workshops for local artists

Free fundraising workshops for local artists

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THREE LAKES CULTURAL TRUST   Artists and arts organisations of the Queenstown Lakes District can learn how to attract funding via two anticipated workshops this month. Organised by arts advocacy body the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, the workshops will be held in Queenstown on March 24 and Wanaka on March 25 and include […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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High-profile farmers from AgProud take a stand at Wanaka A&P Show

High-profile farmers from AgProud take a stand at Wanaka A&P Show

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE WANAKA A&P SHOW, WANAKA   Farming advocacy group AgProud hopes to unify the rural and urban communities of the South Island at the Wanaka A&P Show this week. AgProud’s co-founder and chairman, well-known Southland dairy farmer Jon Pemberton, created the charitable trust last year to strengthen relationships between urban and rural New […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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PERRIAM to open luxury Christchurch boutique

PERRIAM to open luxury Christchurch boutique

MEDIA RELEASE FROM PERRIAM, WANAKA  Heritage merino fashion brand PERRIAM is poised to open its first Christchurch boutique this month.  The store – located in inner-city fashion precinct The Crossing – will be the third bricks-and-mortar store for the high-end brand and follows the success of its flagship store in Wanaka, which opened in 2016, […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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Cultural Masterplan for Queenstown Lakes District unveiled by Three Lakes Cultural Trust

Cultural Masterplan for Queenstown Lakes District unveiled by Three Lakes Cultural Trust

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THREE LAKES CULTURAL TRUST   A masterplan intended to invigorate the Queenstown Lakes’ arts scene was unveiled at the official launch of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust tonight. Established in 2019 to help support and encourage the growth of arts and culture in the Queenstown Lakes District, the Three Lakes Cultural Trust is […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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Queenstown Lakes communities rally to uplift the arts

Queenstown Lakes communities rally to uplift the arts

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THREE LAKES CULTURAL TRUST 18 February, 2020. For immediate release Community members of the Queenstown Lakes District have shaped the formation of a Cultural Masterplan aimed at improving arts and culture in the region. The Three Lakes Cultural Trust commissioned London and New York-based global consultancy firm AEA Consulting to produce the district’s first independent […]

By Rebecca Williamson

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