Waiheke Marketplace : November 7th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 NEWS promoting excellence in retailing michael prasad group specialising in business development In case you missed them... the winners of the Auckland 2012 TOP SHOP® Retail Excellence Awards were announced at an Awards dinner recently and the following stores came out on top AUCKLAND 2012 TOP SHOP® OVERALL WINNER: RODD & GUNN ALBANY RETAIL EXCELLENCE AWARDS CATEGORY WINNERS Auckland s top shops Congratulations to these businesses for offering fantastic service, being innovative and daring, standing out from their competitors and 'promoting excellence in retail'. For more information on the Awards check online at www.retail.org.nz Sustainability - sponsored by Meridian Energy Winner: WildZone Gift Shop at Auckland Zoo Large Format - sponsored by Visa Winner: Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth Food and Beverage - sponsored by Telecom Winner: Prenzel of Whitford Fashion, Footwear and Accessories - sponsored by New Zealand Post Winner: Rodd & Gunn Albany Specialty - sponsored by GE Capital Winner: Telecom Retail Store Pukekohe Lifestyle and Wellbeing - sponsored by Westpac Winner: L Occitane En Provence - Albany Giftware and Homeware - sponsored by Viaduct Winner: Crave Start Up - sponsored by Paymark Winner: Sports First www.retail.org.nz Editor George Gardner firstname.lastname@example.org Reporters Gill Alcock email@example.com Advertising Sales Gail Hughes (manager) firstname.lastname@example.org Dene Priestley email@example.com Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady firstname.lastname@example.org accounts@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6,769 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered each Wednesday to Waiheke homes, businesses, the ferries & central Auckland (Foodtown in Quay St, Crown Plaza, CBD & Devonport Library). Ph 09 372 9231 Office: Mon-Fri 8.30pm-5pm 1 Tahi Road, Ostend. P.O. Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke 1840. www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz www.waihekeproperty.co.nz Festival boosts tourism economy Tourism drawcard: Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, left, and Associate Minister for Tourism Chris Tremaine, right, are greeted at Matiatia wharf by Waiheke Walking Festival co-ordinator Jenness Reeve and Waiheke Local Board deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes. By GEORGE GARDNER A tramp through Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve was on the cards for MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister for Tour- ism Chris Tremaine. They came to experience the Waiheke Walking Festival for themselves, after the festival became the first recipient of the Event Award at the Out- doors Awards in Wellington last month. Waiheke Walking Festival co-ordinator Jenness Reeve and Waiheke Local Board deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes greeted the pair off the 9am ferry on Saturday morning. It was a walk in the park for Ms Kaye who swapped her high heels for a spare set of trainers. And it won t be the last time we see her out and about on the island. I m planning to spend some time on Waiheke over the summer to train for the Coast to Coast in February. It s a challenge but I m up for it, Ms Kaye says. Mrs Reeve believes the nine-day festival has had a big impact on the tourism econ- omy. We did a very conservative estimate of what has been spent in the Waiheke economy over the nine days with the walkers and it is a fairly hefty $100,000-plus, she says. Local board tourism spokes- woman Ms Holmes says the walking festival is a fantastic thing for the island . It gives us a huge amount of publicity. The more people who come here and have a good time the better it is for everyone as they go back and talk about it. Ms Holmes has also spoken to Ms Kaye over people s con- cerns about the impact big events at Queens Wharf are having on Gulf Island resid- ents and businesses. I ve had lots of stories from people, including the disabled, who couldn t get through to where they needed to at Labour Weekend because Queen s Wharf was closed off for the triathlon. It seems to have had a negative effect on our businesses and the public in general.
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