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The Christmas season is a time, not only for families and friends, but for workmates to bond, celebrate a great year and for bosses to ‘show the love’ by paying for it.
Wakatipu businesses get more innovative with their Christmas party ideas every year in an area packed with so many fun tourism activities.
Sign It owner Reece McChlery showed the love by taking his 30 or so staff, partners and families to the Cromwell Races earlier this month. “Every year we look for something different. We make it a point that we do something for people who work here,” Mr McChlery says.
“It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all their hard work. It’s the people who make a business successful.” The courtesy van, delicious barbeque, private corporate tent and drinks obviously cost a lot more than the “$300 down” Mr McChlery finished with after his horses lost, but it was well worth every cent. “It’s an awesome idea. We could bet from our tent and
go visit other businesses nearby...so many of our clients were there.”
Few staff ended up being ‘up’ in the money stakes, but they all raved about the huge fun they had in the sun.
Six-months pregnant, designer Angela Tracey was happy to be the sober driver and acting manager Naomi Fowkes says it was great to support the Upper Clutha Rugby Club serving the tent as their fundraiser. For project manager James Clark it was “great team bonding”. “It expands your growth and confidence in the other staff and you can interact with other businesses in corporate tents.”
The girls stopped off at Danseys Pass Coach Inn for brunch and one hard core hairstylist, Becky Nixon, even biked all the way back to Queenstown! “We’ve just got so many colours booked in at this time of year. It just gets crazy so it’s great to get out of town,” Ms Ivory said. Hamil’s owner Tony Robertson likes to do something original with his “kids” (the staff) every year. More than 20 staff and partners took to bikes with Queenstown Bike Tours, cycling around the vineyards, before heading to the Gibbston Valley Wine Cave for some wine tasting and Gibbston Tavern for a barbeque.
“There was a great vibrant Southern Lakes non-recession business confidence feel to the whole party,” he says.
“It’s a great team building opportunity to relax before work gets absolutely crazy. It’s also a nice way for me to thank my kids.”
For the girls at Frankton Hair Studio and ‘salon dog’, Archie, their Christmas party was an opportunity to head out of town to Naseby for a spot of curling, swimming in the dam, a barbeque and a few drinks.
In past years they’ve flown to the top of the Remarkables by chopper, taken a Ziptrek Ecotour, played golf and gone fishing.
Owner Rose Ivory says it was “strictly girls only”: “Males would’ve cramped our style.”
“It’s not about sitting inside drinking lots of alcohol,” Mr Robertson says.
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7. Destination Noosa With postcard-like beaches complete with swaying palm trees, hot white sand and rolling surf.
8 - 9. Foodie in Frankton Holiday gifts you can eat. We have made gifting christmas treats easy.
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18 - 19. First Impressions Get your photo taken with Santa for FREE - find out more in their Christmas shop feature.
22 - 23. Event Calendar Get out and about this summer with the new updated events calendar.
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To help you finish your Christmas shopping with ease take a look at the beautiful homewares and decorations available at First Impressions, or for something a little different have a read about the awesome gift packages and vouchers Nadi Wellness Centre and Body Sanctum are offering. It you’re feeling creative, why not add that extra special touch by making your own edible gifts! Take a look at the cute and scrummy ideas in our Foodie section. Check out the Events Calendar for some great family fun and grown-up gigs! And whatever those New Year’s resolutions are, be sure to keep them with some great
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December 2013 January 2014 Welcome to the end of year Round-up. At the time of writing we have the stats in for October but can discuss the trends we are seeing in the market as we head into summer. There were 63 sales in Queenstown for the month of October 13, up from 57 the previous year. The median sale price was $575,000.
stock; well down on the long term average of 38 weeks. Nationally new listings in October were up 10% on the previous year and the market continues to be a sellers market. As long as the home is well presented and offers value to the market. Feedback on the Loan to Value restrictions applied by The Reserve Bank recently indicate that some of the first home buyers have been taken out of the market due to low deposits, however it may not significantly impact other purchasers.
Currently there continue to be an air of positivity across the Otago market, however the shortage of well priced property continues to be an issue across the region. But we are seeing signs of confidence and heightened activity compared to the last few years.
Auctions continue to be a growing portion of the level of sales nationally and through our offices we have seen some great results for vendors choosing to sell via Auction.
Looking at our national market, we can see it has reached new heights with a national median of $482,063, up 8% from a year ago. Driving this of course is the activity in the main centres Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The median values in regional centres such as Queenstown are also increasing, but at a more modest rate. The national shortage of inventory remains, with the number of available homes for sale on the market remaining at 24 weeks of
This month I have included stats for Jacks Point. Development of this area is really flying ahead and if you havenâ€™t been out there for a drive recently, you really should. Thereâ€™s some lovely homes being built and a real growing sense of community.
Local Area Sales for October
Lots of sales activity in Kelvin Heights. This area has really come into its own, with brilliant sunshine, and close proximity to Frankton.
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Lake Hayes Estate 1 x 5 bdrm home 1 x 4 bdrm home 1 x 4 bdrm home
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@ $1,000,000 @ 552,500 @ $510,000 @ $600,000
Kelvin Heights 1 x 2 bdrm apartment 1 x 2 bdrm apartment 1 x 2 bdrm apartment 1 x 3 bdrm home 1 x 5 bdrm home 1 x 3bdrm home 1 x 3 bdrm home 1 x 2 bdrm home 1 x section
@ $460,000 @ $425,000 @ $550,000 @ 860,000 @ $905,000 @ $690,000 @ $680,000 @ $1,650,000 @ $515,000
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Make this the year you finally get what you want! By Sandi Murphy Changing habits can be hard work but practising some techniques for genuine change can be genuinely rewarding. Do you want more energy, to learn to relax, to be more decisive, to focus more on yourself or your family? Do you want to earn more money, holiday more, be fitter, more flexible, stronger and healthier? The key is to understand enough about the change process, and yourself, to smooth a path to success.
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• Being vague about what we want
Lets face it we know that changing behaviours is hard. Change is hard full stop. We get wired to certain patterns of behaviour and our thoughts get stuck in a groove that takes concerted, conscious and consistent effort to change. Then, even when we do manage to change for a few days, weeks or even months it’s all too easy to slip back into old patterns. The good news is that we know through the latest neuroscience that our brains are quite
• Persistence When you consider that only 8 per cent of people actually follow through on their resolutions to a successful out come you can see that there must be a trap somewhere. MJ Ryan tells us that the resolution pitfalls look something like the following: • Not making a serious commitment • Procrastinating and excuse making • Being unwilling to go through the awkward phase • Failing to set up a tracking and reminder system • Expecting perfection; falling into guilt, shame, regret • Trying to go it alone • Not having back up plans • Turning slip- ups into give- ups So what does it really take to make a successful, lasting and enduring change? First it is important to understand the cycle of change.
The Change Cycle Research by authors James Prochaska and Carlo Di Clemente has found that people cycle through 5 specific stages on any change journey. • Pre contemplation – not aware you want to change anything • Contemplation- awareness that a certain behaviour is troublesome and seriously considering making a change but the change ahead seems huge and the effort to change is greater than the pain of staying the same • Preparation – serious about making a change. Starting to make plans to take action. Ready to make a start. • Action – requires time and energy. The work begins and change happens to overcome the problem. • Maintenance – Reinforcing neural pathways. Being persistent, sticking to it. So what are the steps and considerations? Here are some questions for us to think about as we begin to create positive change in a lasting way. Do I really want to change? You must care about the change you decide to make so you’re willing to work for it and follow it through What need is being served by what I am doing now? Your current behaviour is there for a reason or you wouldn’t be doing it right now. Is the need relaxation but the behaviour binge drinking? Is the need recognition but the behaviour overworking to prove yourself? First step is to identify what need is being served and next step to work out how to meet this need in another way. How else can you meet your needs? For some people eating sugar and “not so good for you” food provides comfort and nurturing but brings with it guilt and a crash in self esteem for not following through on your intention. Perhaps instead, a retreat to the yoga mat, sitting quietly to meditate or soaking in a lavender infused bath would give a much greater quality of nurturance? What’s the price of not changing? If you want to get healthy, lose weight and get fit but you don’t want to have to bin the sugar and get out and exercise then what is the consequence? Weight gain?, feeling energy-less? What positive image can you pull forward? Research in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience says you have more success when you are moving toward something positive than away from something negative. Think vision boards and visualising positive outcomes. An affirmation posted to the fridge may remind you of what you’re working so hard for when your resolve may be slipping. Are you Acknowledging Success? Recognise, acknowledge and celebrate your efforts and progress. This helps to reinforce the positive change and make it stick. Change can be challenging and patterns are hard to break but it is possible especially when you want to and become aware of the cycle of change. Resolutions are easy to make but keeping them requires knowledge, patience and persistence so that we may truly reap the rewards.
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Eat before and while drinking. “Going to Fergburger at 3am when you’re full of gin, or whatever you’re drinking, doesn’t help.” Plan your transport ahead – either a taxi or a sober driver to collect you. Wear your seatbelt. “In my 22 years in the job, I’ve lost count of the number of people who’d still be alive if they had worn a seat belt.” A 4km speed limit tolerance will be strictly enforced. “We don’t like handing out tickets, but if you crash at high speed the end result is very unpleasant.”
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Allow a good 12 hours from your last drink before driving if you’ve had a big night out. “We concentrate on the early morning (around 8am) during New Year. I’ve seen so many genuinely nice people get caught out. They’ve stopped drinking at 3am or 4am, had a few hours sleep and still been caught out.” Fatigue checkpoints will also be set up around the district. Drivers will be breathalysed, pulled over for a 10 or 15-minute break and given a sausage and some bread.
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December 2013 ARROWTOWN CHRISTMAS MARKET FRI, 27TH DEC 2013 Arrowtown’s 16th annual “Boxing Day” market is to be held on Friday 27 December. This popular market is held on the Library Green in Arrowtown’s Buckingham Street. The market features fruit and food stalls, and a huge variety of quality crafts, clothing, plants and goods. There is free entry. Come down and enjoy the warm weather and find a great bargain.
RHYTHM AND ALPS 30 DECEMBER - 31 DECEMBER 2013 The Rhythm Group is delighted to announce that Rhythm and Alps has a new home for 2013. The new location is the beautiful Cardrona Valley, 15 minutes south of Wanaka, Central Otago. The festival site is located between the famous Cardrona Ski resort and the high rolling terrain of the Pisa Plateau. Rhythm and Alps is the only two-day music festival in the South Island, and will run at the same time as its world class juggernaut Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne. Rhythm and Alps will cater for up to 5000 campers this year, employ up to 100 local persons and involve local clubs. Rhythm and Alps announced earlier in the year that due to popular demand it would change the festival dates to 30 to 31 December to ensure South Islander’s have a festival to see in the new year with music and style. www.rhythmandalps.co.nz/static-page/tickets
NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN 2013 EARNSLAW PARK 7.30 PM – 1.00 AM An excellent line-up of entertainment has been booked, live bands for the main stage, DJs to entertain the younger revellers and a spectacular firework display to light up the night sky and bring in 2014 with a cheer. See more at: www.queenstownnz.co.nz/information/eventDetail
TSS EARNSLAW NEW YEAR’S EVE CRUISE Grab your glad rags and celebrate in 1920s style this New Year’s Eve on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown. Cruise Lake Wakatipu’s Frankton Arm and get your jitterbug on with the Les Richardson Jazz Band. Returning to Queenstown Bay in time for the midnight fireworks, with the TSS Earnslaw offering one of the best views in town!
SUMMERDAZE 31 DEC - 31 JAN The fun begins with downtown New Year’s Eve celebrations and a dazzling fireworks display to welcome in the new year and continues through January with a range of music, sport, arts and cultural events reflective of the diversity of people and interests in the region. Special features include the Lake Hayes A&P Show which celebrates Queenstown’s agricultural origins and the Pinot Noir Celebration which brings pinot enthusiasts from around the world to the region to sample what many regard as the best of its kind in the world. www.summerdaze.co.nz
GLENORCHY RACES - 04 JANUARY 2014 Races range from the Walk Trot Gallop, Relay Race and highly entertaining Double Banking Race to the Open Gallop, Quarter Mile Sprint and the hotly contested Stockmans Race. Although anyone with a horse can register, the races are not for the faint hearted or inexperienced - many local horse trekking staff and stockmen/women enter each year so the competition is fierce!
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01 January 2014, TBC - As part of the ANZ International Series, the West Indies will play three Tests, five One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in eight towns and cities from Auckland to Queenstown, with the three Tests at the country’s premier Test venues in Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton. There will be an announcement in November on ticketing for the ANZ International Series.
GIBBSTON VALLEY WINERY SUMMER CONCERT 2014 - 15 FEB 2014 A Kiwi support artist will kick off the show followed by 10cc at 1pm, Starship at 3 p.m. and Lynyrd Skynyrd at 5 p.m. Note that these times are subject to change. Tickets: $99 +bf with children aged under 14 free. Local ticket prices for residents are just $89 and available from Thursday, 5 September at i-site Queenstown, i-site Wanaka, A Taste Of Gibbston – Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley Winery . Numbers are limited so get in quick!
THE QUEENSTOWN HOME SHOW 21 FEBRUARY - 23 FEBRUARY 2014 Queenstown Events Centre - The very best exhibitors from all over New Zealand. If you building or renovating there are kitchens, bathrooms, ecofriendly building products, joinery, furniture, fireplaces, central heating, etc.
CLASSIC HITS WINERY TOUR 21 FEB 2014, 6PM TO 10PM
LAKE HAYES SHOW 2014 11 JANUARY 2014, 8AM UNTIL 4PM
Every year we try to bring the town a little closer to the country and give the Wakatipu community a taste of rural life. With the Wakatipu region dramatically changing from a district based on agriculture and gold recovery to tourism and development, the Lake Hayes Show incorporates events and competitions to cater for the ‘lifestyle block’ owner and encourages participants from every background to take part in this traditional event, with a modern and creative flair. There is something for everyone at the Lake Hayes A&P Show!
CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR CELEBRATION - 30 JAN - 01 FEB 2014 Queenstown, New Zealand, will again play host to the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration - an event that has established itself as a must-do date on the international Pinot Noir calendar. Whilst luminaries of the wine and food world will gather in Queenstown for the Celebration, the focus is on entertaining all wine lovers: “The amazing feel of this event is derived from the diversity of people who come from all over the world to Celebrate distinctive Pinot Noir grown in one of the most magical places on earth by people with endless passion and energy and the Celebration attendees are a special part of our energy.” Forty of Central Otago’s producers will be opening their Pinot Noirs for all wine lovers over the 3 days of the Pinot Celebration from January 30 to February 1st.
Now in its 8th year, the Classic Hits Winery Tour takes hot Kiwi artists on tour to perform shows at beautiful vineyards around New Zealand. Headlining the 2014 tour are New Zealand music legends The Exponents, joined by pop superstar Stan Walker and the heavenly voice of Breaks Co-Op. The Queenstown concert will be held at Waitiri Creek in Gibbston.
THE NEW ZEALAND OPEN 27 FEBRUARY - 02 MARCH 2014 Hosted at two spectacular golf courses - The Hills and Millbrook Resort the tournament incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers. The New Zealand Open is a cornerstone event on the PGA Tour of Australasia and has now also entered into a partnership with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation. We look forward to welcoming the public in February. For more information about the tournament see www.nzopen.co.nz
March 2014 OPEN SOUNDS 01 MARCH 2014 STARTS 6PM Kiwi songstress Anika Moa will headline the inaugural Open Sounds, which will also feature up-and-coming local artist Holly Arrowsmith. The familyfriendly Open Sounds concert, presented by award winning Queenstown wine brand Amisfield, will take place at 6pm after play finishes on the penultimate night of the event, Saturday 1 March and will ultimately become an annual fixture of the tournament. Located at popular food, wine and entertainment zone The 19th, the outdoor event offers a social, friendly and relaxed opportunity for people to gather in “a stunning and spectacular environment” to enjoy the best of Kiwi music, food and wine.
MOTATAPU R & R SPORT 49KM ADVENTURE RUN 08 MARCH 2014 This 2-person team event traverses 4 peaks, the highest 1275m, with a total ascent of 2790m. This is a serious mountain run for serious athletes. Are you and your teammate up the challenge? Starts at Fern Burn, Wanaka and finishes at Butler’s Green, Arrowtown. Prior adventure racing experience is a must.
RIPPON FESTIVAL - WANAKA 2014 01 FEBRUARY 2014, STARTS 11AM
It¹s the people who attend this event that make it the most sought-after festival of the summer. They bring an openness, and an energy that truly electrifies the amphitheatre. As this event has a tendency to sell out well before the festival date and only comes around once every two years, we recommend a buy now-panic later approach!
GIBBSTON WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL 15 MARCH 2014, 10AM - 5PM The Gibbston Wine and Food Festival allows you to sample some amazing award winning wines and talk directly with the wine maker, the region also boost amazing chefs and local cuisine perfectly matching the wines. With free tasting tokens you are given the opportunity to try something completely different. A variety of local entertainment preforms throughout the day and the barrel racing rounds off a great days event. A large variety of food stalls range from gourmet pies to smoked salmon and cheese platters. Something to tempt everyones taste buds.
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