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Indoor trampoline park is now the fastest growing attractions in the entertainment industry. Aside from the fun, you can greatly reduce stress in your weight-bearing joints by bouncing.

The indoor trampoline park started in the United States 8 years ago. Then it quickly spread to England, Europe, Australia. And now, it has arrived in New Zealand.

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The Leap Indoor Trampoline Park brings the phenomenal and newest craze in the entertainment industry to Hamilton. By building the bouncing facility, it aims to share the experience of a safe and fun fitness activity with the family.

But what do you get from bouncing?

A lot!

Yes, bouncing on a trampoline brings you a lot of benefits. And it’s not just a children’s game, but a fun activity that your entire family can enjoy.  Here are what you are going to gain from trampolining:

  • It helps you lose weight – if that is an issue for you! A half an hour jumping on a trampoline can burn 160 calories.
  • It promotes metabolism, and firms and tones your muscles.
  • It is low impact on your joints and body. You can reduce the stress of your weight-bearing joints by up to 80%.
  • Jumping on a trampoline strengthens your heart, and increases your energy and sense of vitality.
  • It increases your oxygen capacity and its circulation to the tissues.
  • Bouncing can greatly improve your sense of balance, coordination, and motor skills.  This is, indeed, a wonderful option for those recuperating from injuries or accidents, and members of the family  who are physically-challenged.
  • It also stimulates the lymphatic system which in turn promotes detoxification of your body. Hence, you have greater immunity.
  • And of course, bouncing greatly reduces stress and makes you smile. For how could you be stressed when you’re having fun?

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You can do trampolining at the convenience of your home. But for a more fun bouncing workout with your family, you may visit an indoor trampoline park in your area.  In Hamilton, the Leap Indoor Trampoline Park Trampoline Park is located in Te Rapa.

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Cats the Musical, one of the longest-running shows in the history of West End and Broadway, comes to Auckland for a strictly limited season. To be staged at the Civic Theatre, the show will run on 11 – 20 September this year.

Following its successful show in London’s West End, the record-breaking Cats the Musical will come to The Civic Theatre, in Auckland, New Zealand in September.  Based on T.S. Eliot’s book of poems, the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical is composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Set among a larger-than-life junkyard playground, Cats the Musical tells the story of a tribe of cats, called the Jellicles. These Jellicle Cats came out one night to tell their stories before Old Deuteronomy, their benevolent and wise leader, who decides which cat should ascend to The Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

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Cats premiered in the West End on 11 May 1981 at the New London Theatre. Then, it debuted on Broadway on 7 October 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre with the same production team.  The show became the longest-running musical in the history of Broadway on 19 June 1997 with 6,138 performances.

Cats the Musical has already been staged in more than 30 countries, seen by over 73 million people all over the world, and translated into 15 languages since the time it made its world premiere. One of the songs featured in the show is the hit song Memory, which has been covered by more than 150 artists including Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, and Barbra Streisand.

Both its West End and Broadway presentations received recognition in the Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.

In the Auckland show, here is the show schedule:

  • 11 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 12 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 13 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 15 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 16 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 17 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 18 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 19 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 20 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Buy your tickets to Cats the Musical at ticketmaster.

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There are so many valid reasons to choose to work in Wellington, New Zealand.  Among the factors to consider include safety, career advancement, and quality of life.

The capital city of New Zealand may be small but it opens tonnes of opportunities to make expatriates choose to work in Wellington.

In terms of safety, the city was recognized as having an “overall perception of safety in the city after dark” in the 2014 survey by The Quality of Life in New Zealand’s 12 Largest Cities.

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Safety. The city government has consistently proven that the days are totally gone when the city’s image was tainted with crime and violence. In fact, it has now become a model society.  Its efficient police force, and the commendable coordination between and among government and varied sectors have effectively brought down antisocial behaviour in the city. Wellington even came out among the great places to live and work in the 2014 survey conducted by The Nielsen Quality of Life.

Career advancement. Wellington is known for bringing innovation to life. In fact, its booming digital technology industry has broken down the barriers to local creativity. This simply means that if you are a technology savvy, you now have the greater chance of bringing your career to new heights.  Your out-of-the-box thinking fits right in here.

It’s no wonder, then, that Wellington is home to several creative and innovative businesses, like the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Xero, and game development leader Pik Pok.

In addition, tourism is a booming industry in Wellington. The city is now among the top cities in New Zealand most preferred by international visitors. Because of this, more skilled workers are required to cope with the increasing demand in this sector.

Serious business. Both government and private sector work hand in hand in getting things done. No matter what your transaction may be, you can rest assured that no red tape is involve in it. Wellingtonians value  the essence of collaboration and partnership.  They even celebrate each other’s success and everyone is treated fairly.

Affordable accommodation.  Compared with other cities, Wellington’s house prices are surprisingly below the national median. And this is confirmed by the Mercer Cost of Living survey in 2014.

Proximity to major destinations. Wellington is the least vehicular traffic-congested in New Zealand.  It also got the most well-used public transport system; although almost everything here is just a walking distance away.

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Exciting events. The city never runs out of exciting events, from art exhibitions, sporting activities, excursions, cultural and musical presentations, to culinary festivals. Name it, and you’ll surely have it in Wellington!

In other words, you get more exciting “add-ons” when you choose to work in Wellington, New Zealand.

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With excellent trails and varied elevations, Christchurch provides a good setting for bikers. The Council even capitalizes on it by encouraging a cycling culture in the city.  

The City Council of Christchurch develops initiatives to promote a cycling culture in the city primarily to reduce road congestion, air pollution, and crash rates.  At the same time, it encourages people to keep fit and healthy.

The City Council’s multi-million budget to build a connected network of safe cycleways will go a very long way to promote a cleaner environment and better quality of life.

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Benefits of bicycling

Both the government and residents of Christchurch will have so much to benefit from the cycling culture that the City Council tries to implement. On the personal level alone, bicycling provides you with tremendous benefits, such as:

  1. Bicycling increases mobility for people who
    • don’t own a motor transportation
    • are not qualified to drive a car
    • can’t afford a motor transport
    • don’t want to drive a motor vehicle
    • have back conditions, arthritis, and other mobility problems
  2. If you switch from using a car to bike, you considerably save travel money on
    • gas
    • tires
    • fluids
    • insurance
    • maintenance
    • washing
    • parking
  3. Bicycling helps reduce stress.
  4. It is a healthy exercise. You can even have fun in cycling.  It allows you to appreciate more of the nuances of the natural environment that you may not have noticed before.  You can even make your commute the best part of your day, instead of your worst.
  5. Bicycling is therapeutic for both mind and spirit, as well as the cardiovascular system.
  6. Regular cycling improves your muscle tone and bone mass.
  7. It helps you develop a clearer skin.
  8. If obesity is an issue for you, bicycling can remarkably help you develop a healthier life.
  9. Bicycling regularly helps you with personal weight management. If you are a new full-time bicycle commuter, you can expect to lose an average of 13 pound during your first year of commuting if you also maintain the same eating habits.
  10. Making cycling a habit can significantly lower your healthcare expenses. Hence, you save money.

Advocating a cycling culture in your community is also promoting a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

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New Zealand opens several jobs for tourism and hospitality professionals, as the country receives an increasing number of visitors each year.

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The tourism and hospitality industry of New Zealand has been receiving an increasing number of visitors from all over the world lately. Experts even say that the trend would continue for a long period; and this means more jobs for tourism and hospitality professionals.

But since local manpower would not be able to fill all job vacancies, the industry opens its doors to overseas applicants.  Among the most in-demand jobs are as follows:

  • Bar manager
  • Chef
  • Cafe and restaurant manager
  • Flying instructor
  • Horse trainer
  • Skydive instructor
  • Snowsport instructor

Perry Foundation - chefOther job positions are also available.  You just have to check with the authorized recruitment agencies – such as New Kiwis, Trade Me, Seek – for vacancies that fit your qualifications.

Demand for workers in the tourism and hospitality industry is highest during summer, when one third of the international visitors prefer to come.  While, around a fifth of these tourists prefer to visit during the winter season. That’s why some of the jobs required are dependent of the season.

Visitors to New Zealand come from a diverse range of countries. Many of whom are from the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, and Australia.

To meet the different demands of these visitors, the industry also has had to constantly raise its standards to deliver an utmost quality of service.  In the process, it creates great opportunities for its workers to level up their skills.

Even as the country in general sees an influx of visitors, the highest concentrations of jobs in tourism and hospitality are in these major tourist destinations:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Canterbury/Christchurch
  • Rotoroa
  • Central Otago, including Queenstown

The tourism and hospitality industry is the second largest export earner for New Zealand, bringing in more than 15% of the country’s total export revenues.

Statistics also show that there are more jobs for tourism and hospitality professionals in the country because almost 120,000 jobs are directly related to tourism.

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Hamilton offers several exciting tour destinations and adventures, among which is sightseeing the city on a hot air balloon.  It’s an exhilarating experience to have an unobstructed view of the whole place and looking down on life below. Every visitor to Hamilton should try this.

Perhaps, one of the most exciting adventures you could do in Hamilton is to ride the wind – literally – on a hot air balloon. An hour-long flight above Hamilton and Waikato is more than worth the money you pay for it. And getting up very early in the morning is a pleasant challenge.

Yes, a hot air balloon ride is done just before sunrise, while the rest of the community are still in the comfort of their beds or have just woken up.  The crisp morning breeze is superb. And perhaps, there is nothing more wonderful than watching the sun gradually comes out from the horizon.

Flying over the North Island gives you a magnificent view of the lush vineyards, pasturelands of the Waikato, forests, the local crops, lakes, rivers, mountain ranges, roads, and the communities.  And if you’re fortunate to fly on a clear day, you’ll have a bonus view of the snow-capped mountains of the distant Tongariro National Park.

And if you are keen about reflecting over the things you see, you’ll stand in awe at the marvelous deeds of the Creator.

hot air balloon 1Ideal for honeymooners as well as families

A hot air balloon ride is ideal for honeymooners, lovers, as well as for families and groups.  There are just certain qualifications, however, on who should go up on a hot air balloon ride for safety reasons.

  • kids below 8 years old are not allowed to ride
  • children below 12 years should be under parental guidance
  • fourteen-week pregnant women are not allowed to fly

The hot air balloon adventure is available daily from September to June.  However, since it is weather-dependent, you may not be able to take the flight on your preferred schedule. But you need not worry because your hot air ballooning team is always ready to coordinate with you on the matter.

Visit 100% Pure New Zealand for your hot air balloon booking.

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This year’s New Zealand International Film Festival is set to open in Auckland from 16 July to 2 August before it gets underway in Wellington a week later.  In this connection, therefore, the city announces the initial movie titles for NZIFF 2015.

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Organizers of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) are delighted to announce the first movie titles to launch the festival’s first programme for this year.  They are pleased to reveal that the films include five Sundance award winners, namely:

  • The Wolfpack.  This Crystal Moselle film won the Documentary Grand Prize Jury Prize.  It tells the story of the six Angulo siblings who were locked away in their apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan by their father.
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl.  NZIFF secured this Marielle Heller-directed movie from the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition section. The film, based on the well-reviewed graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, is about the coming-of-age adventures of a teen artist, Minnie Goetze, who enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.
  • Umrika.  This Indian drama film by Prashant Nair won the Sundance’ Audience Award for World Cinema. The story revolves on a country lad who travels to America (also known as Umrika) and narrates his adventures to his countrymen through letters, a thing that sparks community debate and inspires hope.

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  • Cartel Land. This action-based documentary by Matthew Heineman, is a classic western presentation that pits vigilantes on both sides of the border against the Mexican drug cartels.

 

  • Grandma. Written, produced, and directed by Paul Weitz, Grandma is a comedy drama film of a hilarious and protective grandmother who fights for her pregnant teenage granddaughter.

Organizers further announce that the NZIFF programmes will be available in Auckland starting 23 June, and in Wellington from 26 June.

Auckland is such a vibrant city that it never runs out of amazing activities for both its residents and visitors to keep busy with.  For sure, the announcement of the initial movie titles for the NZIFF 2015 draws excitement among film enthusiasts and filmmakers alike.

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Traditional-branding-is-conspicuously-absent-the-biggest-sign-in-the-window-just-says-Shop.-450x300The business industry is the most competitive realm to go through with all the competitors around it is hard for any entrepreneur to start up their own business. If they do, they will be wondering on why their competitor is always full of customers if they are both selling the same products. That would be the responsibility of retail design or the shops interior design. Because any shops appearance can make a great impact on the overall feel of the business and creating the right atmosphere is essential in attracting consumers and to maintain their loyalty in the business.

    To do so, retail shop owners should be focusing in the area that is mostly seen by customers which are the window displays. It is the most powerful tool in drawing passengers in and to attract them to enter the vicinity. The most effective window display stands are the ones that can stand out even on high streets and contains visually appealing and inviting displays consumers will love. The key is by creating a creative retail design for the window displays.

Tips for a creative retail design windows display:

    Always change the window display

The changing of window designs frequently can keep everything about the shop fresh and thrill for the consumers. As window displays showcases the products that are available for passers-by. Older retail stores have been changing their designs at the end of the season and to have an edge from them owners should consider changing their window displays at least 6 types in a year. To do so, take advantage of the most important calendar dates and think of ways on how to turn them into a very eye-catching displays.

    Create a BIG and Bold statement with window display

As a common misconception, window displays are not only for the merchandise but are also effective of making a statement that can be seen by anyone that will pass by the store. If the store is fighting for something they can convey their message by showing it on their window display.

    The brand should be reflected on the Exterior of the store

Before anyone notices a certain store, the first thing that will capture their attention is the store front. A shop hidden can literally drive costumers away before the store has their chance to win them over with their products and displays. To prevent this from happening, they should ensure that the paintwork and their signage are intact in collaboration with their window designs.

    They should use the right set of merchandise

The products to be displayed on the windows are highly important as the store displays. Although the product does not change every season it is important that they do not re-create an old display. Instead of focusing on the merchandise, they should be thinking of new ways on how they can showcase their products. They could incorporate their main merchandise on the different sections of the store. These can show costumers what the store can offer in just a limited space.

    The correct lighting is a must

Due to the fact that lighting can make or break a window display because the light directed on the merchandise acts as an important factor in attracting costumer’s attention. They should remember that not all displays need the same type of lighting. Spotlights are used to focus the attention of featured products while a softer glow can be an effective way in incorporating the windows display in retail design on the rest of the store.

    These tips are the effective ways on attracting potential consumers to purchase on the store, all they have to do is be creative and think out of their box.

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The legendary Foster & Allen singing duo is set to perform in a live concert on the 4th of June at St. James Theatre, Wellington. It would be a night of humour and easy-listening music for all loyal fans of the famous Irish folk singers.  

Catch Foster & Allen live in concert on the 4th of June at St. James Theatre in Wellington.  The two-and-half hour show starts at 7:00 in the evening, but doors will open 30 minutes before that.

The singing duo will be supported by Ollie Kennedy on bass, Bryan Megahey on lead guitar, and Moyra Fraser on keyboards.

Foster & Allen began their singing career in 1975 by doing local gigs in different cabaret venues in Ireland, as well as in the UK. But it was only in 1978 that their music got noticed by many with the release of their single. A Bunch of Thyme became so popular that it consistently topped the Irish Music Charts for 53 weeks.

Following the single’s success in Ireland, Foster & Allen decided to release A Bunch of Thyme in the United Kingdom.  All radio stations aired the song then, paving the way for the singing duo’s singing career into the music industry.  Since then, Foster & Allen’ popularity immensely grew, capturing many fans abroad, particularly in Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Foster and Allen - portraitSome of Foster & Allen’s notable songs include:

  • A Bunch of Thyme
  • Old Flames
  • I Love You All My Life
  • Maggie
  • Gentle Mother
  • Silver Threads Among the Gold
  • Seven Old Ladies
  • After All These Years

Aside from their performance in the capital, Foster & Allen will also bring their show live in other cities of New Zealand, like: Napier, Hamilton, North Shore, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Invercargill, Dunedin, Ashburton, Blenheim, and New Plymouth.

The Foster & Allen show tickets are fast selling. So, secure your seat now; otherwise, you’ll miss it.

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Six60 NZ Tour

After more than a year of being away, Six60 returns to New Zealand stage again with what the band dubs as its  “biggest and and most exciting tour to date”.  

Following a considerable time spent in the studio recording their new album, the Six60 band is back to do a concert tour in the different cities of New Zealand.  The group will start their gigs in May – that is, this month – promising to deliver high energy live shows for its loyal fans.  They will play songs from their debut album as well as perform some numbers from their new set, which was released on 27 February this year.

Six60In Christchurch, the band will perform on 29 May at the Horncastle Arena. Tickets to the concert are now on sale at ticketek. Doors open at 7:00pm, although the duration of the show remains tentative and subject to change any time.

Six60 achieved a phenomenal success in the field of music, boasting of the following recognitions:

  • Six New Zealand Music Awards
  • sold out nationwide tours
  • a quadruple platinum sales for its self-titled debut album, which was released in October 2011

Some of the most popular songs that mark Six60 include, Don’t Forget Your Roots, Rise Up, Only to Be, Forever, Special, and Lost.

The band is composed of five young men, who were then students at the University of Otago in Dunedin. They decided to name their group Six60 after the street number of the house where they used to live. From Dunedin, their fan base grew to other student hubs around New Zealand. Since then, Six60 continues to rise until it has carved a niche in the music industry.

The Six60 NZ Tour will also feature the support acts of Mt Eden, who is popularly known for the new wave of electronic music which he introduced in 2009, and; Raiza Biza, a Hamilton/Auckland-based young rapper, who is noted for his reflective and introspective lyrics.

You can also catch Six60 in other New Zealand venues:

  • May 16: Shed 6, Wellington
  • May 22: Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
  • May 23: Vector Arena, Auckland
  • May 30: Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin
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