66 days ago

Joint venture partners sought for Waiwera resort 2.0

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Kia ora neighbours. A revival of the defunct Waiwera thermal resort is in the works.

Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort used to host about 350,000 visitors a year, but closed in February 2018 and fell to ruin. Russian oligarch Mikhail Khimich, who ran the water park and Waiwera water bottling company, went into liquidation in 2019. Khimich reportedly died with Covid-19 in Russia in late 2021.

Urban Partners are now seeking expressions of interest from a potential joint venture partner.

“The site has extraordinary potential, recognised as a regional tourist attraction by the Auckland Unitary Plan and has zoning allowing for business, residential developments, health and wellness, tourism, hospitality and visitor accommodation," project director Doug Osborne said.

"Given the site’s proximity to Auckland, and the booming wellness industry, which is now worth $4.5 trillion, we expect the site to be of real interest to specialist operators from around the globe."

Click 'read more' for the full report by Susan Edmunds. Video by Chris McKeen.

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4 days ago

Is your broadband bill about to increase? Don't throw money away.

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Spark have recently announced a price increase of $3 - $5 a month for new and existing broadband customers and other providers seem likely to follow suit.

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CORRECTION: This post has been amended to clarify that the price of fibre and copper broadband internet services will increase, and that the increase is between $3 and $5 a month, not only $5 a month on fibre broadband plans as previously posted. (Amended at 10.31am, June 23, 2022)

1 day ago

Fried Chicken or War Goddesses?


As partners of the Elemental festival, Stuff Travel is giving away 2 amazing packages! For each you'll win 2 nights of luxury stay at Fable Auckland with a welcome dinner and daily breakfasts. You'll also get tickets to either the Takurua - Nafanua, The War Goddess or the Auckland Fried Chicken Festival.

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2 days ago

Insect house

The Team from Resene ColorShop Whangarei

Build a cosy bug hotel to hang in a quiet corner of your garden and paint it in your favourite Resene hues.

Find out how to create your own.