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It hasent been over the top this summer with accommodation in Auckland.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have found a 15% guest stay reduction in accommodation from last year but we will make this inbalance up with the NRL 9’s and the ICC World Cup Cricket being staged at Eden Park. This is full house in this period, so i hope you have all made your reservations.
Its hot here in Auckland tho. Fans in all the rooms and doors and windows open by 0630 for the house to receive the morning coolness.
International visitor arrivals Four weeks ended 11 January 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 6% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: China 51%, Korea 22%, India 20%, Germany 12%, Singapore 12%, USA 7%, Japan 4%, UK 2%, Australia 1%.
DOWN: Canada 2%.
Source: Statistics New Zealand
International visitor arrivals for Four weeks ended 21 December 2014
Total visitor arrivals are up 3% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: China 42%, Korea 19%, India 14%, Singapore 13%, Germany 10%, Canada 8%, Japan 7%, USA 1%.
DOWN: Australia 3%, UK 4%.
Source: Statistics New Zealand
Of course it is !
But the New Zealand Government introduced new regulations in October 2011 following a Department of Labour report which said 29 people had died in adventure tourism activities in the previous five years. Things moved rapidly following the accident in 2012 when 11 people died during a hot air balloon sightseeing trip after the balloon flew into power lines near Carterton. This crash is considered one of the worst hot air balloon accidents in the world.
The New safety rules for the adventure tourism sector came into force on November 1 2014, and WorkSafe said at the time only 86 of 348 adventure tourism companies met the deadline and 199 were given an extension until December 1.
The safety agencies said yesterday the number of operators was now 349 and of those 255 are registered. As of 5pm yesterday all unregistered operators cannot legally operate.
So… , when they tie a rubber band around your ankles and suggest you jump off a perfectly safe bridge…… Make certain they have tied it tight .
As of December 1st 2014 the legal alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over will be lowered from 80 to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 400 to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.
The alcohol limit for drivers under the age of 20 will remain at zero.
There is no coincidence that it is Christmas Holiday time that this new law will take effect. Every year In New Zealand there are an average of 61 fatalities, 244 serious injuries, and 761 minor injuries every year caused by drivers who have been drinking.
If you’re going to drink, don’t drive, and if you’re going to drive, don’t drink.”
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we advise travellers to catch the bus or a taxi if they wish to go out for dinner. Please be careful..
I used to run the Auckland Ghost Tours ; so when I see evidence of our Colonial Past and the macabre international trade in severed heads, I am fascinated . Information from new book has found that the intensified Maori inter-tribal warfare from such a Trade grew to such an extent it was feared the Maori would be wiped out altogether.
European agents sent to New Zealand in the nineteenth century to buy or trade for the best baked heads were often murdered and beheaded themselves, before being traded back as authentic “Maori warriors”, according to a new book on the history of severed heads.
In ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’, English author and anthropological expert Dr Frances Larson explores the “bizarre, often gruesome and confounding history of the severed head … our history is littered with them”.
In it she features the grisly history of Maori trophy heads, or toi moko, traditionally taken from the enemy during inter-tribal warfare.
The heads were not shrunken, like in South American head hunting cultures, but preserved with their skulls intact.
“Specialists, often tribal chiefs, removed the brains, eyes, and tongues before stuffing the nostrils and skull with flax and burying the head with hot stones so that it gradually steam or cured dry,” the book says.
Toi moko were displayed on short poles, usually around the chief’s house.
Joseph Banks, the naturalist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his historic first voyage to the South Pacific, was the first European to acquire a Maori head.
He managed to “persuade a reluctant elderly Maori man” to part with it in exchange for a pair of white linen drawers.
But when the old man took the drawers, he then refused to give up the head until Banks “enforced his threats” at musketpoint.
As contact with European whalers and sealers increased, and the desire for guns increased among Maori in the early nineteenth century, the trade is preserved heads took off.
Over the course of the 50 years from Captain Cook’s first visit in 1769, trade in human heads “reached such intensity, and inter-tribal warfare escalated so ferociously, that many believed the Maori would be completely annihilated,” Dr Larson writes.
The intricate facial tattoos of Maori chiefs were particularly attractive to Europeans.
But they were also the hardest to find and led to slaves being forcibly tattooed and sold to order.
European agents sent over were sometimes killed, tattooed, and sold back to their own unsuspecting countrymen.
Preserved heads were snaffled by private collectors and museums, but also sold in European shops and auction houses as curiosities.
In 1831, the Governor of New South Wales, Ralph Darling banned the increasingly popular practice, saying “there is strong reason to believe that such disgusting traffic tends greatly to increase the sacrifice of human life amongst savages whose disregard of it is notorious”.
The 317-page book notes the observation of one nineteenth century collector, Horatio Robley, who said the human head trade had by then stocked the museums of Europe but had also “considerably reduced the population of New Zealand”.
Since 2003, more than 70 toi moko have been returned to Te Papa Museum in Wellington from public collections in Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark, Australia, Argentina, France, Hawaii, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, USA, and Germany.
However, it’s believed there are at least 100 more in collections around the world.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in a campaign of building and renovation. We are installing a Bay Window onto the front room and hanging new wallpaper in various rooms. The window was saved from a building that was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake. It’s our little bit of saving a piece of Christchurch history….
The first five restaurants are within a 10 minute walking distance from Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. All of the restaurants have gained a following due to their high standard of cuisine and presentation. Eating out in Auckland is a pleasure. Enjoy!
Two Fifteen Bistro 215 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 630-6474 www.twofifteen.co.nz
The Dominion 234 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-2121 www.dominionbar.co.nz
Basil Thai 2/236 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-2334 www.basilthai.co.nz
Merediths 365 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-3170 www.merediths.co.nz
Clare Inn Irish Pub 274-278 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-8233 www.theclareinn.com
Reservations are recommended for all of the following restaurants
601(New North Rd) 601 New North Rd Morningside 849-7268 www.601newnorthroad.co.nz
Andiamo 194 Jerviois Rd Herne Bay 378-7811 www.andiamo.co.nz
Baduzzi Cnr Jellicoe St and Fish Lane North Wharf.City 309-9339 www.baduzzi.co.nz
Cazador 854 Dominion Rd Balmoral 620-8730 www.huntgatherfeed.com
CIBO Axis Building, 91 street Georges Bay Rd Parnell 303-9660 www.cibo.co.nz
Clooney 33 Sale Street Central City 358-1702 www.clooney.co.nz
Cocoro 56a Brown St Ponsonby 360-0927
Coco’s Cantina 376 Karangahape Rd Newton 300-7582 www.cocoscantina.co.nz
Debretts Kitchen Hotel De Brett, 2 High St Central City 969-1545 www.hoteldebrett.co.nz
Depot 86 Federal St. Central City 363-7048 www.eatatdepot.co.nz
Ebisu 116-118 Quay St.Britomart Central City 300-5271 www.ebisu.co.nz
Federal Delicatessen 86 Federal St. Central City 363-7184 www.thefed.co.nz
Fish Hilton Auckland. Princess Wharf. 147 Quay St Viaduct 978-2020 www.fishrestaurant.co.nz
Ima 57 Fort St Central City 300-7252
Kazuya 193 Symonds St Eden Terrace 377-8537 www.kazuya.co.nz
Masu Sky City Grand Hotel.90 Federal St Central City 363-6278 www.skycityauckland.co.nz
Merediths 365 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-3140 www.merediths.co.nz
Moochowchow 23 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-6262 www.moochowchow.co.nz
Non Solo Pizza 259 Parnell Rd Parnell 379-5358 www.nonsolopizza.co.nz
O’Connell St Bistro 3 O’Connell St Central City 377-1884 www.oconnellstbistro.com
Orphans Kitchen 118 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 378-7979 www.orphanskitchen.co.nz
Ortolana The Pavilions. 31 Tyler St. Britomart Central City 368-9487 www.britomart.org/ortolana
O’Sarracino 3-5 Mt Eden Rd. Eden Terrace 309-3740 www.osarracino.co.nz
Astro Level 2. Seafarers.52 Tyler St.Britomart Central City 302-9888 www.seafarers.co.nz
Ponsonby Rd Bistro 165 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-1611 www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz
Rosie 82 Gladstone Rd Parnell 369-1182 Rosie
Sidart Three Lamps Plaza. 283 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-2122 www.sidart.co.nz
Soto 13 St Marys Rd St Marys Bay 360-0021 www.soto.co.nz
Soul Bar and Bistro Viaduct Harbour Viaduct 356-7249 www.soulbar.co.nz
SPQR 150 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-1710 www.spqrnz.co.nz
St Heliers Café and Bistro 387 Tamaki Dr St Heliers 575-6995 www.stheliersbaycafe.co.nz
The Blue Breeze Inn 146 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-0303 www.thebluebreezeinn.co.nz
The French Café 210 Symonds St Eden Terrace 377-1977 www.thefrenchcafe.co.nz
The Grill by Sean Connolly Sky City Grand Hotel.90 Federal St Central City 363-7067 www.skycityauckland.co.nz
The Grove St Patricks Square. Wyndham St Central City 368-4129 www.thegroverestaurant.co.nz
The Sugar Club Sky Tower,Cnr Federal and Victoria Sts Central City 363-6365 www.skycityauckland.co.nz
Tribeca The Foundation Bldg. 8 George St Parnell 379-6359 www.tribeca.co.nz
Vinnies 166 Jervois Rd Herne Bay 376-5597 www.vinnies.co.nz
It’s game day at Eden Park Saturday 23rd, August 2014
The World Champions ; the All Blacks , play Australia in the second Rugby Test for the Bledisloe Cup.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have the FULL house sign up. The energy levels around the neighbourhood are high. The Buzz surrounding the game is fun to watch . Kick off is 1935 tonight.
Go Black ….
Monday, 11 August 2014, 1:30 pm
Press Release: HSBC Bank
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I follow economic news with great interest . This report from the HSBC bank gives great “Feel Good ” factor about New Zealand…….
Falling dairy prices have created some doubts about the robustness of New Zealand’s economic boom. But it is worth keeping in mind that dairy is only one part of the economy’s recent growth story. Growth has also been driven by the post-earthquake rebuilding of the Canterbury region, an upswing in housing construction in Auckland and strong net inward-migration. While we expect the recent fall in dairy prices could weaken local income growth, we still expect GDP growth to be above trend in 2014 and 2015. There are also good reasons to believe that the recent slump in dairy prices could prove to be temporary.
Dairy prices have fallen sharply in recent months, with the GlobalDairyTrade price index down by -40% from its recent peak in February. New Zealand’s major dairy cooperative has revised down its forecast farm gate milk price for next season to NZD 6.00 per kilogram of milk solids (kgMS), which would be a noticeable hit to farm incomes compared to the 2013/14 season’s NZD 8.40 kgMS payout, if the fall proves to be permanent. If these price levels persist, they could knock as much as 2% of GDP off income growth, although there are a number of mitigating factors.
A key offset will be a likely ramp up in export volumes. To the extent that volumes ramp up without putting significant further downward pressure on prices, this will reduce the negative impact of the recent price fall on incomes. In our view, it is also likely that the dairy price story improves in coming quarters. The fall in dairy prices appears to largely reflect that China ramped up its milk powder inventories substantially in H2 2013 and is now running them down. We expect medium-term demand for dairy products to be well supported, as Asia’s middle class incomes rise, although, as with most agricultural commodities, weather-related supply factors and inventory cycles can drive significant volatility around this general trend.
Importantly, New Zealand’s recent growth story is more broad-based than just dairy. While the dairy sector is large, it is not dominant: in 2013/14’s stellar production season, dairy exports were worth NZD 15bn, equivalent to around 7% of GDP. Adding in dairy industry support services could boost the share of the economy reliant on the industry to around 10-15% of GDP. Even within the agricultural sector, dairy is not the full story. Meat prices are strengthening and meat exports to China are rising rapidly.
In terms of employment, agriculture is a relatively small sector. In total, 139,000 workers – 6% of the total – are classified as working in agriculture. New Zealand’s economy added +82,500 jobs over the year to Q2, but employment in the agriculture sector actually fell by 8,500 during that time. By contrast, the construction sector added nearly +30,000 jobs.
Construction has been a key driver of recent growth. The post-earthquake Canterbury rebuild, worth NZD 40bn (20% of GDP), is still in its early stages, with over a decade of reconstruction still ahead and the peak contribution to GDP growth not expected until at least 2015. Since the 2011 earthquake, total building activity in the region has measured around NZD 7bn, leaving over NZD 30bn yet to happen. Construction in Auckland is also rising, and should continue to do so, driven by strong population growth and weak housing supply. Central and local governments have recently put in place plans to speed up the growth in Auckland’s housing stock. Meanwhile, a renewed focus on upgrading buildings to higher earthquake standards should also boost construction activity, particularly in the earthquake-prone capital, Wellington.
Despite the fall in dairy prices, sentiment also remains high across consumers and businesses. Business confidence remains at levels implying GDP growth of 3-4%, with business investment and hiring intentions particularly positive. Consumer sentiment is holding up very well, with the quarterly survey remaining near a nine-year high in Q2.
Adding to New Zealand’s growth story, net migration flows have seen a remarkable turnaround over the past couple of years. Annual net migration is currently close to +40,000 (0.9% of the population), which is a huge turnaround from late 2012, when there was net outward migration of around -4,000 people. The turnaround has more than doubled New Zealand’s population growth. The major driver has been trans- Tasman migration, with fewer Kiwis leaving for Australia and a large increase in the number returning home from Australia (the highest rate in over two decades). New Zealand is also attracting more migrants from elsewhere, in particular from China, India and mainland Europe. All of those migrants will need somewhere to live and are expected to add to domestic demand.
Not only is New Zealand proving an attractive place to live, it is also attracting more tourists. Over the year to June, total visitor arrivals were up by +6% from the previous year. Encouragingly, the largest tourism market, Australia, continues to show steady growth despite the lower AUD/NZD. Visitor numbers from China have been the major source of growth over recent years, rising by +30% since June 2012. Tourism and supporting services are estimated to make up around 9% of GDP.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast our infrastructure is based around the accommodation sector. I do like the sound of these figures released in this report.
It is the view that New Zealand’s growth will continue to be above trend, largely driven by construction and surging inward-migration, which are expected to support domestic demand. At this stage we expect the recent fall in dairy prices will prove to be a temporary supply-side and inventory effect, rather than a permanent decline, although clearly this bears watching carefully.
With growth accelerating over the past year, the RBNZ has lifted its cash rate by 100bps since March. With a pause in the hiking cycle now being signalled, the question is how much more the RBNZ will need to do and when? Despite the fall in dairy prices, we still expect growth to be above trend in 2014 and 2015. Thanks to the strong growth outlook, we expect inflation to rise gradually over the next 12 months. We expect that the RBNZ will need to raise rates further yet, as the cash rate (currently at 3.50%) is still well below its neutral level. At this stage, we still expect another 25bp hike before the end of the year.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation industry in Auckland. Latest Tourism reports show total visitor spending in New Zealand grew by 11 per cent to $7.1 billion in the past year, driven by strong growth from the United States, Germany and China.
Financial figures for the year ending in June showed visitors increased their spending by $800 million.These figures are based on results from approximately 8900 visitors departing New Zealand airports.
The results showed there was a significant increase in total spending by visitors from the United States, up an estimated 53 per cent from the previous year to $773m, and Germany, up 63 per cent to $375m. Spending by visitors from China rose 26 per cent to $912m, as visitors moved from lower value short shopping trips to longer stays.
But how to tap the Chinese Market is still a challenge. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , we accommodate a percentage from that FIT market , but tapping into the Chinese Tour Market is still difficult ….or impossible !
Spending by Australians fell 4 per cent to $2.11b.
And business spending tumbled by 22 per cent from $585m to $459m.
Tourism is still strong tho. Although we found it to be quiet for accommodation in the month of July , August shows improvement . Next week we have the All Blacks playing Australia at Eden Park. Full House at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.
Go Black !