Winter Blast in Auckland

Winter is definitely here at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland. I got up this morning to a rare sight of frost on the lawn and an icy window on the Supercare4u.com van.
Bed nights are down in the Accommodation sector,so the slow down in Tourism is now in full swing for winter. This is the time where you do whatever maintenance can be done. There is still regularity with our business clients and from the Eden Park convention center .

International Visitor Arrivals to 3rd June 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 1.4% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 45%, Korea 24%, Japan 25%,

Downs: Singapore -19%, UK -15%, Germany -2%,
USA -6%, Canada -9%, Malaysia -27%,
Australia -1%

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New Zealand vs Ireland

Yahoo ! We have test rugby back at Eden Park this weekend with New Zealand’s World Champions All Blacks playing Ireland at 1935 hrs on Saturday.
This their first game since winning the RWC last year and this armchair warrior is looking forward to the game. Alas I will be pulling a shift on Supercare4u.com that is providing the mobility transport at the ground so will not get to watch the game live.
We are full house at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast for the weekend and are still turning people away. It makes you think about having more rooms but then sanity re emerges and you are thankful of the fact that it is better to have a smaller property with rooms full than a larger one with empty rooms.
Soooooo………go the All Blacks !

All Blacks team to play Ireland at Eden Park on Saturday: (test caps in brackets)
1. Tony Woodcock (83)
2. Andrew Hore (62)
3. Owen Franks (31)
4. Brodie Retallick *
5. Samuel Whitelock (25)
6. Victor Vito (13)
7. Richie McCaw (c) (103)
8. Kieran Read (36)
9. Aaron Smith *
10. Daniel Carter (85)
11. Julian Savea *
12. Sonny Bill Williams (14)
13. Conrad Smith (55)
14. Zac Guildford (8)
15. Israel Dagg (12)

* Debut

Reserves:
16. Hikawera Elliot (2)
17. Ben Franks (15)
18. Ali Williams (73)
19. Adam Thomson (24)n
20. Piri Weepu (56)
21. Aaron Cruden (9)
22. Ben Smith (2)

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Winter has arrived in New Zealand

What’s miserable day for weather in Auckland. Lady GaGa is in town for a concert so welcome to NZ on a wet day.Tourism is dowwwwwn. A top end accommodation house has notified the industry that it is closing down. I guess the percentage that pay one thousand + a night is in short supply.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are slower but maintaining continuity.We have always worked on the premise that affordable pricing benefits in the long term. This is one reason why we have a rate per person rather than per room!
We have full house this weekend within International Rugby Test being played at Eden Park between New Zealand( All Blacks) and Ireland. I have to provide the disability transportation at the park with Supercare4u.com. Gonna be a busy weekend.

International Visitor Arrivals to 20th May 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 6.4% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 64%, Korea 26%, Japan 43%,
Australia 1%

Downs: Singapore -3%, UK -18%, Germany -5%,
USA -8%, Canada -6%, Malaysia -1%

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The All Blacks are Playing again

The All Blacks have released their team to play Ireland at Eden Park June 9th.
We have a full house for the weekend at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast and our transport company ,Supercare4u.com is providing the DIsability Shuttle on site. Go the BLACK.

Hookers: Andrew Hore – Taranaki (62) , Keven Mealamu – Auckland (92)
Props: Wyatt Crockett – Canterbury (6), Owen Franks – Canterbury (31) , Ben Tameifuna – Hawke’s Bay * , Tony Woodcock – North Harbour (83)
Loose forwards: Sam Cane – Bay of Plenty *, Richie McCaw (C) – Canterbury (103), Kieran Read – Canterbury (36) , Adam Thomson – Otago (24) , Victor Vito – Wellington (13)
Halfbacks: Aaron Smith – Manawatu *, Piri Weepu – Auckland (56),
First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett – Taranaki *, Daniel Carter – Canterbury (85), Aaron Cruden – Manawatu (9)
Midfielders: Tamati Ellison – Otago (1), Ma’a Nonu – Wellington (66), Conrad Smith – Wellington (55), Sonny Bill Williams – Canterbury (14)
Locks: Brodie Retallick – Bay of Plenty *, Luke Romano – Canterbury * , Samuel Whitelock – Canterbury (25) , Ali Williams – Auckland (73)
Outside backs: Israel Dagg – Hawke’s Bay (12), Hosea Gear – Wellington (8), Zac Guildford – Hawke’s Bay (8), Ben Smith – Otago (2), Julian Savea – Wellington *

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Black Friday for the Blues......again!

Oh so close yet so far ! The Blues rugby team lose again to the South African Sharks. With a disjointed crown of aprox 10,000 watching ; the Black Friday curse struck again . We Lost !!!
There is going to be some serious blood letting within the coaching team and the Auckland Rugby Union Board over this malaise . It is now at the stage of being embarrassing to the public that support the team. Lost 6 games…..won 1.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we had guests that watched and although most didn’t understand the rules they were enthusiastic . Shades of the RWC fever from last year. I even saw war paint on some of the supporters. Here’s oping that the ANZAC League Test next week between New Zealand and Australia goes better for us

International Visitor Arrivals to 01 April 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 14.1% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: Malaysia 49%, China 72%, Korea 12%,
Singapore 5%, Canada 19%, Australia 11%,
Japan 21%, USA 4%, Germany 21%,
UK 8%

Nice to see the increase from USA,Germany,Australia and Canada.

And let’s hope the Blues might win some !!

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Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals

its now into the business end of the Rugby World Cup with the Quarter Finals being played in Wellington and Auckland this weekend.
Wellington has South Africa v Australia and Ireland v Wales .
Auckland has England v France on Saturday and New Zealand v Argentina on Sunday at Eden Park.
We are full house at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast so it’s late nights and early starts for Marlene and myself.The atmosphere has ramped up in interest in the games. New Zealand has seen the withdrawal of Daniel Carter and that was like a black cloud of despondency had settled over the country…. But rugby is a team game and I am sure the team will step up to address the issue.
I have commitments with Supercare4u at the games so I will be rolling into bed at midnight and up at 0700 the next morning to help Marlene with the breakfast servings.
that’s business tho. you do what you have to do.
I read that Steve Jobs has passed away.RIP Steve.Your brilliance will be missed.It’s sad that the bright ones seem to go earlier….

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Who is Mr Darcy

Today is Mr Darcy’s column. We have a dog on the property. He is a male “Spoodle”. This is a cross from a cocker spaniel and a poodle.
He has the cocker bum which goes from side to side when he is excited to see you and the brains of a poodle. Sometimes a bit too smart !
He is Marlene’s dog and she loves him. He is a small dog and kinda cute……for a dog!
He is 18 months old and has been a welcome addition to the property. I was concerned about the issue of running Eden Park Bed and Breakfast with a resident dog, but so far he has been a treat with the guests. I was surprised one day to see a guest come out to breakfast and then insist on going outside to play with Darcy. Obviously the dog just loves this attention.
We are still full house with the Rugby World Cup 2011 in the country. This weekend we have South Africa v Samoa at North Harbour,Albany and England v Scotland at Eden Park.
Should be lots of face war paint from the various fans.Check out our various U Tube uploads.

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All Blacks v France at Eden Park

the atmosphere around the park tonight is magnificent The costumes displayed by the patrons from the two countries makes the spectacle known as the Rugby World Cup 2011 as the place to be.
We have a double header at the park this weekend. New Zealand v France tonight and Fiji v Samoa tomorrow.
We are full house at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast and will need all our skills to cover the sit down breakfast tomorrow. Marlene is doing her breakfast quiche .This allows her to prep the base tonight and then bake them tomorrow morning. It just makes the serving go easier when we have a large sitting . Tastes real good as well!
I have implemented a new policy of displaying the two countries national Flags at the front of the house on game day. So today we have France and New Zealand.
Viva les Blues and Go Black !!

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The All Blacks play this Saturday

Its Thursday night and the Springboks are playing at North Harbour Stadium. We are full house for accommodation for Eden Park Bed and Breakfast this weekend for the double header at Eden Park. The first game is the All Blacks v France on Saturday and Fiji v Samoa on Sunday. It will be a hell of a weekend and I think Marlene will be exhausted by Monday. Oh yea rugby world cup 2011!!!!
Just have to pretend that it is peak season in Summer !
I am over at North Harbour Stadium tonight doing the mobility service for the game. Very high numbers tonight on Supercare4u.com.
Am surprised as to how many South Africans have emigrated to New Zealand.Cause they all seem to be here tonight! Thankfully the rain has stayed away and the game is being won by the Springboks.

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Australia v Ireland at Eden Park for RWC 2011

This blog is more about Supercare4u.com today. I am operational in the inner cordon around Eden Park providing Mobility transfers for tonight’s match between Ireland and Australia. Needless to say there is strong support for the Irish!
We are posting regular videos of the movement onto our U Tube channel. It’s fun to play with it but it does take time to process the images.
Went and watched the All Blacks play Japan at the local pub (The Dominion) last night. E

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