From Monday 9 December to Sunday 15 December, it’s ‘Shop Local Week’, where we’re asking readers to rally behind their local businesses. They’re the heart of communities, and as we’re heading into Christmas, it’s the perfect time to do a spot of shopping!
We’ve partnered with 2degrees, which is offering a $20,000 media spend package for a business in the Waikato to put towards promoting themselves. Nominate your favourite local retailer or let them know they can nominate themselves through this link.
Let’s support our communities and get behind our awesome local businesses!
When a Christchurch school lost four classrooms to fire, retired AMI Branch Manager Philip Buckingham knew how he could help.
Philip – “ When one of our offices is relocated or refitted as a flexi workspace, there are all sorts of useful items left behind — stationery, file cabinets, chairs, desks, computer monitor arms. For years now, we have gathered it all up and donated it to schools; initially those hit particularly hard by the Christchurch earthquakes. It’s hard to explain, but it’s just in our DNA at AMI to help people. After the Russley School fire, there was an urgent need to get the kids some stationery. On my way home, I went to the school and spoke with the principal, Greg Lewis. We couldn’t have asked for a better principal for the school, he is such a great guy.”
…read the full story here.
Hi neighbours, The Glenbrook Vintage Railway will be lighting up Franklin with festive cheer this year with its award winning Christmas experience.
The Counties Power Christmas Lights – Trains @ Night event will see the charitable organisation's trains, station and buildings dressed in Christmas lights, a special Christmas Express train service, visits from Santa, a Christmas market and much more.
The Counties Power Christmas Lights - Trains @ Night will run from 12-15 and 19-23 December in the lead up to Christmas from 7pm till 11pm.
The first train is at 7pm, and will leave approximately every half hour to the workshops and return until 11pm.
There will be a Santa's grotto, night markets, train rides, entertainment and lots more.