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BNZ Marketview November 2016



  • November continued the recent surge in online retail spending, up 19% on November last year.
  • November is typically the peak month for purchasing goods from overseas sites in time for Christmas, and this year online retail spending at offshore sites was very strong - up 21% on last November.
  • At local sites online sales were up 18% on last November, making it 12 consecutive months of double-digit growth.
  • Special event days, such as China‚Äôs Singles Day, showed strong uplifts in online spending by Kiwis.


BNZ Marketview December 2016


  • Spending at offshore sites eased slightly from its November seasonal peak, but underlying growth remained very strong.
  • Purchases from overseas online retailers in December were up 17% on the previous December, with approximately half of the increase coming from Clothing, Computer and Electrical/Electronic stores.
  • Spending at local sites was up 13% on the previous December; confirming the early data that pointed towards continued double-digit growth, and eclipsing the growth rate at bricks and mortar stores (approximately 4%*).
  • Food, Clothing and Department/Variety stores stood out, driving over 60% of the increase on the previous December.

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Kingsland tragedy to be recognised

Kingsland tram tragedy of 1903 to be formally recognised with ceremony

Last updated 08:54, November 29 2016

 A search has begun for relatives of those involved in an Auckland tram disaster.

On Christmas Eve, 1903 a fatal collision between two trams on New North Road, Kingsland killed three and injured up to 60.



Auckland Heritage Festival 2016 Closing Tea

It was a pleasure to join with other Heritage Festival organisers at historic Highwic House this morning for closing words by Noel Reardon and David Burt of Auckland Council and to enjoy morning tea in the tranquil garden setting.