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Why French-inspired Akaroa is one of New Zealand’s most unique places | Instant News


Aerial view of the Akaroa waterfront, New Zealand. Photo / 123rf

At the pier at Akaroa Harbor, waves slamming lazily on the pile. Today’s harbor is milky white, the mud from the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers hanging in the water, having completed its long journey from the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains. It turned out that the water turned powder blue from a distance, but from where we sat, it was icy cold and clear.

Just back from the water, diners sit under sunscreen on wicker chairs outside the Bully Hayes bar, and watch yachts and schooners bobbing on the sparkling water just steps away. A gull full of hope hovered overhead, watching the chip situation. From our point of view, cold beer in hand, this could be France on a sunny summer day – if it weren’t for the sound of Fat Freddy’s Drop bringing a breeze. And the fact in New Zealand that we are sitting in the caldera of an ancient, flooded volcano.

Akaroa has so many stories, and so much history, to unravel. Made by volcanoes, inhabited by Māori, founded by the French, claimed by the British.

It’s a French heritage largely traded in the city, but the city’s authenticity, albeit based on fact and history, comes with a hint of flicker – a medieval marketing tool for luring tourists to the city.

Old Akaroa lighthouse, Banks Peninsula.  Photo / 123rf
Old Akaroa lighthouse, Banks Peninsula. Photo / 123rf

It is true that this is Canterbury’s oldest city, and indeed it was founded by about 60 French settlers who arrived in 1840. But the French colonizers never got the right footing (the British quickly declared sovereignty over all of New Zealand to cut France off) and at The 1950s there is only one surviving example of French architecture in Akaroa – the courthouse, which is now part of the Akaroa Museum.

In the 1960s, French suddenly made a comeback – the city’s oldest streets with French origins were renamed “rue” and the modern identity of Akaroa began.

It is a very picturesque place, in a sheltered harbor surrounded by historic buildings and beautifully manicured gardens. It’s fun to walk along the “street”, to eat Toulouse sausages from a local butcher, or see posters for the annual “French festival”. To feel like you are in a place slightly different from other parts of New Zealand.

If you want to understand Akaroa’s history and heritage, a stop at the museum is a must. This is where we learn that Captain Jean-Francois de Surville was sailing these waters at the same time as Cook on the Endeavor, in the late 1760s. (Even though Cook named the area Banks Peninsula, he actually mistook it for an island). The French established themselves in the area, naming the bay of Port Louis-Philippe, creating a whaling and naval station, a doctor’s office, and a built road. For a time, French culture and language dominated.

The descendants of those 60 French settlers remain, and indeed lately, a French accent is heard, a more recent import from Europe. On the burial slopes of French L’Aube Hill, the names Pierre, Libeau and and Fleuri attest to the authenticity of the relationship.

Akaroa in the afternoon sun.  Photo / CCC
Akaroa in the afternoon sun. Photo / CCC

How to see Hector’s famous dolphin

The French may have lured us to the city, but it’s another famous resident we’d love to see today – Hector’s dolphin, one of the smallest dolphins in the world. Their number is disputed, but there is generally an agreement between 9,000 and 15,000 in the world. Here on the Banks Peninsula, about 1500 reside.

We went with Coast Up Close, a small business run by skipper and owner Tony, who has been taking tourists out on Wairiri – a fishing boat built in Invercargill – for 10 years. It’s the perfect day for that, with clear skies and clear water.

In fact dolphins prefer small shelters. Because sharks don’t use echo locations, they prefer to hunt when the water is clear. Dolphins like a little mud for camouflage. Even so, they didn’t keep their distance. As we emerged from the harbor, our first sighting occurred within minutes. In between the sightings, Tony commented on the port, geology and history of Akaroa.

Judging from the water, Akaroa’s natural setting is clearer. We sailed across a volcanic crater, been extinct for about 6 million years, and now inundated by the sea. This massive cone, which forms the backdrop of the Akaroa mountains, has been eroded to only two-thirds its size.

As we sailed further afield, we saw Ōnuku Marae from Ngai Tahu, and a pretty little church nearby, built in 1871, one of the oldest non-denominational churches in New Zealand. Between dolphins, we saw red-billed gulls and white pigeons circling, taking advantage of the hunting of kahawai under the waves, pushing bait fish to the surface.

Hector's Jumping Dolphins at Akaroa Harbor.  Photo / Tony Muir
Hector’s Jumping Dolphins at Akaroa Harbor. Photo / Tony Muir

The benefits of a small boat aren’t just the comments and personal service you get from the captain. It’s also maneuverable, getting you straight to the shoreline and around (and sometimes through) rock. They do things a little differently on this ship. If the dolphins show up, that’s fine, but if they don’t, it’s up to them – captain Tony won’t chase them. He has been known to jump from the side when he wants a little fishing. On our return trip, a free diver approached his kayak to chat, and showed him the catch of the day – quinine and cray. He’s 75 years old. The young backpackers on the ship were flabbergasted.

But dolphins are stars and whenever they appear the deck is filled with oohs and aahs. They easily approached, surfed in the pressure waves that the hulls created beneath the surface, ducked and dived in front of us.

Back ashore at Akaroa

Back on land, like Mad Dogs and Englishmen, we took a walk in the midday sun. The small town is divided in two by a promenade, where locals and visitors stroll among the shops and cafes. But summer days can get very hot here. As in Europe, on hot days the locals retreated inside, or into the beautiful flower-filled gardens lining the streets, the roses falling on the wooden fences.

We walked to the ocean end of the Rue Balguerie, and watched the kids bomb from the pier, then came back and found ourselves at Harbar, a small restaurant and beach bar situated directly on the water, overlooking the French Bay. We settle for cold beer, gin-soaked mussels and fries, and watch the boat toss around. It may be summer on the Riviera, but here, a unique slice of Aotearoa.

Get out at the harbor and see the dolphins

Hectors dolphins are a must. Coast Up Close takes you out on their little kauri launch, allowing you to get up close and personal with the incredible dolphins, seals, sea caves and cliffs of the Banks Peninsula. The 2.5 hour cruise leaves twice a day. coastupclose.co.nz

Go sea kayaking with penguins

Across the Banks Peninsula, you’ll find the Pōhatu Marine Reserve, which is home to the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Day trips on the Pohatu Penguins will pick you up from Akaroa, take you on a scenic tour with stops, across the peninsula, then sends you out into the water to see penguins as well as seals, seabirds and other wildlife. pohatu.co.nz

Walk the Banks Track

This three day and three night hike is a hidden gem. New Zealand’s oldest private walk offers stunning views through farms and forests, charming accommodation – and some well-worth the hike. It’s just enough challenge to make you feel good enough about yourself. Along the way, you’ll find up-close wildlife, unique huts, and the picturesque Hinewai Nature Reserve, an ecological restoration project. It is self-catering, but package carts are included. For an extra $ 50, you can have a chilled cabin that is driven into the cottage, so you don’t have to skimp on wine, cheese, and sausages. bankstrack.co.nz

A hiker along the Banks Track.  Photo / Alister Winter
A hiker along the Banks Track. Photo / Alister Winter

Visit the Giant’s House

The Giant’s House is a sculpture garden created by artist Josie Martin. This is an eccentric Gaudi-esque mosaic display, including sculptures of animals, people, flowers and chairs. You can walk there from town – walk straight down Rue Balguerie from Beach Rd. thegiantshouse.co.nz

For more New Zealand travel ideas and inspiration, visit newfinder.co.nz and newzealand.com

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A view of the Monday trip, motorists encouraged to stay off the roads | Instant News



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Cushman & Wakefield: The Impact of COVID-19 on Swiss Real Estate | Instant News


The COVID-19 case count was out of control so the Federal Government decided to take further action. The number of customers per square meter in shops has been reduced, there is a two-household rule for private meetings and restaurant visits, and now there are various restrictions for ski resorts. In addition, the Federal Government continues to advocate working from home.

Housing

Net yields for Swiss residential properties have remained stable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vacancy rates in major cities such as Zurich and Geneva remain very low with stable average rental prices of CHF / sq m 330 in Zurich and CHF / sq m 370 in Geneva. Interest rates are expected to remain low until at least the end of 2021, which makes residential properties in sought after locations still a profitable investment for pension funds, other institutional investors, and wealthy private investors.

Office

The office markets in Zurich, Geneva and Basel remained stable during 2020. Prices fell slightly in the middle of 2020 but jumped again towards the end of the year. The vacancy rate in Geneva remained the same (5%), office space in Basel increased slightly from 1.8% to 2.2% and in Zurich the vacancy rate fell from 1.4% to 1.1%. The median rent per square meter is CHF 360 in Zurich, CHF 240 in Basel and CHF 470 in Geneva. In suburban locations and locations with weaker infrastructure, the impact of COVID-19 is visible. Economic prospects as well as the increasing demand for a modern work environment make this location less desirable. Potential tenants at peripheral locations are very price sensitive, which causes prices to drop.

Retail

The rental price for retail space on the Zurich highways increased to CHF / m2 440 from CHF / m2 400 at the start of the year. Retail properties in the cities of Basel, Lausanne, Berne and Geneva also saw a slight increase in rental prices. Non-food retail spaces that are located within walking distance of the highway and on the outskirts are experiencing a decrease in demand resulting in lower prices.

In short, the demand for real estate with stable cash flow in a good location remains high among Swiss investors. Net yields for residential, CBD offices and highway retail properties were almost unchanged. The results for offices and retail in secondary locations have increased markedly.

October 29

The number of new COVID-19 cases has increased almost exponentially over the past few weeks, and to date, the federal government in Switzerland has decided on some additional measures that will have a drastic impact on everyday life.

Meetings in public spaces and private events are now limited to 15 and 10 people, respectively, and masks have to be worn almost everywhere.

Sports and cultural activities are limited to some extent which makes them largely impossible. Nightclubs must be closed and there is a curfew from 23.00 to 6.00, universities should switch to distance learning, and working from home is strongly recommended.

The appetite for real estate investing remainshigher, also driven by Swiss pension funds and insurance companies whose cash surpluses increased during the first lockdown.

We’ve seen a lot of traction on transactions related to property types including:

  • residence;

  • mixed use; and

  • commercial / industrial including development.

Investors still look at the core office, but currently there are only smaller properties on the market. We expect most of the ongoing deals to close before the end of the year – now that being used to the pandemic situation most investors have experience on how to deal with it.

The demand for office space from occupants fluctuates, with some companies still securing large spaces for the foreseeable future, while others are now focusing on more flexibility.

August 19

The pandemic COVID-19 outbreak caused the most serious decline in economic activity in Switzerland in more than four decades. Although there are signs of easing in the business situation, there is still a measurable drop in demand.

Swiss economic development will continue to depend on the pandemic. In the updated scenario, the leading Swiss Institute of Economics predicts that output will shrink by 4.9% this year, based on the assumption that the possible increase in new infections in the winter months can be contained.

However, the Swiss economy weathered the crisis relatively well compared to other European countries, with the GDP growth rate for 2021 estimated at 4.1%. Residential real estate and certain core products are crystallizing as safe havens for investors, and the importance of new asset classes such as Data Center be elevated.

August 5

Switzerland has had very few new COVID-19 cases since mid-May, so by June most of the restrictions had been lifted. As the number of cases increased slightly in July, it is mandatory to wear masks on public transport and self-quarantine for ten days after entering Switzerland from high-risk areas. Business continues as usual.

The corporate invaders are bringing people back to their offices (with and without social distancing) and there is debate as to whether they will try to reduce their existing footprint. While we have several examples of companies placing excess space in the market, this appears to be related to the difficult economic situation and decreased business turnover compared to implementing alternative workplace strategies.

Office and retail activities are on the rise again as tenants with expired leases are looking for attractive opportunities. Even with slightly less than usual demand, due to low supply, the main German-speaking Swiss centers show a paradoxical increase in market rents in certain sub-markets (eg Zurich CBD). However, the disparity in office vacancy rates and market rental rates is expected to widen between city and suburban locations.

The funding situation of Swiss institutional investors has not changed, and they are still looking to invest in both core and core + real estate with a home bias. The big deal that started before COVID is now continuing, with the sale of the 53,000 square meter Glatt Center in Zurich and other significant deals having been announced recently.

23 April

Last Thursday, the Federal Council announced plans for a ‘way back’ to a ‘new normal’:

  • April 27: some shops can be reopened, such as: hairdresser, DIY / garden center, flower shop

  • May 11: all retail stores can be reopened, schools too

  • June 8: the university will reopen, as well as a museum and zoo

The borders are still more or less closed, people are still told to stay at home and work from home. There is no set date for reopening the restaurant, bar, coffee shop and sports facilities. This says about 75% of Swiss companies are still working normally.

The commercial real estate market began to react to the economic slowdown. Landlords with restaurants and shops in their portfolios face a lot of pressure to reduce rents or even waive rents. We see that the retail real estate sector and the hospitality and leisure industry are temporarily near ‘dead’. In the office market, we see transactions go further as if nothing has changed and others are delayed or even stopped. In the investment market we see that the transaction process has not started, some are postponed, some transactions are still closed.

April 16th

Since last week, lock entry Switzerland has extended to 26 April. Schools, universities, shops (grocery store, gas station still open) and restaurants remain closed.

April 9th

In Switzerland, the lockdown was announced on March 13. Schools, universities, shops (grocery store, gas station remain open) and restaurants are closed at least until April 19. People were told to stay at home. Offices, construction sites and factories are still functioning – although everyone is asked to work from home whenever possible.


The authorities have developed several packages to try to help those affected by the actions being taken by the Federal Council (Bundesrat). As:

  • Loan

  • short working time for all sectors

The commercial real estate market began to react to the economic slowdown. Landlords with restaurants and shops in their portfolios face pressure to reduce rents or even waive rents – at least until the end of the closure.

Although some landlords are already facing difficulties obtaining leases for commercial space, the real estate industry has not reacted so far.

There is no clear vision for the future, but the retail sector appears to be ‘dead’ for now, especially as all shops are closed now.

There is also uncertainty in the office market. Some transactions are running as normal while others have been postponed or even stopped completely.

In the investment market we see transaction processing not starting, some being delayed, some being closed. The pricing still looks quite high and unchanged.

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‘Kiwi as’ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern started the year in Tairua | Instant News


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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with staff at All Things Organic in Tairua, Gina Easton, Emily Ryan, Xanthe Cottier-Hall, Natasha Woolley, Zoe Bourne. Photo / Provided

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wrapped up 2020 with real fruit ice cream during a family holiday in Tairua.

Ardern spent the last few days in the small town on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, where he called fiancé Clarke Gayford and daughter Neve over the new year.

On New Year’s Eve, Ardern visited the All Things Organic store in Tairua with Gayford and Neve and even jumped behind the counter for a “quick shift.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with staff at All Things Organic in Tairua, Gina Easton, Emily Ryan, Xanthe Cottier-Hall, Natasha Woolley, Zoe Bourne.  Photo / Provided
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with staff at All Things Organic in Tairua, Gina Easton, Emily Ryan, Xanthe Cottier-Hall, Natasha Woolley, Zoe Bourne. Photo / Provided

“It was a wonderful surprise,” shop owner Gina Easton told the Herald.

“We have heard he has visited a number of Tairua cafes. But it is still a pleasant surprise to see him and he has chosen to visit our shop.”

It was one of the shop’s busiest days and Easton said Ardern’s visit added to the excitement at the end of the year.

“It was one of our busiest days of the year. We were all happy to see him – there was a little bit of nervousness serving him and ordering ice cream. He was very easy to talk to and very happy to have a photo with our staff. Glad he looked down on so much of our business in here in Tairua, “added Easton.

“He even shows up behind the desk for a ‘quick shift’ and takes photos with the staff.”

Later that day, Ardern posted a photo of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display from Tairua to her Instagram account, admitting she doesn’t often stay up late these days.

“It’s not often I stay up late to see the new year on these days (not since we had babies) but this year, I want to make sure I look back on 2020,” he wrote.

“To everyone who helped us through this year, thank you. Despite the many challenges ahead, I feel more confident than ever that we are all ready for it. Happy New Year Aotearoa!”

Those who saw the Prime Minister in town said he kept a low profile.

A tourist said he saw him wearing a large floppy hat and sunglasses in Tairua.

“It was seen how nobody noticed him in town yesterday. He was walking around, chatting on his phone, with two very unobtrusive Diplomatic Protection Service (DPS) people behind him.

“I only noticed when I was riding behind them (on the bike) and looking at their earplugs, I commented to one of the men as he was standing outside Four Square while he was chatting on the phone … ‘only in New Zealand eh?’ she said ‘too true’, “

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Why is Vintage Fashion so Expensive? > Vintage Clothing> Fashion | Instant News


by Dana Andersen.

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Sunday 17 May 2020 12:06


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Vintage fashion is recommended for everyone, from saving the planet, to finding your own style, but once you start searching for vintage parts, you may be overwhelmed with new questions. Why so expensive? T-shirts that cost maybe less than £ 10 when they were initially sold, were suddenly marked up to £ 50, and the skirt that fits in is definitely not worth £ 75, right?

Like most things, it depends on where you shop. Great vintage inventions can occur in car boot sales and charity shops, and only cost a pound or two, so why are they sold by vintage shops, who might find them in the same scenario, their price tags increasing so dramatically? There are several reasons behind it, the big one is how most online stores treat the clothes they find.

The pretty dress that you are trying to justify £ 60, may not start so beautifully. Many vintage clothing boutique owners find their products in poor condition. The process between ‘old clothes found in a musty attic’ to ‘beautiful items you need to try’ can be very difficult, making you pay for time, and materials, used to repair it, the original cost of the item, and a little extra so that the store is right really make a profit.

Most stores clean every item they buy, which has added time, and cost, to that item. It must be washed in the right way, to ensure no further damage, it usually means dry cleaning. Then, any damage to clothing in 10+ years of life needs to be repaired. Buttons, coatings, seams, whatever is damaged need to be repaired in a way that still feels original to the item, and will not be obvious to buyers. This again takes time for whoever does it, and adds to the money spent on the item.

Many old shops and boutiques buy their goods from other countries, many shops in the UK buy from America. The price per item is usually lower, but the additional price of shipping the item means that each item must get a little more profit. American Vintage clothing also has an additional amount of ‘trendy’, making it more valuable to buy from there, and sending it, because it can automatically be sold at a higher price, making more profit.

Finally, branded goods also have a large impact on prices. If you like to wear clothes without brands, or clothes from unknown and forgotten brands, the price will be much lower than if you are a big fan of Dickies, Gucci, or Channel.

If you want a cheap vintage shopping experience, you will look for items that have not been cleaned, haven’t been repaired in any way, and are not known brands. That means you have to do those things yourself, which adds to the time you have to spend on each item, and maybe additional costs for additional materials to repair the items, but it significantly decreases the money you will make. pay

Antique shops and boutiques have high price tags for a reason, and although it’s fair to say that not everyone can afford that price, it’s easy to understand why their prices are in that price range, once you know the work behind them scene.

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