Discover Unparalleled Accommodation at Rua Resort Hamilton: A Fusion of Culture and Elegance

Perched atop Foster Rd, Rua Resort in Temple View stands as a testament to a unique blend of cultures and dreams. The journey of this captivating Mediterranean-style house begins with a persistent New Zealand businessman with a vision fuelled by love.

Years of persuasion led him to convince the owners of the land to subdivide and sell him 5 acres of prime real estate boasting million-pound views. His motivation was clear—he wanted to bring his Japanese wife and three children back to New Zealand. However, his wife harboured a dream of living in Italy. Undeterred, he embarked on a mission to make her dream a reality, right in the heart of New Zealand.

The result is a stunning Italian house that stands as a symbol of love and compromise. The architecture, true to its inspiration, transports visitors to the charm of Italy. Imported wallpapers, tiles, and light fittings from Italy grace the upper floors, creating an authentic atmosphere. Yet, the house doesn’t forget its Japanese roots. A lowered kitchen bench and a spacious bathroom with a complete wet area, reminiscent of a traditional Japanese bathroom but on a grand scale, pay homage to the diverse influences shaping this home.

In more recent times the journey of cultural fusion also involved adapting a tatami room on the main floor. Though the woven floor mats were not designed to withstand the test of time, the owners made the necessary adjustments, raising the floor and replacing it with concrete and carpet.

Today, Rua Resort operates as a boutique bed and breakfast, inviting guests from around the world to experience the warmth and character of this unique dwelling. Visitors not only enjoy the comfortable accommodations but also have the privilege of immersing themselves in the million-dollar views that surround the resort. Rua Resort stands as a living testament to the power of love, compromise, and the harmonious blending of diverse cultures in the creation of a home away from home.

Contact Rua Resort

(021) 617 003

(+64) 7 847 0407

Contact Phillip Quay
0274 587 724

Bethells Beach Cottages, Natural Luxury for Humans Being: Embracing Generations of Hospitality with Trude and John’s Enchanting Touch

Nestled on the pristine Bethell family land, Trude Bethell and John Paice of Bethells Beach Cottages embody the essence of hospitality with a motto that resonates deeply: “to give is to love, and to love is to live.” As the 5th generation guardians of this idyllic slice of paradise in New Zealand, they extend a warm welcome to visitors from around the globe.

Bethells Beach Cottages

Trude, accompanied by John, proudly carries the legacy of her family, serving as the caretaker of this magical haven. Beyond being hosts, they are keepers of local history and exemplars of pioneering spirit, weaving their unique tales into the fabric of Bethells Beach.

Their commitment to providing an extraordinary experience is evident in the “little touches” that define a stay at the cottages. Each detail reflects the passion and dedication that Trude and John infuse into their role as hosts. With a wealth of experience spanning numerous years, they are not only experts in offering unique lodging but also seasoned event organizers.

Trude’s rich experience extends to her role as a celebrant for over three decades, showcasing her deep connection to mentoring, healing, and a profound love for life. She readily travels to officiate personalized ceremonies, creating memorable moments for individuals who seek her services.

Despite the emphasis on privacy for their guests, Trude and John are always ready to share their extensive knowledge of the local area. Whether it’s recommending hidden gems, providing historical insights, or assisting with event planning, their genuine desire to enhance the visitor experience shines through.

As guardians of Bethells Beach Cottages, Trude and John eagerly anticipate the opportunity to share the magic of this breathtaking place with their guests. With a remarkable rating of 4.5 based on 35 reviews, it’s clear that their commitment to hospitality leaves an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to experience the enchantment of Bethells Beach.

Natural luxury for humans being.

To give is to love and to love is to live – Trude Bethell

Te Koinga Cottage, Turehu Cottage, Wairua Apartment and Wedding & Events Pavilion

Bethells Beach                 Waitakere                   Auckland                         New Zealand

Contact Bethells Beach Cottages

+64 9 810 9581

Happiness and success always
Trude Bethell

Contact Phillip Quay

027 458 7724

Go Street Restaurant and Bar in New Plymouth Presents A Rockin’ Summer!

Go Street Restaurant and Bar is thrilled to bring you the lowdown on some of the hottest gigs in town, featuring incredible tribute acts, iconic rock legends, and rising stars. Make sure to stop in for a culinary treat that will rock your taste buds before you party!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Tuesday 2 January 2024 – 7:30pm – 11:00pm 

Go Street Restaurant and Bar is kicking off the year with a bang as Redstar Entertainment proudly presents “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” This fair dinkum tribute to Australia’s rock legends will feature classics from Inxs, Midnight Oil, Australian Crawl, Men at Work, Cold Chisel, Hunters & Collectors, The Angels, Hoodoo Gurus, Icehouse, and more.

A Summer’s Day Live ft. DSL* DIRE STRAITS LEGACY

Wednesday 3 January 2024 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm 

Get ready for a night of legendary rock as DSL* Dire Straits Legacy takes the stage at A Summer’s Day Live. Performing the iconic music of Dire Straits, this show brings together the original musicians who recorded and toured with Dire Straits over 30 years ago. Joining them is the Scottish rock act Nazareth, making their debut on Aotearoa soil.

My Baby – Loves Voodoo! 10th Anniversary Tour

Thursday 4 January 2024 – 7:00pm – 11:15pm 

Join the internationally acclaimed Dutch-New Zealand trio, MY BABY, as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, ‘Loves Voodoo!’ Known for their unique blend of blues, roots, and trance, MY BABY’s live performances are electrifying. With support from Kiwi superstar Lou’ana, this promises to be a night of soul-stirring music and celebration.

Drax Project with Elemeno P

Friday 5 January 2024 – 8:00pm – 11:30pm 

Drax Project, the chart-topping sensation from New Zealand, is set to bring their signature blend of pop, funk, and electronic elements to New Plymouth. With support from Elemeno P & AACACIA, this promises to be a thrilling musical journey.

The Dreggs, With Tay Oskee

Saturday 13 January 2024 – 8:00pm – 11:30pm 

Kick-off 2024 in style with The Dreggs on their tour of coastal regional Australia and New Zealand. This Sunny Coast duo is ready to bring good vibes and tunes to Butlers Reef. Joining them is Tay Oskee, whose music reflects a deep connection to the natural world.

Make this summer one to remember – Aussie, rock, blues, and good vibes – New Plymouth has got it all covered. Go Street Restaurant and Bar looks forward to bringing top-quality service to you and your mates.

Contact Go Street

Phone Line: 067590902



Contact Phillip Quay

027 458 7724

Graham Roberts – Craigs Investment Partners

Having been in business for nearly 40 years, Craigs Investment Partners has emerged as the top personal wealth advisory company in New Zealand. Our locally-based company assists New Zealanders in navigating the challenges associated with investing.

Whether it be through KiwiSaver, a UK pension transfer, or a customized managed portfolio for someone wishing to diversify their wealth, either to develop it into retirement or to help sustain them in retirement, we manage investment portfolios for a variety of clients.

Get in touch with Graham:
M: 0211875577

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Alisha Cole

Alisha is a UX & UI designer who is passionate about all things web and graphic design. She has experience working as a freelance designer, a strong work ethic and attention to detail, which allows her to produce beautiful designs that leave a lasting impression. Her role within New Zealand Business Connect is website developer and graphic designer.

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Jason Hughes – Lugtons Real Estate

Jason is here to relieve the stress from what he knows can be an extremely stressful and emotional process by offering a comprehensive and complete home sale procedure. Jason has over ten years of experience in banking, so he is well-versed in all facets of the purchasing and selling process. His professional yet approachable demeanour will ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

You’ll quickly discover that he is a natural relationship builder who keeps his word and will stop at nothing to get the greatest results for his clients.

Get in touch with Jason:

M: 027 337 0500

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Annie Lawler

Annie loves collaborating with small businesses to create films that will help their company grow. Annie can assist medium to large companies with developing an effective staff education strategy.

She can also collaborate with you to design a cohesive monthly schedule of social media postings that will expand your following and help you build your digital marketing plan.

Get in touch with Annie:

M: 027 52 66 275

The Future of Real Estate: Trends to Watch for in 2024

By UK Correspondent: Peter Minkoff

The real estate industry is expected to undergo major changes and revolutions by 2024. Numerous economic, social, and technological reasons are expected to cause considerable shifts in the sector. In this piece, we’ll look at some of the most significant housing trends going forward. This article provides a thorough overview of what to anticipate in the coming year, covering everything from the rise of technology-driven services to the growing allure of smaller communities.

Technology-Driven Amenities

Technology is transforming the housing market, and in 2024, this trend is predicted to continue. Modern technology elements that enhance comfort, convenience, and security are making properties more and more appealing to purchasers and tenants. A growing number of homes are being outfitted with intelligent home automation systems that control lighting, heating, security, and even meal delivery.

Smart features are not limited to individual homes; entire communities are being planned with technology in mind. These amenities, which include high-speed internet access and shared workplaces with cutting-edge computer technology, are starting to stand out as major selling points for real estate developers. Future home demands will place a premium on those that can accommodate remote work and digital communication.

Smaller Cities on the Rise

The growing appeal of smaller cities is among the most prominent market trends. This change is especially noticeable in the US, where a lot of people are reassessing what matters most to them when it comes to housing. More people are choosing to live in smaller, less crowded cities because of the rise of remote work.

One such place that has attracted notice recently is Richmond, California. It is a popular location for people looking for a change of pace because of its breath-taking views of the waterfront and vibrant cultural scene. Additionally, the availability of excellent apartments for rent in Richmond, CA, has made it a top choice for many individuals and families looking for affordable yet comfortable housing options.

Sustainable and Eco-friendly Homes

There will be a greater demand for eco-friendly and sustainable homes in the real estate landscape as environmental concerns continue to rise. As buyers become more conscious of their carbon footprint, they are searching for homes that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Developers and builders are incorporating energy-efficient technology, green building practices, and renewable energy sources into their constructions to meet this demand.

In many new buildings, solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and smart home technologies are becoming standard features. In addition to lowering their long-term utility costs, homeowners want to lessen their environmental effects. Incorporating sustainable elements improves the property’s total value in addition to helping the environment.

Multigenerational Housing

The concept of multigenerational living will rise in popularity as a trend in housing throughout the future years. A growing number of families are choosing to live together under one roof to share expenses and support one another as a result of the ageing population and rising real estate costs. Multiple generations living in one household is often the cultural norm in immigrant communities, where this trend is especially noticeable.

In response to this trend, house designers are creating multigenerational-friendly designs, and real estate agents are promoting them more fiercely. Families can now coexist peacefully while preserving their individuality and privacy thanks to features like extra bedrooms, divided living areas, and adaptable floor plans.

Real Estate Investment Opportunities

Real estate investing is still a desirable alternative because opportunities remain in the industry for both experienced and novice investors. The core ideas of property investing don’t alter, even when the market’s dynamics might. Investors are still looking for houses in regions with high job growth, good schools, and amenities, so location is still very important.

Nevertheless, new avenues for investment are opening up in the form of crowdfunding and residential technology platforms, enabling people to purchase houses with less money. In addition, the sharing economy and the growth of short-term vacation rentals have opened up new investment opportunities, with many people buying homes for listing on websites like Airbnb to generate rental revenue.

In conclusion, many noteworthy trends are expected to emerge in the real estate market of 2024, making it both active and fascinating. The key to success in the dynamic housing sector of the future will be being knowledgeable and flexible as buyers, sellers, investors, and developers negotiate these developments.

Contact Phillip Quay

027 458 7724

The Contribution of Māori Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Soil Science in New Zealand: An opinion piece by Hamilton-based leading soil scientist Dr Gordon Rajendram

Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have an intricate and time-tested relationship with the land, including the importance of Soil fertility in New Zealand. Over centuries, they have developed an extensive body of traditional ecological knowledge that is deeply intertwined with the soil and its properties, emphasizing the Importance of soil health. This knowledge is not only a cultural treasure but also a valuable resource for modern soil science, helping to enhance our understanding and stewardship of New Zealand’s unique landscapes, all the while addressing Farm profitability and Farming Practices in New Zealand.

Opinion: Dr Gordon Rajendram

Māori Traditional Ecological Knowledge (MTEK) and Soil Fertility: Māori culture, which places immense importance on land, nature, and sustainability, has preserved a wealth of traditional ecological knowledge. MTEK encompasses a holistic understanding of the environment, ecosystems, and the intricate relationships between land, water, and people, further underlining the importance of Soil fertility. Soil, or ‘one one’ in the Māori language, plays a central role in this knowledge system.

Soil Classification and its Impact on Soil Health: Māori have their classification system for soils, rooted in their unique worldview, contributing to Soil health. This system recognizes the cultural and ecological significance of various soil types. For example, “uruwera” soils are associated with wetlands and play an essential role in the ecosystem, providing habitat for various flora and fauna. MTEK enriches soil science by offering an alternative perspective on soil classification, complementing Western scientific approaches.

Sustainable Land Use Practices in the Face of Recession: MTEK emphasizes the importance of sustainable land management, with practices like ‘whakapapa’ (recognizing the interconnectedness of all living beings) and ‘kaitiakitanga’ (guardianship and stewardship of the land). These principles can guide modern soil science and agricultural practices toward more sustainable and environmentally friendly methods, impacting Farm profitability and addressing the challenges of the Recession.

Biodiversity Conservation and its Impact on Soil Health: Māori traditional knowledge also emphasizes the significance of biodiversity, which is crucial for Soil health. The relationships between plants, animals, and soil are deeply interwoven, with MTEK offering insights into how these connections can be preserved and enhanced.

Modern Integration and the Role of Gordon Rajendram Hamilton: In New Zealand, there is a growing recognition of the value of Māori traditional ecological knowledge in contemporary soil science and environmental management. Collaborations between Māori communities and scientific researchers, such as Soil scientist Gordon Rajendram Hamilton, have resulted in innovative approaches to land management and soil conservation. This integration ensures that traditional practices and indigenous wisdom are respected and integrated into modern solutions, all while addressing Inflation in New Zealand and the associated economic challenges.

In conclusion, the contribution of Māori traditional ecological knowledge to soil science in New Zealand is an example of how indigenous wisdom, like that of Soil scientist Gordon Rajendram, and modern science can coexist and complement each other. By recognizing the cultural significance of the land and its connection to the well-being of communities, New Zealand can further advance sustainable land management, preserve its unique ecosystems, and address the challenges posed by inflation while considering the importance of Soil fertility and Soil health for generations to come.

Contact Dr. Gordon Rajendram

021 466077

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Phone: 0274 587 724




Unveiling the Taparahi Bridge: A Triumph of Efficiency for the Coromandel, Reconnecting Horizons for 1093 Tairua Whitianga Road

The new Taparahi Bridge on Coromandel’s State Highway 25A has been unveiled by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, marking a significant milestone in the region’s recovery from cyclone Gabriel, that battered the area in early 2023. This crucial link between Kōpū and Hikuai was constructed to replace a section of road that was washed away, disrupting vital connections and will be open on the 20th of December. 1093 Tairua Whitianga Road is now much closer to interested parties.

Taparahi Bridge SH25a

What sets the Taparahi Bridge apart is not just its timely completion, three months ahead of schedule and under budget, but also the innovative and collaborative approach adopted by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and its partners. Prime Minister Luxon praised the project as a potential blueprint for other highways, emphasizing the importance of standardization and collaboration in streamlining the construction process.

The 124-meter-long Taparahi Bridge stands as a testament to resilience, with piles reaching 10 meters deep into the bedrock and 75 tonnes of concrete stabilizing the surrounding earth. Luxon lauded the project as a “gold-plated example” of what can be achieved, urging the country to aspire to greater ambition in infrastructure development.

The $43 million bridge, budgeted at a $50 million estimate, is set to open on the 20th of December, reconnecting the Coromandel Peninsula communities just in time for the summer holidays. The early reopening is a lifeline for businesses in Whangamatā, Whitianga, Tairua, and other affected areas that have been grappling with reduced visitors due to the damaged road. This includes the beautiful farm for sale, 1093 Tairua Whitianga Road in Whenuakite.

The Taparahi Bridge project not only symbolizes resilience and efficiency in the face of adversity but also serves as an example of collaborative efforts that can be replicated across the nation. As the bridge opens its lanes to traffic, it brings hope to the communities that have endured the challenges of the past year, paving the way for a brighter and more connected future in the Coromandel Peninsula.

In the wake of the bridge reopening, the 1093 Tairua Whitianga Road property may experience a resurgence in interest, bringing a positive impact not only to the current owners but also to the local real estate market and the broader community. The restored connectivity catalyzes growth and prosperity, ensuring that the farm in Whenuakite can fully realise its potential in the post-storm recovery period.

So get in touch to make a booking to come and see it!

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