Five great things to do in Auckland this July

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Winter is well and truly here, but that doesn't mean we all need to be inside by the fire watching Netfilx. Auckland is so alive with great stuff to do this month that we really struggled to just pick five. Whether you're own your own for business in one of our apartments, or up for a holiday break with the kids, you won't be struggling to amuse yourself this month.

Matariki Magic - Vector lights on the Harbour Bridge

This month there are celebrations all over the city for Matariki with art, films and special performances to celebrate the Maori New Year. Vector is joining in the fun with light shows across the Auckland Harbour Bridge from 6pm until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays till the 22 July. The story of Te Kawerau a Maki, will be the basis of the show; Vector Lights is a world first as it’s solar, battery and peer to peer powered. Synched music to accompany the show will be available on Coast FM. Great places for viewing are: Auckland waterfront, Mt Eden, Mt Victoria, Bastion Point. Bayswater, Little Shoal Bay, Devonport and others.


World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

The World Press Photo Exhibition is back again this year at Smith and Caughey’s and as always will be an emotive, fascinating insight into the issues and places making news in the last year. Until the 29th July there will be images from the the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in single images, and stories for 2018 across seven categories including Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Sports and Spot News. This year the General News category is dominated by photos from the forefront of the refugee crisis. The contest drew entries from 4,548 photographers from 125 countries around the world.  Always a confronting exhibition, but well worth seeing.

The Design Show

If you’re looking for design inspiration for your indoor or outdoor project at home, The Design Show at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre will be the place for you on the 28th and 29th of this month. All your favourite top designer brands and experts will be there with the latest home design products, services and trends in renovations, furnishing, decor and exterior design - so you can drool and dream over how your house is going to look. Paul Izzard, Celia Visser, Ken Crosson, Mal Corboy, Kate Alexander and Donna Jones are all giving free seminars.

Aotea Ice Rink

If you have kids to entertain this holidays, a day on the ice could be the answer. The Aotea Square Ice Rink and the ever-popular Ice Slide are back again till the 22nd of the month and this year there’s even an all-new ice bar with cocktails for adults and mocktails for kids - seems like fair reward for all that hard work. Illuminated sculptures Pou Rama (light posts) by Storybox and Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Pahauwera) will sit alongside the rink throughout the Matariki Festival season.

The Food Show

The Food Show is huge highlight of the Auckland Event calendar and  looks set to be another great one this year from the 26-29 July at ASB Showgrounds. There will be a lot of new stalls and products including The Odd Bunch (attempting to reduce food waste), Tahitian Noni juice, Nutritional lattes, vegan food and a huge Artisan Village - don’t worry it’s not all health food, there will be plenty of decadent options too. As always there will be lots of inspiring demonstrations including ones by Nadia Lim, Chelsea Winter, Simon Gault and Michael Van de Elzen.


Five great things to do in Auckland this June

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How did we get to June already? One minute we had people staying in our apartments for their summer holidays and now it’s all about winter breaks. Never mind, there’s still plenty of wonderful things to do in Auckland when the weather is a bit cooler. Here are some of them for June.

French Festival
If you’re French, or a Francophile, you won’t want to miss Le Renault French Festival this year. After its huge success last year, the organisers are promising bigger, better and even more fun. On the evening of the 8th you can attend ‘One Night in France’ the biggest French dinner in New Zealand at Shed 10 and on the 9th and 10th drop into Le French Village at the Cloud ($5 entry) and eat, drink and play at any of the more than 75 French stalls. On the Saturday night you can even watch the All Blacks vs France on two giant screens in the fan zone. Sign up for wine and cheese pairing (with a French Sommelier) as part of the festival too - that’s sure to chase away any winter blues.

Ice Hockey
It’s not often Auckland gets to witness International level Ice Hockey but on the 22nd of this month the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic is set to take over Spark Arena. The teams from the USA and Canada will feature a collection of current ice hockey stars, veterans and up and coming talent. The captains have been announced with Nolan Yonkman and Zenon Konopka named as the Team Canada and Team USA captains respectively. Canada is set on defending their three year unbeaten record but who knows? This might be the year the US turn it on its head.?

Winetopia is back again for a third year at Shed 10 on the 22nd and 23rd of this month. With 60 wineries there will be numerous and varied opportunities to discover more about different regions, styles and flavour profiles; sample hundreds of different wines and meet makers from all over the country. Industry experts will be in attendance, including Bob Campbell and Mike Bernie (Australia) and there will be plenty to pair your tastings up with food offerings from award winning artisans.

Documentary Festival
There’s nothing better than a really compelling documentary that makes you address the way you think about something, or gives you a window into someone else’s world. This year’s Doc Edge Festival looks set to be as stimulating and thought-provoking as always with 74 films in the programme. Highlights will include the world premiere of the Italian film Postcards from India – A Busker’s Adventure, Spielberg where Steven Spielberg is directed by filmmaker Susan Lacy plus winners of International film festivals like Of Fathers and Sons. A perfect way to invigorate winter brains that may have gone into hibernation.

Bug Lab
If you have kids and haven’t been to Bug Lab yet, you need to go before it disappears in August. Featuring huge 3D bug models it’s a totally interactive experience for all ages developed by Te Papa and Weta Workshop. In the usual fashion of anything with these powerhouse creative organisations behind it, it’s magnificent and mesmerising, and not just for eight year olds who like creepy crawlies. It’s part of Auckland Zoo’s offering, but you don’t need to visit the zoo to go to Bug Lab.
And of course if you haven’t yet booked your accommodation for your trip to Auckland, head to


Five great things to do in Auckland this May

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Five great things to do in May in Auckland

Once again it’s a great month to visit Auckland, with a raft of varied and interesting events on day and night. We just love pulling together this list every month for people staying in Quinovic apartments in the city, but are always surprised how useful it is to those living locally too. Here are our picks for the month and of course don’t forget to go to if you haven’t booked anywhere to stay yet. If you’re attending the Art Fair this month, you’ll even get a discount (see below for code)

Auckland Writers Festival

Auckland Writers Festival
The Auckland Writers Festival is a fabulous annual event, and not just for those with a literary inclination. This year there’s everything from a fun hour for families with Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series; to an evening with Robert Webb, British comedy king; to an interview with Hope Jahren, an internationally renowned medal-winning scientist, currently based at the University of Oslo, just to name a few. It’s taking place at various venues around the city, so check out the online programme now and book in some events before they sell out.

Auckland Writers Festival, 15-20 May


STOMP has become a global stage phenomenon over the last 25 years and this wild percussion group and their huge energy performances don’t show any signs of slowing down, still selling out wherever they go. If you haven’t been to one of Stomp’s wordless extravaganzas of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance you need to put that right and join the 15 million people in 55 countries across five continents who’ve been to see one, if not several, of their shows. Check out their physical theatre performance at the end of this month in Auckland using rhythms, acrobatics and pantomime. You won’t regret it.

STOMP, 23-27 May, The Civic,

An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton

An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton
No matter what your political persuasion, it’s got to be an interesting evening listening to the first US woman nominated for president by a major party - in an election the world will never forget. Secretary Clinton will talk frankly about her loss and how she recovered and what it’s like to be a female in American politics in 2018. A rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most talked about women open up about what happened in ‘that election’ - and how to move forward after a disappointment of global proportions. Just remember though, she’s a politician, so read between the lines for the real story.

An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton, 7 May, Spark Arena

Body Worlds Vital

Body Worlds Vital
Not for the faint-hearted, the Body Worlds exhibition has finally reached New Zealand shores. Already visited by over 45 million people worldwide, the exhibition’s visual display comprises over 150 donated specimens. Yes, bodies - real ones. The human bodies and parts, donated for the benefit of public education - go through a process called plastination. The final product leaves visitors with an understanding of the human body, like never before. Rather than grotesque, it’s actually fascinating; the plastination process means you get to see what it’s like inside real bodies, and not in a stomach-churning way. The New Zealand tour specifically focuses on contemporary diseases and ailments and how everyday lifestyle choices can improve health and wellness.

Body Worlds Vital, 23 April - 13 July, Hilton Auckland

Auckland Art Fair

Auckland Art Fair
The Auckland Art Fair is very dear to us all here at Quinovic as we are a partner in this wonderful event. New Zealand’s premier international showcase for contemporary art will be coming to town from the 23 – 27 of this month profiling some of the most interesting art from the Pacific Rim. With artists and galleries from Australia, parts of South-East Asia, the west coasts of North and South America and the Pacific Islands it’s a must for anyone who is looking to purchase art. Since it will be taking place at the Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf, Quinovic Viaduct is offering a 10% discount to anyone leasing their apartments during the Fair. You can book your discounted accommodation on the Quinovic Viaduct website using the promo code ARTFAIR2018.

Auckland Art Fair, 23-27 May, The Cloud

Visitors to Auckland Art Fair get discounted accommodation with Quinovic Viaduct

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Auckland Art Fair

Visitors to Auckland Art Fair get discounted accommodation with Quinovic Viaduct

New Zealand’s premier international showcase for contemporary art, Auckland Art Fair, is coming to town from the 23 - 27 May 2018 profiling some of the most interesting art from the Pacific Rim. With artists and galleries from Australia, parts of South-East Asia, the west coasts of North and South America and the Pacific Islands it’s a must for anyone who is looking to purchase art. Since it will be taking place at the Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf, Quinovic Viaduct is offering a 10% discount to anyone leasing their apartments during the Fair.

“The Auckland Art Fair is one of our favourite events” says Principal of Quinovic Viaduct, David Graham. “We’re so glad to see it back again this year are very proud to be a partner. There’s 42 very impressive galleries displaying work by incredibly talented artists, so we were very keen to be involved. We’ll be offering a discount for anyone who buys tickets to the Art Fair so they can base themselves close for the event, as well as be in a great position to enjoy the city in general. It’s wonderful to see such vibrancy in this part of town and we personally can’t wait to see what’s on display this year.”

A new initiative for 2018 includes Piki Mai: Up Here, for up and coming artists; a world first will see university students from Australia and New Zealand exhibiting as part of this. This initiative hopes to give some support for early career artists who may end up as part of the main Auckland Art Fair in the future.

Book your discounted accommodation on Quinovic Viaduct website using the promo code ARTFAIR2018.

Five great things to do in Auckland this April

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Five great things to do in Auckland this April

The end of summer hasn’t meant the end of fun things to do in Auckland - a few less outdoor festivals for sure, but still plenty to keep all ages amused. Here are some of our favourites for the month, including a couple of school holiday ideas if you have small people to keep amused during your stay in Auckland. Of course if you are looking for family friendly (or any kind) of short term apartment rental over April, we have you covered with a range of places close to all the fun!

The Big Hoot

The Big Hoot

If you have younger kids, the Haier Big Hoot is a world of fun. It’s a public art trail around Auckland featuring 47 1.65 metre tall giant owl sculptures. Each owl has been painted by a Kiwi or international artist, including Dick Frizzell, Jeff Thompson, Grace Wright and Flox. There are also 60 smaller owlets on the trail – many decorated by students from Auckland schools. There’s an app to download to keep track of which ones you’ve found (there’s a code on each sculpture you can enter to change it from grey to purple on your map). When The Big Hoot ends on the 6th of May, the owls will be auctioned to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.

The Big Hoot, 3 March to 6 May. Check out the website

Lionel Richie in Auckland

Lionel Richie

Although Lionel Richie might be more familiar to one age group than others, his position as one of music's greatest icons means this will be a popular concert. Lionel is performing a lineup of his greatest hits, joined on stage by the legendary band CHIC (featuring Nile Rodgers). With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy awards and the distinction of MusiCares Person of the Year in 2016, he really is a living legend.

Lionel Richie, 12 April, Spark Arena. Read more:

NZ International Comedy Festival

NZ International Comedy Festival

The NZ International Comedy Festival started in 1993 at the Watershed Theatre and is now one of Auckland’s favourite events with a huge variety of stand-up, sketch, improv, comedic-theatre, clowning, children's and musical comedy to choose from. Not your average line up, this year's program includes musical comedy, naked magic, interactive cooking, Mexican soap opera, sex education parody and the best play that Shakespeare never wrote. Arj Barker, Lauren Pattison, Fern Brady, Dane Baptiste and Andy Zaltzman are just some of the international acts, and the local lineup looks great too with all your Kiwi favourites.

NZ International Comedy Festival, Various venues, 26 April – 20 May. Read more:

Brickman: Wonders of the WorldBrickman: Wonders of the World

This exhibition was wildly popular at Te Papa with over 100,000 visitors, and now it’s arrived in Auckland! See intricate Lego models of the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Empire State Building, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe. Ryan McNaught (Brickman) and his team have spent a crazy 4,944 hours building these 50 exhibits that will be on show at Auckland Museum all this month and some of May.

Brickman: Wonders of the World, 30 March - 13 May, Auckland Museum



The Arts Festival may be over but Manifesto at the Auckland Art Gallery is still running till the 10 June. It features Cate Blanchett in an  immersive 13-screen film installation by German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt. Rosefeldt draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers and Blanchett breathes life into these manifestos by inhabiting multiple personas, including a school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, puppeteer, widow, homeless man and more. A fascinating installation.

Manifesto, Auckland Art Gallery, 24 Feb - 10 Jun

5 great things to do in Auckland this March

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March looks to be another fantastic month in Auckland with a number of world class events. Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still a lot to do in and around the city from art and theatre to concerts to fashion events. Here are five of our favourites for the month:

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

There’s always a buzz when the Auckland Arts Festival comes to town and this year will be no exception. As always, there will be an incredible line up of local and overseas acts, curated with everyone from seasoned theatre goers, too noisy active kids in mind.

The new hub this year will be the Festival Playground at Silo Park where the food and beverage offering will be even better than years gone by with three bars and BBQ food - to add to the excitement. Of course, Aotea Square will be alive too, with pop up dining and drink experiences at the iHeartRadio Festival Club: involving Art Dego, Culprit, Judge Bao and the Mixologist from Golden Dawn.

Festival acts range from a French Vietnamese Circus that’s winning critical acclaim; an open-air installation called House of Mirrors; a show involving drums and pyrotechnics in the best possible way; through to the ballet Giselle; a dance opera; and a 13 channel film installation running Cate Blanchett as multiple characters. There are plenty of family-friendly events too.

Auckland Arts Festival, 8-25 March,

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard of the worldwide singing sensation that is Ed Sheeran. The cheeky redhead with the voice of an angel is coming to Auckland to play Mt Smart on the 24th, 25th and 26th of this month and it promises to be a great show. The singer who has two Grammy Awards, six billion YouTube views, and 70 million online followers will tour the country after playing sold out shows in the UK, Europe, Latin and North America. No doubt - like with past concerts here - he will attract adoring fans from seven to 70.

Ed Sheeran, Mt Smart Stadium, see for details.

Stoneleigh Courtyard

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Hospitality

It won’t just be the Arts Festival that brings Auckland alive this month. With the arrival of the Volvo Race yachts last month, the viaduct will be alive with stopover action. It’s a great time to be in the city.

On the hospitality side, well-loved New Zealand winery Stoneleigh will be bringing their cellar door experience to the Viaduct with an exclusive concept bar on Te Wero Island called Stoneleigh Courtyard. Alongside the wide range of wines will be a full Stoneleigh Courtyard Menu offering small and large plates and antipasto platters all designed to share and specially matched to bring out the best in the various wines on offer.

There will be a daily ‘Taste Adventure’ special comprising of a specially created dish using that day’s freshest ingredients alongside a wine match chosen by Stoneleigh Winemaker, Jamie Marfell. The Courtyard is right in front of the main stage where there'll be regular live entertainment for the duration of the stopover.

Anne Frank Exhibition

Anyone who has been to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will know what a fascinating insight it is into one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust. Now you can experience some of that right here in Auckland with an exhibition developed by that Dutch museum. Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores what life was like for Anne and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany.

Seen by over 80 million people globally, the exhibition has opened its three-year tour of New Zealand at Auckland Museum and will run to the 13th May. Anne was just 12-years-old when she went into hiding with her family in a factory annex in Amsterdam, where they went on to live in secret for three years. They were finally discovered and sent to concentration camps but sadly only her father survived. He had the diary published in the hope the world would learn this must never happen again.

Let me be Myself, Auckland Museum 9 Feb to 14 May, Auckland Museum, Parnell

Fashion in Auckland

Four days of Fashion in the City

The best of Auckland’s boutiques, brands and retailers will be on show for four days from the 21st to the 24th of March with over 30 fashion-related events around the central city. There will be exhibitions, designer garage sales, wedding style events, runway shows, jewellery shows, styling evenings and much more. Numerous central city stores will be running fun events and workshops showcasing the latest fashion trends, inspiring your imagination and putting forward exclusive offers.

5 great things to do in Auckland this February

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At Quinovic Viaduct we love to brag about all the fun things to do in beautiful Auckland city. Here’s some of our picks for making the most of February - and those last weeks of summer.

Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race
For just over three weeks, Auckland will play host to the Volvo Ocean Race as one of the 12 ports in this round the world competition. The boats being in town will bring raft of activity and fun, in and around the viaduct, with plenty of activities for kids such as: live entertainment, face painting, glow-in-the-dark pois and stilt walkers. There will also be live music, cinematic and virtual reality experiences, as well as the opportunity to crawl inside the cross section of the VO65 to find out what life is like aboard. There will be a ‘Practice In Port’ race and an ‘In Port Race’ on 9 and 10 March, along with the Peroni Pro-Am Race on Saturday 16 March. And the fleet will sail out for Itajai, Brazil on Sunday 18 March to a big local farewell.

Pop up Globe

Pop up Globe
The Pop Up Globe is still attracting hundreds of visitors to its fantastically fun shows, which will run through to the first week of April. Shakespeare has never been so entertaining! It’s actually the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the original Globe theatre and attending a show there is an absolute summer must-do for both locals and out-of-towners. The shows being performed are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar; the modern (and often Kiwi) spin on these, will make you forget all that dusty school analysis of the bard’s plays, forever.

Silo Park

Silo Park
Silo Park at North Wharf is still one of the most wonderful places to experience Auckland at its summery best. Friday evenings and weekend afternoons till April bring DJs and food trucks and on Friday nights there are classic movies like Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, O Brother, Where Art Thou (and other more recent films) projected on to the giant Silos themselves. With pop up bars it means everyone can be happy. Movies, playground and fun for the little ones; and great food and  a glass of something wonderful on hot summer’s day to keep Mum and Dad sane.

Comedy Central

Live Comedy in the city
Comedy Central is making the end of summer holidays just that bit easier by providing some laughs at the Another Frickin' Festival Showcase at ASB Theatre in Aotea Square this February 8th. There’s a great line up of some of NZ’s finest - including Guy Williams, Rose Matafeo and Alice Snedden as well as international guests like Paul Foot, Ray Badran and Ronny Chieng.

Sculpture in the Gardens

Sculpture in the Gardens
It’s worth the half hour drive out of the central city to check out the Sculpture in the Gardens Exhibition which ends on the 25th of this month. The Auckland Botanic gardens are a lovely day out without any adornment, but the 20 medium and large outdoor works on the 2km trail, indoor concept drawings and Indoor Sculpture exhibition only serve to make it truly spectacular. Visitors are spoiled for choice for picturesque picnic spots in this 64 hectare park so it’s worth making a day of it. There’s even a kids’ activity sheet to keep younger ones focused while discovering some outdoor art.


Tips for Renting your Property - that will save you from disaster!

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Always ask prospective tenants for references and always call the referees. It is not advisable to rely on your own assessment of prospective tenants as this approach can leave you open to problems down the track.


Referees may be reluctant to make negative comments about a colleague or friend, so it is vital that you also perform a credit check on prospective tenants.  One-off credit checks can be made by most debt collecting agencies, but you need the tenant’s permission first.


One should undertake the following: Background checks, social media, police, credit, verify their ID, just to name a few. If you are using a professional Property Management company they will undertake these and more on your behalf. Remember to get the tenants written permission first.


The tenancy agreement is the place to outline what you expect from your tenants. The agreement must state clearly if there are to be no pets, parties or smoking, the maximum number of occupants, and so on. Failure to make specific conditions clear can lead to dispute and if the matter goes to the Tenancy Tribunal, an unclear agreement puts you in a precarious position.  Also be aware that neither party can sign away their rights under the Residential Tenancies Act.  Even if both parties agree to a clause at the time of signing a tenancy agreement, this clause may not be upheld if a dispute is taken to the Tenancy Tribunal.


You may have a good tenant who is going to pay the rent and look after your property, but if you sign them onto a periodic tenancy instead of a fixed term tenancy they could leave with just 21 days’ notice.  This gives you very little time to find a new tenant and could cost you in lost rent.  A fixed term tenancy, enables you to find new tenants before the current tenants move out, potentially saving you thousands of dollars. It also enables you to protect against the property becoming vacant at a time of the year when tenanting is difficult, such as late November/December or mid-winter.


Many private landlords feel that no bond, or only two weeks bond is necessary. But it’s very easy for a property to be damaged, potentially leaving the owner deeply out of pocket. Given that tenants are being given the right to live in an asset worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, it’s advisable to insist on taking the maximum bond possible of four weeks.


Always lodge the bond.  Not lodging the bond with the Department of Building and Housing is illegal, and means you could be fined up to $1000, if a tenant takes you to the Tenancy Tribunal.  The actual amount is at the discretion of the adjudicator, but you could also lose many hours dealing with the tenants and attending the hearing.

Five great things to do in Auckland this January

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One of the best parts of our job here at Quinovic is keeping up to date with what’s going on around Auckland so we can advise our out-of-town visitors how to maximise their stay in our beautiful city. The year is off to a great start with some exciting events in the calendar for January. Here are five of our top picks:

Yayoi Kusama

The Obliteration Room
Auckland Art Gallery is currently playing host to a small, but the extremely high impact, exhibition by well-known international avant-garde art icon Yayoi Kusama. The ‘Obliteration Room’ started its life as a room in the gallery’s Creative Learning Space with entirely white décor and accessories, and Aucklanders have been slowly covering this blank canvas in Kusama’s trademark dots since early December (you are handed a sheet of multicoloured stickers as you enter the exhibition). Needless to say, after a few months, it’s a vibrant symphony of spotty colour with very little white insight - and well worth visiting.

The work is based on hallucinations Kusama had a childhood, where she started to see spots everywhere. Born in 1929, she is well known internationally for her provocative exhibitions and it’s incredibly exciting that Auckland is getting to experience this very family friendly one.

Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room, Auckland Art Gallery, 9 Dec 2017 - 2 Apr 2018

Latin Fiesta

Latin Fiesta
If you need a bit of livening up after a relaxed summer holiday, the Latin Fiesta is the perfect way to do it. Aotea Square will come alive with Latin sounds and the exotic aromas of South American food. You can learn Zumba, Samba, Salsa, Bachata and Tango or just sit back and watch how it’s done while you soak up the festive atmosphere and vibrant fun music. It’s the perfect way to put some energy into your new year.

This year, Ernesto Zuñiga and his band Ashé Cuba will immerse you in the high-energy and unique tradition of Cuba and you can also experience the authentic sounds of a Mexican mariachi band with Fidel Pimentel from Veracruz Mexico. It’s the next best thing to a ticket to Havana, Brasilia or Mexico City - all in little ol’ Auckland.

Latin Fiesta, Aotea Square, 12 - 14 Jan

Auckland International Buskers Festival

Auckland International Buskers Festival
Auckland city’s amount of street performers is set to multiply exponentially over Auckland Anniversary Weekend. And we’re talking internationally acclaimed magicians, circus performers, contortionists, singers, dancers, comedians and even a unicycle world champion. Performances will take place at Queen’s Wharf, Princes Wharf, Eastern Viaduct, Te Wero Island, Skycity and Market Square in the Viaduct. Make sure you bring lots of loose change to show your appreciation for this, otherwise free, event.

Auckland Buskers Festival, Various locations in the central city, 26 - 28 January.

the art of banksy

Art of Banksy
Banksy is one of the world’s best-known street artists and the secrecy around his identity has only increased his intrigue factor as he’s evolved from little known to cult status over the last 17 years. His distinct graffiti drawings, an expression of his political activism, are now coming to Auckland in an exhibition not to be missed. There will be over 80 works on display including his famous ‘Girl with Balloon’. The exhibition is curated by the artists’ former manager, Steve Lazarides,

Banksy’s work has appeared everywhere from his own stomping ground of Bristol to Paris, Bethlehem, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Manchester and everywhere in between and he was named as one of Time magazine’s World’s Most Influential People in 2010. Buy tickets online to avoid the inevitable queues.

The Art of Banksy, Aotea Centre, 5 Jan - 6 Feb

Tamaki Herenga Waka

Tamaki Herenga Waka
One of Auckland’s best celebrations of Maori culture, Tamaki Herenga Waka 2017 will take place in and around the Viaduct area on Anniversary Weekend. There will be traditional and contemporary music, cultural performances, fashion, art, craft, traditional healing and tattooing, storytelling, a digital space for playing games and learning basic Te Reo and Waka displays on the water (you can even have a go at paddling yourself).

The food looks set to be great too: kawakawa sorbet, smoked kahawai and watercress salad, a modern maori twist on the classic Reuben sandwich, mussel and whitebait fritters, smoked tuna and eel, seafood chowder, crumbed scallops, steamed mussel pots, half-shell oysters, hot hangi, fried bread, boil-up, fresh fruit, drinking coconuts, ice-cream in pineapple and watermelon, and kina shots.

Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival, Viaduct Harbour, 27 - 29 January

WOF For Your Investment Property is Coming

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Yes, we are all familiar with a WOF for the car – but for your rental investment?

The signs are clearly there that some sort of WOF for landlords is coming, and it’s never too soon to look at what this will mean for you.

Changes in tenancy laws on 1 July, 2016 meant the following:

  1. All rental properties are required to have smoke alarms.
  2. All new tenancy agreements need to include a statement of the extent and safety of insulation in the property, and any replacement or installation of insulation in a rental property must meet the required standards.

August 2017 — the Wellington City Council announces it will pursue a voluntary rental WOF. It intends to make it compulsory in three years.

WOF for Properties

So, what would a WOF cover?

Well, the best we have is what the Wellington City Council has introduced, and if you are a landlord it would be good to familiarise yourself with the 29 items on the criteria. This includes insulation, heating, ventilation and structural stability. 
The inspector will be checking your investment/rental in the following areas:

  • All walls, ceiling, linings and floors are intact.
  • All surfaces are clear of mould.
  • In a kitchen, adequate food preparation and storage.
  • In a laundry, secure storage with a child safe lock.
  • The lounge will require fixed heating, in the future, it is more than likely that a heat pump will the minimum standard.
  • Portable heating will not be acceptable, unless it’s a unit/apartment less than 50sqm.
  • All windows will require security latches.
  • The front entrance needs to be clearly labelled, identifiable with good lighting on the front and rear.
  • Smoke alarms/insulation standards are already a requirement.

Overall, your investment must be in reasonable condition, with good spouting/storm water which does not leak, and no cracks or holes.

Paths, decks and surfaces are to be free from moss and non-slip.

This is just a quick overview of the changes coming, and it’s never too late to start ensuring your rental property/investment will meet the standards when they are enforced.

Remember, it's also protecting your investment as much as it is maintaining its quality thus attracting quality tenants.

Quinovic Viaduct Property Management is only to happy to work with landlords to put into place plans to ensure your investment is looked after and by doing so, retaining its value for both owners and tenants.