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Win entry into the TopShop awards

February 24th, 2017
Retail NZ’s Topshop awards are back this year, showcasing the best of New Zealand retail. The awards give Heart of the City...

Aucklanders remain positive about the city centre

February 20th, 2017
Aucklanders remain positive about the city centre despite major construction A survey that we’ve recently undertaken tells us that Aucklanders still feel positive...

Lower Queen Plaza open to people and businesses

January 6th, 2017
Lower Queen Plaza has been transformed into an attractive place to meet and gather. International visitors and downtown commuters are...

A garden in the heart of the city

December 23rd, 2016
Griffiths Gardens located on the corner of Wellesley and Albert Streets is an inviting and cheerful backyard designed to make...

Ovation of the Seas

December 20th, 2016
The Ovation of the Seas will arrive on our shores on 27 December. It will carry around 6,400 guests and...

Christmas Lovebites are here

November 28th, 2016
Discover and rediscover city gems with our Christmas Lovebites. Visit www.heartofthecity.co.nz/lovebites and find out some of the magical things the city is...

Love food hate waste

November 11th, 2016
Love Your Leftovers Lunch: Friday 25 NovemberDid you know that over $100 million worth of leftovers are thrown away in New...

Christmas decorations are going up

October 28th, 2016
It’s that time of the year when we mark the arrival of Christmas by dressing the city centre with festive decorations. The...

What you need to know about the new food grading

October 28th, 2016
Council is rolling out a new food grading scheme called Eatsafe in response to Food Act 2014 standards that came into effect on...

The Royal New Zealand Navy is celebrating 75 years

October 28th, 2016
Click here to Download the ATEED Event Advice From 16 November to 22 November, Auckland will host the Royal New Zealand Navy...

Restaurant Month just keeps getting better

October 26th, 2016
Restaurant Month 2016 provided a strong economic performance with both participating and total Heart of the City restaurants benefiting from the campaign...

Buildings for bees

October 17th, 2016
For the Love of Bees is a project which aims to help the city centre become more bee friendly. Bees play...

Calling for Night Noodle Markets vendors

October 14th, 2016
The Night Noodle Markets will be at Victoria Park from 30 November to 4 December to showcase authentic Asian hawker...

World Homeless Day- 10 October

October 7th, 2016
Monday 10 OctoberAotea Square 9.30am to 2.30pm andBeresford Square 10am and 4pmWorld Homelessness Day is being marked today at Aotea Square and...

AGM - Tuesday 25 October

September 30th, 2016
Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 25 October.It's been a strong year for Heart of the...

ArtWeek 2016 - Some of the highlights

September 16th, 2016
Artweek in The Central City, 8 – 16 October 2016Artweek 2016 has launched. This visual arts celebration is an exciting gateway to...

Strong June Quarter Results

August 22nd, 2016
Marketview Ltd reports for the June quarter Read the full press release here...

Restaurant Month Wait Staff & Restaurant Rewards

August 1st, 2016
Restaurant Month is presented by Heart of the City, along with headline sponsor American Express. This August marks the sixth year for...

Update Your Details

July 20th, 2016
Heart of the City is currently updating our membership database.  We are calling members to check we have the right...

Exceptional March Quarter Results

April 21st, 2016
The March 2016 quarter delivers exceptional results for the City CentreMarketview Ltd's results for the Heart of the City indicate...

The Farmer's Santa Parade returns on November 29

November 24th, 2015
The 2015 Farmers Santa Parade will feature all the wonderful pageantry, fun and surprises that have made this annual Auckland...

Quay Street Cycleway

November 23rd, 2015
Auckland Transport has started public consultation for the cycleway which runs on the north side of Quay St from Lower...

Santa Returns to Queen Street

October 27th, 2015
Santa is back on Queen Street this Christmas. With thanks to Mansons TCLM Limited for funding and managing the installation...

AGM - 29 October 15

October 8th, 2015
Our AGM is being held on Thursday 29 October, 5:45pm for a 6pm start at Level 1, 26 Lorne St...

Help Shape the Aotea Quarter

September 9th, 2015
Council wants your views on what would make Aotea Quarter the civic, arts and cultural heart for all Aucklanders as...

Freyberg Square and Ellen Melville Hall – How to have your say on the draft design by Sunday, 27 September

September 8th, 2015
Feedback closes on Sunday, Have your Say Now!The Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Council are seeking feedback on the proposed...

A Word from New Chief Executive, Viv Beck

September 8th, 2015
It’s been a great start in my new role at Heart of the City. My early weeks have been spent getting...

City Centre Projects: Current Consultations

September 7th, 2015
Ensure that you have your say on important city centre projects. These projects are part of the wider plan to...

Update your Membership Details

September 1st, 2015
Please review and update your membership details to ensure that you, and others in your business, continue to receive regular...

HOTCity SGM - 2014 Financials Approved

June 18th, 2015
Heart of the City's 2014 Financial Statements were approved at the SGM, held Wednesday 17 June 2015.Read the Chair's update here.View...

Restaurant Month returns for 2015

June 17th, 2015
Our city's preeminent dining event, Restaurant Month, returns this August promising to give us a taste of some of New...

We’re looking for a Digital Marketing superstar

June 12th, 2015
Love Auckland City? You'll love this roleBroad Digital RoleGreat CultureHow would you like to be part of our team that...

Auckland Conversations: Better Streets, Better Places

June 9th, 2015
Mike Lydon is an internationally recognised planner, writer, and advocate for liveable cities. He is a principal of The Street...

Free Eco Advice for Businesses

June 8th, 2015
Auckland Council's EcoBiz is a free service that helps small to medium businesses become more environmentally efficient. EcoBiz advisors give...

Lewisham Awards – Auckland’s best hospitality

June 8th, 2015
Auckland’s best hospitality establishments and talent were recognised on Sunday at the annual Lewisham Awards at Shed 10 on Queens...

Auckland Transport’s Parking Strategy Positive Step for City Centre Business

May 28th, 2015
We welcome Auckland Transport’s ongoing commitment to remove earlybird parking in  their recently released Parking Strategy, freeing up more car...

Heart of the City announces new Chief Executive

May 18th, 2015
Chair of Heart of the City, Terry Gould, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Viv Beck as our new...

City Deals is Back for 2015

April 23rd, 2015
City Deals returns from 1 July – 31 August, helping you promote your business through the quieter winter months.Presenting HOTCity...

Get involved in Restaurant Month 2015

April 21st, 2015
Restaurant Month in the Heart of the City is back from 1-31 August, 2015. As one of the most successful events...

City Centre Transformation - The next ten years

April 15th, 2015
A ten year programme of works for the city centre, including projects to be funded by the City Centre Targeted...

#EfairnessNZ – to give businesses a fair go

April 13th, 2015
Farmers return to Queen Street has been the big talking point for the city centre. It’s our view that this...

City Rail Link Showcase 11-15 April

April 7th, 2015
The City Rail Link’s early construction works will begin late 2015 to early 2016 with completion in 2018/2019. The CRL...

Open Streets - Quay Street, 12 April

April 7th, 2015
Open Streets comes to Quay Street this Sunday 12 April - an international initiative to claim the street for walking,...

Beach Road Cycleway Stage 2 underway

April 1st, 2015
The Beach Road walking and cycling project began its second and final stage on 30 March, continuing the transformation of...

Register for a free ATEED Business Clinic

April 1st, 2015
Whether you’ve got some great ideas to grow your business, have come up against a road block or need advice...

Barfoot & Thompson ITU World Triathlon Auckland

March 13th, 2015
The Barfoot & Thompson ITU World Triathlon Auckland will take place from 28 - 29 March 2015 in Auckland's CBD...

Business Collaboration: Thursdays on O'Connell

March 12th, 2015
O'Connell Street businesses have collaborated to develop a weekly "Thursdays on O'Connell" event to make the most of the new...

HOTC submission on the Long Term Plan

March 11th, 2015
Summary of our Submission: Business Property Rates: We support the ongoing rates equalisation policy and the proposed gradual reduction of business...

City Rail Link

March 6th, 2015
The City Rail Link’s early construction works will begin late 2015 to early 2016 with completion in 2018/2019. The CRL...

Our Waterfront's Future

February 20th, 2015
The future of our waterfront has continues to be under the spotlight.  Heart of the City’s position has been that...

Outdoor Trading Charges proposed to almost double in the City Centre

February 20th, 2015
Auckland Council are proposing to almost double the cost of outdoor dining in the city centre, as part of a...

HOTCity Members Survey: Auckland’s 10 Year Priorities

February 19th, 2015
We want HOTCity Members views on important Auckland decisions before letting Council know what we think. Should Auckland pay for...

City Centre Spending up in the December Quarter

February 17th, 2015
Heart of the City commissions a quarterly CBD Consumer Retail Expenditure Report to track trends and assist you with monitoring...

10 Days of Fashion in the City

February 12th, 2015
Update your wardrobe with over 100 in-store offers, experience fabulous fashion events, find out behind the scenes fashion tips, WIN...

Our Waterfront’s future

February 11th, 2015
Councillors need to be cautious with the future of our WaterfrontOpening up our waterfront, and attracting a growing cruise industry...

New Fees Proposed: Outdoor Trading in the City Centre

January 28th, 2015
Auckland Council are proposing to double the cost of outdoor dining in the city centre, as part of a process...

Upcoming Major Events = More Visitors

January 27th, 2015
Summer is in full swing which means a lot of great events are heading our way in the coming weeks,...

SkyPath – Public Submissions close on 23 January

January 21st, 2015
The SkyPath project is at a critical stage, submissions are open for the Resource Consent process until Friday 23 January....

We're looking for a new CEO

January 16th, 2015
• Test your leadership, advocacy, marketing, political savvy and communication skills• Make a visionary impact on the future business development in Auckland’s...

Auckland Anniversary Weekend

January 15th, 2015
This weekend the city will be celebrating its 175th year. Events include the Buskers Festival, the Seafood Festival, a carnival on the...

Heart of the City Highlights

December 18th, 2014
We've pulled together the highlights of what we've been doing over the last 18 months. Our Annual Report showcases how...

Christmas in the Heart of the City

December 4th, 2014
From Santa, Christmas trees, theatre and markets to sunny day concerts, outdoor cinema and more. You can find all the events you...

Be a part of improving the safety of the City Centre

December 3rd, 2014
Two projects that are bringing marked improved to the safety and experience for our retail and late night businesses in the city...

The Farmer's Santa Parade returns on November 30

November 12th, 2014
The Farmers Santa Parade has brought joy, laughter and goodies to the people of Auckland for 80 years and this...

Help shape Auckland’s downtown public spaces

November 4th, 2014
Auckland’s downtown will be transformed over the coming decade. On offer will be better transport, more attractive streets and new...

Tell us your views: “Legal Highs” policy for the City Centre

October 28th, 2014
Auckland Council is deciding where psychoactive substances, commonly known as legal highs, can be sold once they are licensed by...

New Interim CEO Appointed

October 22nd, 2014
We are pleased to announce the appointment of interim Chief Executive, David Wright, effective immediately.Mr Wright is an experienced company...

Important Announcement from Heart of the City

October 6th, 2014
It is with disappointment that the Board of Heart of the City wish to advise members that the contract with...

AGM - 22 October 14

September 30th, 2014
Our AGM is being held next Wednesday, 22 October, 5.30 for a 5.45pm meeting at the Nathan Club, Britomart (51...

10 Days of Fashion in the City - Get Involved

September 19th, 2014
From 27 Feb - 8 March 2015, Heart of the City will be delivering the central city's signature fashion retail...

Downtown Framework

September 12th, 2014
There has been quite a bit of public buzz around the Downtown Framework that was presented to Council recently. The...

Beach Road & Grafton Gully Cycle Lanes now open

September 11th, 2014
The latest section of Auckland’s expanding cycling and walking network – the Upper Queen Street Grafton Gully and Beach Road link were...

Signage Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw - Now open for public comment

September 5th, 2014
Auckland Council and Auckland Transport have jointly drafted new region-wide signage bylaw which will be open for public feedback from...

Update on City Centre Transformational Projects

August 21st, 2014
O’Connell Street and Federal Street are now complete offering a transformed experience of the city centre, and Khartoum Place is...

Feedback wanted by 4 September, on the Draft Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw

August 6th, 2014
The proposed Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw is now open for comment, with feedback due by Thursday 4 September. Trading...

Ped Counts interactive map goes live

July 18th, 2014
View our city centre's 24/7 pedestrian counts with our new interactive map - see how many people were in the city yesterday,...

WHERE NEXT™ – The new App for the Central City

July 7th, 2014
We're recently launched our very own clever little app. WHERE NEXT™ knows what you like, what's close, cool and on in...

The Show Never Stops in the Heart of the City this winter

July 7th, 2014
Our Winter Campaign runs until 19 Sep, and looks to drive business to the city centre over the quiet winter months....

Feedback wanted on Draft Parking Discussion Document

May 29th, 2014
Auckland Transport is currently undertaking a parking discussion as part of a review of all aspects of parking in Auckland...

2014 HOTCity member's survey results

May 27th, 2014
For the results of our 2014 HOTCity member's survey, click here.Thanks to everyone who participated! We really appreciate your feedback. ...

Your thoughts on the Draft Local Alcohol Policy

May 15th, 2014
Auckland’s Draft Local Alcohol Policy is currently being debated as it is now open for public comment. Without a doubt Alcohol &...

Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw & Begging

May 15th, 2014
On the 26 May, the new Auckland Council and Auckland Transport Public Safety & Nuisance Bylaw will be enforceable. The bylaw addresses...

HOTC would like to sponsor your business's entry for this year's Top Shop Awards

May 12th, 2014
Entries for this year's Top Shop Retail Excellence Awards open in Auckland on 3 June 2014, and we're sponsoring up to five...

Get involved with our City Deals promotion

May 8th, 2014
Here's your chance to promote your business through our new City Deals campaign (it's an evolution of our former campaign 48 Hour City),...

Electric trains have arrived!

April 28th, 2014
Electric trains make rail travel more attractive. Trains are faster, quieter and more energy-efficient, and feature the latest developments in...

Auckland Conversations

March 26th, 2014
Auckland Conversations is an exciting series of talks designed to inspire, influence and inform the transformation of Auckland into the world’s most liveable city,...

The 12 Days of Christmas Carnival is underway

December 18th, 2013
Heart of the City is celebrating Christmas this year with a series of lunchtime pop-up carnivals with live performance, DJs and food...

Queen Street Fashion Show

December 9th, 2013
Heart of the City is delivering a new event as part of next year’s 10 days of Fashion in the City....

New alcohol laws in Central City

December 9th, 2013
Changes aimed to improve New Zealand's drinking culture and reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking – both personal and public will...

IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland

December 9th, 2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland, 19 January 2014 is the official Asia Pacific Championship for this triathlon distance, and is one of only...

Last reminder to register for Fashion in the City

December 9th, 2013
Heart of the City will be delivering 10 days of Fashion in the City in the central city from 28 Feb...

Winter Campaign 2013 Results

October 15th, 2013
This winter, Heart of the City ran the "LOVE YOUR CITY” Campaign over the 3 months of June, July & August –...

Restaurant Month 2013 Results

October 15th, 2013
The winter months are typically a time that many Aucklanders can slip into hibernation mode, yet this wasn't the case for thousands...

Alcohol Policy and Licensing Changes

September 26th, 2013
Central Auckland has a vibrant entertainment and hospitality scene – but there can be a dark side to Auckland’s CBD. The central...

Name change for "BIG little City"

September 26th, 2013
 We will now run all our consumer marketing and events activity under our organisation name, "Heart of the City”. The background...

Retailers: Get involved in Fashion in the City

September 26th, 2013
Fashion in the City is a unique central city event that celebrates and promotes the current season’s fashion to Aucklanders and visitors...

Heart of the City AGM 2013

September 26th, 2013
All HOTCity members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Heart of the City, the Auckland City Centre Business Association....

Street Art at 33 High street

September 10th, 2013
A lively new artwork has brought spring colour to a High St demolition site. A mural by highly acclaimed New Zealand artist...

More Public Art for Auckland CBD

September 10th, 2013
Bold innovative art for the City Centre’s shared public spaces makes Auckland a notable destination for residents and visitors alike. Eyelight Lane by...

Air Quality & Noise Check up in the CBD

September 10th, 2013
Scientists from The University of Auckland, NIWA, and AUT University, along with 15 students, have taken to the city centre streets...

Progress on Auckland Ports Expansion

September 10th, 2013
A fortnight ago Auckland Council set a hard line against the Ports expansion plans when it rejected all of their options for...

Fort Street Upgrade nears Completion

July 23rd, 2013
Stage 3 of the Fort Street upgrade, between Gore St and Customs St East, is nearing completion. Temporary barriers are finally...

Art Week returns to the city centre in October

July 5th, 2013
Auckland’s annual celebration of contemporary arts and galleries returns to the city from 11 – 20 October. Beyond the gallery exhibitions and...

Queen Street Storewatch Launches

July 5th, 2013
StoreWatch is a community prevention first strategy towards reducing the effects of theft from retail stores on Queen St, Auckland. The StoreWatch...

Love your City

June 20th, 2013
In the last issue we shared with you our BIG little City campaign for this year: Love your City. Using photo sharing...

Barwatch Project update

June 20th, 2013
Bars and clubs in the Heart of the City’s Fort St and High St precinct and in the K Road Business...

Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards

June 20th, 2013
Entries close 28th JuneWestpac Auckland Central Business Awards, presented by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, reward excellence in business and...

Restaurant Month 2013

June 20th, 2013
Back for the third year in a row, Restaurant Month will be returning to Auckland’s central city to showcase the talents...

Love your City Campaign

June 7th, 2013
HEART OF THE CITY LAUNCHES 453 REASONS TO LOVE YOUR CITY From next week Heart of the City will be publishing...

New website for BIG Little City

June 7th, 2013
It has been an exciting week at the HOTCity office, we have just launched the brand new BIG little city website....

Sustainable Business Network update

June 6th, 2013
The Sustainable Business Network has recently launched a new strategy, introducing four new Transformation Areas to help their member businesses along the...

Fashion in the BIG little City 2014

June 6th, 2013
The now well-established Fashion in the BIG little City event will be back in 2014 and planning will be underway in...

Art in Public Places draft Policy

May 23rd, 2013
Auckland Council is developing a new public art policy and is currently seeking feedback on the draft policy. The Public Art...

SkyPath project update

May 21st, 2013
The Auckland SkyPath, the privately-funded proposal for a tolled walking and cycling path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, received another tick from Council's...

Getting Parking Right for Auckland

May 3rd, 2013
Changes to parking charges in the city centre have been well received over the first 3 months of the new City Centre...

BIG little City Website Update

May 3rd, 2013
The BIG little City website will soon have a fresh new look and functionality. We’re looking forward to launching our new image-led...

To Toll or not to Toll Centre City Roads

May 3rd, 2013
In this city that has more cars than it does registered drivers any issue associated with our love of our car is...

Discover Auckland’s BIG little city

March 1st, 2010
Find out about the latest events in Auckland City. Places to shop, dine, drink and stay. The best events, attractions,...