Sorry Aussie, you can't claim this one! Air NZ ranked Australia's No. 1 rated company in wide-ranging survey

For the second consecutive year, proudly Kiwi airline Air New Zealand has been recognised as Australia’s most reputable company in the Reputation Institute’s annual Australia Corporate Reputation Index.

In ranking first, Air New Zealand has trumped homegrown carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia which indexed third and fourth respectively, as well as other major corporates such as Toyota, Apple and Nestle.

Air New Zealand General Manager Australia Kathryn Robertson says the Kiwi carrier is determined to be Australia’s airline of choice and this honour reflects the hard work of the 12,000 Air New Zealanders around the world dedicated to enhancing all aspects of its customers’ experience.

“From our artificial intelligence powered chat bot Oscar, who helps thousands of Australian customers get answers to their questions, through to our $100 million lounge investment programme which has transformed customer spaces in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, Air New Zealand is focused on offering Australians a better way to fly across the Tasman and beyond.

“Clearly, Australians have embraced our warm service, innovative products and our distinctive brand, as brought to life here in Australia through our award-winning Bryan Brown voiced Dave the Goose marketing campaign. We’re thrilled to continue to be held in such high regard.”

Earlier this month Air New Zealand announced an enhanced Tasman schedule after announcing that it will end its seven-year alliance with Virgin Australia later this year. From the end of October, Air New Zealand will offer 15% more seats across the Tasman year on year, including two new routes (Brisbane-Wellington and Brisbane-Queenstown) from December.

The price difference is down to a lack of competition in NZ according to Moneyhub.
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Palmerston North 'Creep Catcher' paedophile hunter arrested, charged

A Palmerston North man who has been accusing people of paedophilia then posting videos exposing them online has been arrested.

The New Zealand Herald and Fairfax named the man as Connor Bevins, 20, who is accused of pretending to be a minor online to lure out potential paedophiles and then post the videos on 'Creep catcher' Facebook pages.

Police confirmed the man is facing several charges relating to The Harmful Digital Communications Act and is also facing a charge relating to intimidation.

Police have seized electronic devices and have asked him to leave Taupo and return to Palmerston North.

He is due to appear in the Palmerston North District Court next week.



Queenstown real estate branch hold different kind of open home after car crashes through window

Ray White Queenstown has had "an open home of a very different kind" after a car crashed through their store window.

Police were called after the car, a Mazda Demio, went through the business, located on Church Lane, at 7.17am today.

A parking sign was knocked out following the incident.

Co-owner Bas Smith and salesman Cameron Reed were all smiles as they posed for a photo with the driver.

No one was injured in the crash, the real estate branch said on Facebook.

Ray White Queenstown after a car drove through its front window. Source: Ray White Queenstown / Facebook