Westfield Newmarket to get $790 million makeover featuring David Jones store

Auckland's Newmarket Westfield Shopping Centre is to get a $790 makeover which includes Australia's retail giant David Jones. 

More than 230 stores will be in the site over four and a half hectares of land, with a new Farmers department store and Countdown supermarket. 

Scentre Group chief operating officer Greg Miles announced the plans this morning which also features a rooftop lifestyle, dining and entertainment precinct. 

"On completion, Westfield Newmarket will represent a premium fashion, food, technology, lifestyle and entertainment experience unrivalled in New Zealand. Westfield Newmarket will become the flagship living centre for the Group's New Zealand portfolio and set a new benchmark in extraordinary retail and lifestyle destinations."

The project is set to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

The CEO of David Jones, David Thomas said: "We know New Zealanders are well-travelled and fashion savvy with an appetite for international brands and world-class shopping experiences. We are focused on exceeding these expectations when we open our first Auckland store as part of the exciting new Westfield Newmarket redevelopment."

"Our store will combine the best of New Zealand and international brands curated specifically for the discerning local market with our range of premium instore services, delivering an unparalleled experience to the region."

It will be New Zealand's second David Jones store, after one opened in Wellington in 2016. 

Design for Auckland's new Westfield Newmarket shopping centre. Source: Scentre Group


Popular Wellington cafe fined for incorrectly paying holiday entitlements

A popular Wellington cafe located on one of the city's most famous streets has been fined for failing to keep compliance records and correctly paying holiday pay as well as other entitlements to 62 current and former staff members. 

Espressoholic has been stood down from issuing visas to recruit migrant workers for six months and was slapped with a $2000 fine. 

An infringement notice was issued, as well as an improvement notice by the Inspectorate. 

Labour Inspectorate regional manager for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, David Milne, says finding the well established businesses "faily to get the basics of employment right, including paying for public holidays" is "disappointing".

"Every employer needs to keep wage, time, holiday and leave records to ensure they meet all minimum standards, and where these are not in place the Inspectorate can and will impose fines," Mr Milne said in a statement this morning. 

"A cheap cup of coffee shouldn't come at the expense of your employees in the kitchen washing dishes, behind the espresso machine, or anywhere else in your business.

"Providing your employees with all their entitlements is an important part of running a business, both in a legal sense, and for maintaining a good brand.

"Many more cafes will be visited by the Inspectorate this year, and in the interest of consumer choice we will be transparent about businesses we find in breach of their obligations."

The improvement notice gives Espressoholic until 22 Feburary to correctly pay 62 current and former employees. 

Making coffee Source: 1 NEWS


Check the forecast in your region: Auckland and Northland to take a beating as subtropical low brings wet weekend for NZ

The weekend weather is shaping up to be a washout for much of the country, with a subtropical low set to deliver plenty of rain as it makes it way down the country.

Umbrellas are already a must in Auckland today, with the MetService issuing a severe weather warning for Northland as heavy rain moves into the area this morning.

The warning is in effect for Northland from 9am to 5pm today. The MetService has forecast heavy and possibly thundery downpours that could cause flash flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Check the forecast in your region on the 1 NEWS NOW weather page. 

There is a severe weather watch for Gisborne today as well, also for the possibility of heavy rain.

The low is already bringing rain to much of the North Island that is expected to get heavier as the day progresses.

While the South Island will bask in fine weather today, things take a turn for the worse tomorrow, as the low moves south, bringing rain to both islands over Saturday and Sunday, with some heavy falls expected.

The humid northeast flow will also see humid nights return to much of the country after a brief reprieve this week.

Meanwhile, TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett says "it's too early to tell" if a potential cyclone forming in the Pacific Ocean will "affect us here".

Corbett says two disturbances in the Pacific Ocean, one north of Vanuatu and the other south of Fiji "will help send some moisture and a band of bad weather to northern parts of country over the course of the coming days".

Battling the wind and rain