Air NZ Dreamliner to fly to Fiji

Air New Zealand has announced it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland – Nadi route this summer (November – March) adding 8,000 more seats to the route than last year. 


When Air New Zealand’s revolutionary new Boeing 787-9 lands at Nadi International Airport on 27 November 2015 it will be the first time this aircraft has operated to the Pacific Islands.


Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace says, “Fiji continues to be a hugely popular destination for Kiwis with the number of Kiwis travelling there growing steadily over the past three years.  We’re thrilled to be able to meet growing demand for Fiji as a destination with more seats and the exceptional Dreamliner experience.”


The Boeing 787-9 will initially operate two new services per week building to five during the peak mid-December to late January period.  In addition to this, there will also be an extra weekly A320 service added to the summer schedule to meet passenger demand.


The Boeing 787-9 services will initially operate on Saturdays and Sundays, extending to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the peak. The additional A320 service will operate on Sundays. 

Radio Live’s magical exit from AM


RadioLive has moved off the AM radio band today to make way for Magic, MediaWorks latest radio network.

The news and talk station which broadcasts the new Paul Henry breakfast show is still available on FM in Auckland and throughout the country.

Any doubt about what Magic will be playing in terms of its format is easily quashed by a visit to its website promoting events involving The Beatles and Neil Diamond.

New design for Qantas pilot uniform

Australian Fashion Designer, Martin Grant, will create a new modern uniform for Qantas’ domestic, regional and international pilots two years after he designed a popular new image for the airline’s cabin crew and ground staff.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said that a new uniform for the airline’s 2,500 pilots came at a time of renewal.

“Every Qantas uniform over the past 95 years reflects its times and we’re excited to work with Martin on a new design that reflects modern Australian style as well as the positive things happening at Qantas,” said Mr Joyce.

“It’s important that our crew feel proud to wear the Qantas uniform around the world, every day. They represent the national carrier so we want them to feel confident and comfortable sitting in the flight deck, standing in the cabin or walking through an airport.

“A key part of the design process will be asking our pilots what they would like to see in the new design. With an increase in the number of female pilots in the Qantas ranks, the design of the female uniform will also be a focus,” added Mr Joyce.

Martin Grant said he was excited by the opportunity to design what will be the first new uniform for Qantas pilots in more than a decade.

“The reputation of Qantas pilots speaks for itself, so it’s a real honour to be asked to work with them to create their new uniform. I want it to be comfortable, stylish and most of all, distinguished,” said Martin.

“Early feedback from Qantas pilots is that they want to retain the traditional image but give it a modern makeover to be more elegant and more wearable. The female pilots are also hoping for a more feminine line so I will have that front of mind when I begin the design stage,” added Martin.

Qantas Chief Pilot, Captain Richard Tobiano, said while pilots are often unseen in their “office”, they take great pride in wearing their uniform and also place a great emphasis on comfort.

“The current uniform has served us well but after wearing the same thing every day for more than 10 years, we’re ready for a change. Given we spend up to 16 hours at a time on an aircraft, there’s a big focus on comfort and durability as well as reflecting our professionalism,” said Captain Tobiano.

Over the next few weeks Martin will host focus groups with representatives from the pilot community to get their feedback on what they would like to wear in terms of design, practicalities and comfort.

He will also travel across the airline’s domestic and international network for inspiration and join Qantas pilots in a flight simulator to understand the dynamics of the pilots’ working environment.

Qantas aims to have its pilot community wearing a newly designed uniform during 2016.

Britain’s Got Talent coming to TV One

bgtThursday 23rd April, 7.30pm

Get your finger on the buzzer, Britain’s Got Talent returns for another action-packed season!

The dynamic four-piece judging panel is back, with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams returning to the task of scouting out Britain’s undiscovered talent.

Acts must take to the firing line and perform for the expert panel of judges, who will be saying yes to the acts that impress them most and buzzing off those that are best left undiscovered.

Hosts Ant and Dec return to front the show, guiding us through the weird, wacky and wonderful acts as only they can.

Musical theatre boy band Collabro were crowned last year’s winners and have since gone on to achieve international success. Other notable alumni from the series include singing sensation Susan Boyle, who has sold more than 23 million records worldwide, and Paul Potts.

Photo: Judges; Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Williams.

Madame Tussauds Singapore Launches Wax Figure of Iconic Singapore Girl


Madame Tussauds Singapore and Singapore Airlines today announce the launch of a wax figure of the iconic Singapore Girl, one of Singapore’s best known icons.

The figure is modelled after Ms Nur Surya Binte Mohamed Ambiah, a flight stewardess with Singapore Airlines (SIA) who joined in 2007 but left to start a family in 2011 and rejoined SIA in 2012 under the Returning Crew Scheme.

“We are truly delighted to have created a wax figure of the Singapore Girl; she is a global icon and the epitome of grace and hospitality. Representing a leading Asian brand, the iconic Singapore Girl is well-known all over the world and therefore we wanted to feature her in our attraction which aims to showcase the best of Singapore!” said Ms Sharon Wong, Marketing Manager, Madame Tussauds Singapore.

Madame Tussauds Singapore Launches Wax Figure of Iconic SingaporeGirl

“The Singapore Girl, with her distinctive sarong kebaya, is a global icon and one of the most instantly recognisable figures worldwide. She is perennial and appeals to both young and old. Our customers have a strong emotional connection with our brand as a result of her iconic image. Her contribution to SIA’s brand is invaluable and we are excited for her to be featured in Madame Tussauds Singapore.” –  Senior Vice President Cabin Crew, Mr Marvin Tan

“The Singapore Girl, with her distinctive sarong kebaya, is a global icon and one of the most instantly recognisable figures worldwide. She is perennial and appeals to both young and old. Our customers have a strong emotional connection with our brand as a result of her iconic image. Her contribution to SIA’s brand is invaluable and we are excited for her to be featured in Madame Tussauds Singapore,” said Mr Marvin Tan, Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Cabin Crew.

This is the second figure of a Singapore Girl to be produced by Madame Tussauds. The first was modelled after Ms Lim Suet Kwee and was launched in 1993. Ms Lim, who is now Assistant Manager for Crew Performance, played a crucial role in the selection process for the new Singapore Girl wax figure.

Several factors were considered during the selection process, the most important of which was the fact that she should embody the characteristics of the Singapore Girl, such as Asian grace, hospitality and commitment to service. Other factors include her poise and confidence in presenting herself.

In September 2014, the Madame Tussauds team met Surya for an eight hour sitting which involved collecting measurements, photos, costume donations, a hand cast, hair samples, a signature and checks for eye colour matches. About 500 precise body and facial measurements were taken. Ms Lim was also present at the sitting to provide Surya with guidance, based on her past experience. The figure was created in London and took approximately three months to complete. Surya’s wax figure is wearing an SIA sarong kebaya cabin crew uniform, donated by SIA.

Madame Tussauds is one of the world’s most popular visitor attractions, drawing millions of visitors across the world every year. The attraction features some of Singapore’s most popular celebrities, as well as International and Asian A-list celebrities from around the world. Madame Tussauds Singapore is located at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa and sits alongside Images of Singapore LIVE which is now open to the public. Images of Singapore LIVE introduces an entirely new element with live actors, telling stories about Singapore’s history. The two attractions are linked by the ‘Spirit of Singapore’ boat ride.

This weekend on The Nation…

A rare interview with Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf about the impact of the international economic recovery on New Zealand and the main opportunities and threats now facing the country.

Then in a New Zealand exclusive, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell discusses the upcoming British election, what PR advice he might give to contenders David Cameron and Ed Miliband, and the influence of the minor players such as UKIP and Scottish National Party.

And in the week Woolworths Australia was slammed for using Anzac images in their advertising, we take an in-depth look at the ways our remembrance of World War I is being commercially exploited.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O’Reilly, Massey University vice-chancellor Steve Maharey, and former Internet Party leader Laila Harre.

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