News: Motorsport park boss moves to Police

Heather Verry

Heather Verry

Manfeild Park CEO Heather Verry has resigned with effect from November 28 to become the chief executive of the New Zealand Police Association.

In the past five years Verry has steered the Feilding operation through a period of significant growth, sometimes under trying circumstances, says Manfeild Park trust board chairman Ben Vanderkolk.

“We can credit her with a substantial turn around in the integrity, presentation, reputation and standing of the park at all levels,” says Vanderkolk. Continue reading “Motorsport park boss moves to Police” »

News: Private car sale strands buyer

324101229A Blenheim woman who bought a 1994 Honda Odyssey through a TradeMe auction has been fighting for redress as the vehicle broke down four days after purchase.

Crystal Port told The Marlborough Express she bought the car so she could take her family to Christchurch to visit her father during his cancer treatment, but they only made it to Kaikoura before it broke down.

According to the newspaper, the Odyssey cost Port $1700 and the TradeMe auction had stated “the car rides very smooth, no engine problems whatsoever.” Continue reading “Private car sale strands buyer” »

BMW: BMW: 2014 M235i Coupe review

BMW M235i 2014 front quarter

I stepped out of the BMW M4 (read the review here) and into the M235i expecting a significant downgrade, but I was wrong. The M235i is the swift dagger to the M4’s broadsword; it feels lighter and sharper and less likely to require two hands.

The M4 is capable of wreaking much more havoc, but the M235i is still a weapon wielded in the right hands given that it comes with a three-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 240kW and 450Nm of torque. This means a 4.8-second dash to 100kph and enough overtaking power to give the traction control something to think about at 70kph. Continue reading “BMW: 2014 M235i Coupe review” »

News: All-new BMW X4 arrives in dealerships

P90143827_lowResThe all-new BMW X4, a brand new sport activity coupe following in the footsteps of the X6, is now officially on sale in New Zealand – and BMW dealers around the country are reporting significant interest in it.

“The predecessor to the X4, the larger X6, was the first sport activity coupe in the world and has enjoyed considerable sales success with more than 250,000 units sold globally since launch in 2008,” says BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert.

“We have similar high hopes for the X4 as it too offers benefits in terms of functionality, versatility – and of course performance.” Continue reading “All-new BMW X4 arrives in dealerships” »

News: Harley-Davidson 2015 models roll into Kiwi dealerships


Harley-Davidson says it is staying hard on the throttle with the introduction of its 2015 model line-up to New Zealand dealerships.

The company says it is expanding its diverse offering of motorcycles and now offers riders more ways than ever before to lead their own pack to the open road.

“The broad 2015 Harley-Davidson model line-up demonstrates our commitment to delivering products to our customers through world-class, customer-led product design,” says Harley-Davidson Motor Company president and ceo Matt Levatich. Continue reading “Harley-Davidson 2015 models roll into Kiwi dealerships” »

News: Second funding round from Mazda Foundation

West-Coast-RDA-2The Mazda Foundation which receives funding from every vehicle sold through the Mazda dealer network has donated more than $75,000 to 22 individuals and groups across New Zealand in a second annual funding round.

Each year, the Mazda Foundation holds three rounds and selects New Zealanders community groups and charities that are in need of support.

A combination of education facilities, conservation programs, individuals, charities and organisations were granted funding. One programme included the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) which received funding to host the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Kaitiakitanga MERC Environmental Challenge. Continue reading “Second funding round from Mazda Foundation” »

News: Mercedes-AMG teams up with Kiwi winter athletes


Mercedes-AMG has combined with some of New Zealand’s professional ski and snowboard athletes to create a stunning new video. Filmed at the Snow Farm in Cardrona, in New Zealand’s south island, the video fuses the high-performance of AMG, with the capabilities of professional winter sport.

Filmed by professional automotive photographer, Chris Benny, the video features a thrilling range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles including: the C 63 AMG ‘Edition 507’ Coupé, G 63 AMG, SL 63 AMG and E 63 AMG ‘S’ models.

Incorporating drivers from the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, all activities were performed on a closed, controlled course. Continue reading “Mercedes-AMG teams up with Kiwi winter athletes” »

News: Warning lights for motorists and the trade


Canstar Blue’s latest consumer satisfaction survey looking at national car servicing chains shows that it’s not just Penny from the Big Bang Theory that ignores engine warning lights. A quarter of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians have done so too, and an even higher percentage of drivers from those cities have never checked the oil levels in their cars.

Half in the survey get their cars serviced to remedy a specific problem rather than on a recommended schedule based on distance travelled, and a third only get their car fixed if it fails a warrant. Despite the improving economy, nearly half of respondents report getting their car serviced less often to save money, and more than 40% perform some elements of a basic car service at home to save money.

Perhaps most surprisingly, more than a quarter believe that modern cars don’t require regular servicing, and this belief is more commonly held in Auckland and Wellington and by Gen Ys and Gen Xs. Continue reading “Warning lights for motorists and the trade” »