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28 June 2014: Evoling B&B use still hard to measure

Story:Katie Holland, Rotorua Daily Post

One of the below-the-radar categories for tourism across the country is the bed and breakfast and home stay market, which tourism experts suggest could account for significantly more than the officially monitored visitor bed nights. And new online apps and sites are allowing increasing numbers to access private household accommodation.

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scheme for farmers needing a break

18 June 2014: Scheme for farmers needing a break

Recorded:Radio New Zealand Rural News

A group of homestay venues is putting up prizes of accommodation for farmers in need of a break away.

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June 2014: Holiday Contest for stressed farmers

Rachel Thomas, Waikato Times

"We want people who might be isolated to know that they're not alone". Jo Goodhew, Associate Health Minister.

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May 2014: Homestay Network Editor's Pick.Look After Me Homestay Network Next Magazine 2014 Hot Pick

Story: Sarah Henry, Editor, Next Magazine.

 

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April 2014: Change of Direction Driven by Passion.

Story: Caitlyn Sykes, NZ Herald, Business Section. 

Starting new way of life and business doesn't mean checking all the skills you've learned before at the door. 

This weeks Q & A - Julia Charity was a scientist with Scion before launching her own business, New Zealand's Homestay Network -  Look After Me Ltd, in 2011.

What was the process of moving from a career as a scientist to starting your own tourism business? What started it was being made redundant from my science role...

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March 2014: Homestay Business Takes PM's Advise. Story: Maria Slade, Unlimited. 

Julia Charity says she's had a ''pretty typical entrepreneurial journey'. 'I've been burnt out, ripped off and broke. You just learn to never let anything compromise the dream.''

The Rotorua molecular biologist's goal of creating New Zealand's largest homestay network very nearly came to naught when the website design company she had hired turned out to be not all it claimed.

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March 2014: Thriving Business Bold move for Rotorua Entrepreneur. Story Jill Nicholas, Daily Post

Our People: The Multi-faceted faces of a self-styled Rotorua Entrepreneur. If Julia Charity was a doll she'd be one of the double-faceted kind. On one side she'd appear as the consummate scientist, turn it around and she'd be seen as an entrepreneur.

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March 2014: New Plymouth opens hearts and homes for accommodation for Womad. 

NZ's Homestay Network, Look After Me Ltd has recruited new hosts in New Plymouth to cope with accommodation demands for Womad. 

 

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January 2014: New Rotorua's Cycle Trail Partnership celebrates cycling and hospitality. Story Destination Rotorua Marketing, 'In Essence', Summer 2014

'Look After Me - New Zealand's Homestay Network is proud to be an Official Accommodation Partner for Thermal By Bike, Te Ara Ahi

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December 2013: Rotorua's Essential 50 - Thermal by Bike, Te Ara Ahi, Rotorua's Cycle Trail. Story Alison King, Daily Post

'Look After Me - New Zealand's Homestay Network is proud to be an Official Accommodation Partner for Thermal By Bike, Te Ara Ahi

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November 2013: 20 million Korean's view Rotorua HomestaysStory Katie Holland, Daily Post

 

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October 2013: Julia launches first pitch to Angels. Story Katie Holland, Daily Post

 

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October 2013: NZ Business Magazine - The Changing Face of Tourism. Story: Julia Charity

 

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August 2013: Rotorua Business Excellence Awards - Look After Me Ltd - New Zealand's Homestay Network announced as finalist. Story: Katie Holland, Daily Post

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August 2013: Failure is not an option. NZ Business magazine.   Story: Julia Charity

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July 2013: Look After Me Homestay Network celebrates second birthday in style. Photograph: Rona Lau

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March 2013: Warm Womad Welcome. Look After Me Homestay Network is seeking New Plymouth homeowners with guest rooms or sleepouts to billet paying guests for the weekend. Taranaki Daily News.

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January 2013: Rotorua filling up fast for Raggamuffin. Look After Me Homestay helps accommodation seekers. Story: Alison King

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November 2012: Feature Article - The Work Placement that changed my life. Nevaeh Magazine.  Story: Dr Julia Charity

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 October 2012: Feature Article - Women in Work. Meet Rotorua Scientist turned Entrepreneur Dr Julia Charity. Nevaeh Magazine. Story: Louise Parker

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11 August 2012: Work Experience paying off for Rotorua Job Seekers. Daily Post, Rotorua. Story: Katie Holland.

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4 July 2012: Look After Me Looks After Locals. Rotorua TV's Carlie Jackson interviews Dr Julia Charity

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15 June 2012: Look After Me  helps rebuild Christchurch. Breakfast TV's Holly Carran takes a look at homestays for the rebuild

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14 June 2012: Employers asked to give trainees a helping hand. Daily Post, Rotorua. Story: Katie Holland.

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18 May 2012: Middle-earth mania pure gold for NZ Tourism. Daily Post, Rotorua. Story: Julie Taylor

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9 May 2012. A Virtual Hotel for Christchurch. Homestays and the rebuild. Canterbury TV News Bulletin. Story: Marcus Gibbs

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2 April 2012: Search on for Short-term beds. The Christchurch Press, Story: Liz McDonald.

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2 April 2012: Victorious Angler thanks ‘secret weapon’ for win. Daily Post, Rotorua. Story: Cherie Taylor

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30 January 2012: Holidays for the Baby Boomers, Dominion Post. Story: Jenny Keown

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14 October 2011: Charity Concept. Story: Rotorua Weekender, Story: Cherie Taylor

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1 August 2011: Rent-a-room website hopes for kick-start from Cup. Story: Claire Rogers

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9 July 2011: 'Travellers find private home away from home'. Rotorua Daily Post. Story: Julie Taylor

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June 2011: WebFund advises Look After Me:

Wellington seed investment company WebFund Ltd have come on board to offer Business advice to Rotorua-based Start Up - Look After Me Limited, a boutique hospitality online accommodation provider.   Read more