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Becoming a host with Look After Me

Posted in Baby Boomers NZ, Press Room, News
Published: 19/08/2015

What to do, once you’ve withdrawn from the daily duty of putting bread on the table? Have you ever wondered about turning your home into your business?

A wonderful Robert Palmer song sums it up in the opening line; “the fight to make ends meet keep a man on his feet” (click to hear the song)

Despite our moaning about the traffic when we were obliged to travel to the office every day - maybe now we miss it! Without the deadlines and obligations which in turn give the drive to get started in the morning; what to do with all that available time?  Sure for some there are family demands, clubs or volunteer commitments that help fill the day but those activities take up time and money and give back – let’s say - a non-material return on investment . For some of us the chance to make a bit of pocket money while doing something we love doesn’t sound so bad. 

To B&B Or Not To B&B ,That Is The Question

Posted in Baby Boomers NZ, Competitions, Press Room, News
Published: 8/08/2015

TO B&B OR NOT - That’s the question.

Traveling incites some wonderful sayings. One of my favourite quotes is this; “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

I couldn’t agree more and personally I’d like to read all the pages and see the greenest of grass on the other side. But even though once retired we may have the time to travel, there is the sordid question of means.

When one grows-up, intrepid travel does seem less romantic. Sleeping in a tent or in bunk beds in a dormitory loses its appeal for some of us and understandably so. There are the physical restrictions once the bones have gone weary. 

Q&A: Look After Me founder Julia Charity

Posted in News, Press Room
Published: 10/06/2015

Q&A Session With New Zealand entrepreneur Dr. Julia Charity.  She talks with Caitlin Sykes about the online marketplace.

Published in Business section of the New Zealand Herald.

Car sharing business 'part of transport solution'

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 9/06/2015

As a student of transport engineering Oscar Ellison was aware there were lots of cars sitting idle in driveways, but the point was further hit home when he bought his own first car.

Few Spaces Remain As Fieldays near

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 4/06/2015

Accommodation is filling up as farmers and football fans prepare to pour into Hamilton next week.

An overlap of Fieldays and the Fifa U-20s World Cup has seen much of the accommodation snapped up, but there are still some rooms remaining in the city's motel sector. 

Waikato Homeowners opening up hearts and homes for Fieldays

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 3/06/2015

Waikato homeowners are being urged to embrace NZ’s farming community as they pour into the city and help bridge the shortfall in beds needed for Fieldays, the Southern hemisphere's largest agricultural showpiece festival coming to Mystery Creek and FIFA U20 World cup this month.

Discover the real Hobbiton

Posted in Hobbit Tours & Accommodation
Published: 1/06/2015

Experience real Hobbiton, LOTR landmarks & stay in hosted Look After Me accommodationDiscover Middle Earth when you enjoy Hobbiton Movie Set and farm tours in Matamata and at other popular New Zealand locations this year. We have a range of accommodation options where you can stay with locals and enjoy home-cooked meals. 

10 questions with Tourism Entrepreneur – Julia Charity

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 29/05/2015

New Zealand Rotorua Entrepreneur Julia Charity on line accommodation Network Look After Me peer- to peer platformThis month, NZ Entrepreneur Magazine talks to Dr Julia Charity – Founder of a Peer-to-Peer accommodation platform where guests can book accommodation with like minded hosts.  Now the largest and fastest growing Homestay Network in New Zealand, we ask Julia how she got started, what it’s really like to be an Entrepreneur in New Zealand and her hopes and dreams for the future.

Accommodation for Fieldays - Mystery Creek Hamilton (June 2015)

Posted in Events NZ
Published: 14/05/2015

where to stay at National Fieldays with Look After Me near Mystery Creek. Accommodation in Hamilton, Home hosted accommodation

Heading along to Fieldays at Mystery Creek, June 10-13th? Look After Me has a great range of accommodation ranging from $50-$150. We have properties catering for sales reps, business peole and single travellers? We have hand picked a selection of our properties below perfect for Fieldays accommodation. 

Mother Daughter - a special bond

Published: 1/05/2015

Home hosted accommodation, Mothers day, Look after me,

Mums and daughters have a special bond, its a girl thing!

But like any relationship it takes an investment of time.Sharing words of wisdom, caring for each other as only women can and experiencing life together with the many emotions and 'first's' .

ANZAC Day Remembrance

Posted in Events NZ
Published: 15/04/2015

This coming Sunday is ANZAC Day and all around New Zealand, we are commemorating. 

We surveyed some of our hosts and guests (via Facebook) to find out what they were doing and how they were spending the day. ANZAC 2015, Look After me, Home hosted accommodation, Kiwi hospitality

Peer-to-Peer: The Sharing Economy in New Zealand

Posted in Press Room
Published: 10/04/2015

Peer to peer, business magazine, Julia Charity, Women in business Coined as the 21st Century’s ‘Collaboration Revolution’, global indicators point towards the rapid rise of the Sharing Economy.  This translates to both opportunities and warnings for New Zealand.  Julia Charity investigates. 

[published in Management Magazine, April 2015]

Gallivant with the Grandies

Posted in Baby Boomers NZ, News
Published: 3/04/2015

Grandparents, Look After Me, Home hosted accommodation, Ever taken one of your special 'grandies' on holiday with you?  Grans and Gramps will either groan or glee at the prospect....but even a single night away can create such special memories and strengthen the connection between generations.

It's now the school holidays and that's the perfect excuse to take one or two of your grandkids away and really have a wonderful time together.

Women shown entrepreneurial path

Posted in News, Press Room
Published: 19/03/2015

Women in business, Homestay Network, Scientist-turned-businesswoman, Julia Charity , Rotorua entrepreneurScientist-turned-businesswoman says you have to know how long your runway is.

Rotorua scientist-turned-entrepreneur Julia Charity led a panel discussion of seven prominent Kiwi businesswomen to launch a female entrepreneur week.

 

TV Rotorua City News showcases Rotorua Homestays

Posted in Press Room
Published: 12/03/2015

Homestay, New Zealands Homestay Network, Rotorua Homestay, Tv Rotorua, Home hosted accommodation TV Rotorua City News talks to Dr Julia Charity, about NZ's fastest growing Homestay network. 'Look After Me Ltd' - NZ's Homestay Network, has gained global exposure via reality television programmes that were aired in China and Korea.

The Chinese version of the show, 'Daddy, where are we Going' was filmed in Rotorua and at Hobbiton. The show was watched by an estimated 404 million viewers live and 1.4 billion via global satellite. 

TV Rotorua's report Kiri Danielle visited Althea (a Look After Me Host in Rotorua) at her beautiful B&B 'Pohutu Vista'. Althea explains why she joined the Homestay Network and what she enjoys about hosting guests.

 

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Potential Economic impact of Free Trade Agreement between NZ and China

Posted in Press Room
Published: 8/03/2015

Published in NZBusiness Magazine: With strengthening relations between China and New Zealand and evidence for strong economic benefit – we take a cloFree Trade Agreement New Zealand & China, Chinese Reality TV Show, ‘Daddy, where are we Going’?  Filmed in Rotorua, NZ Homestay Networkser look at the NZ-China Free-Trade Agreement, the rise of service industries and their possible economic impact. Julia Charity investigates.

NZ's Homestay Network makes its mark

Posted in Press Room
Published: 1/03/2015

NZ Homestay Network, NZBusiness, Look After Me Online market place Published in NZBusiness Magazine: From humble beginnings, Rotorua business ‘Look After Me’, has grown to become New Zealand’s largest, fastest growing Homestay Network.

It’s an on-line market place where homeowners offer short-term accommodation for paying guests in guest wings, self-contained units and spare rooms. ‘Look After Me’ provides accommodation on 18 of New Zealand’s 23 Cycle Trails and supports major events like Art Deco in Napier and Womad in New Plymouth.