Look After Me News http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/blog/news News from Look After Me Sat, 26 Sep 2020 03:14:26 +1200 News en-nz info@lookafterme.co.nz Copyright 2020 Great Write Inn http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/great-write-inn #GreatWriteInn - Great Write Inn - Writer standing in the sun with arms outstretched smiling with tag line I've published my first book!  for writer's festivals in New Zealand 2020


Have you always dreamed of writing and publishing a book? 

We help writers on their journey to write, publish and market their first book.

It all starts at our Great Write Inn - educational workshops with all the fun of a festival.

Check out our launch special for Dunedin.

Tickets for our Rotorua and Wellington events on sale 1 April 2020.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Events NZ News
Our Awards http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/our-awards Lightening Lab - Tourism -Look After Me - Finalist 2020Founded in 2011, ahead of the Rugby World Cup, Look After Me has won or been a finalist in highly sought after industry awards, often beating out much bigger competitors. These awards reflect our commitment to you, our guests and our hosts. Through these Awards we celebrate the passion our team has for upholding the very best of hospitality in New Zealand. 


info@lookafterme.co.nz Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1300 News
The Big (Bad Wolf?) Bed Tax Debate http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/the-big-bad-wolf-bed-tax-debate We hosted a debate on the possible Bed Tax that may be applied across the industry. It was open to home-owners, hoteliers, local businesses, government officials, and anyone interested in bettering New Zealand.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 News Press Room
Accommodation for Major Events in Dunedin http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/accommodation-for-major-events-in-dunedin Accommodation for all major events in Dunedin 2018This is going to be a huge year for Dunedin with many talented sportsmen and artists performing at Forsyth Barr Stadium. With a whole range of different events, there will be something for everyone!

If you are planning on coming to any of these events check out the details below and book your accommodation early on our new mobile-friendly website www.staydunedin.com

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 News
Ed Sheeran Concerts - Look After Me provides accommodation for Dunedin concerts March 2018 http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/ed-sheeran-concerts-look-after-me-provides-accommodation-for-dunedin-concerts-march-2018 Ed Sheeran Dunedin accommodation official partner Look After Me March 2018, Ed Sheeran, Look After Me, Digital Hotel, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastNationwide accommodation network, Look After Me is helping fans going to the New Zealand Ed Sheeran concerts.

Director Dr Julia Charity who founded the company just ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup said they were delighted to be helping with the three Auckland and two Dunedin shows in March 2018.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 News
The benefits of homestay accommodation in New Zealand http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/the-benefits-of-homestay-accommodation-in-new-zealand budget hosted accommodation with Look After Me NZ's Homestay Network

Why choose commercial accommodation when you can have the luxury of staying with friendly hosts at a homestay property?

Now Nationwide, New Zealand's Homestay Network has properties in beach, lake, bush and city locations all over New Zealand. It is helping pioneer the Sharing Economy in New Zealand and offers a small, boutique local experience.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Events NZ News
To B&B or not to B&B? That is the Question! http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/to-b-b-or-not-to-b-b-that-is-the-question

By Monica Lewis

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 if you have retired we may have the time to travel, there is the sordid question of the '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. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +1300 News Baby Boomers NZ Competitions Press Room
About the idea http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/about-the-idea Look After Me - New Zealand's online market place for homestays and accommodation. A pioneer in the Sharing Economy and key driver for change in the tourism industry for New Zealand

Is Look After Me good for New Zealand? What do some on New Zealand's leading business people and key influencers think about the idea? 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Surveys News
Five reasons to celebrate five years of start-up - Look After Me birthday celebrations http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/five-reasons-to-celebrate-five-years-of-start-up-look-after-me-birthday-celebrations Look After Me Accommodation Network - 5th birthday. Rotorua Entrepreneur Julia Charity celebrates five years of business For each of the five candles on her technology start-up company’s birthday cake, founder Dr Julia Charity has a reason to celebrate.

Charity’s company, ‘Look After Me’ launched in July 2011, ahead of the Rugby World Cup. It is an on-line market place that sells accommodation for short-term stays all over New Zealand.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1200 News Press Room
Photography workshops help small tourism businesses keep their edge http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/photography-workshops-help-small-tourism-businesses-keep-their-edge Mead Norton Look AFter Me B&B Photography workshop 1Two local businesses have welcomed Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key’s announcement that the Government would invest an extra $20 million over four years in tourism projects, by working together on a project to benefit the smaller tourism players. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 News
Flexible hours perk of remote work for Rotorua Entrepreneur http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/flexible-hours-perk-of-remote-work-for-rotorua-entrepreneur Julia Charity Rotorua based Entrepreneur and Founder of Look After Me - New Zealand's Accommodation and Homestay Network works from home and enjoys the flexibility it provides

Recent research shows at least 70 per cent of Kiwis want to work remotely or at least telecommute part-time. Some Rotorua residents tell us how they’ve made the shift from corporate life to the world of working from home.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 News
On-line accommodation market place - finalist in New Zealand's Innovators Awards http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/on-line-accommodation-market-place-finalist-in-new-zealands-innovators-awards Book Accommodation all over New Zealand - Look After Me - New Zealand's on-line accommodation market place specialising in home hosting and Bed and Breakfasts. New Zealand's alternative to AirBnB Look After Me - online accommodation market place has been judged as one of New Zealand's Innovative companies, securing a place as Finalist in the Marketing and Communications Category. 


info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +1300 Competitions News Press Room
Impressive Pitch wins Entrepreneur Award at Rotorua X Start-up night http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/impressive-pitch-wins-entrepreneur-award-at-rotorua-x-start-up-night

Rotorua Entrepeneur Julia Charity wins Start Up Pitch Awards

Disabled Diving NZ's Hielke Oppers inspired the 100 plus crowd and the judges to win both Best Social Enterprise Pitch and the People's Choice Award at Rotorua X's Start-up Pitch night.

Julia Charity's 'Look After Me' accommodation business, won Best Commercial Pitch at the event, held this week.

Both took a share of the $8000 prize pool of business support services, mentoring and training.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +1300 Press Room News
"Small business heroes show courage and ingenuity" http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/small-business-heroes-show-courage-and-ingenuity Accommodation online, Look After Me, Small business heroes show courage and ingenuity

Two Rotorua businesses have been named as national finalists in The David Awards for 2015.

Ros Morshead, of Morshead Law is a finalist in the ‘Most Outstanding Lifestyle Business’ for her work in epitomising the ability to use technology to integrate business and lifestyle.

Dr Julia Charity who founded Look After Me – an online market place for accommodation all over New Zealand, is a finalist for ‘The Solo Meo Award’ which recognises a business owner who runs their business single-handedly.

Look After Me is also a finalist for the ‘Most Outstanding Triumph over Adversity’ in recognition for success in spite of challenges beyond the usual.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +1300 Press Room News
'Look After Me - New Zealand's Hospitality at it's best? http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/look-after-me-new-zealands-hospitality-at-its-best Julia Charity Rotorua Inteview Rotorua City News, Talks about AirBnB New ZealandRotorua City News spoke recently to Julia Charity, Founder of Look After Me, New Zealand's accommodation network.

Julia explains why Look After Me specialy describes how the local council has got behind her and discusses inplications for the tourism industry of New Zealand.

What follows is the transcript of the interview. 

To go straight to the interview click here.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +1200 News Press Room
FAWC Festival 6-15 November (Food and Wine Classic, Hawke's Bay) http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/fawc-festival-6-15-november-food-and-wine-classic-hawkes-bay fawc food wine hawkes bay accommodation home hosting homestay The Hawke's Bay is gearing up to showcase the Food and Wine Classic (FAWC) , a 10 day festival of gluttony. With over 50 events planned, from wine tasting to hummus making, picnics on the Parade and Scottish music.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +1200 Baby Boomers NZ Events NZ News
Becoming a host with Look After Me http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/becoming-a-host-with-look-after-me By Monica Louis

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. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +1200 Baby Boomers NZ Press Room News
Q&A: Look After Me founder Julia Charity http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/q-a-look-after-me-founder-julia-charity 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.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 News Press Room
Car sharing business 'part of transport solution' http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/car-sharing-business-part-of-transport-solution 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.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room News
Few Spaces Remain As Fieldays near http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/few-spaces-remain-as-fieldays-near 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. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room News
Waikato Homeowners opening up hearts and homes for Fieldays http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/waikato-homeowners-opening-up-hearts-and-homes-for-fieldays 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.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room News
10 questions with Tourism Entrepreneur – Julia Charity http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/10-questions-with-tourism-entrepreneur-julia-charity 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.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room News
Gallivant with the Grandies http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/gallivant-with-the-grandies 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.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1300 Baby Boomers NZ News
Women shown entrepreneurial path http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/women-shown-entrepreneurial-path 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.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1300 News Press Room
Wherever you lay your bat, that's your home - accommodation for the Cricket World Cup 2015 http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/wherever-you-lay-your-bat-thats-your-home-accommodation-for-the-cricket-world-cup-2015 ICC cricket world cup, NZ homestay, accommodation, Home hosted

With the Cricket World Cup 2015 underway, the seven host cities are expected to reach full capacity. Backpackers, hotels and motels are being snapped up as thousands of supporters from around the world support one of the biggest sporting events in the world.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +1300 News Press Room
New Zealand Cycle Trails, Hobbit Tours and Farmstays feature in European Video http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/new-zealand-cycle-trails-hobbit-tours-and-farmstays-feature-in-european-video Bedycasa world tour, tour of New Zealand, Homestay, Accomodation, New Zealand lifestyle, New Zealand Home hosted accommodation

Recently we published a blog from European Film Makers Natalie and Mael’s journey to Rotorua. Today we are following another couple Rafa& Veronica who also work for bedycasa. We will be following their trip to through Matamata, Te Aroha & Cambridge.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +1300 News Cycling Holidays Hobbit Tours & Accommodation
Go Gourmet http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/go-gourmet Cheese and wine platter, Look After Me, Home hosted accommodation Do you fancy a weekend away sampling fabulous food, with its' passionate creators?


info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +1300 News
New Zealand's Homestay Network hosts Europe's top film makers in Rotorua http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/new-zealands-homestay-network-hosts-europes-top-film-makers-in-rotorua New Zealand's Homestay Network hosts best film makers in the world. Visiting accommodation in Lake Tarawera Trail, Wai-tapu and Maori Culture


New Zealand’s Homestay Network recently hosted Europe's top film makers  Natalie and Mael. The couple was selected from 4000 entrants who competed to secure their place on a Round The World Tour of Homestays.

In New Zealand, Mael and Natalie travelled to Rotorua to experience the Lake Tarawera trail and ecotour, geothermal activity and Maori cultures - all with matching Homestay experiences. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1300 News
New Zealand Homestays feature in China's most popular TV Show - Daddy, Where are we Going? http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/new-zealand-homestays-feature-in-chinas-most-popular-tv-show-daddy-where-are-we-going New Zealand Homestay Network hosts Chinese Celebrities in Rotorua for the filming of Daddy, where are we Going? - China's most popular TV Show.Our New Zealand Homestays were featured in China's most popular TV show 'Dad! Where are we Going? 

跟随星爸萌娃探索奇幻之都—罗托鲁瓦 一起来体验神奇和精彩的罗托鲁瓦

The show, which is watched by hundreds of millions world-wide, was filmed in Rotorua and New Zealand’s central North Island for a week in 2014.

New Zealand is the only international destination to feature in the show which follows celebrity fathers Huang Lei, Lu Yi, Yang Wei, Cao Ge and Wu Zhen Yu as they stay with Rotorua Homestay families and explore the region.

In the two 100-minute long Rotorua episodes, the celebrities experience New Zealand culture and accomplish a series of missions with or against each other.

The celebrites stayed with New Zealand host families who involved them in activities and tourist attractions. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1300 News
Cultural Experience http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/cultural-experience Rich in culture New Zealand welcomes travelers with a warm inviting greeting '"Kia ora!"cultural experience maori new zealand look after me accommodation travel

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1300 News
Rotorua Homestays in the spotlight - China's Daddy where are we going? http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/rotorua-homestays-in-the-spotlight-chinas-daddy-where-are-we-going Daddy where are we going China, filmed in Rotorua New Zealand 2014Rotorua has landed a leading role in China's most popular reality TV show, which will be watched by millions of potential visitors.

The show, called Dad, Where Are We Going?, has been filming in Rotorua and the central North Island for a week, with its stars visiting some of the region's most picturesque locations. 


在中国的一档最受欢迎的电视真人秀“爸爸去哪儿”中,Rotorua 扮演了一个很重要的角色,因为目前这档将会被数百万的潜在观众观看的节目,正在这里进行着为期一周的拍摄,而节目中的明星们正也参观着当地最风景如画的地方。Rotorua这个地区的迷人风景将会呈现在“爸爸去哪儿第二季” 最近的两集中。但是由于双方合同的一些限制,具体拍摄的一些地方的细节问题还不能对外公开。

info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1200 News Press Room
New Zealand's Homestay Network takes People's Choice and Runner up at Rotorua's Entrepreneurial event http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/new-zealands-homestay-network-takes-peoples-choice-and-runner-up-at-rotoruas-entrepreneurial-event Rotorua Entrepreneur and Founder of New Zealand's Homestay Network Julia Charity wins People's Choice and Runner up at Rotorua X Start-up event Second place and the People’s Choice award for the inaugural Rotorua Start-Up Pitch Night event went to Dr. Julia Charity, who founded 'Look After Me - New Zealand's Homestay Network. Accepting her award, Charity said she had worked tirelessly for three years to bring an idea from absolutely nothing into something.



“Rotorua really needs events like this. It helps create and support an entrepreneurial community,” she said.

“Through determination and grit I have created something from nothing. The world has changed and New Zealand needs its own Homestay Network. I'm doing this for the people of New Zealand and it's so wonderful to receive this award. 

Winning the People’s Choice provides awhi for me along my entrepreneurial journey.”


Watch the Video here
info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room News
NZ Homestay accommodation business takes PM's advice http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/nz-homestay-accommodation-business-takes-pms-advice Look After Me  article Homestay business takes PM's advice, Julia charity, Homestay, NZ Homestay Network, Home hosted accommodation

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.''

info@lookafterme.co.nz Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +1300 News Press Room
Our People: Julia Charity Rotorua Entrepreneur http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/our-people-julia-charity-rotorua-entrepreneur Our People article - Julia Charity founder of Look After Me Hosted Accommodation

This week's 'Our People' is about Rotorua Entreprenuer Julia Charity.

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.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +1300 News Press Room
WOMAD 2014 - Our Accommodation picks in New Plymouth http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/womad-2014-our-accommodation-picks-in-new-plymouth WOMAD 2014 - our Accommodation picks in New Plymouth

10 years of celebrating music and international culture

Look After Me hosted Accommodation celebrating Womad 2014 in New Plymouth



WOMAD began from a desire to share international music and culture with people, experience culture that is not their own. Music is said to be the international language spanning cultures and barriers. From a dream in 1980 to the humble inaugural event in 1982, WOMAD has grown in popularity and status as 'the event' for many.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +1300 News Events NZ
Ellerslie International Flower Show 2014 - our accommodation picks in Christchurch http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/ellerslie-international-flower-show-2014-our-accommodation-picks-in-christchurch Blooming Marvellous!

Ellerslie International Flower Show is an iconic Christchurch event. With it's earlier start this year (26 - 2 March 2014), it is poised to make the most of day light savings. Ellerslie International Flower Show is held annually in North Hagley Park and is more than just a flower show. Here we mention a few highlights and offer our recommentdations and ideas for accommodation in Christchurch for those attending the Ellerslie Flower Show. 

Flower show, Auckland. Home hosted accommodation, Look After me, New Zealand Homestay   Canstruction is a fun new event at Ellerslie this year, with a serious purpose of raise funds, food and awareness of the City Mission. Well done and don't forget to vote. Entries are still open to enter a team.

What flower show would be complete without a fashion show and afternoon workshops with Angela Stone. Get creative and decorate your hat daily hat competitions with spot prizes.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Sun, 16 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +1300 News Events NZ