• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.



      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.


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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.


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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.


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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.


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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.


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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.


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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.


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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.


How to paint the exterior of your home

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Painting the outside of your house can be a big DIY project, but it can make your house look great and make you feel good about where you live. The trick is to break the project down into smaller tasks. With the right planning, preparation, products, and knowledge, you can make your house look its best without spending a lot of money.

In a video, Jay Sharples, a paint expert from Resene, shows how to do it.

First, you need to clean the surfaces you’re going to paint. Use Resene Moss & Mould Killer, especially on the south side of your house where mould usually grows. Treat the mould before you paint, or it could grow through your new paint.

Next, clean your house’s exterior with Resene Paint Prep and Housewash. Jay says this product is good at removing old, chalky paint or dirt from the surface, which you need to do before you paint. Use this cleaner once or twice a year to keep your paint in good shape and avoid having to repaint too soon.

Then, it’s time to prepare the surfaces. Even though it can be boring, preparing your surfaces properly before painting will make your paint last longer.

“Do it once and do it properly,” Jay says. Use a sander or a scraper to get rid of loose, flaky paint.

Prime any bare areas with Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat. Use a brush or a roller, depending on the size of the area.

Look for any imperfections that need filling, like cracks, nail holes, marks, and dings. Use Resene EzyFill Quick to fill them.

Once you’ve prepared the surfaces and the filler is dry, you’re ready to prime your whole house. Use Resene Quick Dry primer for the best results.

After you’ve primed your house, you have up to four weeks to paint it, but it’s usually best to do it sooner. If you’re painting your house in stages, it’s usually best to prime and paint one area before starting the next.

You should choose your paint color before you start priming. If you haven’t, then it’s time to choose your color.

Visit your local Resene ColorShop to see a wide range of Resene products. Resene offers a wide range of colors to make your house look great. Their friendly paint and color experts can help you.

Take home a few Resene testpots to try out. If you want a specific color, bring in a sample and they can mix the color for you.

Once you’ve chosen a color, it’s time to paint your house. Use a brush and a roller. Remember to paint the bottom side of the surface so all sides are covered in paint.

If you need help with a difficult surface, ask the team at your local Resene ColorShop, or fill out the Resene Ask a Paint Expert form for free advice.

MasterStroke by Resene is here to help you with your paint and decorating DIY projects. They offer advice, tips, and ideas from their trusted experts.

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