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These expert tips will ensure your Valentine’s roses last longer

If you’re gifting roses this Valentine’s, or perhaps are the lucky recipient, here’s how to make sure they sit pretty in their vase for as long as possible

Rebecca Jones from Feel Good With Flowers says, if cared for properly, your roses should last anywhere from seven to 10 days. Here she shares her tips on how to give them the best care for maximum enjoyment:

1. Buy local

Quite often imported roses are maxed out by the time they get to the consumer, meaning they’re already about three weeks old and will have a shorter lifespan. Buy locally grown roses from local florists to make sure they are the freshest they can be. Ask your florist about the supply chain for clarification on where your roses have come from.

2. Get them out of the heat

Don’t leave roses sitting in hot cars or a very hot room as they’ll begin to wilt. Once they’re in their vase, don’t leave roses in the sun or hot places around the house.

3. Bleach your vase

Bacteria multiples very quickly in the warmer months. So, before you put your roses or water inside your vase make sure you give it a clean with some bleach (even if it looks clean already).

4. Re-cut the stems

Before you place your roses in the vase, re-cut the stems on an angle for ultimate water absorption.

5. Flower food

Ask your florist for some flower food to add to your vase of roses, this will give the flowers the nourishment they need, and help them live longer.

6. Change the water

Roses need a lot of hydration, so you’ll need to change the water every two days.

7. Regularly re-cut

Strip off loose foliage so that it doesn’t sit in the water (as it will increase bacteria production in your water and shorten the life of your rose). Regularly re-cut the stems each time you change the water (every two days).

8. Avoid fruit bowls

Don’t place your roses by any fruit bowls as the ripening fruit emit ethylene, which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly, making them more susceptible to wilting and withering before their time.

Great service should be more than just lip service


Once could have been passed off as good luck, twice was the beginnings of a trend, but three times demonstrates that Harcourts is truly walking the talk when it comes to delivering great service. Harcourts New Zealand has been awarded the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Gold Award in real estate sales for the third year in a row.

“Whether you’re selling, buying or renting, the process can be quite stressful,” said Harcourts Managing Director, Bryan Thomson. “On top of that, the real estate industry has been operating in an increasingly complex environment, so it’s a real credit to our people that New Zealanders have chosen Harcourts as the gold standard in customer service for the past three years.”

The annual awards are based on four criteria: providing a personalised customer experience, understanding the customer’s needs, making the process quick and easy, and meeting or exceeding customer expectations. Market research agency, Catalyst, surveyed 1,500 people who were asked to nominate a service provider in a wide range of categories, including real estate sales. To qualify to vote on a category, the respondent must have used a service provider from that industry.

“We are delighted to be the holders of both the Gold Quality Service Award and the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Award which Harcourts has retained for seven consecutive years,” said Thomson. “Each year these awards reinforce what our customers have been telling us in our own Client Experience surveys, where we’ve consistently scored an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars for our service.”

“When we survey our own clients, we find that often it’s the little things that leave a lasting impression, like these comments from Jonathan and Jodi in Hastings.”

“Our agents went above and beyond to make this process a smooth one. They helped us get our place ready for sale, loaned us boxes and even bought my children dinner on moving day.”

Reader’s Digest says it is confident that the results of the Quality Service survey are a truly accurate measurement of New Zealand consumer sentiment.

Harcourts is proud partner of 2019 Auckland Diwali festival

For the second year in a row, Harcourts is proud to be a major partner of the Auckland Diwali festival.

“Bringing people together and contributing to the communities we live in are at the core of the Harcourts values,” said Harcourts New Zealand Managing Director, Bryan Thomson.

“The Auckland Diwali festival is a wonderful opportunity for our city to come together to celebrate and experience Indian culture. It’s events like this that help create an appreciation for the diversity that we are so fortunate to have here in Auckland. Last year’s festival was fantastic, and we’re absolutely delighted to be a major partner once again this year.”

Harcourts New Zealand has 195 offices across the country and over 2,300 sales consultants who come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

“If businesses want to be successful, they need to reflect their communities,” added Thomson. “The diversity of our people helps us understand the needs and values of our diverse communities in Auckland and throughout New Zealand.”

At the Harcourts site, located across from the main stage, this year’s festival-goers will have the opportunity to design a digital rangoli. Traditional rangoli are bright patterns created using rice, sand, flower petals and other materials to encourage Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity to enter people’s homes.  Harcourts has put a modern twist on this ancient Indian art form by taking it digital!

The free, family-friendly festival takes place in Auckland’s Aotea Square over the weekend of 12-13 October and runs from 12pm to 9pm both days. Harcourts will have digital rangoli creators for those who want to get creative. There will also be spot prizes and two $500 Prezzy cards up for grabs.

‘The House that Love Built’ is ready for auction

After six months of hard work and good ol’ Kiwi support, the Building Hope home is ready for auction! And boy, it’s a goodie.

This fabulous four-bedroom home is indeed the dream that its contributors wanted it to be – and soon, it’ll be someone else’s.

Overlooking the reserve in a unique, “almost undiscovered” corner of Hobsonville, the home is in its own piece of paradise. The location is perfect for almost any lifestyle: not too close, and not too far. With Hobsonville Point and Westgate only minutes away, you’ve got shopping entertainment on the doorstep – and yet in a tranquil setting.

The wide doors open out onto the reserve, creating incredible indoor-outdoor flow. Inside is packed with all the features a modern family could ask for. The designer kitchen boasts a stylish scullery complete with built-in coffee machine (and a wine fridge!). There’s also a splendid array of the latest Fisher & Paykel appliances and a vege garden right outside.

Every room has the ‘wow’ factor, but the master bedroom is something else. With an oversized walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite fit for kings, it’s the kind of space that many of us could quite happily see ourselves in.

The best part? All profits raised from the sale of the home will go to Cure Kids.

This is a home with a story. Building Hope was initiated by Landmark Homes North Shore Rodney franchisees Paul and Debbie Brett. Their project manager, Jon Copeland, has a son with a very rare genetic condition.

Having seen the challenges the Copeland family face every day and how Cure Kids have helped them, Paul and Debbie wanted to offer their own support. Building a house looked to be a fine idea – and it was.

In the six months since Building Hope began, over 50 businesses from around the country have contributed by supplying materials, labour or both. Each contribution was made with either a major discount or no charge at all.

As an ambassador for Cure Kids, nine-year-old Corin has spoken at several of the Building Hope milestone events.

The 272 sqm home will be auctioned at 6pm on September 27, Red Nose Day – Cure Kids largest annual appeal. Come along and watch the action unfold – and wear your red nose!