The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-26T05:28:57Z Japanese voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi to attend SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:28:57Z japanese-voice-actor-daisuke-sakaguchi-to-attend-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, May 2nd, 2017 — Sydney’s #1 anime convention, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is highly acclaimed for bringing prolific guests to the Australian pop-culture scene. Following the guest announcement of international cosplayers BAOZI and HANA, SMASH! is delighted to reveal the second guest for SMASH! 2017: Japanese voice actor DAISUKE SAKAGUCHI. With a career that spans over twenty years, Daisuke Sakaguchi is a Japanese voice actor who has worked on numerous titles across the anime, dubbing, and gaming industry. Sakaguchi is best known for his roles as Shinpachi Shimura (Gintama), Leonardo Watch (Blood Blockade Battlefront), Satoshi Fukube (Hyouka), Youhei Sunohara (Clannad), and Uso Ewin (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam). Besides his voice-acting work in anime, Sakaguchi has worked in the video gaming industry as well. Some of his recent titles include Gnome (Tales of Symphonia), Yuki Mishima (Persona 5), and Tatsu (Xenoblade Chronicles X). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says there is a “significant demand” to bring Japanese voice talent to the convention every year. “It is a great honour to have Mr Sakaguchi as one of our special guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Australian fans are always eager to learn about the Japanese animation industry. This is a great chance for fans to learn more about Sakaguchi’s journey, and his experiences as a voice actor in the industry.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Daisuke Sakaguchi at the convention and attend exclusive Q&A panels. SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit ***ENDS*** SMASH! welcomes cosplay duo Baozi and Hana to SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:11:26Z smash-welcomes-cosplay-duo-baozi-and-hana-to-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, April 18th, 2017 — For fans of geek and costuming, cosplay fever is returning to SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show to a whole new level. Introducing not one - but two guests - SMASH! is delighted to announce that the international cosplay duo, BAOZI and HANA, will be attending SMASH! 2017 as official guests.  BAOZI and HANA is China’s most active cosplay duo who are renowned for their portrayal of male and female characters from a variety of Japanese manga and anime series. Since their formation in 2011, both Baozi and Hana are widely recognised for their talent in costuming and makeup skills. Some of their most popular cosplays include Katsuki Yuuri and Victor Nikiforov (Yuri!!! on Ice), Rin Okumura and Yukiko Okumura (Ao No Exorcist), and Tetsuya Kuroko and Taiga Kagami (Kuroko no Basket). With more than 232,000 followers on Facebook and 148,000 followers on Instagram, the cosplay duo has an international fanbase that spans from Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil. Over the last ten years, SMASH! has had a notable reputation of bringing high profile cosplayers to Australia, including Reika, Kaname and Yuegene. Baozi and Hana’s appearance at SMASH! 2017 is expected to attract hundreds of fans to Q&As, signings, and cosplay tutorials. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says SMASH! “strives to deliver fans’ expectations” by bringing international talent to the convention every year.  “We are absolutely delighted to have Baozi and Hana as our first guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Baozi and Hana are some of the world’s best cosplayers in the cosplay community. This is a great chance for fans to meet them in person and learn valuable cosplay skills.” SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit ***ENDS*** Time to get training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 2017 2017-06-21T06:28:48Z time-to-get-training-for-the-lake-taupo-cycle-challenge-2017 There’s around 150 days left to get ready for New Zealand’s largest cycle event, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. VBike indoor cycling studio's head coach Jianni Koutsos says now is the time to start training, particularly for anyone entering the 160-kilometre category. “If you don’t have much riding experience, that’s a long way. Proper preparation is key to having fun and avoiding injuries," he says. But with winter bringing short, dark days, Koutsos admits finding time to train is hard. When it’s impossible to ride outdoors New Zealand’s first dedicated indoor cycling studio, VBike, provides a realistic and effective training option. Its high-tech approach delivers cyclists tailored workouts that drive fitness gains. Each class includes high and low intensity intervals to help riders get fit and avoid over or under training. Alongside regular classes, VBike has designed a Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme that’s suitable for cyclists of all abilities.  The 12-week Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme includes regular fitness assessments, weekly indoor training sessions and a pre-race virtual ride of the most difficult elements of the course.  To support cyclists riding Taupo, VBike’s also providing a regular series of cycling tips like maintaining form over winter with a long ride each month.  Find out more at VBike, New Zealand’s first indoor cycling studio for cyclists.     Melbourne Magic Festival Reaches a Decade 2017-06-19T00:40:41Z melbourne-magic-festival-reaches-a-decade This July marks a significant birthday for all things trickery and illusion with the 10th Annual Melbourne Magic Festival coming to our shores – or at the very least, our pavements. Melbourne loves a good festival whether it be Wine and Cheese, Comedy, Mind Body & Spirit, Truffles, Drag Queens or even Chocolate. So it’s no surprise we are currently seeing anticipation levels approaching those of Tony Abbott’s fall from grace, or the legalisation of gay marriage – we’ll get there Australia! The Melbourne Magic Festival kicks into action on July 3 at the Northcote Town Hall, running through to July 15. And as well as 60 local magicians, the festival includes a range of special guests from overseas including E G Lee from South Korea, Dani Da Ortiz from Spain and Joshua Jay from the USA (yes it rhymes, people). In 2016, the Festival broke the world record for the longest ever magic show, with 20 magicians collaborating to provide more than 72 hours of non-stop magic! The previous year, Wayne Houchin perpetuated the stereotype that all Americans are crazy by hanging from his feet from a crane 100 feet in the air, while escaping from a straight jacket. Image: from event website It's anyone’s guess what 2017 will bring, but one thing’s for sure, there will be plenty of amazed audiences and a whole lot of gaping mouths! A couple of shows that have caught our eye come from two Melbourne magicians, one young and one not so young. Nicholas J Johnson is known in the industry as the “honest conman” and has been uncovering the secret of how to cheat, lie and swindle…without getting caught! He has over 20 years’ experience in the trickery game, and in that time has become an award winning magician and best-selling author. "I love the festival”, Nicholas stated in a recent chat. “Magicians don't often get to work with each other and so it's a pleasure to be able to join together to create magic as a team." His 2017 show, The Confidence Artist, is basically a crash course in con artistry. Be enthralled as Nicholas shows why people still fall for the oldest tricks in the book, and provides tips that you can easily use on your own mates. For those of you who missed the Comedy Festival, this show is sure to deliver plenty of laughs! Another performer making waves is Bayside magician Josh Staley. At only 20 years, he has already performed in 4 previous Melbourne festivals and won the Australian Junior Champion of Close Up Magic. Like Nicholas, he integrates comedy into his shows, and is very passionate. “I just want to perform; magic is close to my heart but I like to make people laugh too”, Staley said. “Magic is about creating a moment in time, where something truly impossible takes place, that you'll never forget witnessing.” At 9.30pm each night, the festival reaches its peak with The Best of the Magic Fest. Hosted by Nicholas, it features an array of both local and international magicians doing their thing, and is a great way to get up close and personal. So drop your hat (or pull a rabbit from it) and get on down to the Northcote Town Hall this July! New luxury precinct at Melbourne Airport taking traveller experience to the next level 2017-06-16T05:23:17Z new-luxury-precinct-at-melbourne-airport-taking-traveller-experience-to-the-next-level New luxury precinct taking traveller experience to the next level   Melbourne Airport is excited to announce a number of the world’s most fashionable and desirable luxury brands including Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara and Emporio Armani will open at Melbourne Airport’s luxury precinct in Terminal 2 (T2) later this year. The airport’s new high-end fashion destination is part of the airport’s continued effort to enhance the traveller experience.    Creating an airport that Melbourne can be proud of, the new luxury brands have been purposefully chosen and carefully curated to meet the evolving needs and expectations of the Airport’s passengers.   “The luxury precinct is really taking Melbourne Airport to the next level, with 11 of the world’s most prestigious brands set to enhance our international passenger experience,” said Andrew Gardiner, Chief of Retail at Melbourne Airport. “We’re absolutely thrilled to bring these brands to Melbourne Airport. Our domestic and international passengers have informed us of the stores they want to see, and we’re delivering on that with high end brands that we know our travellers love.”   The new high-end precinct will be located adjacent to the next generation duty free store and will also see brands including Australia’s leading official watch specialty store Watches of Switzerland, Swiss designer Bally, Michael Kors, HUGO BOSS and Furla, as well as upscale business and travel lifestyle brand Tumi.   All stores are scheduled to be open between end of July and end of November 2017.   Founded in 1837 in New York City, international luxury brand Tiffany & Co. are excited to open their store within the dedicated space.   “We are extremely excited to be opening at the Melbourne Airport and offering both local and international travellers the convenience of shopping at Tiffany & Co.,” said Glen Schlehuber, Vice President and Managing Director of Tiffany & Co. Australia & New Zealand. “Our prominent location in the new luxury precinct provides us with the ideal environment to showcase our jewellery collections such as our renowned Tiffany Diamonds and icon collections Tiffany T, Tiffany HardWear, watches, gifts and accessories.”   Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia attracting travellers from around the globe. With the increase in demand Melbourne Airport is determined to get the traveller experience right. Extensive customer research conducted by Think Global and Urbis to better understand international passengers profiles revealed a desire for quality brands when travelling, including authentic luxury goods with strong brand recognition.   The new international retail experience will create a lasting impression for every traveller, establishing it as another iconic shopping destination for Melbourne. The luxury retail offering will be set within a unique architectural space for an Airport, featuring a sculptured ceiling.   “Melbourne Airport has invested more than $50 million in the first phase of the retail transformation, enhancing the traveller journey,” said Andrew Gardiner, Chief of Retail at Melbourne Airport.“This is just the start of our upgrades in Terminal 2 and we look forward to transforming the space with the aim of becoming the chosen international gateway to Australia.”       -ENDS-  For further information, please contact: DEC PR for Melbourne Airport on +61 2 8014 5033 or at Turn your passion for pets into profit through the sharing economy 2017-06-09T03:23:15Z turn-your-passion-for-pets-into-profit-through-the-sharing-economy On Saturday and Sunday the 8th & 9th of July, Australia's BIGGEST Pet Expo will be held at the Gold Coast. The team from Australia's favourite national pet care website, PetCloud, will also be there to show attendees how thousands of Australians (old and young) have been earning extra money by cuddling pets from home. There is over 30,000 people expected to attend, & over 150 exhibitors, & live entertainment including including exciting animal shows like DockDogs – the world’s premier canine aquatics competition, flyball, high jumps, reptile and insect encounters, product giveaways and discounts, celebrities, hundreds of animals and much, much more! So come along to the Gold Coast Pet & Animal Expo, & make sure you stay in the know of all the latest pet care tips, news & funny pet videos via PetCloud's facebook page    We look forward to seeing you there! ARMADALE CELLARS MILESTONE: 2017-05-31T00:59:40Z armadale-cellars-milestone Media release     Wednesday, 17 May 2017,  Melbourne, Australia (for immediate release) Melbourne wine icon, Phil Hude first took over the reins at Armadale Cellars in 1997. Now in 2017, Armadale Cellars marks its anniversary with a 20th Birthday Tasting Festival (@armadalecellars #AC20thBdayFest), running from May to September 2017. The Festival will celebrate two decades at the Cellars, with museum wine tastings from Phil’s favourite boutique and premium producers. Since 1997, Phil and the Armadale Cellars crew have welcomed thousands of the wine-curious through the doors to ramble the sweeping and eclectic wine collection, join his famously unpretentious wine courses and taste new vintages with Australia’s most important winemakers. Armadale Cellars, located in Melbourne’s leafy inner east, is one of the city’s few remaining independent, owner-operated wine merchants. Over the years, Phil has weathered the challenges of numerous trends, big retail and economic fluxes but thrived by remaining committed to quality, boutique, artisan producers. Phil has been a longtime supporter of once-young-wineries now recognised as icons and heritage producers like Giaconda, Wild Duck Creek, Paradigm Hill, Ata Rangi, Katnook Estate, Moorilla, Best’s Wines, Shaw & Smith, Moorooduc, Mac Forbes, Tappanappa, Felton Road, Ocean Eight and Henschke. These are among the producers that have supported his loyalty with hard-to-find allocations, digging into the cellars to find some unobtainable wine to commemorate Armadale Cellars’ birthday! In celebration of this milestone, Phil and the team are very excited to launch the Armadale Cellars 20th Birthday Tasting Festival (running May-September), culminating in the 20th Birthday Party tasting on Saturday, 23 September. This invitation-only, grand tasting will include both current and impossible-to-find museum wines from these iconic wineries, menu by the inimitable Andrew Blake and some incredible door prizes. In fairness to Phil’s numerous loyal customers, entry to this final birthday event will be by Golden Ticket only, with 20 double passes given away to #AC20thBdayFest event guests during the festival. Phil Hude and the Armadale Cellars team can’t wait to celebrate with their friends and supporters from over the years and present some museum wines normally locked away, each vintage marking a year in the life of Armadale Cellars. Armadale Cellars 20th Birthday Tasting Festival Program, visit Events review the following list and follow #AC20thBdayFest for public event announcements in the coming weeks. For more information, images or to arrange an interview with Phil Hude, please contact Kimberley Pearce at Wine Brain:, 0413 120 385. ARMADALE CELLARS | Address 813-817 High Street, Armadale 3143, Australia | Telephone +61 (0)3 9509 3055 | Email | Website | Instagram @armadalecellars | Facebook armadalecellars | Twitter @armadalecellars #AC20thBdayFest Ends---   About Phillip Hude As a young man, Phil Hude first caught the wine bug working in hotels, before progressing to wine retail in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. In 1992, he began a wine marketing course (ADWM) at the famed Roseworthy campus, the University of Adelaide, which he completed over four years. Notwithstanding his unassuming, Aussie turn of phrase and knockabout charm, Phil’s studies made him one of the most qualified wine merchants in the country. In 1997, Phil bought Armadale Cellars and had since stocked some of Australia’s and indeed the world’s most iconic wines. He has tutored thousands of wine-interested folks during his palate training, wine courses and Shiraz challenges. Phil has presented hundreds of tastings and winemaker’s dinners and lent his wine expertise to numerous corporate speaking engagements and television and radio interviews. Constantly clad in a wine apron and ever ‘under the pump’, but no matter his haste Phil will always have time to talk passionately about the latest boutique wine release, best local restaurants or his beloved Hawks.   #AC20thBdayFest Events* Ocean’s Eight – Thu 18 May Best’s Wines – Wed 24 May Giaconda on-premise release – late May Katnook Estate – Thu 15 Jun Moorilla – Thu 22 Jun Paradigm Hill – Mon 26 Jun Levin Wines - Tues 11 Jul Moorooduc Estate – Wed 12 Jul Standish & Head – Wed 26 Jul Levantine Hill – Thu 27 Jul Wild Duck Creek – Thu 3 Aug Mac Forbes – Tues 15 Aug Shaw+Smith – Thu 17 Aug Tappanappa – Tue 22 Aug Tolpuddle – Fri 1 Sep Felton Road – Tues 12 Sep Armadale Cellars 20th Birthday Party – Sat 23 Sep   *More events to be announced in the coming weeks on Events Unique Sydney New Year’s Eve 2017 Option - Cockatoo Island - Glamping, Camping BYO Camping Sites Bookings soon to be open 2017-05-09T06:04:29Z unique-sydney-new-year-s-eve-2017-option-cockatoo-island-glamping-camping-byo-camping-sites-on-sale Cockatoo Island is one of the best places in Sydney to watch Sydney’s world-renowned  New Year’s fireworks displays. Right in the heart of Sydney Harbour, you’ll enjoy a fun and relaxing night with family and friends – without the crowds, long walks home, or traffic jams. While the fireworks display is the star attraction, there are so many great reasons to spend NYE 2017 on Cockatoo Island. We’ll have a variety of activities for the kids, special guided tours, a delicious selection of food and drinks to purchase, and music to entertain you throughout the evening. This New Year’s Eve, Cockatoo Island is offering a range of different Glamping and Camping options to suit all budgets and tastes. Glamping, camping PACKAGES & BYO camping SITES All of our Glamping and Camping NYE 2017 options are for two-night stays. Arrival:                 Saturday 30 December 2017 Departure:          Monday 1 January 2018 NYE pricing for Glamping, Camping Packages, and BYO Camping Sites ranges from $450 - $2400 for up to six people. Tickets for all Glamping, Camping and BYO Camping Sites are on sale 9am, Monday 15 May via Moshtix. Get in quick! Our glamping and camping packages always sell out fast.  To find out more about our NYE 2017 Glamping, Camping Packages and BYO Camping Sites, including prices and booking conditions, please  General Cockatoo Island Images– New Year’s Eve Images   Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour is open to the public daily, offering major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy. It is one of the ten magnificent sites managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, a self-funding agency created by the Australian Government to be responsible for the vision planning and management of former defence and Commonwealth sites around Sydney Harbour. The other public spaces and parklands managed by the Harbour Trust are North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, the Platypus site in Neutral Bay, Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay and Snapper Island in Sydney Harbour.     Masonry Course out now 2017-05-05T02:40:01Z masonary-course-out-now ACS Releases New Course- Masonry Course out now ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 100- hour course aimed at helping students gain an understanding of different types of materials and techniques used to create buildings, interior and exterior building features and landscape features. This new course is of great value to anyone who is involved with property management, maintenance or construction. It relates to commercial and residential construction and to landscape construction as well. This aims of this course are: Describe the materials, tools and equipment used for masonry construction, and the nature and scope of work that might be undertaken by those skilled in the use of those tools and materials. Explain how to use cement as a mortar or in concrete appropriate to the circumstances of construction. Explain how to construct with brick stone or concrete in a way which is structurally sound and appropriate to the circumstances. Explain how to work with different types of bricks for different construction purposes Explain how to build different things with different types of stone. Explain how to build fireplaces and other structures that will be exposed to fire. Explain the use of masonry in the landscape. Explain how stone, brick or concrete should be maintained and repaired when damaged. Explain the construction of a house and other type of building with brick, stone and concrete.   Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self paced with tutor support available when needed.   For more information on the Masonry course, please visit our website: Professional Labelling: Brother Launches the World’s First Label Printers with Two-Colour Print 2017-05-03T02:43:12Z professional-labelling-brother-launches-the-world-s-first-label-printers-with-two-colour-print Sydney, Australia – 2 May 2017 – Label printers are indispensable helpers in many companies and homes because they make it so easy to mark and identify things with labels. From binders, folders and cardboard boxes to DVDs, clothes and bags. Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd is one of the leading suppliers of label solutions and it is therefore hardly a surprise that Brother is the creator of this year’s great novelty within thermal-based label printers.As the first manufacturer in the world, Brother can now present thermal-based label printers for the office and home segment that print in two colours. Not only in black as all the others, but in red, too. This provides unprecedented flexibility and creative possibilities for users of the three new Brother label printers in the QL-800 family. Labels with red print can be used for a variety of applications including warnings, special identification of persons on name tags, highlighting important messages, emphasising offers on signs or for practical reminders.Three models to choose fromThe three new Brother machines use a new type of heat-sensitive thermal paper. Advanced electronics and software ensure that the print head can print in both black and red, without the use of ink or toner. The new models in Brother’s QL-800 series appear in a stylish and modern design with a glossy surface. Thus, the printers can easily be placed on a desk together with laptops and other contemporary equipment.Brother QL-800 is the smallest of the new label printers – offering USB connectivity, an integrated cutter and software for designing your own labels, it prints at 148 mm per second or approximately 93 labels per minute. The QL-810W provides Wi-Fi connectivity and AirPrint capabilities and the speed is increased to 176 mm per second or approximately 110 labels per minute. Finally, the QL-820NWB offers Bluetooth and wired network connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi, AirPrint and USB connection. The QL-820NWB is equipped with a large graphic LCD display, which makes it easier to operate the printer and design personal labels. Moreover, Brother QL-820NWB can work without being connected to a PC.“Building on the success of our existing QL series of label printers, we’re very excited to announce the QL-800 range”, said Stefanie Dixon, Marketing Specialist at Brother Australia. “With the introduction of the two-colour thermal print option, once again Brother sets itself apart from the competition for industry firsts. We believe that this feature will be a game changer in the industry and will allow businesses especially to really utilise the product to their advantage”.Numerous applications – only limit is your imaginationThe new Brother QL-800 models are very easy to use - the two larger models can work with an optional Li-ion battery, convenient when printing labels in big warehouses, in shops or in large offices.When it comes to the unique black and/or red printing feature, there are limitless applications both professionally and domestically. In the office, identifying confidential documents, highlighting important papers and designing clear warning signs in red on doors, office machines, cabinets, etc., has become much easier. In companies and at conferences, the two-coloured labels can be a great advantage on name tags. For example, the red print could indicate that one has access to special areas, etc. And in warehouses, for instance, the black and red labels can mark packages and boxes to be handled with special care.  Overview and Availability QL-820NWBRRP: $349(Channel Exclusive) Visit here for more information • Fast print speed – approx.110 labels per minute• Print labels with both black and red* print• Advanced label design software for PC/Mac (P-touch Editor)• USB, Wi-Fi with AirPrint, Wired Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity for easy connection to iOS/Android/Windows devices• Stand-alone printing of labels stored in printer memory• LCD Display• USB Host • Optional li-ion battery for printing away from power sources• Software Development Kits available for Microsoft Windows***, iOS and Android devices to add label printing to your own solutions QL-810WRRP: $249Visit here for more information • Fast print speed –  approx. 110  labels per minute• Print labels with both black and red* print• Advanced label design software for PC/Mac (P-touch Editor)• Built-in label design software for PC/Mac that requires no software or driver installation (P-touch Editor Lite)• USB and Wi-Fi with AirPrint connectivity• Optional li-ion battery for printing away from power sources• Software Development Kits available for Microsoft Windows***, iOS and Android devices to add label printing to your own solutions QL-800RRP: $149 Visit here for more information  • Fast print speed – approx. 93 labels per minute• Print labels with both black and red* print• Advanced label design software for PC/Mac (P-touch Editor)• Built-in label design software for PC/Mac that requires no software or driver installation (P-touch Editor Lite)• USB connectivity * Requires DK-22251 continuous roll to print in black and red** Red print capability from iPrint&Label app available from May 2017*** QL-800 only supports Microsoft Windows SDKAll prices are inclusive of the prevailing taxesAvailability, Warranty and Support Vendor: Brother International (Aust) Pty LtdWarranty: 3 Years Return to Base Website: From Brother Authorised Resellers nationally Distributors: Alloys, Dynamic Supplies, Synnex, XIT and LeaderResellers: Authorised Brother Dealers nation-wideContact the Commercial Division for your corporate labelling requirements:Phone: 1300 885 989Email: Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd: With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is a leading global manufacturer of laser printers, label printers, Multi-Function Centres®, mobile printers, scanners, mobile scanners, fax machines, P-touch electronic labellers, typewriters and sewing machines. A specialist in its product lines, Brother combines customer satisfaction and comprehensive measures for environmental conservation, to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products to enhance the consumer's lifestyle.Brother Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. Brother Australia was established in 1977, with a head office located in Sydney and State offices nationally throughout Australia. About Brother EarthBrother always takes responsibility, acts respectfully and tries to make a positive difference. Brother Earth is Brother’s attitude and commitment to play a part in building a society with sustainable development. Help the environment now by giving a click at Brother will contribute to a variety of global environmental protection activities on your behalf. The number of clicks each project receives will determine proportionately how the funds will be allocated.NOTE: All referenced trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective companies. AirPrint is a trademark of Apple Inc. Patioland Offers Beautiful Pergolas Using Hunter Douglas Shademaster Products 2017-04-28T02:41:58Z patioland-offers-beautiful-pergolas-using-hunter-douglas-shademaster-products Decks and patios specialist Patioland offers flexible pergola design options from Hunter Douglas Shademaster roofing systems. This now makes it possible for customers to be creative and plan their own custom awnings, patio enclosures and pergolas for pitched, flat, opening and domed roofs. Besides their promise of style and flexibility, comes the assurance of high quality insulated roofing, which provides greater protection from the elements. Patioland is known for their excellent service and superior quality of materials used in their builds. Sydney-based Patioland has 30 years of expertise. They deal with awnings, insulated roofing, carports, timber decking, opening roof, aluminium patios, Apollo patios, pergolas and gazebos. The company also supplies and installs install single skin roofs as well as insulated roofing systems. These special roofing systems are designed to suit all decks and patios, patio enclosures, pergolas and gazebos. Hunter Douglas Shademaster’s wide range of roofing materials and systems includes various kinds of roofing such as flat, gable, pitched or combination roofing. When a customer’s dream plan meets Patioland’s expertise, it can transform any deck or patio space with custom-designed pergolas and gazebos into the perfect extension of their home.  The benefits offered by the custom awnings and pergolas also come with the Hunter Douglas Shademaster Guarantee. Patioland uses only Hunter Douglas Color-Cote system to enhance patio awnings, pergolas and gazebos. Other benefits include nature light panels that block out 100 per cent of UV rays, double sided 80 per cent gloss for heat reduction to keep the area cool and one degree of roof fall for added head height. With the potential for a large span of up to 5.4m, it also minimises unsightly underframes giving it a more seamless look. Customers of Patioland are guaranteed to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year thanks to the efficient, beautiful and long lasting custom awnings, pergolas and gazebos designed by them. Those interested in knowing more about the Hunter Douglas Color-Cote System and Patioland’s various offers may call (02) 9831 3899 or send an email to To check out the options available and know more about Patioland’s flexible designs: Play is Best - My Cubby Encourages Parents to Take Children Outdoors 2017-04-28T02:39:51Z play-is-best-my-cubby-encourages-parents-to-take-children-outdoors For busy parents keeping children entertained and busy with healthy outdoor fun is a constant challenge. Brisbane-based manufacturer of children’s cubby houses My Cubby has some great ideas to facilitate happy and healthy outdoor play. With a wide range of imaginative cubby houses to choose from, the company is on a mission to get children outside doing what is best for them in terms of their physical and mental wellbeing – learning to play.   In the early 1900s Italian educator Maria Montessori advocated: “Play is the Work of the Child.” This formed one of the primary theories of her teaching method and remains till today the focus of this world renowned teaching programme. Her message was simple – play is voluntary and creative. It helps children flourish with new ideas and encourages growth, education and social skills. Today the topic of play concerns all involved in the life of a child – from parents and teachers to the government – all of whom understand the effect early play has on the future of the child, and the society at large.  My Cubby started its business building cubby houses in 2011 to encourage healthy outdoor fun for children.  This family-owned business has been building cubby houses with the help of the best builders who have over 30 years’ experience.  The cubby houses give children reasons to let go of their digital gadgets and stop watching endless television.  “Our aim is to get children back outside and into physical and imaginative play that all kids need. Safety is vital in the design and making of our cubbies, right down to the smallest detail like changing the gradient of the steps by just a few degrees to make children less likely to fall,” says Gail Carroll, owner of My Cubby. My Cubby has made and installed over 1,000 cubby houses around Australia. The number is constantly rising and growing too. The company takes pride in the fact that over1000 families and also the children of their neighbours, relatives and friends have been positively impacted. “We are very pleased that we have introduced a lot of children of this generation to the joy of spending time outdoors and using their imagination in adventurous ways,” says Gail. My Cubby is a registered member of Play Australia. They are across the Australian Standards for Playgrounds. To know more about the incredible cubby houses on offer at My Cubby call 1800121513 or email or visit their website   Give ‘Sew Much Love’ with Brother this Mother’s Day 2017-04-27T03:44:13Z give-sew-much-love-with-brother-this-mother-s-day Mother’s Day. The one day of the year to celebrate all they do for us. Each Mother is unique and expresses their love in their own special way. It’s our turn to make them feel even more loved than ever. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on and appreciate all the important women in our lives, whether they are still here with us or not.This Mother’s Day, Brother International Australia are reflecting on its National Breast Cancer Foundation partnership through their ‘Sew Much Love’ campaign. We all know that research plays a vital part towards lives saved so this Mother’s Day, Brother are celebrating over $500,000 of contributions to NBCF over the course of the past four years, thanks to its Platinum level partnership. This is all done in a bid to move towards the ultimate goal of zero breast cancer related deaths by 2030.Lindsay Khushal, Corporate Partnerships Manager at NBCF said, ‘To date, Brother’s contribution has amounted to over $500,000, which has helped to fund talented and esteemed Australian researchers to undertake exciting projects that are yielding real results’.In addition, Brother are also celebrating Mother’s Day with amazing specials across a select range of sewing and embroidery machines. Give Mum the gift of ‘Sew Much Love’ with a machine that she’ll be sure to treasure for years to come.Brother Dream Machine 2 XV8550D$12,499 + Bonus new duo Trolley Bag ($215 Value)Brother has launched its most powerful and innovative sewing and embroidery machine to date. The Dream Machine 2 is the ultimate sewing partner and is packed full of industry first features including a 10.1” high definition LCD display that is 23% larger than previous models. The Dream Machine’s 'My Design Centre' integrates InnovEye 2 Technology with design techniques such as line art and illustration scanning, and the ability to create stippling and free-motion-like stitching without the use of a PC, software or stitch regulation. Brother’s new machine is perfect for those Mothers with unlimited creative ideas.Brother DreamCreator VM5100$5399 (Save $600)Brother’s exciting combination machine, part of the V-series range is a surprisingly affordable dream machine! This computerised sewing and embroidery machine is specially made for those who dream of creating sewing, quilting and embroidery with ease. This versatile combination machine offers the trifecta of creativity and is jam packed with revolutionary features included in the V-Series range such as 11¼ inch needle to arm of workspace, ultra-bright LED light, and up to 1,050 stitches per minute.Brother NS55 Sewing Machine$649 (Save $50) + Bonus wide table ($99 Value)The NS55 is the perfect choice for Mothers who want to get more creative, featuring 135 stitches and 10 one-step buttonhole styles. The touch-button controls and bright LCD display make this model one of the easiest and most convenient to work with. The lightweight and portable computerised sewing machine can easily move around with you wherever, and whenever you need.Brother Innov-is NV800E$1999 (Save $400) + Bonus spool stand ($99 Value)Create beautiful embroider projects quickly and easily with the Innov-is embroidery-only machine. This model makes the perfect gift as everyone will love the design editing features that give you the ability to resize, rotate, reposition and combine designs with ease. The Innov-is embroiders designs at up to 850 stitches per minute adding to its amazing convenient features.Brother Overlocker 2504D$599 + Bonus wide table ($55 Value)The Brother 2504D Overlocker is the ideal solution for finishing edges and hems professionally and affordably, perfect for all Mothers in any situation. Enjoy one operation finishing and hemming stitch options with the included Blind Stitch foot and easy to follow lay-in threading. The Overlocker 2504D makes hemming fast, simple, and provides amazing results every single time.Thanks so much for your time. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like any further information regarding Brother International Australia’s partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation or product press releases .High resolution images of all products mentioned can be found here. A mid-life sea change 2017-04-19T02:13:05Z a-mid-life-sea-change Have you ever entertained the idea of ditching your career of what feels like a lifetime, and starting from scratch, doing something you love? Dave McKenzie, 53, owner of Horizon Shores Marina based vessel repair and refurbishment business, Marine Team Australia did exactly that. After spending the majority of his professional career as a private contractor in supervisory and management positions on construction and mining projects, Dave and his partner Jane agreed it was time for a change. “My last contract had finished, and Jane and I had just sold a house on the Gold Coast that we spent way too long and too much money renovating,” explained Dave. “Having always worked away from home, Jane felt it was time for a change, and I agreed, but only if it was something I was really interested in. “So that narrowed it down to boats, wine, food or coffee. “I was researching them all when the ad for Marine Team Australia popped up on Google.” Dave grew up on the South Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, surrounded by boats, fishing and diving. Struggling to remember a time when he wasn’t on or around the water, Dave said the sea has always been a part of his life. “My passion for boats was ignited as a kid. Depending on the season, if it wasn’t rugby or skiing, it was “Can we take the boat out?”, said Dave. “Dad nearly always had a boat, even if at times it was only a dinghy for floundering in the estuaries.” At the time, Dave wasn’t sure if he was ready to take the plunge into business ownership, but as soon as he met the crew at Marine Team Australia, a business that started more than 20 years ago, he knew he had found the refreshing change he’d been searching for. “The people I work with, and our clients are the best part of my job,” Dave said. “The team here is dedicated to making sure the clients’ best interests are always met. “It is the only place I have ever worked where we can sit down with a client and actually tell them that as much as we would love their business, we don’t think you should be doing this or that, or have you thought about doing it this way as it will give you a better result or save you a few dollars. “By the same token, if the guys tell a client they really need something done, and done properly, they mean it. “It’s a great little set up.” Dave credits working with such a knowledgeable and experienced team as the reason his transition to the marine industry has been smooth sailing, even if the steep learning curve leads to frustration at times. “Even though I have good knowledge, there is so much more to learn,” said Dave. “I am blessed to have great mentors.” These mentors are Brad, Graham, Gail and newcomer Neil. “Brad and Graham are so knowledgeable, and true craftsman,” said Dave. Brad is a shipwright, and the Marine Team Australia encyclopedia. He has been in the industry more than 30 years, and owned and refurbished his own boats in all of that time. “To listen to him talk to a client about their boat, or things to watch out for in a particular brand is a real privilege and delight,” said Dave. Graham has been building and repairing fiberglass boats for more than 25 years. He can tell you the good, the bad and the ugly in most glass boats, and repair anything better than original. Neil has recently joined the team after many years working in the Cairns Shipyard, so the Marine Team Australia vessels are quite a bit smaller than the ones he used to play with. Gail runs administration and accounts, and can talk boats with the best of them. She has a long history with the marine industry from working shark boats off the coast to being a partner in her own boat building business, and later working for marine supply agencies. Dave’s advice to those considering a career change later in life: You are never too old to have a career change. “Find something you love, do your homework and don’t be scared (that will come later!) “If you’re passionate about it, you will make it work.” To learn more about Marine Team Australia visit or  FIJI’S PIONEERING LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT CELEBRATES ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY 2017-04-12T23:36:55Z fiji-s-pioneering-likuliku-lagoon-resort-celebrates-its-tenth-anniversary The journey to opening Likuliku began in 2002 when Tony Whitton - local Fijian entrepreneur and Managing Director of Ahura Resorts (Likuliku’s parent company), recognised the potential of this heavenly and ideal location. Back then, when conceptualising Likuliku, Tony recalls, "My vision for Likuliku was to introduce overwater bungalows/bures, something that didn’t exist in Fiji and that past developers had said could never be built in Fiji.   I also wanted to provide a unique resort, modeled on a traditional Fijian village similar to where I grew up as a child. I felt it was important we emulated a traditional design concept and utilized the skills of local Fijian villagers and construction materials to showcase things like the beauty of the Soga thatch, bush bamboo, native hard woods and pandanus weave."  During the planning and construction of Likuliku, Tony Whitton and his team paid particular attention to ensuring the sustainability and longevity of the resort's pristine environment. As Tony remembers, "It was critical we secured the participation of our Traditional Resource Owners in the initial concept design, construction and ultimately in the business as we planned to use their qoliqoli - marine resource, passed from generation to generation. The natural Lagoon teems with marine life and coral, and we are grateful they allowed us to share this with the world.  We feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure this valuable resource is always protected and preserved and work in partnership with our traditional owners through their marine park “Tabu” (protection), to ensure the natural surroundings remain viable and vibrant in years to come."  On 15th April 2007, Tony fulfilled his vision, and Likuliku Lagoon Resort opened as an adults-only retreat, offering a unique haven of relaxed refinement with Fiji’s first and only overwater accommodation. Within months of opening and over the ensuing years, the resort would be honoured with significant travel awards and accolades including, Best Overseas Resort in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List five years in a row,  5 times winner of the HM (Hotel Management) Award for Best Fijian Property, and  5 times winner of the  the Fiji Tourism Luxury Accommodation Award.  Likuliku is also the only Fijian resort honoured in The World’s Top 20 Greatest Escapes by the USA’s  Islands magazine, and last year, was named in the venerated *Conde Nast 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards as No.9 in the “Top Resorts in Australia and the South Pacific”.  Likuliku has been the subject of hundreds of travel stories over the years, bringing focus and attention to not just the resort, but to Fiji as a whole through the unique proposition of the country’s only over-water bures.   These various travel articles have resulted in over FJD$18M of media coverage value and an incalculable number of happy social media mentions as guests share their memories and experiences at the resort. In the past ten years, Likuliku has welcomed nearly 48,000 guests from 108 countries.   The majority of guests visit from the USA and Australia with many also travelling from the UK, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Nearly 4,000 guests are repeat visitors with some honouring Likuliku with their 16th stay. The successful pre opening, the positioning and operational success of Likuliku Lagoon today can be attributed to an extraordinary team of people headed by Steve Anstey who is Ahura Resorts’ Group General Manager and who came out to the resort pre construction 12 years ago as pre-opening GM.  Steve says, “It has been an interesting and challenging 12 years.  Opening, establishing and running island resorts is a relentless and gruelling business and  openings especially have their own unique set of challenges, frustrations and problems to deal with.  However, once you are open you are running an operation 24/7,  365 days a year. Consistency of product is paramount to success. You cannot sit back on your laurels for one moment when establishing a product of any value.  New guests arrive daily with high expectations and we have to work hard to meet these expectations and exceed them where we can.  “We set out in 2007 to create a product the likes of which hadn’t been seen in Fiji before. Not only did we achieve this through the construction of an amazing physical asset, but we set new standards and levels in resort service, cuisine and product integrity and have maintained it and sustained it for the last decade.    Likuliku has come of age after a gruelling 10 years plagued with political and global economic instability and unprecedented weather disruptions, and we are extremely proud of her.  “Critical to Likuliku's success are the fantastic staff who are the heart and soul of the resort.   35% of our existing staff have been with us since opening.     We thank them all for their dedication and contagious enthusiasm as they set about ensuring guests enjoy and indulge in our tranquil oasis while enjoying world-class food and a quintessential and unique Fijian holiday experience. Steve continues, “Also critical to our success are the hundreds of travel partners and stakeholders with whom we work all around the globe – most of whom took Likuliku to their markets from the outset and continue to do so to this day.  We also acknowledge and thank the thousands of guests who have visited our shores and equally, to the thousands of return guests”.  Likuliku is wilderness, holiday experience set in a beautiful, pristine and sensitive environment.    Steve explains, “As a Resort company operating in such an environment, we wholly support the concept of sustainable tourism and believe that any development in such areas carries not only a legal but also a moral responsibility to ensure that the environment is not degraded through irresponsible activities and practices.  We are deeply involved and committed to long term dry forest reforestation projects on our leases and on Malolo Levu and have since 2010, been operating and growing our critically endangered Fiji Crested Iguana captivity and breeding program”.  “Sustainable tourism is also about the people and the culture. It is about providing opportunities for improving and helping island communities and individuals through the development of businesses that provide jobs, training and on going development without compromising or taking advantage of the culture or the people involved. Royalties are paid to the Landowners as well as a monthly rental calculated on a percentage of all sales. Ahura also provides an education fund for the landowners and we proudly contribute annually to the provision and improvement of new buildings and services in the local village and school”. Likuliku is situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji's west, 16 miles/25km from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter or seaplane (10 minutes), 40 minutes by speedboat transfer or one or two hours by 3-times daily fast catamaran.   Prices start from FJD$995 (AUD$650/USD$480/€455/£388*) per person per night inclusive of all meals, free WiFi, special amenities and non-motorised activities.    Choose from 3, 5 or 7 night packages with complimentary value-add inclusions ranging from cocktails, massages, champagne and free transfers on helicopters, seaplanes or private water taxis.  *approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates.  For reservations and enquiries online: Email: Or see your favourite Fiji luxury travel specialist. -Ends-  General resort image link Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 40 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only authentic over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts. For further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – 0415 290023 (+61 415 290 023)