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From today, Countdown stores across Aotearoa will be accepting donations on behalf of the Red Cross Pacific Tsunami Appeal to help provide essential supplies and assistance to the people of Tonga and affected surrounding islands.

Customers can also show their support by rounding up the total of their in-store purchases, with the difference going to New Zealand Red Cross to help provide safe drinking water, food, shelter, and disaster relief for communities impacted by the eruption and tsunami. Countdown has kicked off the appeal with a donation of $20,000.

Countdown has today opened its brand new, tiny-but-mighty, Wānaka Metro store - just in the nick of time for locals looking to make a last minute dash for the cream to top the Christmas day Pavlova! 

Kiwi Christmas preparations are well underway, with more than 208 tonnes of Christmas ham, two million Christmas mince pies and 500,000 Christmas crackers already hitting the shopping trolleys of Countdown customers across Aotearoa. 


Woolworths New Zealand is recalling Chelsea and Countdown branded raw sugar and brown sugar products bought on either Thursday, 25 November or Friday, 26 November from any Countdown, SuperValue or FreshChoice store in the South Island as well as Countdown Petone, Countdown Lower Hutt or Countdown Upper Hutt in Wellington.

Kiwis are showing their love this holiday season in the most Kiwi of ways, by sharing kai.

Upcycled food, a new range of nut and seed milk concentrates and poi are among the products that may soon be appearing on shelves with the support of Countdown’s brand-new business accelerator programme Kete. 

What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot if you’re a Deep Sea Cod that has spent centuries unnamed in te reo Māori, only to be thrust into the linguistic spotlight in 2021. Nau mai haere mai to the mighty Moramora! 

Countdown is  cracking on with its plan to go cage-free across the country, with Countdown’s Ferrymead, Ponsonby, Kilbirnie, Petone and Takapuna stores now stocking cage-free eggs only from today. 

Countdown is recalling Chelsea and Countdown branded raw sugar and brown sugar products brought in October 2021 up until 4 November 2021 because of low level lead contamination.


Ever wondered where the bits and pieces around your house go when you’re done with them? Ordinary things like fridges, suitcases, and even your old swimming goggles?  Well soon they’ll be turning up at your local Countdown store as Countdown Bricks, available in-store and online from tomorrow, 5th November.