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Countdown is putting its annual call out for innovative, climate change focussed projects as it launches its fourth year of Growing for Good grants. The funding is centred on the biggest crises facing the planet, and this year applications are open to secondary schools for the first time ever.

Countdown has issued a recall for two batches of Woolworths Choc Berry Mix 400g due to the presence of milk, which was not included in the on-pack ingredients list. 

From Monday, 9 May, Countdown is freezing the price of more than 500 essential products to help give New Zealanders more certainty on food prices as the country moves into winter.

 Today Woolworths Group has announced its Q3 sales results, including a revised profit outlook for Woolworths New Zealand to reflect a reduction in earnings in the second half.

Residents on Auckland’s North Shore now have a brand new Countdown supermarket to enjoy with the latest store, Countdown Greville Road, opening earlier today.


Kiwis will be enjoying some traditional - and not so traditional - fare to celebrate Easter this year. While the Easter Bunny is getting a helping hand with Kiwis snapping up Easter classics like chocolate eggs and hot cross buns early, there’s also a noticeable trend this year for ‘traditional with a twist’.

Countdown has welcomed the start of a public consultation on potential legislation that could change the lives of people working in modern slavery and exploitative conditions both locally and around the world.


After eight years of planning, development and construction, the brand-new, long-awaited Countdown Awapuni has opened its doors to Palmerston North locals for the first time this morning.

Countdown and Cookie Time have teamed-up to put a twist on a traditional Easter treat with a brand new, limited-edition flavour of hot cross buns: Cookie Smash Choc Cross Buns.

Statement to be attributed to Spencer Sonn, Managing Director, Woolworths New Zealand: