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Herne Bay locals now have a fresh, new grocery shopping destination on their doorstep, with the opening of Countdown’s fourth Metro store on the corner of Kelmarna Ave and Jervois Road earlier today. 

Woolworths NZ is starting work on opening up wholesale grocery supply, with other retailers or organisations who might be interested in buying from them encouraged to register their information online.


To be attributed to Spencer Sonn, Managing Director, Woolworths New Zealand

Balclutha residents will spoilt for supermarket choice, with the new, state-of-the-art Countdown Balclutha opening today, after 12 months of construction. The $18 million dollar development has also created over 80 new jobs for the community and is the first Countdown for the area.

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. 

 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.