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Countdown’s 20,000-strong team are getting behind the Mental Health Foundation and other local charities to help raise funds for mental health services across Aotearoa.

Christchurch’s growing Halswell area will soon have a state-of-the-art neighbourhood centre and Green Star rated supermarket, with Countdown today confirming details for the new development.

Attribute to Spencer Sonn, Managing Director, Woolworths New Zealand: We’re committed to continuing to work positively and collaboratively with the Commission as it works to complete the market study, and we see this process as a good opportunity to have a meaningful discussion about the grocery market. We have an unwavering commitment to contribute positively to Aotearo ...

Earlier this afternoon we held a private blessing outside our LynnMall store, which was conducted by a local Kaumātua. The blessing was something very important for our team, to provide some peace, but also to support them as they prepare to welcome the local community back into the store.

All Countdown stores outside of Auckland, which are now at Alert Level 2, will move back to their regular trading hours from tomorrow, Thursday 9 September.

To be attributed to Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s General Manager Safety: This morning many of our teams throughout Aotearoa have taken some time to get together to talk, share a physically distanced cup of tea, and support each other following yesterday’s event in our Lynnmall store. Our team is a family and when one of our stores is hurting, we all are. We’re ...

In light of the events at Countdown’s Lynnmall store in Auckland today, all Countdown stores throughout Aotearoa will open at 10am on Saturday.

To be attributed to Kiri Hannifin, General Manager Safety, Countdown We are devastated by what’s taken place in our Lynnmall store today. Once again, our hearts are heavy knowing what our team and customers have witnessed and been through. Our thoughts are with those who were injured and their families, and we will be supporting all of our Lynnmall team. Over the last f ...

With increased pressure on Auckland-based medical personnel, MIQ and emergency workers as they respond to the current COVID-19 outbreak, Countdown will open its Auckland stores early from tomorrow (Saturday 4 September) to enable people to shop more easily.

While September marks the start of spring for Kiwis, the nationwide lockdown put many seasonal traditions on hold, including not being able to grab a bunch of spring flowers, and more significantly the cancellation of this years’ Cancer Society Daffodil Day street collection.