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Hi there,

You know you're a Kiwi if you've been woken in the night by a possum, played backyard cricket, can hum along to the Country Calendar jingle, have been in contact with a Swanndri, concrete mixer, chainsaw or Edmonds Cookery Book, or have held a feathery flightless bird.

This month we're celebrating all things Kiwi. From our quirky qualities as a country, to our feathered wee pals who represent us.

We're stoked to be supporting Kiwis for kiwi 'Save Kiwi Month' that kicked off on 1 October. This aims to raise $100,000 which is enough to save 1,000 kiwi from pests and predators for an entire year. Keep an eye out for a bunch of money-can't-buy experiences being auctioned off: please support our kiwi!
 
Check out the Save Kiwi Month auctions
 
 
 
 
 
Win an iPhone 6 with #trademefashion
Trade Me Fashion is about mixing new and used, designer and bargain, to create a look that reflects your personality and style.

With the arrival of a bunch of fantastic clothing retailers, and a makeover, Trade Me Fashion has grown up. We want to celebrate by giving you the chance to win a $250 shopping spree, or the latest fashion accessory – the iPhone 6.

Simply show us your favourite #trademefashion find and be in to win.
 
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P.S If you want some inspiration, check out Georgina's tips for creating an outfit without the hefty price tag.
 
 
 
 
Rural Trade Me addicts
We spotted an inspiring story on Stuff about a Manawatu farming couple who bought all sorts of second-hand equipment on Trade Me to convert their sheep/beef farm to a dairy operation: the dairy shed, pipes, gates, colostrum tank, ute, quad bike, calf trailer, irrigator and fertiliser spreader. That's powerful use of the Farming category right there.

But our favourite bit was this: "Mike and Ryley wrote in their wedding invitation that they wanted to buy cows for the converted farm. Some wedding gifts included money for cows. The ones they got have special ear tags. They bought 35 cows off Trade Me."

Congratulations on all fronts Ryley and Mike!
 
Hunt around our Farming category
 
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Top 10 Kiwi searches
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1     Swanndri
2     Gumboots
3     Kunekune
4     Huffer
5     All Blacks jersey
 
  6     BBQ
  7     Jet boat
  8     Jandals
  9     Hangi cooker
10     Temuka pottery
 
 
 
 
 
 
Compare & Save On Life Insurance
Looking for life cover to take care of your mortgage or protect your family? Compare 7 top insurers instantly with LifeDirect by Trade Me, plus get a 20% cashback on your first year's premium. Sweet!
Visit LifeDirect for an instant quote
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Cool auctions
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Kiwi bach bargain
 
Some may call them crazy, but these Kiwi bach-owners are knocking $100 off the sale price every 24 hours. Starting at $284,000 it has already dropped a few thousand dollars – tick, tick, tick...
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Kombi à l'orange
 
With daylight savings starting with a bang, we're all thinking about what the warm, summer months will bring. This Kombi Clipper Deluxe in a smooth shade of burnt orange will be sure to spice up your summer-time escapades.
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A kiwi experience
 
Head into the heart of the Mataia Farm bush for a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of our very own kiwi. You'll get to help track the kiwi down and make sure they're fit and healthy – sign us up!
 
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Maudes' magic
Last month one of our legendary Trade Me sellers ticked their way past 10,000 positive feedback. That's a great milestone for anyone, but their story is extra nice to share.

Maudes on Trade Me is the virtual hospice shop that sells everything under the Canterbury sun to raise money for Nurse Maude charity, providing nursing and home support to more than 400,000 people, and has been doing so for 118 years. To the Maudes volunteers who do all the hard yakka, coordinating around 300 listings every week – keep up the awesome work.
 
Read Maudes' advice for selling on Trade Me
 
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Rental cars now available on Travelbug
Need to pick up a car at Auckland Airport? How about New York's JFK airport? Or Paris' Gare du Nord? We're thrilled to have launched rental cars on Travelbug.

Now you can book all the major car brands including Hertz, Budget, Avis, Thrifty and many more on Travelbug with great deals. I'm so excited I'm going to book a Ford Mustang at LAX – from just $84 per day!
 
Book a car on Travelbug
 
 
 
 
 
Trade Me in the news
We've spotted some cool stories about the weird and wonderful things that emerge from the rich tapestry of our community. Here's our top four from the past month:
 
 
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Trade Me junk wins top award at WOW event
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Quirky bedroom feature attracts interest
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Pint-sized paramedic helps with ambo appeal
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Rolling pin 'phone repair kit' a hit with bidders
 
 
 
 
Come & join the Trade Me gang!
Do you love all things Kiwi and want to work for a company that does too? We're hunting IT, advertising and customer support maestros and mavens to join us in Wellington and Auckland.

Rachel, Rod, Fran & Lester joined the crew this month – want to be part of the team?
 
Check out our new vacancies
 
 
 
 
 
That's it for this month fellow Kiwis. Have a cracker Labour Day break later in the month.
From Madeleine and the Trade Me team
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P.S We recently released our Annual Report 2014. If you're into maths and after a bit of bedtime reading, along with some action shots of our mascot Kev, check it out.
 
 
 
 
 
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