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Hi there,

Hello, 'ello 2015!

If you're back in the swing of things like us at Trade Me HQ, keep making the most of summer and soak up the excitement of a new year. There are still plenty of weekends and public holidays dotted about to squeeze in another long weekend or two before summer says "ka kite ano"!

For some long weekend location ideas, have a look at these sensational spots around the wondrous land of the long white cloud:
 
 
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Water skiing on Lake Rotoiti
 
Fishing at Papa Aroha
 
Chilling out at Golden Bay
 
Exploring Waiheke Island
 
 
Dining out in Wellington
 
Boating on Lake Tekapo
 
Bushwalking in the Marlborough Sounds
 
Roam around Russell
 
 
 
 
 
Muck into something new this year
Don't let the good Christmas and New Year vibes float away. There are tonnes of things you could try your hand at to start this year off with a bang. Here are our picks for the year:
 
 
Give the Couch to 5k running programme a go, or if you're already a fitness bunny, what's your next challenge? The State Ocean Swim Series? The Speight's Coast to Coast?
Feel like picking up a new hobby this year? How about surfing, sewing, home brewing or whittling?
Commit to the 52 Week Money Challenge!
Volunteer for a local organisation or group that need another pair of hands.
Find a summer festival to look forward to with your family and friends. Art Deco, Wings over Wairarapa, Marlborough Wine & Food and the NZI Sevens are all just weeks away...
 
 
 
 
Top 10 unwanted Christmas gifts
As hard as they might try, sometimes gift-givers don't get it quite right, and you can end up with something that isn't really your cup of tea. Check out these categories and gifts to see if someone else's gift is what you wished was in your stocking:
 
 
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1     PlayStation 4
2     Tablets
3     Appliances
4     Cookbooks
5     Xbox games
 
  6     Samsung phones
  7     iPhone cases
  8     Instruments
  9     Comedy DVDs
10     Coffee machines
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wood you drive it?
 
Look swag in this Jag. We want to buy it, but our boss said we won't all fit. Is anyone selling a wooden trailer with seatbelts? But seriously, this is cool.
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Coffee container
 
It's off the grid, it's versatile, and it can be shifted all around Aotearoa. This shipping container/coffee cart could be your next project.
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Retro record player
 
Need a mate to take with you this summer? This red, retro, portable record player would be chuffed to join you on your adventures.
 
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Trade Me in the news
Each month Trade Me and our ace community pop up in all kinds of news snippets. Here's what's been happening over the past month or so:
 
 
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2014 most-viewed listings on Trade Me
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Trade Me staff lend a helping hand to amputees
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Delight for heart surgery girl after Christmas gift found
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Farmer's Hilux 'turck' an online hit
 
 
 
 
We want you!
Last month Emma, Lucas, Jamie, Duncan, Aaron, Ewerton, Vincent, Michelle, Rachael, Justin, Sophie and Wei were welcomed into the Trade Me family – could you be next?

We're looking for testers, account managers and an Agile-individual. If any of these sound like you, check out our careers page and get in touch.
 
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Have a cracking 2015 – make it a good one!
From Madeleine and the Trade Me team
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