AA Directions Spring 2020

Schemes to support new businesses and new careers, spaces to learn new skills, lessons and insights from entrepreneurs pivoting in times of upheaval – this issue focuses on opportunity. Grabbing opportunities is something New Zealanders are good at. We have the attitude needed to make the most of circumstances, to see the possibilities. We look a challenge in the eye and turn it around, create something with it and, more often than not, share it with others.

  • Anything's possible

    It tends to be in challenging times that opportunities present themselves. As Albert Einstein said: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

  • Q&A with Sarah Colcord

    The website- and app-founder speaks about her 'Chooice' new venture

  • Something in the air

    The iconic Airstream caravan has garnered worldwide attention

  • Making the big calls

    The AA outlines changes it would like to see from the incoming Government

  • Doing our homework

    Could working from home be the answer to congestion woes?

  • Surburban sweet spots

    Ponsonbees is a buzzy notion aimed at keeping the dwindling inner-city bee population alive

  • Three of the best

    The BMW 3 Series Touring adds a touch of style and luxury to a road trip

  • Back in the saddle

    More cycle ways are under construction in Auckland

  • Ask away

    Why do different countries allow driving on different sides of the road?

  • Best buys

    Tips to avoide a lemon when buying a used car

  • Hooked on making stuff

    During lockdown, David Parker built a Canadian-style canoe using fibreglass cloth and a dozen coats of newspaper applied as papier-mâché

  • Back in time

    On Great Barrier Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, a native wildlife sanctuary is especially impressive after dark

  • Home warming

    A gren-filled house on Wellington's Kapiti Coast provides a happy oasis for a young family

  • Intrepid luxury

    Glamping, or glamorous camping, provides time on the farm sans gumboots and cowpats

  • Checking the options

    What should you look for in an income protection policy?

  • Close to the sky

    New Zealand's newest Great Walk, Paparoa Track, is a poignant journey

  • Getting the timing right

    What are the most suitable mortgage options?

  • The Rover's return

    Journeying in a 1964 P4 110 Rover takes an unexpected turn

  • The Timaru trial

    Technology that brought us Uber, Lyft and Ola is being applied to public transport

  • Above and beyond

    There's more to Rotorua than bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers

  • Road Rules: Understanding intersections

    An intersection is where two or more streets join or cross

  • A market that's too big to fail

    The Covid-19 economic crisis has proven there’s one type of asset that is too big and important to crash: housing

  • Stars on cars

    People are twice as likely to die or be seriously injured in a 1- or 2-star rated car, than they would in a 5-star rated vehicle

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Pax Assadi's Top Spot

Which New Zealand holiday destination takes centre stage for the comedian?

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Taking the waters

Indulgence and history attract many locals and visits alike to Rotorua.


All charged up

Sales of electric vehicles has been steadily growing in New Zealand over the last decade.

News bites

People are twice as likely to die or be seriously injured in a 1- or 2-star rated car than they are in a 5-star rated vehicle
Read more - Stars on cars
Glamping, or glamorous camping, offers time on the farm sans gumboots and cowpats
Read more - Intrepid luxury
What's behind the garage door? We find one very clever handyman inside an unassuming Auckland shed
Read more - Hooked on making stuff
There’s one type of asset that New Zealanders know in their bones is too big and important to be allowed to crash: housing
Read more - A market that's too big to fail

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