LIFE'S been pretty tough on both sides of the ditch lately.
The horrific earthquake in Christchurch and the devastating floods in Australia mean that some people have been doing it rough recently.
The people of Napier, a seaside city on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, styled as the art deco capital of the world, want to help in any way they can.
They have already opened their homes, their hearts and their wallets to help the refugees from Christchurch, and now they also want to show support and comradeship to their Australian brothers and sisters after the devastating floods.
The Napier City Council, in conjunction with the city's tourist operators and accommodation providers, has been hard at work co-ordinating some great holiday packages to help out our Aussie mates who thoroughly deserve a break.
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott agreed it's been a very tough time in several countries with Mother Nature dealing some dreadful blows.
“We have seen the devastation the recent floods along eastern Australia have had on their communities and we feel Australians deserve a break,” she said.
“Our community has donated to the various flood relief funds, and now our local council wants to give Australians a break. We would love to share our piece of paradise with all our great Aussie friends, so we've put together some special holiday packages that include discounts on airfares, accommodation and attractions.”
By signing up for Napier's Give an Aussie a Break holiday packages on www.napiercity.co.nz, Australians will be offered free and/or discounted deals on airfares, hotel/motel rates, art deco tours, vintage car rides, winery tours, dining experiences at Napier cafes and council-run enterprises.
The people of Napier are also giving one lucky couple who registers an all-expenses-paid trip to their beautiful city for the time of their life.
Leading Australian actor and comedian Shaun Wayne (aka Peter D Flaherty) is helping Napier bring the Give an Aussie a Break initiative to life and fronting an ad campaign and posting his adventures from his recent visit to Napier on his facebook site: www.facebook.com/ShaunWayne. Shaun conducted interviews with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Mayor Arnott to name a few.
Give an Aussie a Break deals are available until August 31 with some blackout dates.
For further details, visit www.napiercity.co.nz.