Thanks for the support @Citroen - yes foreign owned but I'll be well-outnumbered by locals once we get a team up and running.
I've managed to convert the old AudioEnz forums to the much better (IMO) IPBoard platform and for now have done a quick redirect from the old forums to here.
We're in the process of republishing all the old content and reviews etc (there's some treasures in there) - and slowly rebranding this site to be solely NZ focused and based.
I hope you guys will be patient while I work through it all, but I did want to get the forums back up and running as promptly as possible.
Welcome all to the next generation AudioEnz, and a big nod of respect and tribute to @Michael Jones and the legacy he leaves for us here. I do hope you'll continue to contribute to this site, not only as an experienced journo, but also as a valued member and founder of this community.
I'm proud to have taken over the reigns from Michael with a view to giving AudioEnz another lease of life and truly believe there is still a place for a dedicated online magazine covering the local HiFi and Home Cinema, and technology markets in NZ.
The comments and messages I have received from both NZ enthusiasts and industry members certainly does give me hope.
As a sister publication to StereoNET AU, I respect that you guys are a patriotic bunch and rightly so. And while StereoNET NZ may be Aussie owned, it is certainly my intention to not just duplicate editorial content over here, but to put together a dedicated NZ based team of contributors.
I will be traversing the Tasman fairly regularly and as needed to keep my finger on the pulse in the NZ market, but of course drawing upon my contacts within the industry and you guys on the ground to ensure we've got the latest news, reviews, event coverage and industry goss.
I have a view to bringing our very successful International HiFi Show to New Zealand in the near future as well, however understand that in order to do that we need the industry and member support to create thriving community and outlet before that can happen.
And with that, I do invite any of you that are experienced enthusiasts and can string together words, to contact me if you are interesting in becoming a freelance writer.
I thank you in advance for supporting StereoNET NZ, and encourage you please to actively contribute to the online community here to give it a much needed kickstart.
Here's to the next decade and beyond for AudioEnz/StereoNET NZ.