Bayfair have once again generously sponsored the People’s Choice Awards - despite the disruption caused to the shopping centre by Covid-19 lockdown, social distancing and tracing restrictions. As long-standing sponsors of YiA, Bayfair’s values, particularly around innovation and sustainability, clearly align with our own.
Unafraid to do things differently and pioneer new ideas, Bayfair are now New Zealand’s leading shopping centre for sustainability and social responsibility initiatives.
In conjunction with Autism New Zealand, they’ve recently designed and installed a Quiet Room for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other sensory processing issues, recognising that the bright lights and constant background noise can be overwhelming for these customers.
On the environmental front, their efforts to re-use grey water to flush toilets, reduce waste to landfill and utilise electricity more efficiently with the wide-spread use of LED lighting have all enhanced the shopping centre’s green credentials. They were the first New Zealand shopping centre to introduce EV charging stations in their carparks. These initiatives are now going even further with the launch of Project Zero Waste; where common access rubbish bins have been removed from Bayfair’s food-court in favour of organic, compostable and recyclable packaging and cutlery, a plastic bag recycling system, and the elimination of all polystyrene.
With the new eateries added to the centre last year proving a popular draw-card, Bayfair will soon be able to open a brand new 7-screen United cinema complex as well – complete with the latest in audio-visual technology, electric recliner flat-beds, in-built phone chargers, and a range of in-theatre dining options and beverages on tap. Innovation never stops for the Bay’s largest shopping complex.
People’s Choice Voting for YiA 2020 is live. Be sure to check out the awesome entries submitted by this year’s finalists. The winner will be awarded a $200 giftcard courtesy of Bayfair and - for voters themselves - there’s the opportunity to win a $50 Bayfair giftcard too – get your votes in before 31st August!