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VISA celebrates excellence in health and beauty

VISA celebrates excellence in health and beauty at the 2005 Christchurch Top Shop awards

Trudy McLean from Groovy Glasses and Iain Jamieson, Visa International New Zealand Country Manager

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Christchurch, 12 October 2005 - Manchester Street's Groovy Glasses has scooped the top prize in the Visa-sponsored Health and Beauty category at the Christchurch Top Shop Awards 2005.

Visa International celebrated its commitment to New Zealand's retail industry through its sponsorship of the Top Shop Awards held in Christchurch last night.

"Our hat goes off to Groovy Glasses for winning the overall award in the Health and Beauty category and we wish all of the finalists the very best for the year ahead in this dynamic and glamorous industry," says Iain Jamieson, Visa International New Zealand Country Manager.

"The Top Shop Awards promote excellence in the retailing industry and at Visa International we play a key supporting role by providing payment products and services that allow buyers and sellers to conduct commerce - anywhere, anytime and in any way," says Mr Jamieson.

The Top Shop judging panel selected Groovy Glasses for the category award due to its exceptional retro style store fit out, fabulous and funky product range, and enthusiastic staff committed to finding the right product for their customers.

To enter the Top Shop Awards retailers were nominated by their customers over a six-week period. Customers rated the stores on their ambience, service and overall shopping experience and went into the draw to win a $500 shopping spree in the store they nominated.

Stores which then took the next step of becoming an entrant were mystery shopped by Fieldforce and also participated in a three-week period where customers could text in answers to questions related to customer service. After another round of mystery shopping of the finalists by a panel of judges, the category winner was determined.

The other finalists in the Christchurch Health and Beauty category were: The Body Shop Riccarton, Rodney Wayne Northlands, The Body Shop The Palms, Rodney Wayne The Palms, Shampoo n' Things Northlands.

In New Zealand, Visa is the most preferred card and it has more than 100,000 merchants throughout the country. The popularity of Visa in New Zealand speaks for itself - people spend twice as much on Visa here than any other payment card brand.

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Please find attached a photo of Trudy McLean from Groovy Glasses and Iain Jamieson, Visa International New Zealand Country Manager.

Media contact: Andrew Craig, Porter Novelli New Zealand Phone: 09 378 3786 Email: Andrew@porternovelli.co.nz

About Visa: Visa is the world's leading payment brand generating more than US$3 trillion in annual card sales volume. Visa has unsurpassed acceptance in more than 150 countries. The Visa organization plays a pivotal role in developing innovative payment products and technologies to benefit its 21,000 member financial institutions and their cardholders. Visa is a leader in Internet based payments and is pioneering the creation of u-commerce, or universal commerce-the ability to conduct commerce anywhere, anytime, and any way. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

Visa New Zealand In New Zealand, Visa is the leading payment brand with almost 2 million cards on issue and more than 100,000 merchant acceptance locations. NZ$14 billion was spent at point of sale or withdrawn from ATMs in New Zealand using Visa cards in the year ended June 2005. Visa processes more than 100 million transactions in New Zealand annually. For more information, visit www.visa.co.nz.

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