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General questions about Localist

What is Localist?
Here at Localist we believe in the power of a recommendation, especially when it comes from a trusted friend.

We all know the thrill of discovering something truly awesome through your travels offline or online, so we’ve collected all those special spots in one place. This means you can always find something to do when you need to wow or be wowed.

By introducing the list feature, we’ve created a community where locals around the country share their best kept secrets and share what matters to them with like-minded people. It's authentic, because it's all created by you. The businesses that rise to the top are the ones that people genuinely can't get enough of and show that affection through their loves or lists.

Whether you're curious about what else your neighbourhood has to offer, or you’re someone from Te Kauwhata exploring Wellington, you'll always feel like a local, anywhere.

What’s love got to do with it?
When locals want to recommend a business they think is great, they “love” it on Localist. A love is an authentic recommendation, and it enables genuinely rad New Zealand small businesses to get noticed online by users like you (and your friends).

What is a list?
Do you know where to find the best vintage vinyl? Or toddler-friendly destinations  to save a mother’s sanity? Do you have the perfect ‘Help-my-hot-date-is-a-vegan!’ list?

Whatever your expertise, kooky hobby or absolute love, make a list about it and make your voice heard.

What are Local Gurus?
A local guru is a thought leader of the Localist community. You have the followers, the ideas, the influence. In short, you’re a bit of a buff on all things local.
Why do I want to be a Local Guru?
Apart from the obvious status and glory, local gurus get:

  • Invitations to the best parties
  • A wide range of spot prizes
  • Wined and dined

But a Localist Local Guru is more than that. Members of this constantly curious crew are ambassadors for their city, sharing their places to go, things to try and people to rely on for other locals and are the heart and soul of their community.

To get started, all you need to do is create a list of places you would recommend to a visitor who’s just arrived in your town for a flying visit - we’re talking the best of your city.

Let’s face it we’ve all got a “best of” list somewhere in our brains patiently waiting until the moment comes when someone asks, “Where’s the best place to go for…?”, “Who is the best person to use for…?”

Ultimately, we want people who use your lists to feel like a local, anywhere.

I want to be a Local Guru, tell me how!
Here are some of the things we look for:

Authenticity: Your reviews are not generic, they reflect people you have met and places you have (actually) been. Your don’t need to write like a grammar savant or wax poetic about the hue of your cupcakes, but you do need to be genuine.

Contribution: You comment on other’s lists and loves, you are a team player.

Connection: My, look at all those friends and followers you have! Right now we think 25 is a bit of a magic number (hint hint).

Where is Localist?
You’ll find us at 65 Upper Queen Street - upstairs from our local cafe, Zest.

Is Localist for all of NZ?
Yes! Our website and mobile app are available to anyone with a computer or smartphone. We began in Auckland so if you’re based elsewhere - get involved. We need your help in making sure all the best businesses in your city are represented on Localist.

Can I work for Localist?
Are you kind of a big deal? Are you passionate about local business? Okay, maybe you should consider coming to work for us.

Can I find you on social media?
Of course you can. You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We’re also on PinterestInstagram, Google + and LinkedIn.

I want to make a complaint! Who can I tell?
Please get in touch and we’ll do all we can to solve the problem.

How do I register?
Here you go. You can sign up using your Facebook account, Twitter account or just your email!

I’ve forgotten my username and / or password. How do I reset these?
Head here and we’ll ask you to enter the e-mail address you’ve registered with us. We’ll then send you details of your username and password.

I can’t see a business I’ve suggested on Localist
When you suggest a business on Localist we check that all the information is correct before loading it up. If you have not seen your suggested business 5 working days after submitting it please get in touch.

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