TheLEK.com and Air New Zealand Partner to Bring You "From New Zealand With Love"

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Online personals site, TheLEK.com, and Air New Zealand announce the arrival of "From New Zealand With Love", an August 7 party in Venice, CA, in celebration of the world's first Matchmaking Flight, on Air New Zealand.

TheLEK.com (http://www.TheLEK.com) and Air New Zealand announce the arrival of "From New Zealand With Love", an August 7 party in Venice, CA, in celebration of the world's first Matchmaking Flight (http://www.thematchmakingflight.com), on Air New Zealand. To promote this upcoming journey of a lifetime, Air New Zealand (http://www.airnewzealand.com) and TheLEK.com will bring the best of New Zealand wines, beers and spirits to Venice's legendary Stronghold Speakeasy, for an evening of Kiwi hospitality and world grooves provided by KCRW's own, Jeremy Sole.

"From New Zealand With Love" is a FREE event that will take place from 6:00-10:00 PM, during the First Friday festivities on Abbot Kinney. The main event will feature an open bar with wines from select New Zealand wine growers, New Zealand's most famous beer, Steinlager Pure, and premium New Zealand spirits. DJ Jeremy Sole's (KCRW, Afro Funke', Musaics) infectious blend of Afrofusion, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop and World Beats will have revelers dancing all night long.

Air New Zealand's (http://www.airnewzealand.com) October 13 Matchmaking Flight is more than just a flight; it's an once-in-a-lifetime singles vacation experience. Passengers will be encapsulated in the matchmaking experience, including: a pre-flight gate party at LAX; themed food, drink, and games throughout the flight; entertainment; and a large-scale, singles-only party in Auckland, New Zealand. Roundtrip ticket prices start at $780 (USD).*

"Air New Zealand's Matchmaking Flight is a totally unique event and TheLEK.com's members are a perfect match for this kind of adventure," says The LEK's co-founder, David Kurtz. "This party is just the beginning of an epic journey, so whether you celebrate in Los Angeles or Auckland or both, you'll have a chance to taste a little Kiwi magic."

Air New Zealand is also offering an array of associated vacation packages allowing party-goers to enhance their matchmaking experience. The three add-on packages include the "Romance", with relaxing activities and lush destinations; the "Culture", which immerses travelers in New Zealand's rich heritage and national treasures; and TheLEK.com's pick, the "Adventure", which is for the adrenaline junkies in the pack. All details for The Matchmaking Flight and a growing a social community can be found at http://www.thematchmakingflight.com.

To RSVP to the August 7 "From New Zealand With Love" party, go to http://www.TheLEK.com.

"How far will you go to find The One?"

*Fee excludes government fees and taxes of approximately $82 (USD).

About TheLEK.com

TheLEK.com combines the best features of an online personals site with a comprehensive, user-generated city guide, matching users based on the places they like to go and the things they like to do. Members list and review their favorite spots in Los Angeles and can easily find other locals with similar tastes and interests. Sometimes referred to as "The iTunes of Dating", TheLEK.com does not charge monthly subscription or membership fees, but instead utilizes a one-time fee of $0.99 for a member to anonymously initiate contact with another member.

TheLEK.com has formed partnerships with a roster of top Los Angeles organizations including Father's Office, Heal the Bay, Surfas, Ronin Izakaya, TreePeople, BarCopa, LAXart, The Room, Wheels for Humanity, The Roxy Theatre, Stronghold Speakeasy and Ugo Wine Bar, to promote events and activities around Southern California. TheLEK.com also hosts exclusive events, designed to bring members together for activities ranging from group surfing lessons to wine tastings and everything in between. For a complete listing of events or to join for free, visit http://www.TheLEK.com.

About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline, including non-stop flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Vancouver to New Zealand, as well as Los Angeles non-stop to the Cook Islands and Samoa. Other popular destinations include Australia, China, Japan and Tonga. In addition to flying non-stop Los Angeles-London, Air New Zealand's route between London and Hong Kong now allows customers to fly round-the-world on one airline. Consistently rated among the world's best international airlines, Air New Zealand's new Inflight Concierge Service provides all passengers with a range of services, from travel advice to assistance with onward bookings. Air New Zealand's most recent accolades include "Best Business Class to Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific" for the third straight year by Business Traveler Magazine (USA) "Best Transpacific Airline" at the 26th Airline Industry Awards, "Best Passenger Service" award by Air Transport World magazine, and "Best Business Class Red Wine" for the Martinborough Pinot Noir 2005 at the 2007 Cellars in the Sky awards. United Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan members earn and redeem mileage on select flights. Flight and vacation essentials can be booked on AirNewZealand.com or by calling 1-800-262-1234 in the USA and 1-800-663-5494 in Canada. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance network.

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