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Visitors to the Fieldays Kitchen Theatre will be treated to a wealth of knowledge and experience from this year’s group of eight confirmed celebrity chefs who will educate, entertain and inspire.This year’s chef line-up includes Peter Gordon, Claire Turnbull, Ray McVinnie, Brett McGregor, Simon Gault, Megan May by Hyundai, Marc Soper with Greenlea Butcher shop and Yvonne Lorkin from Winefriend.
The business events industry will be out in force for MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland this month, the year’s largest New Zealand-wide showcase of regions, venues and suppliers.
Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) on 29 and 30 May at ASB Showgrounds, MEETINGS will host over 190 exhibitors across 17 regions from the top of the North to the deep South. Sue Sullivan, chief executive, says CINZ is welcoming 22 new exhibitors to MEETINGS this year.
Event planners will be lunching for a good cause when they sign up for the new Day Buyer programme at CINZ MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland from 29 to 30 May.
The new ‘Meet, Eat and Speak’ event will be a free lunchtime experience for day buyers, combining fare from award-winning social enterprise Eat My Lunch with a showcase of talented speakers from Celebrity Speakers.
Christchurch is set to host Pinot Noir 2021, a gathering of the world’s Pinot Noir community.
HOT Events, part of House of Travel Christchurch City, received the Gold Group Sales Award, winning Group of the Year for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, at the House of Travel Group's conference in Auckland late last month.
Christchurch is wrapping up a bumper summer of events as the city continues to prove itself an ideal event host city.
Queenstown has won a bid to host the 2020 International Adventure Conference, which will bring leading tourism researchers to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, in December next year.
Ōtākaro Limited has appointed AEG Ogden, a leading venue management company in the Asia Pacific region, as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch.
Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has announced Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at EVOLVE 2019.
The Bay of Plenty’s annual Business Expo has announced an award-winning wellbeing specialist, author and entrepreneur as keynote speaker for its 2019 event.
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan this week announced a new initiative for MEETINGS 2019, with a post-MEETINGS familiarisation for 20 leading Australian PCOs and media to Christchurch.
Queenstown’s leading zipline company is celebrating love, community, diversity, visibility and inclusion with its support of the largest winter pride event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Himatangi Beach Holiday Park has won the 2018 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.
This award is the holiday park sector’s premier award, made to the holiday park which excels in providing an outstanding visitor experience.
Park owners Alice and Rueben Ebrey are 100% committed to providing the highest level of service every day of the year.
'We make it a family rule that when we step out of our house we have a positive outlook so our ‘positive vibes’ can be felt by customers. We always take the time to engage with customers, even when we are busy.'
They analyse guest feedback and monitor all online reviews to make sure they are at the top of their game.
The judges said the park’s online reviews were what garnered the win.
The Holiday Park 2018 Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Hamilton last night (25 July).
A full list of Holiday Park 2018 Award winners follows:
Spirit of Hospitality – sponsored by AA Traveller
Winner: Himatangi Beach Holiday Park, Manawatu
Finalists: All Seasons Holiday Park, Rotorua
Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park, Bay of Plenty
Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel
Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park, Bay of Islands
Outstanding Service to the Holiday Park Industry
Winner: Richard and Noela Gunson
Richard and Noela Gunson have made an outstanding contribution to the holiday park sector. Richard served for five years as HPNZ President and is still an enthusiastic Board member. The couple travel the country regularly, visiting parks and attending HPNZ events. This generous couple are always the first to offer assistance and share their ideas. They have also travelled to promote New Zealand at overseas events.
Epay Emerging Star Award (for holiday park professionals under the age of 35)
Winner: Peter Crawford, Manager, New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park
Peter has been recognised for his highly successful and professional business approach. He took over the holiday park in 2013 as a family business and since then has grown visitor revenue by over 30% every year. (This award was announced in June).
TIA Sustainability Innovation Award
Winner: Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve, Nelson/Tasman
The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve employs over 110 people between November and May and around 50 between June and October. It sustains staff levels through winter by developing products such as the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park and the associated product development in accommodation and food and beverage. Free to enter, the Mountain Bike Park has taken years of hard work, commercial and environmental planning, community engagement and volunteer activity to develop it into the world-class facility it is today.
Resco Best New Build over $100,000
Winner: Kaikoura TOP 10
More than 20 years old, the main ablution block was letting the 5-star Kaikoura TOP 10 down, with guest reviews noting it wasn’t up to the same high standards as the park’s other facilities. The owners embarked on an ambitious $200,000 facelift for the big bathroom block, and while the Kaikoura earthquake threw a major spanner in the timeline, the transformation is now complete. New features include custom-made heated mirrors, individual automatic flushing urinals and heat pumps on self-timers for guests’ comfort in the colder months.
Resco Best Upgrade under $100,000
Winner: Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park
Located at the front of this award-winning park, the interior of this ablutions block was tired and dated and the wet flooring had become a hazard. The owners invested in a $42,000 upgrade, which included the addition of six new toilet cubicles and four showers, the installation of infra-red heaters which are very popular with guests, auto close doors, eco-friendly LED lighting and new double glazed windows.
Highly Commended: Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park
PGG Wrightsons Park Grounds Award
Winners: Miranda Holiday Park & Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park
Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel
It’s been a whirlwind year of constant activity at Miranda Holiday Park, with a focus on adding value and offering better amenities. Highlights include new family units, $5000 worth of new plants, an all-weather children’s playground, new street signage inside and outside the park, and an increased focus on pest control.
Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park
Over the past 12 months, park owners Jasmine and Jared Adams have invested the equivalent of $75,000 to upgrade the grounds, including new outdoor furnishings, artwork and outdoor family facilities and activities. Children are a big part of the park’s marketing effort and a new jumping pillow, trampoline areas and playground keep the kids happy while their parents relax.
Predator Free NZ Park Award
Winner: Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
This park’s predator free programme is focused on achieving solid outcomes to reduce predators and restore native flora and fauna. The programme demonstrates good management and data collection and excellent collaboration and community engagement. There is a strong desire to educate other park owners about the importance and value of New Zealand’s Predator Free initiative.
Highly Commended: Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
HPNZ President’s Award
Jason Hitchens, Leisurebuilt - for his support of the holiday park sector
AA Traveller - for their long-term support of the holiday park sector
HPNZ Board Service Award
Lee Boot, Alpine Pacific Kiwi Holiday Park, Kaikoura
Seekom Productivity Improvement Award
Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park
Hanmer Hot Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park
Brand new experiences and developments in the Wairarapa are just some of the ways the region is redefining itself when it comes to business events, which Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock says is imperative when attracting more business.
‘Securing more small-to-medium size business events, conferences and incentive groups is a priority and the region’s industry leaders are taking a collaborative approach to ensure that happens,’ he says.
A full day of convening started with a breakfast put on by Austins Food Design, with Dave Sutherland from Whoa! Studios putting on a presentation to get delegates inspired for the day.
Speaking about the concept of being 'there and back' again, Sutherland informed the group on his journey from the corporate world to becoming an entrepreneur and then coming back again with Whoa! Studios' foray into
Auckland has won the bid to host a major international education conference.
The three-day Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in 2021.
South Canterbury is now on show with the launch of a new guided tour company.
Explore South Canterbury, a subsidiary of Pleasant Point transport company Aitkinson and Dossett, has launched a new service with a guided agricultural tour, taking in some of the best scenery, experiences and food in the
Vodafone Event Centre’s gearing up for a big couple of months, as it prepares to showcase its offerings at both Convene (held at the centre) on 10 April and MEETINGS on 30-31 May.
Second Nature Charitable Trust (SNCT) chief operating officer Karyn Spencer says the VEC’s latest campaign, Meet. Play. Sleep. will be emblazoned across its six-stand exhibit space and the mood will be ‘celebratory’.
Both new and familiar favourites from across the ditch were in Auckland last week as part of Gold Coast Connect.
Hosted in Grand Mercure Auckland’s funky laneway, PCOs, incentive operators and corporate travel managers received an update on new developments on the coast as it heads into the Commonwealth Games next month.
A Christchurch conference has been recognised among the world’s best at the Eventex 8th Global Event Awards.
The Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 (SEWF 2017) and hosted by the Ākina Foundation and organised by New Zealand professional conference organiser Conference Innovators, was awarded second place in the Best
A prominent city block of land in Tauranga’s central business district has been placed on the market for sale, with the property cited as a potential spot for a hotel tower.
The property fronting Cameron Road and bordered by Harington Street, Durham Street and Hamilton Street sits directly opposite Tauranga Domain and currently sustains the Durham Motor Inn Tauranga, which has a management lease expiring in July this year.