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Pink paddling event won by Waikato

Up to 5000 breast cancer paddlers are expected in the Waikato in 2022 for the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC) festival.

IBCPC worldwide president Meri Gibson, of Christchurch, is behind the bid to bring the festival to New Zealand, working with help from Hamilton and Waikato Tourism.

“Being up against countries from across the globe on various continents made this even more special to win the bid,” says Gibson.

Jason Dawson, CEO Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, says attracting a major event like the IBCPC Festival to the region during the shoulder season is a key objective of the Regional Major Events Strategy. 

The regatta will take place at Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, with other events and side trips centred around Hamilton, Cambridge and the wider Waikato region.  

Mystery Creek Events Centre will be one of the main venues for various events associated with the regatta.

Travel and accommodation partners Orbit World Travel are busy securing accommodation across the region. Orbit's Groups and Events special projects manager Andrea Russell commented, “Orbit is honoured to be working with the IBCPC Festival 2022 team in providing a seamless travel experience on the ground whilst showcasing not only the beautiful Waikato region to the participants but also the rest of New Zealand.”

The event will be pink, pink and then still more pink. “This event will be incredible for not just the region but the whole of the country. These paddlers know how to spend money and they will be visiting for much longer than the six days of the festival,” says IBCPC’s Gibson.“It will be an incredible boost to the economy of the region with visitors from the 25+ countries, across six continents that are represented by IBCPC. 

"For many this will be the trip of a lifetime, a bucket-list must visit country,’ she adds.