Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

Toitoi Municipal Building opening Shakespeare Room [COVE R STORY: HAWKE ' S BAY access to the region’s wineries and other visitor attractions including the Hawke’s Bay Trails (cycling) and golf courses, while being within easy walking distance to Havelock North’s boutique stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. ‘Delegates can meet in the morning and, if they wish, be out on the golf course in the afternoon,’ she adds. The maximum capacity for a group at the 42-guest room hotel is 70 theatre style in the Triple Peaks Room (one of three conference areas on offer). Conference catering is supplied by Malo piece of the Toitoi puzzle.” Toitoi is made up of five distinct buildings, two of which are Category One heritage listed – the Municipal Building and Opera House – which makes for an architecturally stunning venue offering. “The addition of the Municipal Building venues completes our conference model. We now have a selection of small to large breakout spaces available, which complement our existing larger spaces, perfect for conference dinners and delegations of up to 400 for dinner or 600 for cocktails,” Wright says. Providing quality accommodation in the heart of Havelock North was the aim of two Hawke’s Bay families when they established Porters Boutique Hotel. The team at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre has had a busy few months. In early August it officially opened the last building in its impressive new precinct, it hosted the New Zealand Events Association Event Awards gala dinner in late July and its first full venue conference at the end of September. PORTERS BOUTIQUE HOTEL HIGH FIVE FOR TOITOI The hotel has now gained a reputation as a business events venue, successfully catering for meetings, presentations, product launches and networking functions. General manager Kris Larner says a major bonus for groups is having easy Toitoi Kaiwhakahaere Pakihi, Ngā Toi me te Ahurea – business manager, arts and culture Coltan Wright is excited to finally have the heritage Municipal Building open for business, right in the heart of Hastings city and just a short drive from key arterial routes. “It’s been an eight-year, $40 million building programme to get the whole Toitoi precinct earthquake strengthened and fit for purpose, but we’re now at a point where we are happily hosting people from across Aotearoa in our venues. It feels like the city has come to life around us since we’ve opened the doors to this last and the hotel has on-site audio-visual equipment available. The hotel is 25 kilometres from Hawke’s Bay Airport. The Municipal Building also has the street buzzing with activity, thanks to newly developed streetscaping and a range of hospitality and retail tenants on the ground floor, which will no doubt delight conference delegates and business events attendees alike, he says. “From an early morning coffee to a postmeeting drink, our retail tenants boast the best of the Bay, and our events clients are already benefitting from it. We also have a Quest Hotel development under way right next door, which will be another great addition to our block and our wider offering within Hastings,” he says. “Hawke’s Bay is known for its stunning landscapes and heritage buildings, and Toitoi combines the best of that with modern technology and a creative, bespoke approach to events. With our full, unique offering now available, we are seeing a high volume of enquiry. If people have an event in mind that they’d like to hold at Toitoi, we recommend getting in early.” Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre is taking bookings for all its spaces now, with more information at www.toitoivenues.co.nz or contact Coltan Wright directly by email, coltanw@toitoivenues.co.nz Porters Royal Suite Super King [16] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022

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