Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022 P: +64 6 833 8300 | F: +64 6 833 8330 | Corner of Bridge Street & Hardinge Road, Ahuriri, Napier 4114 Boutique hotel & conference facilities located on the waterfront in the seaside village of Ahuriri, Napier. A place to meet and gather. COVE R STORY: HAWKE ' S BAY] To make an impression from the start, vintage car airport transfers can be organised with speakers or other VIPs being chauffeured in an original vintage 1930s Packard. The driver provides guests with an overview of the 1931 earthquake that destroyed the city and talks about the art deco style that the city was re-built in. There is a four passenger limit per car. The Art Deco Trust can also organise a vintage car display as a backdrop to conference check-in or to enhance the setting for a deco dinner and dance. The display can include deco-dressed drivers, providing a photo opportunity for delegates. The trust provides guided walking and vintage car tours that are guided by a dedicated team of volunteers who train for six months to learn of the art deco origins, Napier’s history and building information and terminology. Discounts are offered to delegates who book a tour through the trust. The Art Deco Trust also operates two annual festivals and runs the Art Deco Centre, which sells souvenirs and homewares. venue the distillery can take about 110 people for canapés and drinks. “We can turn a function into a themed event of the client’s choice, incorporating the history of the area or even holding a casino night. “We don’t have any dress code – people can get dressed up if they wish or come in shorts and jandals.” He says that groups can build a tour and tasting into an event or use it as a stand alone activity. “Typically we would go through four of our gins, tell the story of the building and let people see the distillery. This is for groups of 12 or more and ideal for numbers up to about 30, but we can take more by arrangement.” For team building, groups can get involved in making their own gin – learning about various botanicals and the art deco surroundings as the exercise takes place the board room (named The Serious Room) which can seat 20 delegates. Garry Soni has recently been appointed conference manager at The Crown Hotel, Napier. Soni has been with the hotel for three and a half years as duty manager. Michele Cole, managing director of The Crown says that Soni has worked in various positions in many hotels for a number of years. “Garry comes with great experience and knowledge of the hotel and has a solid relationship with our current corporate and conference clients,” says Cole. Hosting and catering for functions, providing gin tasting and educational tours, and conducting bespoke ‘top end’ experiences are all part of the mix when it comes to business event offerings for the National Distillery Company. It’s easy for conference and incentive organisers to incorporate a touch of Napier’s famous art deco into their programmes. GIN DISTILLERY A TONIC FOR GROUPS NEW CONFERENCE MANAGER AT CROWN HOTEL Situated in the historic (and much photographed) Art Noveau 1930s building in Ahuriri, the distillery can also work with fellow ‘residents’ at the location such as Urban Winery and B Studios. Host Blair Nicholl says that as a function ADDING ART DECO TO THE PROGRAMME Art deco walking tours Photo: Art Deco Trust meeting newz [sept oct] 2022 [17]