Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

Auckland’s Rainforest Retreat E events@waitakereresort.co.nz P +64 9 814 9622 waitakereresort.co.nz • Flexible meeting spaces for up to 60 delegates • 28 rooms • Restaurant and Lounge Bar • Gymnasium • Sauna • Onsite team building activities 573 Scenic Drive, Waitaraua, Auckland, New Zealand [ AUCKL AND “Forward bookings are at a record high. Any hesitation that customers may have had straight after the lockdowns has dissipated and it has been a complete turn-around.” Comery says one of the most pleasing aspects of the quick recovery is the rebound of the centre’s schools programme – the largest event centre schools programme in the country. “Previously the record was 51,000 kids though the programme, but this year we will have some 55,000 – 65,000 if you include the Wero Water Park. We are aiming for 100,000 by 2025 and that’s really what we are all about here. The business we get through supports that community activity – it is important to get the money in the door and then to get it out to the kids.” Comery says the business mix over the next year is diverse, including large conferences and exhibitions, trade fairs, meetings and other corporate events. “Most surprising has been the huge uptake of weekend business – performances, dinners, celebrations and the like. Space is tight from now right through to Christmas.” He says bookings are strong in the first half of 2023 but business event organisers will still find dates available next year – particularly around February, April and July. Due Drop Events Centre was formerly known as Vodafone Events Centre and the renaming earlier this year signals a partnership that has seen Due Drop Foundation become an anchor sponsor of the Waka Pacific Trust and its community and schools programme. EVENTS CENTRE SET FOR RECORD PERFORMANCE Normal transmission quickly resumed for the Due Drop Events Centre in Manukau, with the complex now eyeing some significant records, says chief executive David Comery. BNZ Theatre Sir Woolf Fisher Arena in exhibition set up [34] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022

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