Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

Rhythm and Vines we provide power to site offices, St John and others.” Customer service manager at GRS, Grant Cooper says that while they are high profile, events are just one of the many areas the company, part of Coast Group, is involved in. “One of our biggest sectors is utilities, but we are also in demand in the construction, manufacturing and other areas. “Whatever sector we are dealing with, our focus is on outstanding customer service, and we have been delivering on that promise since 1997.” “GRS is a good extension of Coast Group̕s offerings giving us a diverse range of services into events and exhibitions nationwide,” says Dane Botherway, national manager of Exhibition Hire Services. Coast Group has been busy with an increasing number of events from within New Zealand and now coming in from overseas. He says this has come from New Zealand venues being at the top of their game and having good people to deliver shows no matter the occasion. “We are looking forward to the lead into summer, diversification is key in events and to work with and for the people with the C O A S T G R O U P ~ C O M P A N Y P R O F I L E S E R I E S ability to deliver in all four corners of New Zealand excites us and our people. We are all back doing what we love,” says Botherway. “2023 is looking great! We are reinvesting in people and products to continue to deliver to a high standard across all aspects of the events industry. People are our Power -” Stephan Devern TA L K I N ’ BOU T MY G E N E R AT I ON . . . Stephan Devern, who heads up the events related operations of Generator Rental Services (GRS) accepts that generators are one of those behind the scenes necessities that are not always top of mind. Nevertheless, when it comes to green field events in particular the show wouldn’t go on without them. “We work on anything from high profile concerts to community festivals and events where there is not usually enough power on-site,” he says. “We deal with all sizes of generator, the cabling and the distribution of the power wherever it is needed throughout the site.” Devern says the company tends to work with one point of contact, often the show promoter or a member of the promoter’s team. “They tell us here they need the power, but often they come to us for advice. We can tell them certain things they need to consider and we can give them solutions. That’s all part of the service.” He says that while the stage production is an obvious user of power there are usually many other areas to consider. “Things like bars and food vendors all need power in green fields situations. For something like [PROF I LE Fans enjoying a Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran or Guns ‘n’ Roses concert this summer are unlikely to have power generation on their mind – and as long as everything works well, that’s the way it should be. [50] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022