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Some 3,000 tickets went on sale on Wednesday for the Whitianga Scallop Festival, following the successful earlybird sale of 1000 tickets. The event, scheduled for 17SEP, will offer
local food and wines from 50 stalls, and Masterchef Judge Ray McVinnie and contestant Tracey-Lee will be on stage doing cooking demonstrations, along with Hell’s Kitchen runner up Bonnie Muirhead. Iconic kiwi band dDub are among the entertainers lined up for the festival, and there are prizes for “the World’s Best Scallop recipe” and the best dressed festival-goer.
New project milestones are being reached in May at both ends of the new Kopu Bridge project. The project remains on target for completion in mid-2012.Read the full post
Barbara Doyle from the Colonial Kiwi Comfort Accommodation (and famous for her Murder Mystery Weekends at the Brian Boru in Thames) received the PATA ‘Award of Merit’ during the Honours and Awards ceremony at PATA’s 60th anniversary and Annual Conference event in Beijing earlier this month. PATA ‘Awards of Merit’ are reserved for individuals who
have consistently contributed to the Association and the PATA chapter network over an extended period. Ms Doyle has played a pivotal role in PATA’s New Zealand Chapter, supporting a range of activities and initiatives which helped strengthen the industry whilst bringing the delights of the country forth to a worldwide audience. She has also served as a member of PATA’s Industry Council, PATA board and PATA committee.
Today the usually peaceful Coromandel will echo to the sounds of some of the most serious motorsport machinery ever assembled in New Zealand. But there's bad news, race fans, the collection of hillclimb weapons, rally cars and classics is here for an exclusive invite-only event put on by Kiwi motorsport legend Rod Millen. Partly to celebrate his 60th birthday and, partly "because I can" Millen has repaved a 1.6km section of his driveway, turning it into an undulating hillclimb stage that takes its cues from the famous British Goodwood Festival of Speed. "I'd like it to be like Goodwood," Millen told nzherald.co.nz, "but on a really small scale".Read the full post
News about Kiwi hospitality and service travels the world, and comes back: this month’s KiaOraMai Awesome Service Award winner, Cathedral Cove Bed and Breakfast co-owner Patrick Curtis, was nominated by an Argentinean family from Buenos Aires.Read the full post
The weekends in March will see Pauanui Beach come alive.Read the full post
A record number of artists along the north-eastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula are preparing for the fifth Mercury Bay Art Escape, which will be held over two long weekends in late February and early March.Read the full post