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Hastings Blossom Ride keeps growing for the third year

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The third annual Hastings Blossom Ride is all set to roll out on Sunday 13 September.

The Blossom Ride is the ride that literally grows each year with proceeds going towards the planting of trees along the i-WAY cycle trail network. This year the ride starts and ends at the New Zealand Edible Garden Show in the Waikoko Gardens at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Showgrounds.

For $10 participants (Children 10 and under free) get entry to the ride, eligibility for great spot prizes, plus entertainment and lunch deals at Zepplin Café at the half way point.

The 13.5km ride (ideal for families with younger children) will take entrants to Clive via Whakatu and the Clive river trail then back to the Showgrounds.

The longer 20km route heads out past the Pakowhai Country Park to Clive, and then heads back along the river trail ending at the Showgrounds.

The Blossom Ride is an i-Way initiative, supported by Hastings District Council and is part of the 2015 Blossom Festival.

To find more information on the Blossom Ride go to www.blossomride.co.nz

2015 Hastings Blossom Ride Programme

Sunday 13 September

Waikoko Gardens, A&P Showgrounds

Registration opens 10am, rides start from 11.00am

For more information:

Contact Melissa Holm

021 1478483

Event organiser

Hastings District Council

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Napier's Art Deco finalist in 2015 Tourism Industry Awards

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The strong Northland representation, with five finalists in 10 categories in the 2015 Tourism Industry Awards (TIA), speaks volumes for the quality and growing success of the industry in the region says Northland Inc, general manager regional promotions Paul Davis. A total of 34 finalists from 100 entries for eight business and two individual categories from the $24 billion industry - which aims to grow to $41 billion by 2025 -- were announced this week for the awards which are being revived after a gap of five years.

The five Northland finalists and their categories are: Sarah Greener, The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia (Emerging Tourism Leader); Jeroen Jongejans, Dive! Tutukaka (Tourism Industry Champion); Dive! Tutukaka (Business Excellence Award - annual turnover less than $6 million); Dive! Tutukaka (Environmental Tourism Award) and Bay of Islands Destination Marketing Group (Industry Alignment Award).

"As the region’s RTO and economic development agency Northland Inc would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all our finalists," Mr. Davis says.

"Their selections in half the categories on offer are a fair reflection of progress and growth of quality tourism ventures in the Northland and this is a big positive for the region."

Sarah Greener from The Rock Adventure Cruise says she is "chuffed and extremely humbled" to be named as a finalist.

"To be one of the finalists representing any of the inspirational tourism companies throughout New Zealand is a huge thing," she says.

"It is particularly pleasing though to see so many finalists from Northland. It shows the strength of tourism in the North." Kate Malcolm, co-owner of Dive! Tutukaka, is surprised but delighted, and says, "There are some fantastic small businesses in the smaller regions, and Tourism 2025 is a framework that easily translates to grass roots actions. "

"The passion of my team just shines. The fact that Tutukaka is up there with the big guns is a reflection on how awesome my team are, and how amazing our destination is. We are humbled, but proud, and very excited to share this with our local community."

Mr. Davis wished the Northland finalists all the best and much success when the winners are announced at a black-tie dinner in Auckland on Friday, 2 October. The winner of the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Industry Award will receive international air travel to any Air New Zealand destination in North America, South America or Asia valued at up to $10,000 to help them grow their tourism business.

2015 Tourism Industry Awards Finalists:

Emerging Tourism Leader, supported by PATA Trust

Ross Copland, Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown

Sarah Greener, The Rock Adventure Cruise, Paihia Ryan Sanders, Haka Tours Ltd, Auckland

Tourism Industry Champion, supported by Sudima Hotels & Resorts

Kiri Goulter, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

Jeroen Jongejans, Dive! Tutukaka

Bruce Thomasen, Skyline Enterprises Ltd, Rotorua

Visitor Experience Award, supported by ServiceIQ

Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown

Dart River - Ngai Tahu Tourism, Glenorchy

Rainbow's End Theme Park Ltd, Auckland

SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland

Business Excellence Award - annual turnover less than $6 million, supported by Westpac

CQ Hotels Wellington

Dive! Tutukaka

Haka Tours Ltd, Auckland

Business Excellence Award - annual turnover more than $6 million, supported by JLT/AIG

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

Rainbow's End Theme Park Ltd, Auckland

Skyline Rotorua

Thrifty Car Rental New Zealand, Christchurch

Environmental Tourism Award

Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown

Dive! Tutukaka

The Langham, Auckland

Ziptrek Ecotours, Queenstown

Maori Cultural Tourism Award

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Ngai Tahu Tourism, Christchurch

TIME Unlimited Tours, Auckland

Tourism Marketing Campaign Award, supported by ReserveGroup

Destination Rotorua

Haka Tours Ltd, Auckland

Thrifty Car Rental New Zealand, Christchurch

Industry Alignment Award

Art Deco Trust, Napier

Bay of Islands Destination Marketing Group

Department of Conservation / Air New Zealand - The Great Walk Story

The Middle-earth Trilogy - Te Puia, Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Discover Waitomo

Tourism 2025 Enabler Award, supported by Auckland Airport

Angus & Associates, Wellington

Positively Wellington Tourism

Taupo District Council, Tuaropaki Ltd, Destination Great Lake Taupo

For more information on the Tourism Industry Awards, visit www.tourismawards.co.nz

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Hawke's Bay wine auction sold out!

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It’s official - the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest and most prestigious wine auction has sold out! Project Organiser Annabel Tapley-Smith is delighted that the new look Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction event, now in its 24th year, has sold out of tickets which have been sent as far afield as Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown. The November 14th event will be held at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House Plaza and promises to raise the roof with auction lots radiating rarity, pedigree and personality.

"This incredible event celebrates and showcases our supremely-skilled winegrowers and what they bring to this industry," says Tapley-Smith, "there are some truly unique auction lots this year, lots that you will never, ever get the opportunity to purchase again".

Wine writer Yvonne Lorkin agrees "Looking at the line-up of wines donated for this year’s wine auction for the Cranford Hospice Foundation Trust, two things become very clear. The first was that these are no ordinary wines. Hawke’s Bay has experienced three exceptional vintages in a row, which is a super-rare occurrence, meaning there are jawdropping examples from 2013, 2014 and 2015 up for grabs. The second is that sure, there are wines here that’ll make successful bidders the envy of collectors the world over; but perhaps of greater magnitude is the realisation that just by bidding you’ll be helping give someone a better quality of life".

The event underwent a rigourous overall at the beginning of the year under the guidance of strategic planner, Lucy Dobbs. Dobbs, together with a committee comprising of Tapley-Smith and wine industry heavy weights including, Alwyn Corban (Ngatarawa), Tony Bish (Sacred Hill), Kate Radburnd (Pask) and Peter Cowley (Te Mata) examined the event message, and how it could attract high net worth individuals to Hawke’s Bay to bid and consequently, give a much larger cheque to the Cranford Hospice Foundation Trust.

The fresh, new ‘Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction’ brand was developed by Max Parkes from Unit Design and Tapley-Smith has created a comprehensive Sponsor Partner Programme that has seen the key sponsors networking and connecting on a business level around this event. "As an iconic event for the region, it’s great to see the support shown to date and we expect it to only grow further. We look forward to renewing acquaintances during the event and are delighted to continue our support of the region" says Phil Williams of Forsyth Barr. Fellow sponsor Phil Teague of BNZ Partners Hawke’s Bay agrees "We are thrilled to be involved as a sponsor for this year's Hawke's Bay Wine Auction event. To be associated with such a generous group of sponsors is a privilege and knowing collectively we’re able to make a difference for Cranford Hospice is fantastic. The fact that ticket sales have been phenomenal underpins how many people’s lives are touched by the important service Cranford Hospice provides our community. Really, we see our sponsorship as an extension to our objective to be "Good With Money" by supporting Cranford Hospice and this event".

"If you add to the mix a heap of supporting businesses, all offering their services and products to help keep the event costs down, that should ensure this event is sustainable for the future" says Tapley-Smith. "For example Carrie and Mike Reaney of MRD web developers in Napier donated a package valued at over $25,000 to build us a website and run the social media programme - such outstanding generosity is overwhelming really, and we are all very grateful"

And the new format is a clear winner. "Where else, for the nominal price of $35,would you get the opportunity to sample dozens of one-off auction wines with the actual winemakers, and then attend a fast and furious auction where you could very well end up the proud owner of something rare and special that will make all your friends green with jealousy?" asks Yvonne Lorkin "Nowhere else, but at this auction".

Whilst tickets have sold out organisers are encouraging people to submit absentee bids, information about this via the website: www.hawkesbaywineauction.co.nz

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