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Mice Net : June 2009
rotorua Up, Up and away the trAns-tAsmAn capabilities of rotorua’s airport is set to add to its appeal including, of course, events & venues rotorua. marketing manager, Brett Jeffery. “A convenient location, a range of accommodation with up to 13,000 beds, activities ranging from the relaxing to the bloodpumping, and six versatile facilities from the historical and unique Te Runanga Teahouse, to the large and multi-purpose Energy Events Centre,” says Brett. But one of the most exciting additions the destination has to offer is the transformation of its airport to Trans Tasman capability by the end of 2009. The airport is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre, and will offer international air services direct from Australia, as well as to dozens of destinations around New Zealand. “The changes at our airport will mean it will be even easier for Australian organisations and associations to access everything Rotorua has to offer as a conference destination,” says Brett. Events & Venues Rotorua is a division of the Rotorua District Council and is one of the largest venue managers in New Zealand. The group manages six quality venues – the Energy Events Centre, the Rotorua Convention Centre, the Rotorua International Stadium, Te Runanga Tea House, the Rotorua Soundshell and the Civic Theatre. Brett says the jewel in the crown is the Energy Events Centre, which was opened in 2007 and can cater up to 4000 delegates. “The Energy Events Centre is a multi-purpose facility that can literally cater for any event. It contains 10 separate spaces ideal for conferences, exhibitions, banquets, sporting events and concerts.” While the Energy Events Centre incorporates the latest technology to support events, its design and architecture reflects the historical and cultural nature of the city and its origins. “It’s a stunning venue. While it’s completely functional and has everything you need for any kind of event, it also has a unique L 52 mice.net ocated in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Events & Venues Rotorua offers a convention destination that really does have it all, says Events & Venues Rotorua sales and atmosphere that makes you feel like you are somewhere very special. It has the perfect balance of functionality, design and heritage.” The Events & Venues Rotorua team is also on hand to support conferences and events in the region. The team specialises in every aspect of venue and event management, and can provide an array of event options and support. In addition, the team works closely with accommodation providers, caterers, technicians, local theming companies and activity operators to support the creation and delivery of successful events. Visit www.eventvenues.co.nz for further details. ABOVE: Bay Trust Forum, held in the Energy Events Centre. haka world haka World is the latest cultural product to open in rotorua. Haka World’s key product is teaching male and female visitors to perform the haka. The haka is a traditional dance form of the Maori people, made famous by the All Blacks, who perform it immediately prior to international rugby matches. Host Tiki Edwards will teach visitors the words, actions and posture of the haka, before dressing them in traditional costume and letting them perform the haka as a group. Visit www.hakaworld.com for further details. opens