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Latest News & Updates

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Welcome to the Mighty Waikato

“The Mighty Waikato is ready, and already welcoming business event organisers back to the region”, says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism’s Business Events Manager, Amanda Graham. “Our business events family have been busy acquainting ourselves with the guidelines and protocols, and making sure that people can meet safely, when they are ready to start meeting again.”, says Graham. Whether it’s a small 12 person meeting next month, or a conference in 2022 we encourage organisers to meet in the Mighty Waikato. The Waikato is easy to get to, we have versatile flexible venues, lots of space, and Mighty places including Hobbiton™ Movie Set, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton Gardens and Raglan.

The people working in the Business Events and Conference space in Hamilton & the Waikato region would like to reassure organisers that they will receive the same personalized service they have come to expect from the Mighty Waikato business events family. People you can trust, people who work in partnership with you and with each other to deliver your meetings, safely and professionally.

Mighty Venues

The Claudelands team are prepped and ready to welcome back business events clients in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

H3 Business Development Manager Melissa Williams acknowledges that a lot has changed for the industry, and she is proud of the way the Claudelands team has adapted how they think and operate.

“It is a whole new world for everyone, but it has been great to see our team tackle this with an open mind and positive attitude,” says Williams.

Claudelands Business Development Manager Melissa Williams looks forward to welcoming clients back to the venue.

In preparation for a return to business, the Claudelands team has rigorously tested the delegate experience and has come up with easy, cost-effective, out-of-the-box options for clients to meet again safely, and with confidence.

This includes a selection of room configurations that ensure the required spacing between attendees and unobstructed flow-through and between spaces, a new menu range designed by catering partner Montana Food and Events, and audio-visual packages developed alongside AV specialists Vidcom to provide clients with online video-conferencing capabilities.

Claudelands is also putting in place tools for easy and robust contact tracing for all people on site.

“We know event organisers will be feeling extra pressure to ensure they’ve covered all bases when it comes to health and safety requirements at their events, so these packages and options are designed to take some of that stress away,” says Williams.

“The scale of Claudelands allows us to confidently host multiple events on site at once without any crossover in key areas like carparks, entrances and bathrooms, while surrounding greenspace means we have the luxury of wide, open spaces and seamless flow from meeting spaces through to outdoor areas which is so valuable at a time like this.”

In response to COVID-19 Claudelands has also increased the frequency and intensity of venue and equipment cleaning, has added extra hand sanitiser and tissue stations throughout the venue, and is displaying the Ministry of Health and venue-specific messaging to remind everyone who comes on site of the importance of personal health and hygiene.

Novotel Tainui has room for more.

“40 new executive rooms at the Novotel Tainui Hamilton will be blessed by Tainui on Friday 29 May and will be open for business the following week”, announces Ammie Hardie, Sales & Marketing Manager for Novotel & Ibis Tainui in Hamilton. The addition of the new executive rooms, which are inspired by the Waikato River, takes the Novotel’s number of rooms up to 217.
Following the move to Level 2, Hardie says that the Novotel has already experienced a steady increase in business levels, and says she is welcoming some small business meetings back in their conference rooms next week.

“We have revamped our conference offering and room capacity numbers to accommodate the Government and Accor guidelines”.

“The restaurant on Alma has reopened and has experienced good bookings from in house guests and walk in diners.  Our sister Hotel Ibis Tainui is also open for business and welcoming guests”.

Mighty Technology Solutions

Broaden your reach with Vidcom’s advanced technology solutions.

Vidcom has developed robust hybrid solutions to connect your audience, no matter where they may be. Hybrid events are streamed out to anywhere in the world and can be accessed on any device, giving your local event global reach. Vidcom can take your hybrid event to the next level by setting up remote/virtual presenters, and by connecting multiple sites across the country. All solutions can be customised to suit your needs, and you choose to who and when a presentation is being broadcasted, whilst maintaining a sense of connectivity via a single, seamless stream.

Mighty Places

Hobbiton™ Movie Set is excited to announce they will be officially welcoming visitors back to the Shire from Saturday 30 May.

Hobbiton™ Movie Set is getting ready to welcome visitors back to the Shire.

The talented gardening, landscaping and maintenance teams have been hard at work to ensure the Movie Set is just as stunning and picturesque as ever, and have been working on additional measures to keep staff and visitors safe during their adventure. Shayne Forrest, General Manager Sales and Marketing, says Hobbiton’s reopening is looking encouraging. “Over the past 2 weeks we have seen a steady increase of bookings from kiwis. There has never been an opportunity like this before, for New Zealanders to have the world-class attractions in their backyard all to themselves. It’s really heartening so see kiwis getting out there and making the most of it.” Tours will be running daily from 30 May with reduced departure times and group sizes. Forward bookings for meetings, conferences and events are welcome.

Mighty Innovation

Fieldays 2020 goes virtual.

For the first time in its history, Fieldays will be delivered as an online event in 2020. Following the Covid-19 crisis and event restrictions, the New Zealand National Fieldays Society made the decision to reimagine the traditional aspects of the physical event, digitally. The virtual experience promises to offer an entirely new spin on the event whilst retaining all its treasured parts. The Society has partnered with Trade Me to power online sales and help with marketing, and Satellite Media to deliver the online event experience. From Fieldays Future Focus talks to the beloved Fieldays Innovation programme, the technology will allow for an immersive experience from anywhere in the world.

Fieldays goes virtual.

“By going online we can increase our reach, provide new ways for people to connect, and create new benefits for both the exhibitors and visitors. The format allows for all exhibitors, agencies, content producers and suppliers to create opportunity around this new ecosystem and we invite everyone on this journey in the hope of creating jobs and delivering economic benefit.” says Nick Lowe, Managing Director of Satellite Media.

Fieldays is attended by approximately 130,000 people every year. The Southern Hemisphere’s largest agri-event generates approximately $180M for the local economy, while on a national level it provides over $500M.

“It’s not the end of the tangible event by a long shot. For now, we’re determined to see the situation as an opportunity to do good business and inject some much-needed cash into the economy. This is our way of seeing New Zealand through.” Society CEO Peter Nation says.

While the physical event and all it entails is incomparable for both visitors and exhibitors, the Society recognises more than ever the importance of providing an alternative for the annual pilgrimage that is Fieldays, until the return to Mystery Creek.