• Deb Stevenson

Festival 2022 Bulletin #10

Kia Ora (greetings) everyone  Greetings from New Zealand where we are down to Covid level 1 in the South Island and most of the North Island which means only the borders are closed, everything else is permitted. Auckland is still at level 2 for another week or so.  We are experiencing beautiful spring weather with the temperatures ranging from 17-19 degrees, which is very pleasant for us. Big blue sunny skies are dominating the weather patterns right now.  This bulletin is a check in to say hello, to let you know we are thinking about you as we continue with the planning for 2022.  Registrations continue to come into our inbox and while all the accommodation in Cambridge and Hamilton has been fully booked there are still lovely accommodation properties available in Tauranga and Rotorua. We are wonderfully surprised by the number of accompanying supporters.  We also want to reassure you with regards to the security of your registration deposits. We have had to make some payments to secure services but can tell you that we have kept within our promised limit of $10 per registrant deduction should we have to make refunds due to a Covid cancellation. The majority of the funds from your registration fees have been placed in a secure bank term deposit until next year. 

In late October the organising committee will be doing another road trip for site visit inspections and meetings with the various regional and local authorities involved in the event. There could even be a mayoral meeting on the agenda.  The goody bags and merchandise product is all coming together nicely and looking really sharp.  Our safety officer might just be taking his job a little too seriously (and that’s a good thing) with thoughts of a safety video forming in his head.... We wait with interest to see what evolves. 

Take care everyone and paddles up!

Ngā mihi Nui,

The Festival 2022 Committee

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