• Deb Stevenson

Festival 2022 Bulletin #11

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

Kia Ora (greetings) to you all on the 1st December, officially the first day of summer in New Zealand... It is a gorgeous, sunny day too.

Our teams are all out on the water now and able to train in full 20 man boats with no distancing or masks needed. The paddling season for some locations officially began on the 24th October, although other keen paddlers had been out a little earlier than that. Plans are now well underway for the New Zealand (NZ) National Championships on March 26/27 2021. The Organising Committee (OC) for the NZ Nationals has four of the same members as the 2022 festival OC, and we can tell you that you are in good hands.

Some of the OC travelled to Lake Karapiro at the end of October to undertake a full reconnaissance trip and to meet with suppliers and vendors. We have put a little video clip of our activities up on the new festival Facebook page. Make sure you like and follow us on Facebook.

We met with everyone at the Mighty River Domain, the committee of the Karapiro Rowing Institute, the staff from Waipa Council (this is the Cambridge district), visited Claudelands, venue for the Meet and Greet party, and Meri met with the Mayor of Hamilton and the council staff there. We also walked the parade route, checked out the facilities at the Village Green ….. and much, much more. There is lots of excitement bubbling away within everyone, especially all of the locals.

Change of payment dates

We also want to let you know about a change in the dates for the final payment of your registration fees. Given the situation in the world and the current uncertainties, we are shifting the final date to the 31st July 2021. The close of registration for paddlers and supporters remains the same at 31st May 2021.

Registrations are now at 80 teams across Canada, USA, Austria, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Malaysia. With supporters there are approx. 2100 registrations. We are also currently working with Argentina, Philippines and China to help them to register.

Please rest assured that we are constantly assessing the global situation. The news that the race is on to get the vaccine to frontline workers before the 2020 year end is very exciting. We understand that rollout to the rest of the population in various countries will occur during 2021. We also check in with our travel partners as to how the world travel opportunities are evolving and will keep you updated as we learn anything new.

With much arohanui to you all

Ngā mihi

The Festival 2022 Committee

Members of the Festival Organising Committee, Brooke, Andrew and Deb, enjoyed a magical day at Milford Beach, a coastal swimming beach, just 12km outside of downtown Auckland. You'll notice the picturesque view out to Rangitoto Island! We look forward to meeting you all in 2022 - only 482 days to event week!

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