PKF Francis Aickin Limited, Far North, New Zealand
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13 Apr 2017
After months of painstaking planning, the financial success or otherwise of the Mangonui Waterfront Festival was in the hands of the weather gods. Fortunately they smiled on us again this year.
Nearly 5,000 people flooded into Waterfront Drive that day and, from the feedback received so far, all had a fantastic day.
The key purpose of the event is to celebrate produce, arts and entertainment of the Far North. But it was also about our local economy receiving a welcome boost before the winter sets in.
I understand that the local accommodation providers were all busy and many were full; it is great to see the event attracting people from outside the area.
As well as a significant boost to the economy, it is worth remembering that this money is now recycling within our local economy. So the local businesses use this income to have some repairs done by the local plumber, who in turn pays the local electrician, who pays the local mechanic, etc, etc.
Of course an event like this does not just happen overnight. We start planning the 2018 Festival now. Fortunately with the support of our main sponsor, Harcourts Bay of Islands, and everyone who turned up on the day, it looks like we will cover the operating costs, which are in the region of $40,000. The main costs included event management, security, facilities, advertising, sound, staging and paying the bands and other entertainers. The event is not intended to make a profit. If there is surplus cash after paying all the various costs including the planning costs for the 2018 festival, the organizing committee will make donations to local charities.
We are grateful to all our sponsors and particularly those who made donations to help cover the operating costs. These include Harcourts Bay of Islands, Pub Charity, Coastal Homes, Ramada Reia Taipa Resort, Mangonui Haulage and Wayne Brown.
Also huge thanks to the Mangonui Lions, Far North Reap, Wiltons Garage, Mangonui Hotel, Petricevich Buses, Live Wire Media, St Johns, CBEC, Mangonui Rural Delivery & NZ Post, DBay Hire, NZME – The Hits, Butler Point Whaling Museum, Doubtless Bay Villas, Taipa Sailing Club, North Sails, Pontoon Plus, Mangonui School, Taipa Area School, Te Tai Tokerau Tarai Waka, PKF Francis Aickin, FNDC, the Doubtless Bay Information Centre Volunteers plus other locals who volunteered time on the day.
The festival shows what we can achieve when we come together as a community and a group of businesses. The committee put in hundreds of hours planning and organising the event - particularly in the last few stressful weeks. I personally would like to thank my fellow committee members Rick Palmer, Margaret Aydon, Angela Burton, Deborah Baker, Lynette Wilson, Jan Ferguson, Jackie Thompson, Danny Simms and Eddie Aickin. I would also like to thank our event organiser, Jodi Betts of Somersault Event Management, without whom the Festival simply would not happen.
We are always looking at ways to improve the Festival further and would welcome feedback as to how we can take the Festival forward. If you have any suggestions of how the Festival can be improved and would like to be involved, please contact one of the committee members mentioned above, myself or Jodi.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended the festival. You are the ones who give the event that fantastic atmosphere which reflects the spirit of the Far North. Again this year it made for a very special afternoon in Mangonui and one that we as a firm are proud to be involved in.
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