Hamilton’s first premier food show to debut at Mystery Creek

vickiannison : March 26, 2014 2:38 pm : Events

The Great NZ Food ShowHamilton Foodies need not wait any longer! We are pleased to announce that Hamilton’s first premier food show will be making its debut on the 6th and 7th September at the versatile and popular Mystery Creek Events Centre. Our vibrant new culinary event will showcase the best in food, wine and the latest in delicious edibles and innovative products. The people of Hamilton and the Central North Island have long been crying out for a dedicated food show of their own, one that satisfies the most passionate foodie!

We will have a little bit of everything for everyone with celebrity chefs, tastings, the latest gadgets, and several specialised food areas. VIP Masterclasses will give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with their favourite celebrity chefs, while at the heart of the show, the Cooking Theatre will have demonstrations by well-known local and national chefs.

The Great NZ Food Show is proud and incredibly excited to announce that Annabelle White and Nici Wickes will be joining us at the event to cook and entertain our visitors. Return of the Local Gals…Yes popular television and radio cooking personality Annabelle White is an ex Hamilton Girl’s High and University of Waikato student and we warmly welcome her back home.

Annabelle White and Nici Wickes will be chefs at the Great New Zealand Food Show, Mystery Creek

Annabelle White and Nici Wickes (L-R)

While TV chef and well-known food personality Nici Wickes is a current resident of Waikato, residing in her cute 50′s bach at Port Waikato whenever she’s not traveling the world or eating her way around NZ. She loves the bounty that the Waikato offers, from some of the countries finest cheeses to fresh whitebait to local blueberries and more. Her job is to create fantastic food inspired by her travels and using these exceptional, locally grown and produced ingredients. And she admits “It’s a dream job and Waikato is a dream place to live.”

We think it’s about time we acknowledge the mighty Waikato and all it has to offer, and make our mark on the map as a premier food and wine destination. We have a number of award winning establishments, weekly farmers markets, boutique breweries and some fabulous wineries. There will be an area at the show called Waikato’s Best, purely dedicated to the Waikato’s finest produce and products. Along with an artisan alley to celebrate our fabulous NZ artisan producers and an area dedicated to all things gluten and allergy free.

The show is being organised by one of Hamilton’s most respected event management companies Classic Events, organisers of the iconic Balloons over Waikato and one of the country’s most successful exhibitions; the Camper Care New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Shows, North and South. Classic Events are a team of experienced, creative and motivated event professionals and are sure to put on a great show.

Jon Calder, CEO Mystery Creek Event Centre said Classic Events were a significant and highly valued new client, “Following the recent extremely successful Camper Care NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show at Mystery Creek, we are delighted to be strengthening our relationship with Classic Events by hosting this impressive new show at Mystery Creek.

“We are incredibly proud that through taking a collaborative approach with our clients we are able to bring exciting new events like this to the region.”

The Great New Zealand Food Show will debut on 6-7 September 2014 at Mystery Creek Events Centre.
For more information please visit our website or contact the Classic Events office on 07 856 7218.


Popular motorhome show announces 2015 dates

vickiannison : March 21, 2014 2:21 pm : Events

Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show 2014 at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton

Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show 2014 at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton


Organisers of the Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show, have announced the dates for their 2015 Hamilton event, which will be take place over three days from Friday 27 of February – Sunday 1 March 2015 at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton.

Over 15,000 visitors attended the show at its new location this year with a record number of over 600 motorhomes taking advantage of the free of charge on-site rally. Combined with fantastic feedback from show exhibitors, it has again proven its reputation at New Zealand’s favourite Motorhome & Caravan show.

Event Organiser, Michele Connell says “We were overwhelmed by the support the show received at its new location this year, and we are excited to be continuing our partnership with Mystery Creek Events Centre in 2015. We have already heard from many show visitors that next year’s event will be a must do on their calendars. With such easy access to the venue from right across the North Island, many visitors come along for the day, however for those wanting to make a full weekend of it, the Top 10 Rally offers the public the opportunity to stay on-site in their existing motorhome, caravan or tent.”

“With complimentary shower and toilet facilities, nightly ticketed entertainment options, powered sites available, and even a Daily Dairy where those staying can pick up essential items without the need to leave the venue, feedback we’ve already received is to expect upward of 1,000 motorhomes at next year’s rally.”

The 2015 show will give visitors the opportunity to experience a full weekend of activity showcasing the latest and greatest in Motorhomes and Caravans as well as the best in outdoor and adventure accessories, all under one roof, with free parking and the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

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Contact for more comment:
Michele Connell
Managing Director
Classic Events
Ph:         07-8567215

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New venue adds to show success

vickiannison : March 3, 2014 2:19 pm : Functions

Already regarded as New Zealand’s favourite Motorhome Show, the Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show, has been heralded a huge success with its move to Mystery Creek Events Centre over the weekend.

Over 15,000 visitors attended the 3 day show at its new location with over 600 motorhomes (an increase of nearly 30% compared to last year’s event) taking advantage of the free of charge Top 10 rally over event weekend.

Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton

New Venue adds to show success

Event Organiser, Michele Connell says “It was great to see the huge support of existing motorhome owners who embraced the opportunity of making a weekend of it at the Top 10 Rally, and also the thousands of other visitors taking in the wealth of lifestyle choice options on offer by exhibitors at the show”.

A number of new additions to the show added to the shows atmosphere which included nightly entertainment options attended by over 500 people across Friday and Saturday night, as well as the likes of the Walk Down Memory Lane classic caravan display where many show goers took time out to reminisce on their caravanning adventures of days gone by.

Michele also comments “We’d like to thank everyone involved for making this one of our most successful shows ever including our wonderful exhibitors, valued event partners, along with our new venue providers – Mystery Creek Events Centre – and of course all our show visitors. We look forward to again showcasing the best in Motorhomes, Caravans and Outdoor Adventure next year”.

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Michele Connell
Managing Director
Classic Events
Ph:         07-8567215


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Mystery Creek prepares for crowds of music fans

vickiannison : January 23, 2014 9:55 am : Events

Preparations are underway at Mystery Creek Events Centre prior to the arrival of around 20,000 Parachute Music festival attendees on Friday when the site will morph into a huge tent city.

For four days Mystery Creek will bustle with the daily village life of the campers as marquees, villages and residential camping sites pop up across the 113 hectare site.

Many festival go-ers stay onsite to check out not only the 90 bands playing across six stages, but take in the carnival rides, late night movies, skate park, kids club, seminar programme and talent spotting competition.

Acts at this year’s festival include: Stan Walker, Dave Dobbyn, Ohio Metal band: The Devil Wears Prada, and Auckland singer songwriter Ginny Blackmore.

Parachute, an established hotspot on the Kiwi summer radar, is celebrating its 24th year and is one of the longest running music festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. The drug and alcohol free event moved to Mystery Creek in 2004 when it outgrew the previous venue.

Mystery Creek Events Centre’s space, facilities and infrastructure set it apart from many other venues and the site naturally lends itself to music based camping events with all necessary amenities to reside onsite.

In 2013 Parachute Music Festival was granted resource consent for another term of five years and Mark de Jong, Parachute Music CEO, said the renewal reflected the event’s good standing in the community. “We’re pleased to be calling Mystery Creek our home for another five years, we believe our festival is an absolute asset to the region,” he said.

Jon Calder, CEO Mystery Creek Event Centre, said Parachute was a significant and highly valued event on the Mystery Creek and region’s calendar.

“Parachute is a prime example of the large scale events that Mystery Creek is designed to cater for and we are keen to encourage other concert organisers and businesses to grow their events with us here in the Waikato. Last year saw the festival sell-out to a crowd of 17,500 and the beauty of Mystery Creek is that we have the flexibility to accommodate smaller or larger numbers as required by event organisers, with the ability to camp onsite.”

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Mystery Creek a “great example” of good corporate citizenship

vickiannison : November 18, 2013 11:28 am : Events

The incorporation of civil defence emergency response requirements into a new Mystery Creek Events Centre HQ is a great example of good corporate citizenship, says Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

The Board of Mystery Creek Events Centre, which is owned and operated by not-for-profit NZ National Agricultural Fieldays Society, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Group, detailing the use of the HQ and its facilities during a large-scale emergency response when current civil defence facilities may either be inadequate or out of action.

The MoU follows the Fieldays Society Board having independently approached Civil Defence, before the building was developed, to offer it as a back-up emergency response facility for the Group’s Hamilton emergency coordination centre in Victoria St. This allowed the Fieldays Society to take civil defence requirements into consideration during construction.

“This is a fantastic example of a great proactive approach to good corporate citizenship,” said Group controller Lee Hazlewood.

“Not only have the Fieldays Society saved ratepayers a significant sum, but they have provided us with a magnificent back-up emergency response facility that we will be able to transition into relatively seamlessly if need be,” said Mr Hazlewood.

As a result of discussions prior to construction, the new building incorporates such facilities as additional wireless internet capacity and external electrical hook-ups to support the potential for portable office containers or mobile command vehicles parked outside.

“This means we could both use the building as a back-up facility and have capacity to expand or move the operation into the event centre’s car parks as required.”

The Fieldays Society has funded around $10,000 worth of direct costs involved and the arrangement has saved the Group tens of thousands of dollars in fees that would normally be used to retain multiple large back-up locations just in case.

Fieldays CEO Jon Calder led the work on the project with Board member, Tony Begbie and Fieldays Operations Manager, Richard Ferdinands.

“The Fieldays Society is incredibly proud that our new Headquarters will be able to add significant value to our local community and region,” said Mr Calder.

“As an organisation we are committed to playing our part in actively supporting initiatives like this. The investment made by the Fieldays Society means that the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, through not having to secure alternative premises, can use their funding for other important regional issues.”

Mr Hazlewood said the Group was working on a range of other initiatives to both improve the business community’s ability to cope with disasters and to contribute to disaster response. Waikato Civil Defence Group is:

  • working with mid to large-scale companies on “business continuity planning” to help them keep running during disasters
  • identifying teams within the corporate sector who can help directly with disaster response, and identifying specialised corporate knowledge and equipment that may be useful
  • looking to integrate business into the planning process to help minimise, where appropriate and practical, impacts to such things as critical supply chains.

“It’s about getting everyone on the same page as much as possible before disaster strikes so that we can provide the best available response resources to the community and minimise the impacts of a large emergency or disaster on the region’s economy,” said Mr Hazlewood.

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Mystery Creek HQ wins architecture award

vickiannison : October 29, 2013 10:37 am : Events

Aerial shot of Fieldays 2013Architecture Awards recognise design diversity and enduring quality   

Projects large and small, private and public, urban and rural, have been recognised in the 2013 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards, which were announced on Friday evening (25 October) at the Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton.

The 15 award-winning buildings, which range in scale from commercial offices and a university library to compact houses and a farm shed, are located across the region, from Hamilton and Cambridge to Tauranga and the Coromandel Peninsula.

“The judging process was an intense journey,” said the convenor of the Awards jury, Hamilton architect Glen McHardie. “Over three days, we visited 30 projects and had great discussions about them all.”

McHardie said several themes emerged in this year’s Waikato/Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards, which is an official, peer-reviewed programme run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. One was the stand-out performance of the firm Wingate + Farquhar, which won five Awards, including all four Awards in the Interior Architecture category.

“By challenging the status quo of standard office fit-outs, Wingate + Farquhar are bringing flexibility and a sense of playfulness to workspaces,” McHardie said. “It’s a pleasing approach that adds value to the work life of employees.”

McHardie said the jury, which included architects Ken Crosson and Grant Edwards and Hamilton accountant Graham Haines, also noted a general trend towards a more sustainable architecture.

“It’s good to see the fundamental principles of energy efficiency integrated into designs and becoming the norm,” McHardie said.

Another gratifying result of this year’s Awards, McHardie said, was the presence among the winners of two Hamilton houses – the Brian and Jean Smith House, designed by Rod Smith, and the Harris House, designed by Roger Walker – which were built more than 25 years ago.

“It’s important to seek out good examples of our architectural heritage, celebrate them, and learn from them,” McHardie said.

Winners of the 2013 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards

Wingate + Farquhar’s four Awards in the Interior Architecture category went to the firm’s fit-outs for two law firms, an accountants’ office and a large café. The fit-out for Hamilton lawyers Norris Ward McKinnon is organised around a “dancing staircase” – a spiral structure in timber and steel – and uses bespoke furniture and patterned wallpapers to bring a relaxed, boutique sensibility to the spaces.

In the Cooney Lees Morgan project in Tauranga, Wingate + Farquhar designed an open-plan office for a long-established law practice that sought a more collaborative work environment. The Awards jury remarked that the architects’ playful use of colour and their deployment of materials produced “a variety of settings that respond to personal preference and enables staff to work productively.”

Also in Tauranga, Wingate + Farquhar explored the idea of workspace as art gallery in the fit-out for Staples Rodway Accountants. White walls, polished concrete floors and exposed ceilings act as a fitting setting for the firm’s collection of art and pottery, providing, the jury said, an “exciting backdrop that supports the serious endeavour of productive work.”

Another Award-winning Tauranga project by Wingate + Farquhar is the Elizabeth Café and Larder. The café, located in a new gateway building, has a “relaxed and engaging atmosphere,” the jury said. The clever use of space in the large open-plan area, a palette of timber and steel, and a restrained use of bold colour have created “warm and vibrant spaces”.

Wingate + Farquhar’s fifth award, this time in the Commercial Architecture category, is for a much larger Tauranga building, the four-storey ANZ Business Centre, sited on a prominent ridge on the edge of the city’s CBD. With its sculptural canopy and vertical and horizontal louvres on the façade, the building offers a “strong face to the city,” the jury said.

The Mystery Creek Event Centre HQ near Hamilton, designed by Chow:Hill Architects, is the second Award-winner in the Commercial Architecture category. A single-pitched roof spanning 70 metres combines with grass berms so that the building appears to emerge from the landscape. The roof generates a variety of internal volumes, bold colour and exposed services create a vibrant interior, while a more muted exterior palette of natural materials such as ground concrete and cedar “allows the building to sit comfortably in the rural environment,” the jury said.

The successful integration of a new-generation library into an existing university building by Warren and Mahoney Architects and AECOM was recognised in two categories: Education and Sustainability.

“The traditional notion of the library as book repository has been superseded as a place of learning and socialising,” the Awards jury said. Noting the architects’ thoughtful integration of green technologies, the jury also praised the University for its “commitment to the on-going monitoring of the building’s ‘life-time’ costings”.

The owners of the compact Te Awamutu House, designed by Stevens Lawson Architects, are unlikely to officially track their home’s energy use, but this project was also the recipient of an Award in the Sustainability category. Its design, the jury said, “demonstrates an understanding of sustainability first principles”, and achieves its environmental goals without recourse to “advanced or expensive technologies”.

The Te Awamutu House also received one of the five Awards made in the Housing category. “An orthogonal modern box with a series of arcs that elide the boundary between interior and exterior and knit the house into the landscape,” was the jury’s verdict.

A respectful approach to the environment is common to the other four awards in the Housing category. When McCoy + Heine Architects designed the Beach House Flexman Family holiday home, they were mindful of its visual impact on its Hahei waterfront site. Separate cedar-clad forms minimise the building’s bulk and deep recesses on the beach-front façade “break down the impact of the large areas of glazing,” the jury said.

Tramping huts were the architectural cue for Mitchell & Stout Architects in their design of Otoparae House. Located in a picturesque King Country valley, the building, with its cantilevered roof, “bends with the contours of the land”.

Overcoming the challenges of a small site and neighbouring two-storey properties, Antanas Procuta Architects designed Pipi Beach House to capture a view of the sea and Whangamata beach from a roof deck reached by an external circular stair in stainless steel. The jury described the house as a “low-maintenance holiday home with a striking appearance”.

In response to their clients’ brief for a platform from which to observe the ‘big sky’, Patterson Associates designed Maungakawa House as stage set within a bushy landscape. The house – part family home, part art gallery – exhibits a “bold recti-linearity and use of colour within its organic natural context,” the jury said.

The rural theme continues in Parbhu Barn, designed by Chow:Hill Architects, which received its Award in the Small Project category. This elegant shed at Horotui houses a tractor downstairs and a farmworker above. The self-sufficient design “pays homage to the Waikato rural vernacular,” the jury said.

There can be no greater recognition of a home’s merits than that it is never sold. The Brian and Jean Smith House, with its sunny outdoor courtyard and a snug reminiscent of an English cottage, was designed by Rod Smith Architects in the late 1970s and built in the mid-1980s. Twenty-seven years later, the Hamilton house’s original owners are still in residence – “a testimony to the timelessness of the design intent,” the jury said, in giving the house an Award for Enduring Architecture, a category that celebrates buildings of at least 25 years of age that continue admirably to serve their purpose.

The jury described the second recipient of an Award in the Enduring Architecture category, the Harris House designed in 1980 by Roger Walker Architect, as “a diamond, set in a fabulous lakefront setting.” The house, which overlooks Lake Rotoroa, is an “unusually quiet and matter of fact” example of the work of an exuberant architect, the jury said. “It sees Walker at his calmest, and it shows, both inside and out.”

All winners of 2013 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards are eligible for consideration for the top tier of the annual Architecture Awards programme, the New Zealand Architecture Awards. These awards will be announced in May 2014.

The New Zealand Architecture Awards programme is supported by Resene and judged by juries appointed by the New Zealand Institute of Architects and its branches.






John Walsh, Communications Manager, New Zealand Institute of Architects


P: 021 276 7447

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No Mystery to Motorhome Show Relocation

vickiannison : September 30, 2013 11:59 am : Events

A new partnership between Classic Events and the Mystery Creek Events Centre will see one of Hamilton’s largest exhibition events, the Camper Care NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show, relocate to Mystery Creek in February 2014.

As the show increases in size each year, the move to Mystery Creek will provide organisers and visitors alike with better facilities including one large exhibition hall to accommodate all exhibitors who choose to be indoors, as well as providing a greatly improved visitor flow.

The team at Mystery Creek Events Centre will also be getting in behind the show offering free facilities for those wishing to stay at the onsite rally, one of the biggest rallies in the country.  As part of the new improved rally the show will be introducing two ticketed evening events; on Friday, an outdoor  Jazz night in the picturesque heritage village at Mystery Creek and on Saturday a  chance for rally go-ers to kick up their heels at a lively Barn Dance.

Event organiser, Michele Connell says “The move to Mystery Creek provides us with more flexibility and room to grow on what is already a significant event for the Hamilton region, and will also give show visitors a better overall experience”.

Nick Dromgool, General Manager Commercial Mystery Creek Event Centre, said, “We are delighted to be hosting this iconic show at Mystery Creek. Our venue offers versatile facilities which will enable the Motorhome Show to accommodate all its requirements and more. We are particularly excited to hold the rally onsite and look forward to sharing our beautiful riverside setting with visitors from around the country.”

Mystery Creek Event Centre’s space, facilities and infrastructure set it apart from many other venues and the site naturally lends itself to large multi-day events. It is the only events centre in New Zealand that can accommodate 30,000 campers.

The North Island Camper Care NZ Motorhome & Caravan Show will be held at Mystery Creek from Friday the 28th of February to Sunday the 2nd of March 2014.

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Parachute Festival wins five more years

vickiannison : July 1, 2013 2:11 pm : Events

Parachute Festival has been granted resource consent for another term.

The Waipa District Council approved Parachute for another five years of consent at an application hearing last month. 23 years old in 2013, Parachute is the longest running music festival in New Zealand. The annual festival’s first appearance at Mystery Creek was in 2004.

Last December, Parachute signed a five-year contract with festival hosts Mystery Creek Events Centre. Parachute Music CEO Mark de Jong said the consent renewal reflects the event’s good standing in the Waikato community.

“We’re pleased to be calling Mystery Creek home for another five years,” Mr de Jong said, “We believe our festival is an absolute asset to the region and we’re glad to see the Waipa District Council agrees.”

Jon Calder, CEO Mystery Creek Event Centre said the renewal of resource consent recognised the work that both organisations had put into ensuring a safe and compliant festival.

“Mystery Creek has been the home of Parachute for the last ten years. We are incredibly proud that through taking a collaborative approach, Mystery Creek and Parachute will continue to build and deliver together over the next five years.”

The next Parachute Music Festival will be held at Mystery Creek Event Centre 24-26th January 2014.

The popular Christian music festival is held every year over the Auckland anniversary weekend and attracts thousands of spectators with headlining international and local bands. The drug and alcohol free event was a sell-out last year with many choosing to stay onsite for the ultimate festival experience.


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New HQ for premier Events Centre

vickiannison : May 31, 2013 6:39 pm : Events



The new headquarters for NZ National Fieldays Society at Mystery Creek Events Centre was today officially opened by the Rt. Hon. David Carter in front of an audience of 170 staff, society members and guests.

Speaker of the House Mr Carter spoke at the gathering about his history with New Zealand National Fieldays and his first visit many years ago, “I was absolutely blown away by what I saw”.

Mr Carter said that when travelling overseas, in his recent role as Minister for Primary Industries, he was often approached by people who expressed a genuine interest in New Zealand agriculture.

“I would tell them, if you really want to come and look at New Zealand agriculture there is only one time that you should come to New Zealand and that is the middle of June and you should base your trip around making sure you get to Mystery Creek to observe the Fieldays.

“Previous visit to Fieldays with foreign delegations have been easy to be part of because of the hospitality that’s extended by everyone at Fieldays to overseas visitors,” he added.

Directing a comment to Lloyd Downing, President of NZ National Fieldays Society, he said, “I’m about as passionate about these Fieldays as you are,” before he officially declared the building open and cut the ribbon with Mr Downing.

Fieldays and Mystery Creek Event Centre CEO Jon Calder acknowledged the project team that had worked on the building, the first stage in a 15 year Masterplan for Mystery Creek that will see upgrades to infrastructure and a staged development plan.

“Our journey forward into our 45th year is all about change. We have begun work to redesign our event, working to better understand what our customers and visitors alike want and need from Fieldays. Our purpose remains very clear – we are here to support the advancement of NZ Agriculture.”

Sited beside the main Gate 2 entrance with views over the event centre’s 112 hectares, the new building has been designed to harmonise with its rural surroundings.

Mr Calder said the new headquarters will be the catalyst for significant change in the way the organisation operates.

“Moving into a modern, vibrant space reflects the dynamic environment our business operates in. It was of the utmost importance that we provide our people (staff, society members and volunteers) with a home that could accommodate all our business requirements and that they would be proud of and feel comfortable to call ‘home’. The building also provides space for us to host guests and with magnificent views out over the events centre and toward the river we think we have catered for the practicalities required to run one of New Zealand’s largest multi-functional Event Centres.”

The 1050 sq.m facility, designed by architects Chow Hill, provides accommodation for up to 50 staff with facilities for society members and volunteers.

“Chow Hill have done a magnificent job on the design, creating a visually stunning building that reflects the heart and essence of what Mystery Creek Events is all about, while being considerate to our rural surrounds,” said Mr Calder.

Nestled at the edge of a bank, the new building gives the impression it is evolving out of the existing landscape.

A 12 metre cedar entry tower and an extensive horizontal glazing system are just some of the key design elements of the iconic building. A unique combination of exterior cladding materials and external sun louvers are not only practical but enhance the look and feel of the building. Decks from the building offer expansive views of the site.

The 70metre span mono-pitch roof had to be fabricated onsite due to the length of the roofing materials.

Interior detailing by the architect is innovative and offers acoustic solutions alongside eye catching features such as speciality panelling and floor coverings.

Many eco-friendly features have been included in the building including: solar hot water, heat recovery ventilation system, water harvesting and storage for fire fighting water supply/flushing WC’s and landscape irrigation, a dedicated aerated sewage treatment facility and rain gardens and swales to control all onsite storm water and excess roof run off.

Fletcher Construction Building Manager Mark Ritchie said that Fletchers were excited to have constructed an iconic building that will enhance the landscape of the events centre footprint at Mystery Creek.



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Vicki Annison, Communications Executive, Mystery Creek Events Centre
Tel. 07 843 4497  Mobile 027 434 3651

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“Exceptional enquiries” at THE Expo

vickiannison : March 12, 2013 12:41 pm : Events


An early morning convoy of shiny rigs into Mystery Creek Events Centre kicked off the third and final day of the Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo 2013.

The crowd arrived early and stayed all day taking in not only THE Expo show but also the additional 80 trucks participating in the spectacular Show ‘n’ Shine competition.

The Show ’n’ Shine gives drivers a chance to show off the artwork and lights that transform a truck into a piece of art while competing for various awards and an attractive prize pool.
Category winners were;

  • Curtain sider, Flat Deck and Tractor Units category winner: Craig Searle
  • Tankers category winner: Steve Hart & Alan Pearson from Tranzliquid Logistics Limited
  • Tippers category winner: Dean Chandler from Jackson Roadhaul
  • Livestock & Logger category winner: Bryan Lang from Graeme Wright Transport Limited
  • Classic Trucks Winner: Scott Young from Kim Young & Sons Ltd
  • People’s Choice Award went to Roger David Duncan, Bulldog Haulage Ltd
  • Supreme Award went to Scott Young with a Mack Cruiseliner

Supreme Award winner Scott Young won a $2000 tracking system from event sponsor, ITS Intelligent Tracking Solutions. Scott drove the family-owned truck up from Ohakune this morning and said he was pretty amazed to have won the awards.

The 1984 vehicle was the first 8-wheeler Mack Cruiseliner in the country and is still owned by the original owner, Scott’s father. “She’s only ever carried carrots, potatoes and the occasional tractor but is pretty much retired now and just does trips from the field to the packhouse,” said Scott.

With gate numbers for the final show day at just over 6000, event organisers are very pleased with the total attendance of 13464.

One of the many sites that saw a constant stream of visitors was the best medium outdoor site award winner Kubota New Zealand which had an interactive display featuring a mini excavator.

NZ Kubota Manager (CB Norwoods Distributors Ltd) Ian Massicks said they had enjoyed three great days at THE Expo but was pleased to have received more enquiries on Saturday that the previous two days put together.

“The enquiry level across the board has been exceptional; we have met our target expectations and anticipate good follow-up sales in the next few weeks. We have seen lots of industry customers and it’s great to get to spend time with them at the event and let them have a good look at the range of equipment we have here.”

As the dust settles and the trucks and heavy machinery roll out, THE Expo exhibitors return to their home bases to follow up on the excellent networking opportunities the event offered and to close their post event deals.

The experienced Mystery Creek Events Centre team organises THE Expo with the support and input from industry associations; Motor Industry Association, NZ Truck-Trailer Manufacturers Federation and NZ Equipment Suppliers Association. Event Partner GE Capital Ltd and Media Partners; NZ Truck & Driver and The Radio Network also contribute to the success of the event.
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