The first week of spring has brought with it fresh excitement, and we have been out and about, soaking it up!
Magazine Media Awards — Big Night Out
Our whole team were up in Auckland this week at the Magazine Media Awards. We were surprised (and so thrilled!) to be finalists in two categories: Best Designer, and Best Editor. We were excited to see another Tauranga native at the black tie bash: Sue Hoffart was up for Best Journalist (no surprises there). What a glam night we had: the champagne flowed, there was plenty of giggling and gossip with much excitement and cheering. And I felt extra special having been styled in the Karen Walker Knot Dress by Rodelle at Sisters & Co (thank you!) and Kristen at The Styling Room (another thank you!). We all came back inspired and excited!
On Saturday we watched the rain come down in the morning, heard the gales in the afternoon, then breathed a sigh of relief as everything settled and the sun came out. At 6pm, our intrepid group: Jo Beer, Sarah Cameron, Sam Dunne and I, set out on the annual @papamoahillsnightwalk. The walk has been going for eight years and raises money for the Breast Cancer Support Service in Tauranga. It was a magnificently uplifting evening. The path up to the summit was lit with glowing discs, and there was a good hike through farmland at the top of the hills. We picked out the route with torches and some merry ‘Not far to go, now,’ encouragement from the Tauranga Youth Search And Rescue team who marshalled the walk (one of the merry callers was Tom, who featured in one of UNO.‘s most popular articles ever). Sarah and I had ignored the ‘dress warmly’ instruction. Which wasn’t smart, in hindsight. We were greeted at the Mongolia Ger on Summerhill Farm with a hot chocolate (courtesy of Coffee Cup), and cake (thank you Papamoa PaknSave). We enjoyed the roaring fire, singing and guitar music and then were transported (thanks Toi Ohomai) back to our cars at the Pap Hills car park. A fantastic mini adventure on a Saturday night.
Simone, You Deserve It
This week, The Incubator was named supreme winner at the Trustpower Community Awards. Simone Anderson, director of The Incubator, was also a finalist in the 2017 Women of Influence Awards. If you have met Simone, these accolades will come as no surprise to you. Simone is tireless in her passionate advocacy of the arts, and is responsible for bringing events and shows to thousands of Tauranga residents since The Incubator started in 2013.
Rotorua Reaches Vogue
Two years ago we saw this beautiful image taken by Michelle Cutelli of a gown designed by Kharl WiRepa, a young designer from Rotorua. The image was shot at Te Puia, which is the perfect dramatic setting. British Vogue obviously loved it too as they have published the image in their September issue. Congratulations to everyone involved in the shoot, what an accolade!