It’s not an easy time to be planning an event – so things are challenging for business organisation Destination Orewa Beach, which always has several in the pipeline for Orewa, particularly through summer.
Some have already been pulled, including next February’s Buskers Festival and a mid-winter festival (originally scheduled for September 26) that was cancelled while still in the early stages of planning.
Operations manager Hellen Wilkins says what to do in such uncertain times is a hot topic, and she and her team have decided the best way to deal with it is to stride confidently forward and see what happens.
“At this stage we are planning all events as if there were no limitations,” Hellen says. “Our first event is the Santa Parade on November 28, so we are hopeful that some form of stable Level 1 will be in place by then. If Auckland is wavering between Levels 1 and 2, we will make a call far closer to the event time, probably not until November, but until then it’s all systems go as usual.”
The call for Parade floats has gone out and Hellen says the responses are coming back at the same pace as in previous years.