The 31st Waikato Home & Garden Show

1st - 4th October 2015

The 30th Celebration Home Show - October 2014

We promised to take the 30th celebration Waikato Home and Garden Show to another level and we delivered on our promise! Feedback and accolades from some of the 33,200 visitors and from many of the exhibitors has been heart warming for my team at Hannah & Associates Exhibitions, who worked thousands of hours to bring this great event to Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.

For the first time ever we incorporated the huge sporting Arena into the exhibition. We indulged our imagination and pushed boundaries to create a special space celebrating past, present and future.

The stunning floral entry co-ordinated by floral art conveyor Maureen Clark was themed party time and incorporated the Waikato Floral Art Designer of the Year Awards. The holographic waterfall created a spectacular entry to the exhibition hall ? a specially designed Italian water fountain; a Mediterranean garden; a five room concept house showcasing the very latest interior designs, building products, outdoor designs and a nod to Hamilton's 150 year history with a photo board display, displays from Pacific Aerospace, a 200 year old photoplayer and a veteran racing car were bought to a cohesive whole by veteran exhibition designer Dave Walmsley.

During the weekend a number of exhibitors achieved record results selling out of products! The seven restaurants, cafés and wine bars offered a wide variety of choices including salmon, scallops, and slow roasted lamb shanks from Domaine Restaurant, Mediterranean platters from Vilagrads. Home-made Italian pasta from Pane Vino. Fresh organic salads with pulled chicken were served from Bird on a Wire in the Stables Café and Bar.

The huge Smeg-Baumatic display was one of the Show highlights again this year, presenting the shows largest exhibition stand with more than 250 working appliances. The Smeg - Baumatic stand was a hive of activity where they presented 28 seminars over four days including New Zealand Masterchef celebrity Chef Vanessa Baxter in the Smeg Cooking Theatre and trend setter Sonya Cotter in the Kitchen Things Design Seminars. Visitors to the stand 'got connected' with the hottest innovations and tomorrows technology when they entered the Space Module sponsored by New Zealand's leading product and design specialists and designers.

The Waikato Home & Garden Show is second largest Home Show in New Zealand and with 6 huge exhibition halls, three large outdoor areas and show features including; 'The Gourmet Food Pavilion;' 'The Renovation Court;' 'Design at its Best' a walk through conceptual home; 'The New Zealand Landscape Design Awards' and feature gardens, 'The Premier Outdoor Living Design Court Super Feature' with a 2.5m high cascading waterfall built with Schist transported from the South Islands West Coast; the 'International Food Court;' 'Jumpflex Children's Zone;' and the 'Resene Design Seminars' made this years Show the largest in the events history. It was supported by over 450 local and national companies.

To celebrate 30 years of Home Shows a huge agriculture barn was converted with kilometres of colorful fabrics, Moroccan tents, great lighting and sounds to become party central on Saturday evening when the show closed. Over 450 guests enjoyed a great banquet, fine wines, and sensational live entertainment until the wee hours of Sunday morning!. The Home Show Awards were presented during the evening.

Click here to view a copy of the newspaper advertisement congratulating the winners in the Waikato Times after the show.

The independent Digivey Survey conducted at the 2014 Show to measure the satisfaction and opinions of visitors attending the event and to gather marketing information and visitor demographics secured a sample base of 1600 visitors who each spent an average of 15.4 minutes completing each survey. The results of the survey fall within a maximum margin of error of +/- 2.5%.

The survey shows:

  • 90% of visitors rate the Show as good or excellent
  • 90% of visitors were over 30 years of age
  • 84% earned over $70,000 and a massive 36.1% earned more than $100,000!
  • 87% own their own homes
  • 72% plan to renovate, build a new home or extend their existing home within two years

For further information on our visitor survey please click here.

Plans are well under way for the 2015 Waikato Home and Garden Show. Save the dates now 1-4 October 2015.

See you at the Home Show!

Graham Hannah

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