Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Localist party celebrates Tauranga’s local stars

Localist party celebrates Tauranga’s local stars

Tauranga, 23 June 2014 ­ It was a night to remember at Localist’s ‘Love Local’ party on Friday in Tauranga as TV stars, local insiders, community rockstars and winners celebrated all that is great about their hometown.

Maketu’s Masterchef champions Karena and Kasey Bird were the stars of the show, lighting up the evening by treating 150 invited guests to an eight­course degustation at the Tauranga Art Gallery on Friday June 21.

The tasting plates were designed by the sisters to showcase their region’s fresh produce and seafood and each dish was expertly matched with New Zealand wine and beer from local microbrewery, Brew Craft Beer Pub.

Supported by family and close friends, including their boyfriends Patuara Biel and Horace Velese, the girls say the event held at the Tauranga Art Gallery was also a chance to celebrate their success with fellow locals and thank their region for supporting them through the competition.

Karena and Kasey extended a personal invite to their close friends from the recent top­rating TV One series ­ Masterchef contestants, Tanisha Kemp and Verena Dooblah.

The reality TV star sisters were also joined on the night by Tauranga’s own Amazing Race team Heneri Fulton and Carla Beazley, whose series will begin on TV2 shortly.

“We love everything about our hometown, which is why we still can’t imagine wanting to living anywhere other than Maketu. It’s the place we can truly relax and be ourselves,” says Kasey.

Adds Karena, “As soon as I get home, I put my baggy shorts on and head off to yum cha, wearing no make­up. It’s amazing to come from a place where everyone knows and supports you and you can just be yourself. The night was a chance to celebrate that and everything we love about Tauranga with our friends, family and other locals who love this special community just as much as we do.”

It’s why they are encouraging people to keep sharing the love on Localist to enable fellow Kiwis and visitors alike to discover Tauranga.

localist.co.nz is the word­of­mouth website that enables everyday Kiwis to share what’s great in their communities and provides a platform for local businesses ­ and those doing well ­ to shine.

Encouraging people to post personal recommendations from their region is all part of Localist’s drive to bring awareness to the global ‘Love Local’ movement that’s taking the world by storm.

“‘Love Local’ is about supporting those in your local community,” explains Localist General Manager Christina Sayers Wickstead. “It’s what Kiwis are already brilliant at. Localist simply provides the platform to make sharing the love seamless.

“Localist is the voice of the people ­ it’s about popular opinion. Everyone can have their say,” adds Sayers Wickstead. “And for those using the site to find out what to do, it’s like having that friend who is always up with the play and knows where to go, wherever you go.”

Have fun, love local!

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news