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Skycity Catering Wins V8 International Contract

10 September 2003
Media release – for immediate release

Skycity Catering Wins V8 International Contract

SKYCITY Auckland’s out-catering company, SKYCITY Catering, has won the contract for the Placemakers V8 International racing event to be held at Pukekohe Raceway 7-9 November 2003.

The Placemakers V8 International sees 32 teams of top New Zealand and Australian Ford and Holden drivers going head to head in front of around 80,000 spectators over the three-day period.

Representing the biggest catering contract to date for SKYCITY Catering, the event encompasses both public hospitality and corporate hosting for some 6,500 people a day.

SKYCITY Auckland’s Conference and Out-catering Manager Mike Horne says that SKYCITY Catering’s reputation and experience were key factors in winning the contract.

“As a division of SKYCITY Auckland Ltd, which features the largest single site food and beverage operation in the country, SKYCITY Catering specialises in major large scale events such as this,” says Mr Horne.

“Our reputation as an international level caterer is built on recent events such as Propecia Rally of New Zealand, Cirque du Soleil, the Millennium Cup super yacht event on Kawau Island, and SKYCITY Starlight Symphony - events that are synonymous with high quality grand scale catering.

“The V8 super-cars is one of the country’s largest outdoor sports event and as such presents a logistically challenging catering task due to location, lack of on site food and beverage facilities and the sheer number of people to be catered for over the three days”, he said

To meet the event’s catering requirements, SKYCITY Catering will need to boost its team and will be bringing in talent from across the service industry to assist in the wide range of hospitality roles from cashiers, waiting staff to corporate hosts and chefs.

“Over the coming weeks we will be recruiting professional enthusiastic and committed people interested in being part of this exciting event,” said Mr Horne.

To apply to be part of SKYCITY Catering’s team for the Placemakers V8 International event please go to the SKYCITY Auckland Recruitment Centre, 86 Federal St, Auckland, to complete an application form.


SKYCITY’s major outcatering contracts have included:

- Propecia Rally New Zealand: 2001, 2002 and 2003 buffet dinner for 1000 people provided in ten separate areas at the Manukau Superstage.

- SKYCITY Starlight Symphony. Corporate catering for 2500 people over two compounds in 11 separate marquees for the last three years. In addition, this event attracts between 100,000 to 150,000 Aucklanders that are catered for in three separate public catering areas.

- Millennium Cup Super Yacht Events: 2000 & 2003. Held on Kawau Island for over 1200 people, this is New Zealand's largest premier event of this type. After the 2003 event, further catering provided for 1200 Millennium Cup guests at the Prizegiving on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

- TRENZ (Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand). This showcase of New Zealand’s tourism consists of three separate events, held over three consecutive days. The Auckland Street party for 1500 guests (this year in Federal Street), the International Media Dinner the following evening (last year at the Auckland Museum, this year at Kelly Tarltons), and finishing with a 1500 person fully plated formal dinner on the last night.

- AIAL Regency Three-Day Event. 2002 & currently in planning for 2003. This event is held at Manukau in December each year and attracts up to 10,000 spectators. With up to 900 corporate guests in marquees over three days, we serve morning tea, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea complete with a range of beverages provided by key sponsors at a similar level to that required over three days at the V8 event.

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