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Collaborate to Put the "Heart of New Zealand" On the Map

Media Release – Friday 24th of May, 2013

Small Businesses Collaborate to Put the "Heart of New Zealand" On the Map..

There are those that are "Dreamers" and those that  "Do" Make their dreams a reality.

What began as one woman's dream to put the Nelson, Tasman & Golden Bay region on the map has become a reality and testimony to the power of collaboration of small businesses working together to achieve a common goal, in what is tough economic times for many tourism operators & small business in general. 

Some of the most picturesque scenery in New Zealand is in the Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay region, where three of New Zealand's most stunning national park are located.  The  Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes & Kahurangi National Parks. 

As the top of the south is slightly off the beaten track , it has always been a challenge to encourage travellers to divert to Nelson.   Travellers don't pass through Nelson  from Picton Ferry heading to Christchurch and on to Queenstown. Many internationals miss the area completely, those that do make it, fall in love with the place.  Hence why Tasman area is the fastest growing region for migrants from the UK, chosing to make NZ their home & most kiwi's will tell you, the region rates as one of the most stunning places in the world, a best kept secret, but not for long if a solid working group of diverse small businesses have their way..   

The Dream Maker wedding event planner Terri Everett says “Some 50+ businesses in the Nelson, Tasman & Golden Bay are working on theDream Maker Wedding Competition aiming to put the region on the map in a unique "Think Global, Act Local" way” 

The "Dream Maker Wedding Contest" has attracted 150+ entries via the MOREFM website in Nelson,  from which 6 couples will be chosen to carry out a number of fun and public challenges around the area during the month of June.. The winner will have a DREAM wedding & 12 day Honeymoon package worth 30,000 + in prize value. From a honeymoon night at the prestigious elite $3,000 per night Split Apple Hideaway, a stunning bridal gown, flowers, nvitations etc  to rings by Jens Hansen - maker of the one ring for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy to the  winners own custom written song "Dream Maker" written and performed by New Zealand Female Country Artist of the Year Aly Cook. Who is also a Tasman resident.

The winner’s  entire wedding will be filmed and produced as the second in a series of videos to market the Nelson, Tasman & Golden Bay region as an international wedding destination. 

The Dream Maker Video for the promotional launch is online and view-able at the links below and has already attracted much interest,  beingfashioned more like a music video than a promotional video, has had over 500 views on youtube within the first few hours of being available. With Nelson based Aly Cook being involved there  has already been international interest from a music show  going on Satellite TV Channels across UK, Ireland who will be interviewing Aly & playing the video and a story in Music News Nashville with a great story today on Mainland Television 


Cook’s label Futures Entertainment has release “Dream Maker – A Kiwi Wedding song on Itunes and Amazon


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