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Reminder - Mackenzie Operator Event - Today

Mackenzie Tourism and the Mackenzie Tourism Industry Association invite operators to attend our first industry event for 2021:

Operating In Uncertainty

4.00pm - 6.30pm, Wednesday 7 April

Blue Lake Eatery & Bar, Lake Tekapo

We'll discuss the latest insights, intel and recommendations to be 'Australia ready', as well as host a panel discussion with local operators about doing business in these uncertain times. 

This is a great opportunity to learn from other operators in a relaxed and friendly environment. There'll be plenty of time for questions and group discussion, and we encourage you to stay on for networking and to discuss collaboration opportunities with other operators. 

This event is free to attend and includes a drink on arrival and light refreshments. Cash bar available. 
 Tomorrow !
Event: Book launch: Tekapo Trails

When: 5pm, 8 April 2021
Where: Dark Sky Project
Contact: Dennis Viehland (; 021-414-722)
We are currently creating itineraries to add to our website for visitors so they know what is on offer in Tekapo - please email us any suggestions for inclusion
Update from Penny at Mackenzie Community Development

Panel2 26Mar21.jpgMental Health and Resiliency 
Life has its challenges, the ups and downs, the good days and the bad days; sometimes we need a bit of help and support to ‘ride the rollercoaster.’ Thanks to all those who came along to last week’s event in Tekapo with Steve Gurney. Steve shared openly with the audience some of his greatest achievements, as well as his toughest battles with depression; alongside some of the strategies he has used in his own personal life. Steve used analogies from his adventure racing to apply to mental health; travelling light, working as a team, asking for help, and supporting others. Consciously noting three things he was grateful for each morning and evening is a daily practise for him. A great night with a good dose of humour along the way and some shocking stories of leeches which the audience will long remember!
A big thanks to our panel for setting the scene for the evening; Ryan Gilbert (Health Coach, Phorge), Donald Pettitt (CEO, Canterbury Men's Centre), Annette Beautrais (Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator, SCDHB), and Carly Halkett (Occupational Therapist, Adventure Development). Sharing both  personal experiences and professional advice, the panel opened up with their top tips for their own wellbeing; which included movement, being in nature, catching up with mates, and having a morning routine. The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a good tool for maintaining our mental health.
Being open and honest in our discussions about mental health with family, friends and in our workplaces allows us to support one another and seek help where needed. 
No description available.
Thanks to Aoraki Foundation and Mackenzie Community Development project for making the event possible, and to Petronellas Bookstore / ArtSpace Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater, Fairlie Bakehouse, Sophie Easterbrook and the Lake Tekapo Fire Brigade for their support. 

 BraveCaitlin Smith’sImaginary Band
Wednesday 12 May 7:00pm Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo Hall
$20 Book: Heartlands Fairlie; Petronellas Bookstore / Artspace Tekapo;

“…a voice that imagination created” –Mike Alexander
Brave Caitlin Smith’s Imaginary Band will be touring,Caitlin Smith(piano and vocals),Mark Laurent(guitar) and Steve Cournane(percussion and cymbals) a dream team performing jazz and folk music.
Caitlin Smithis a mesmerising performer, song-poet and story singer. Legally blind since birth, she is a tireless advocate for accessibility issues and the healing and transformative power of creativity.  
A vocal and song-writing coach to many of our best known artists, Caitlin Smith combines poetry and music in unforgettable performances that include her original compositions as well as covers penned by her musical heroes. Caitlin Smith's latest album ‘You Have Reached Your Destination’creates a multisensory universe unto itself - originals are sandwiched between the tastiest overs, especially the repertoire of her spiritual parents Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.  
Mark Laurent has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He plays rock, blues, reggae,, folk, soul/jazz/gospel, working solo, in bands and duos. He’s recorded many albums, written 200 songs, and worked as producer/session musician on numerous projects. He’s also an author, with 4 books of poetry published, and an illustrated children’s book.
Steve Cournaneis a drummer and composer who began playing with the Alpaca Brothersin Dunedin, in 1984. Steve won a Tui for NZ Jazz album of the year in 2002 for the album Stereoscope by CLBob. This group released three albums and performed relentlessly around the country over a ten-year period.  In 2007 he moved to Lima, Peru, where he survived as a musician while studying the coastal Afro-Criolla music for another seven years. He moved to Auckland in 2017 and currently playscajón with Isla Flamenca (with Ian Sinclair) and drum-kit with BOAT and Bill Direen. 
Arts On Tour NZ(AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.
Can I  please remind the community if someone gets in contact with you regarding an event e.g. The Rock and Hop Cars - PLEASE  get in touch or refer them to  Tekapo Promotions.  I  met with the organiser on the day who told me she was very frustrated because contacted multiple organisations and individuals in Tekapo who - to the best of my knowledge - didn't pass the info on to us at Tekapo Promotions.  We could have parked them all out the front of the village, had music and stalls and food vans and made it into a nice event for the cars, the village and the entire area.

These cars have an average 2-4 people travelling, there were over 1000 cars this weekend in Timaru so even if we had gotten a tenth of them it would have been a nice mini boom for the village, not to mention the photo opportunities and general promotion for people who want to come next year to see them.  

Its an opportunity lost, and currently we need all of the opportunities we can get.

Maps - Where to Collect them from  

The map books ( $6 each ) are now distributed by the fabulous Annie OSuillivan at her bike hire premises at 8 Simpson Lane.  Please collect and Annie will record and report to us.  Annie is open Tuesday to Sundays from 10-5.

Save A Few Dates;

11th May Day Function - TPBA Members will be invited to attend - A2O Joint Function with TPBA at Peppers

Mid Winter Party - 31st July 2021 Band is Saggy Britches

Mackenzie Book & Art Festival 17 September - 3 October

Running Festival 11 September - Village & Regional Park or Mt John proposed at this stage

Summer Challenge Tekapo, 18th-20th March 2022.

Details will be sent out as available - and remember - they are ALL on the Whats On Calendar on our website

TPBA Membership Meeting


Chair           Ann-Maree Grant
Vice Chair   Brooke Gardiner
Secretary    Jen Koberstein
Treasurer    Prue Blake
Committee  Hollie Woodhouse

Committee Meetings –      4th May, 1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October, 2nd November, 7th December  

Public meetings ALL members welcome – 11th May, 17th June,  19th August,  21st October, 18th November, 12th December 

Benefits of Membership;
  • Access to our database of 220 
  • Inclusion on 
  • Promotion on our social media channels (Facebook with over 3300 followers and Instagram )
  • Placing items in the newsletter
  • Inclusion to our B2B networking Functions 
  • Access to free workshops - six workshops planned for 2021
  • Advocacy by TPBA as required by businesses 

Membership is $150 per year (1 April - 31 March annually), $50 for any additional website listings or a  second business and ONLY $30 for an individual membership.  Note that membership this year is reduced to $90 in consideration off the effect that the pandemic is having on many businesses.

We send out our e-newsletter every fortnight here is the link to them all, if you have any information you would like to include please email us.

Thanks from your committee,
Tekapo Promotions & Business Association
TPBA would like to thank Genesis and the Tekapo Community Board for our funding

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