Timaru home show takes on new look and new name

Nick Symister said this year's event would be bigger and better than ever.
BEN AULAKH

Nick Symister said this year's event would be bigger and better than ever.

A show celebrating modern living is coming back to Timaru later this year, bigger and better than ever and sporting a new name.

Carter Consultants general manager Nick Symister said the event had changed its name from the Home Show to the Timaru Herald Home and Living Expo.

The name change reflected the show's evolution from focussing around the home to reflecting wider lifestyles, with a "bigger breadth of stalls which are going to be on display", he said.

Firefighter Colin Johnstone gets his blood pressure checked at the Timaru Herald home show by Teressa May of St John.
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Firefighter Colin Johnstone gets his blood pressure checked at the Timaru Herald home show by Teressa May of St John.

Symister said he was aiming for a more impressive experience for visitors, with hopes of a 20 per cent increase on the successful show held in 2015.

Fairfax NZ, owner of The Timaru Herald, is again the main organiser of the event.

This year, Ara Institute of Canterbury would also be involved, providing a variety of cooking displays.

Gianni Goddin, 5, puts the bouncy castle through its paces at the 2015 Timaru Herald Home Show.
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Gianni Goddin, 5, puts the bouncy castle through its paces at the 2015 Timaru Herald Home Show.

Symister said that would perfectly dovetail with a number of food stalls at the event.

The lifestyle element meant the event would likely include cars and boats, some of which would be on display.

Plunket had been named as the event's designated charity and would benefit from the gold coin donation entry fee to the expo.

Amy Beloved demonstrates a Bambillow.
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Amy Beloved demonstrates a Bambillow.

There would also be a number of competitions over the course of the weekend, which would be free to enter.

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Symister said this year's event would build on the success of when it was last held two years ago.

In 2015 Symister was the general manager of The Timaru Herald, and had gained a valuable insight into how to run the event. That experience had ensured this year's show would be even better, he said.

He had also been working closely with Fairfax throughout the organisation for this year's show.

Symister said that months out from the expo being held he had already received a "tremendous amount of interest".

"People need to book in early to guarantee a stall this year because there's only a limited amount of space."

The event would be coming to town between September 8 and 10.

 - Stuff

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