Town centre turns it on for classic car enthusiasts 

February 27, 2020

Whakatane is preparing to give a warm welcome to hot rod and classic car enthusiasts visiting town next month.  

One side of The Strand will be closed on Friday, March 13 so the cars can be displayed to the public while their owners enjoy the local dining scene. EPIC Town Centre Whakatane is organising a night of music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy, with the League of Extraordinary Pyroclasts – the Eastern Bay’s very own steam punkers – among the line-up.  

Shop owners are being encouraged to stay open, giving locals and visitors a chance to mingle and experience the many delights the town centre has to offer. 

EPIC is a business collective set up to promote the Whakatane town centre as a lively, attractive place for people to gather. It organised the late-night shopping experience in the lead-up to Christmas, and has a range of other promotions planned over the coming months. For updates please visit the Epic Whakatane Town Centre Facebook page. 

Women’s conference on again in Eastern Bay 

February 26, 2020

A second Inspiring Women conference will be held in Whakatane in May. 

The May 21 event follows on the heels of the inaugural conference last year, which was launched as a way of celebrating Eastern Bay women. “There are so many talented, driven women in the district and we wanted to give them an opportunity to get together, share stories, make connections and support each other,” co-organiser Justine McLeary, of Frolic PR, says. 

The boutique 2019 event saw almost 70 women come together to enjoy five local speakers. Connections were made, inspiration was gained and the feedback was extremely positive.  

“Before we’d even hosted the first event people were asking about a second one, and that highlighted for us the strong demand for a local uplifting, positive event for women,” Justine says. 

This year, Inspiring Women features an interesting line-up of speakers, including breast cancer advocate Danielle Grant, Corrine Lynskey of Curated Curves, an online fashion store for plus-size women, and adventurer Ronna Funtelar. A fourth speaker will be announced soon so people should keep an eye on the Inspiring Women page on Facebook for details. 

Inspiring Women 2020 will be at the Top Shelf Function Room on May 21, from 9am – 12pm. It is supported by a range of local businesses including major sponsors Sun FM, Ezebiz, Stellar Creative Marketing and Claire House Photography.  

“The support is very much appreciated and we look forward to building on this in future years to grow the event,” Justine says. 

Visit for more details or to book your space. Seats are limited.  

Exciting project gets underway

February 20, 2020

We’ve just started supporting the team at EPIC Whakatane Town Centre with various promotional initiatives. EPIC is a collective of businesses that promotes the CBD as an attractive, vibrant place for community members and visitors to spend time, shop, eat and engage with each other.

There are amazing people, businesses and events in Whakatane that lend themselves to fascinating stories and exciting promotional opportunities and, as we’re proudly local, we can’t wait to share them with you.

Tiny house conference back in Auckland this year 

February 8, 2020

The organiser of this year’s New Zealand Tiny House & Alternative Living Conference in Auckland is expecting plenty of public interest in the event. 

The one-day event on May 23 helps people discover, learn about and celebrate NZ’s tiny house and alternative living movement. Organiser Sharla May says this movement is growing as people swap expensive standard housing for cheaper, more flexible alternatives. 

“Standard housing is increasingly unaffordable in NZ,” she says. ”The tiny house scene is growing as a consequence of this; tiny living appeals to a wide audience. It’s popular with young people trying to start out in their first home, older people who want to escape the rat race or anyone who simply wants to be kinder to the planet.  

The national conference is the only event of its kind in NZ and is being held in Auckland for the second time. Previous events have also been held in Christchurch and the Wairarapa, with the latter selling out. “Each event gets bigger and better,” Sharla says.  

More than 300 people attended the 2019 Auckland conference and Sharla is expecting more this year. She has confirmed some interesting speakers, including Lucy Aitken-Read, who lives off-grid in a yurt in a Coromandel forest, tiny house builder Chris Morrison and LandShare founder and NZTHA spokesperson Nathan Orr.   

Sharla has been involved with the event since its inception and enjoys sharing her passion for tiny living. “It’s exciting to see Kiwis take up tiny living. Our conference covers everything from managing a tiny house build to furnishing, design and decor. I want people to come away with ideas and inspiration, and the knowledge that tiny living is a viable, affordable alternative to standard housing.” 

The 2020 Tiny House and Alternative Living Conference is on May 23 from 9am – 5.30pm at 9 Lambie Drive. For more information visit www.nztinyhouseconference

Big changes behind the scenes

January 14, 2020

The Frolic team is expanding, with the addition of Nicole Leach into the office.

Nicole moved to the Bay of Plenty from Kapiti a year or two ago and has an extensive marketing, event management and sales background. She’s now a full Frolic partner and we’re so excited to have her.  

Nicole and her two children have grown to love Whakatane since they traded in the Wellington winds for our sunshine and she says there’s nowhere else they’d rather live. Her role as a co-owner of Frolic will focus on business growth, events and helping ensure we continue to give our clients an effective, efficient, professional and friendly service. Nicole’s presence in the team means we can offer a wider range of services and plan and implement even more exciting projects, and we can’t wait.  

Welcome, Nicole!