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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!