Acting on instructions from its member exhibitors, The Auckland Boat Show, scheduled to run October 8-11 has been cancelled by the organisers, NZ Marine.
Executive Director of NZ Marine Peter Busfield said it was a hard call, but one that was supported by the majority of exhibitors who had already booked stand space. “We had a zoom call on Tuesday to gauge the feeling of stand holders, and the general feeling was in favour of cancelling the show”, says Busfield.
He added that with over 100 linked into the zoom meeting it represented a good cross-section of exhibitors and the overwhelming feeling was we couldn’t procrastinate any longer and wait for whatever the next lockdown move by the government would be.
Currently, Auckland is in Lockdown 2.5, which means the size of allowable gatherings is only 10 for Aucklanders at this modified level 2. This applies to all social gatherings, including birthday parties.
But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has signalled an easing of restrictions next week – including bigger gatherings in Auckland and level 1 freedoms for the rest of the country – if cases continue to track down as they have been.
However, acting on its member’s wishes, NZ Marine was not prepared to wait, and the show has been called off.
“We also had to consider the costs involved, especially for our out of Auckland exhibitors, so it was better to pull the plug now, rather than a week or two from the show”, says Busfield.