They might not be time travellers, but they are time scientists and they are travelling – to Whangarei to attend the New Zealand Horological Institute's Annual General Meeting and tour Clapham’s National Clock Museum.
20/05/2014 11:02 a.m.
Enticing more than 50 horologists (watch and clock makers and repairers) and their partners from all over New Zealand and Australia to visit Whangarei has been a labour of love for Clapham’s team leader Silke Groot-Magens for the past year or so.
“I read about the society on their website and made contact with the committee member Ian Pilbrow from Taupo. He saw some value in the idea for the next AGM here and encouraged me to join the group in Queenstown in May 2013,” she explains
“I attended as representative of the Museum and Whangarei city to convince the committee that the next meeting should be held here. I distributed promotional material and offered to assist, like sending contacts for accommodation, ideas for entertainment of accompanying partners."
“In January the secretary and another committee member came to Whangarei and inspected accommodation and conference facilities and found out about other entertainment people could find in the District, like the tour to Tutukaka.”
The hard work paid off with more than 50 attending the conference which is to be held at the Kingsgate Hotel on Riverside on the weekend May 23 to 25.
Council District Promotions Manager Paul Davis said one way to promote a District successfully was to market its unique qualities to equally unique customers.
“Silke did a great job here, and every person she pulled into our District will take away a memorable experience tailored to their interest in clocks and time measurement that they could not have gained anywhere else.”