Auckland Seafood Festival shows no event is too big for Carlton Party Hire to handle

THE FACT that Carlton Party Hire can set up the popular Auckland Seafood Festival within two days is proof no event or function is too big to handle for the company.

This year’s Auckland Seafood Festival will be held at Halsey Street Wharf from January 25-27.

Around 30 Carlton Party Hire staff split into three crews have been working hard to set up the event.

The process hasn’t been without its challenges – especially due to the fickle Auckland weather this week.

However, the Carlton Party Hire crews have managed to erect a number of small- and medium-sized marquees across an area of more than 2500sq m. Workers have also put down 800sq m of flooring.

The marquees require more than 200 weights to hold them in place during the Auckland Seafood Festival.

Carlton Party Hire has also supplied around 2000 chairs and nearly 500 tables of different types, as well as a wide range of refrigeration and other equipment.

All up, around 300 man-hours are involved in setting up the Auckland Seafood Festival.

That’s a demanding task but Carlton Party Hire has, as per usual, managed to pull it off.

“It’s a challenging delivery in that we only get a couple of days to do it but we work hard and always get there,” says Carlton Party Hire operations manager Craig Higginson.

Mr Higginson says Carlton Party Hire is able to set up events like the Auckland Seafood Festival quickly because it can call on extra stock and resources from its wider branch network.

“Our business model is great,” he says.

Carlton Party Hire has been involved in setting up the Auckland Seafood Festival for the past five years.

Mr Higginson says both the client and public have always been impressed with the job Carlton Party Hire has done.

“Last year they had over 20,000 people through the gates and many looked at everything here and said, ‘Wow, this is pretty awesome’.

“People often come up to us and will say, ‘We were at the Auckland Seafood Festival and saw your marquees. How much is it for one of those? We’ve got an event coming up’. There is a lot of knock-on effect to do something like this.”

The Auckland Seafood Festival was created eight years ago as a way to celebrate Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

As a community event, profits made during the festival are returned to charity.

Carlton Party Hire Group managing director Suzanne Young believes the Auckland Seafood Festival is a great event for Carlton Party Hire to be a part of.

“Aucklanders love Anniversary Weekend and they love an outdoor event,” she says.

“And with a massive regatta out on the Waitemata Harbour, the Auckland Seafood Festival is very complementary to that.”

Carlton Party Hire is the biggest party hire, event and exhibition company in New Zealand, with branches in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington.

So the next time you are organising a party, wedding or social function, make sure you give the team at Carlton Party Hire a call.

Contact Carlton Party Hire:

For events: 0800 10 10 65

Weddings and party hire: 0800 66 2000






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