Official opening

Our Competitors enjoyed a brilliant opening event and draw announcement, at the home of Competition Founder Sir Michael Hill and his wife Christine, Lady Hill.

Guests enjoyed a pōwhiri – a traditional Māori welcome – by Queenstown tangata whenua (people of this place) and children from Arrowtown Primary (pictured), as well as welcome speeches by Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult, Sir Michael Hill and Competition Director Anne Rodda.

Kids from Arrowtown Primary School welcomed manuhiri at the opening powhiri

The following day, we welcomed a group of guests for lunch at the Queenstown Memorial Centre for a pre-kick-off lunch, for which some of the pictures are below, thanks to Sheena Haywood.