Council’s Economic Development and Engagement Manager Kitea Tipuna says Wairoa’s retail sector usually starts gearing up for the Christmas period around early December.
“Our people are smart, and they like to get their shopping out of the way early,” Mr Tipuna says.
“Our smaller retailers are also usually prepared for an influx of tourists and free independent travellers, who usually pass through both directions of State Highways Two and 38.
“Often it’s the case that those venturing through our beautiful district are looking for experiences and hospitality rather than particular products, and this is where Wairoa really shines.
“Our natural landscape attractions, popular beaches, bush walks and an assortment of unique attractions are the sort of Christmas treats many crave, including locals.
“The northern Hawke’s Bay is renown for offering products that are unique to this district, so many retailers offer services and products you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
“Many Wairoa people tend to head further outside the district to shop, simply because there are more options, but Council is always encouraging locals to support businesses in our district.
“We are particularly excited for the re-opening of the Mahia Beach Holiday Park in early December because Council understands the demand for accommodation in Mahia, especially over the busy summer period.
“Through a network of communication channels, and relationships between Council and new start-up businesses, we encourage locals to shop local.”
31 October 2018
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