Town criers re­vealed

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We have found the town criers! Thanks to all the people who iden­ti­fied the girls as Mart­in­bor­ough twins Me­lanie and Philipa May­nard.

The two women still live in Wairarapa.

Claire Clark, who was man­ager of the Porirua City Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre at the time, said the pic­ture was taken at a din­ner for the 1995 New Zealand Tourism In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual con­fer­ence.

‘‘I glanced at the photo of the town criers. Then mem­o­ries of the whole fab­u­lous event ‘A Cap­i­tal Sur­prise’ came flood­ing back,’’ she said.

‘‘[ It] was the grand­est New Zealand tourism in­dus­try event ever held in Porirua.

‘‘The event budget was $100,000 and we had glitz, glam, fire-dancers, mu­sic, wine, silk canopies and flo­ral ar­range­ments fea­tur­ing lo­cal shells and drift­wood.

‘‘It was all or­gan­ised for a sin­gle evening’s ex­trav­a­ganza for 500 guests, a who’s who of the New Zealand tourism in­dus­try from the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Air New Zealand to the gen­eral man­agers of New Zealand’s largest ho­tels, wine­mak­ers, ad­ven­ture tourism oper­a­tors, Maori en­ter­prise oper­a­tors, may­ors from around New Zealand and many more.

‘‘The event was such a great suc­cess that I sub- mit­ted it for the 1995 Welling­ton Re­gional tourism awards. It reached the fi­nals, but of the ap­pli­ca­tion just the photo al­bum re­mains.’’

The town criers wel­comed guests to the din­ner and were the Wairarapa re­gion’s con­tri­bu­tion to the evening.

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