Town criers revealed
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.