Women’s expo draws week­end crowds

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

Thou­sands of women— and a few men — got a les­son in women’s health and well­be­ing while in­dulging in some sweet treats and pam­per­ing over the week­end.

At least 9000 women turned out for the 2017 Women’s Life­style Expo at Palmer­ston North’s Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena.

They were met by more than 140 lo­cal and na­tional ex­hibitors who had turned up to en­tice shop­pers with some­thing new or to spice up their look.

Or­gan­iser Re­nee Murray said the arena was packed on Satur­day and the flow of peo­ple was steady on Sun­day. ‘‘So we are very, very happy.’’ This year they had changed the lay­out of the event to try and al­low more room and also got ex­tra stalls in.

She would not know the to­tal num­ber of women who came through un­til this week, but guessed it was at least 9000.

Murray said even with on­line shop­ping avail­able, women still wanted the hands-on shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I think some­times peo­ple like to talk to peo­ple face-to-face.’’

Expo at­tendee Amanda Jack­son said the expo was ‘‘bril­liant’’.

She at­tended ev­ery year and said this year was the best yet.

‘‘They have spaced it out re­ally nicely.’’

Other years it had been con- gested, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to move around, but the change in lay­out this year made for a much bet­ter shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, she said.

‘‘You can ac­tu­ally look at all the stalls and there are lots of dif- fer­ent stalls.’’

Jack­son said the Taste Suc­cess meal plan stall was her favourite. It of­fered per­son­ally tai­lored meal plans, and there was a good va­ri­ety of things to ex­pe­ri­ence, taste and try.

There ap­peared to be an in­crease in health re­lated stalls, which was was good to see, she said.

Alison Lawrence echoed Jack- son’s feed­back, say­ing it was nice to see such a wide va­ri­ety of stalls at the expo this year.

‘‘There’s a lot more here then what there has been and a lot more dif­fer­ent stuff.’’

MURRAY WIL­SON/ FAIRFAX NZ

Melissa Frank and Re­nee Ding­wall sam­ple Bio Farm milk with James Tait-Jamieson dur­ing the Women’s Life­style Expo at the week­end.

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