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Thursday, 26 Jul 2007

Family Parks named New Zealand's most hospitable Holiday Park experience for 2nd year

Margaret and Dennis Penney from Himatangi Beach with Hospitality Award
Margaret and Dennis Penney
from Himatangi Beach with
Hospitality Award

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park's Margaret and Dennis Penney took the 2007 award at the 50th Holiday Accommodation Parks of New Zealand Conference & Trade Exhibition Awards Dinner at Hamilton's Kingsgate Hotel.

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park is an established award contender. The Family Park was a finalist for the AA Spirit of Hospitality Award in 2005. Greg Lawrence, the incoming CEO of the Family Parks chain, said Bowentown Beach Holiday Parks won the Hospitality Award in 2006.

"Now with the travelling public's vote of confidence in us again this year we know we have dedicated Family Parks members who give people what they want", he said.

"The award is decided on public response, people have to want to show their appreciation of the effort Holiday Parks put into making their stay memorable".

"It is a case of the most forms sent in wins, which makes us value Family Parks consecutive successes all the more", he said.

"For the past two years Family Parks has won that vote and our members deeply appreciate the support of all those who took the trouble to vote", Greg Lawrence said.

Greg is a force on the Family Parks stand at the Holiday Accommodation Parks of New Zealand Hamilton conference backed up by owners and managers of the Trans Tasman chain from New Zealand and Australia.
Mayor Ian McKelvie presents a certificate of appreciation to Margaret and Dennis
Mayor Ian McKelvie presents a certificate of appreciation to Margaret and Dennis

GoSeeNewZealand was staying at Himatangi Beach Holiday park on July 23rd when Ian McKelvie - Manawatu District Mayor called to show how proud the District Council is of the Hospitality Award winning Family Park.

Councillors John Salmon and Merv Craw joined the mayor in a "well done!" Certificate of Appreciation presentation.

Dennis Penney said - "It's going to be a good spin off for the whole village we know we give good service and have a vision of where we want to go."

"It's going to be a challenge and we know we are here for the long run, Dennis said."

"GoSeeNewZealand are providing a great marketing opportunity for us and the Family Parks Chain overall," Margaret Penny added.
Mayor of Manatu Ian McKelvie shares a joke with Graham from GoSeeNewZealand
Mayor of Manatu Ian McKelvie shares a joke with Graham from GoSeeNewZealand

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park ,130km from Wellington, is affordable, family friendly, clean and quiet, 250m from a sandy beach with fishing, swimming and surfing.

Bowentown Beach Holiday Park, the AA Tourism 2006 Hospitality winner, is another Family Parks beachfront location with fishing, walking, swimming and all water sports. There are sea view sites and modern facilities.

It is two hours from Auckland. On the doorstep to Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.

Holiday Accommodation Parks of New Zealand President Ian Smith said the 50th Annual Conference of HAPNZ evaluates products and ideas. New Zealand's commercial Holiday parks make a growing contribution to the communities in which they are based.

More people are using Holiday Park accommodation and they are staying longer. Over the past eight years the number of domestic and international guests at Holiday Parks has grown by 42 percent - an average of 5 percent per year, he said.

Awards presented were -

The Award winners at the 2007 conference are:

AA Spirit of Hospitality Award:

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park Margaret & Dennis Penney - Winner.

Whananaki North Holiday Park Jackie Cooper - Runner Up.

Kaikoura Peketa Beach Holiday Park Eve & Digby Parkin - Finalist.

Smiths Farm Holiday Park, Picton Barbara & Chris Faulls - Finalist.

Te Anau Great Lakes Holiday Parks Bradley, Anna, Brett, Sylvia - Finalist.

Jasons Smart Business Award:

Taupo De Bretts Thermal Resort Carolyn & Barry Kirkland - Winner.

Thornton Beach Family Holiday Park Angi & Dave Edwards Runner Up.

Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Ann Cumpston Special Commendation.

Reserve Group Innovation Award:

Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Park Vicki & Ian Smith - Winner.

Jacksons Campervan Retreat Holiday Park Donna & Bevan Sutherland Highly Commended.

Qualmark & Maui Britz:

Beachside Holiday Park, Paihia Most improved license holder Aroha & Dusty Sosich.

Martinborough Village Camping Free licence Lisa & Frank Cornelissen.

Special Award:

This award was presented by the Minister of Tourism on behalf of HAPNZ to Peter Blackwell General Manager Tourism AA, in recognition of the AA’s commitment to New Zealand tourism through the 101 Must Do’s For Kiwis campaign.

Presidents Awards:

In recognition of outstanding service to the holiday park sector the President presented special awards to:

Erna Spijkerbosch, Queenstown.

Lindsay McLeod, Dunedin.

Lana Morgan, Ohiwa.

Peter Cleghorn, Kerikeri.

Board service Awards in recognition of service and commitment to the holiday park industry were presented to retiring Board Members:

Brett Prentice 2003 - 2007.

Sherryl Charles 2003 - 2007.

Diane Goodin 2001 – 2007 & Vice President 2004 -2007.

Honorary Membership:

Honorary membership was give to the following long time supporters of HAPNZ

John Sandford Jasons Travel Media.

Paul Rae Gilmac Agencies.

Duncan Campbell Gooder Equipment – Maytag.

HAPNZ New President and Board Members for 2007/2008:

Steve Fraser North South Holiday Park, Christchurch President

Todd Morgan Ohiwa Holiday Park Vice President North Island

Kathryn HorrellGeraldine Holiday Park Vice President South Island

Rob Clark Raglan Kopua Holiday Park

Rebecca Crosby Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort

Richard Gunson Camp Waipu Cove

Robyn Jackson Rakaia River Holiday Park

Don Mossop Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park

Willy Robertson Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park

Ian Smith Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Park Immediate Past President

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