Autumn HomeXPO delights the crowds

An action packed weekend at Claudelands Event Centre saw just over 15,800 people attend the Waikato Show, an event which sees fifteen expos in one, with everything from home and lifesytle information to health and well-being advice. The jewel in the show crown and one of the 15 expos was the Autumn HomeXPO, which was consistently busy across the three days.

The Autumn HomeXPO, in it’s fourth year, featured a handpicked selection of quality exhibitors who provided a wide range of products and services. From Expert Flooring and House of Beds, to Rocker Chopper kitchen knives and Shimono vacuum cleaners, showgoers were treated to inspiration, advice, new ideas and one-off show specials.

Autumn HomeXPO Exhibition Director, Rebecca Hannah, says the show was a great success “we were really pleased with the response to the Autumn HomeXPO with people from all over the Waikato and Bay of Plenty visiting the show to find many new ideas and great prices for building and renovating projects.”

A survey conducted on show attendees revealed that landscaping and gardening upgrades to their properties in the next 12 months was the most popular reason for attending the show, followed closely by upgrading kitchens and bathrooms. With nearly half of all visitors intending to renovate in the next 12 months, the appetite for the Autumn HomeXPO was palatable.

Exhibitor Wayne Clifford from DVS said the overall atmosphere of the show was fantastic. “The boutique HomeXPO was intimate and successful for the visting adults and exhibitors. The rest of the Waikato Show provided something for everyone…I would highly recommend this show for creating a family friendly environment.”

The Autumn HomeXPO concluded with the Waikato Show Association’s inaugural show awards, a tribute to Graham Hannah, who created and organised the Waikato Home & Garden Show for the last 32 years. The awards recognise the massive contribution Hannah made to the events and exhibition industry in Waikato and throughout NZ.
A dozen awards were handed out, one for each pavillion within the Waikato Show. Judges Noel Gleeson, Waikato Show committee member, and Hamilton City Council Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman, found Wild Exposure to be the Best Exhibition Stand in the Autumn HomeXPO Pavilion, and My Republic the winner of the Overall Best Stand Award at the Waikato Show.

The Autumn HomeXPO returns in 2017 on 7-9 April.

Autumn HomeXPO: everything for decorating, renovating and building all under one roof

Your home is not just where you live – it’s your pride and joy, your greatest asset, and where your heart is. So if you’re thinking about renovating, building, or decorating, you need to visit the Autumn HomeXPO pavilion at the Waikato Show from 8 – 10 April 2016 at Claudelands Events Centre.

“We’ve handpicked a selection of quality exhibitors that provide a wide range of products and services, and gathered them all under one roof,” says HomeXPO director and director of the Waikato Home & Garden Show, Rebecca Hannah. “So it’s your perfect opportunity to browse, compare, and purchase all the things you need for your autumn and winter home projects, all in one place.”

The HomeXPO is where you’ll find inspiration, advice, great new ideas, and thousands of products – everything you need to spruce up your home before winter arrives. Plus, the show is packed with specials, deals, competitions, and features you’ll find nowhere else, including:

Kitchen renovations: Purchase your kitchen worth $8000 or more from Kitchen Studio and take home a free set of Jamie Oliver pots and pans worth $899 (Ts & Cs apply). Plus, depending on what materials, hardware and appliances you opt for, you could qualify for up to $5,000 in discounts and upgrades.

Flooring: Floors needing attention? Expert Flooring has the answer with amazing show-only specials like engineered timber flooring for only $89 per square metre (down from $129/m2), 20% off the price of vinyl planking and laminate flooring, and up to 30% of some carpet ranges.

Beds: Visit House of Beds for amazing specials like the Snooze Pop-Up Sleep Set for only $699 (usually $1299), Revive Queen Set for $899 (down from $2499), and the Pandora Queen Sleep Set for $1975 (usually $4899 and also available in single, king single, double, king, super king, and California kind sizes). Need pillows? Check out Memory Foam pillows for just $79.

Home insulation: Insulate your home before the winter winds start to blow with either 36 months interest free or up to 15% prompt payment discount from Insultech. No insulation in your walls? Insultech is one of the few companies council-approved to install insulation in existing walls.

Kitchen utensils: Buy the amazing ‘Rocker Chopper’ knife from Kitchen Adventures for just $20 at the show (usually $110) and check out the ‘Mystery Package’, which contains three mystery items with the Rocker Chopper included free.

Raised gardens and firewood: Handystacks is a new business in Hamilton specialising in delivering super dry pre-stacked firewood and pre-made garden boxes from untreated macrocarpa complete with ready-to-grow BioRich Supersoil.

Vacuum cleaners: Amazing light and compact Shimono vacuum cleaners with the power and suction of a larger conventional vacuum. All washable filters ensure no loss of suction and extendable to reach up to 4.5 metres.

Lots more products to check out:

  • Freshen your home and reduce condensation with a DVS in-home ventilation system.
  • Protect your precious surfaces with nano protective coatings that can be applied to any surface from Nano4Life.
  • Heat up or cool down your home with Goldstar Heat Pumps, New Zealand’s number one independent Fujitsu dealer.
  • Jazz up your deck or pool area with fabulous outdoor furniture from Contemporary Classics.
  • If you’re thinking about a new build, talk to Cambridge Homes, a long-standing, family-owned, local homebuilder that can make your dream home come true without sacrificing on quality.
  • And much more.

Prizes to be won: Enter the draw to win a Home Prize $40,000 package that includes $10,000 of carpet from Cavalier Bremworth, a $5,100 solar water heater from Solar Group, and a $5,000 Resene voucher, plus insulation, tapware, landscape and architectural design, an iPad, and so much more. Imagine winning this – it would be like an instant makeover for your entire house!

Coffee and snacks: Feeling peckish at the show? Visit the Cinnamon Pop-Up Café in the HomeXPO pavilion for coffee, tasty snacks, and light meals.

See you at the Autumn HomeXPO!

The New Waikato Show

The weekend weather did not deter the 15,000 visitors to what Waikato Show organisers are calling their “best show yet.”

Over 15,000 people gathered at Claudelands Showground for three days of fun filled family activities and exciting expos.

“It rained down on Friday which was disappointing, but the weather made up for it on Saturday, it was gorgeously hot,” Waikato Show coordinator, Carina Dooley said.

The three day event was jam packed with 15 expos in one, with everything from home and lifestyle information to health and well-being advice.

Some of this year’s highlights included on stage entertainment and the inaugural Waikato Idol.

The winners of the Waikato Idol were Capri Mawston of the junior division, Adrienne Collier of the intermediate division, and Ashlee Fisher of the open division.

HomeXPO director Rebecca Hannah of Hannah & Associates said the show was a boomer. “We were very pleased with the response to the HomeXPO with people from all over the Waikato and Bay of Plenty visiting the show to find many new ideas and great prices for building and renovating projects.”

HomeXPO exhibitor Paul Chard from Gravity HQ said the overall atmosphere of the show was fantastic.

“It was a great show, our stand was really really busy. People who come to the show have a great time because it’s very interactive.”

Gravity HQ, who exhibit at 25 shows every year, say there was a lot more energy through the doors compared to other shows.

“People are much more willing to have a play and have fun, so it was a really fun atmosphere.”

Rock FM promotions coordinator Joel Skulander said the life-size foosball competition went really well.

“We gave away tonnes of prizes, including a Blu-Ray DVD player. “We look forward to being there again next year.”

The New Waikato Show, previously known to most locals as the Waikato Winter Show, has been an annual event since 1906.

This new format show is all about connecting with the community and providing an exciting platform to showcase what they do, how they do it, and why it’s so important to our region.

Autumn HomeXPO Opens Next Week

This year’s HomeXPO will feature a huge line up of interesting companies providing inspiration, advice and great new ideas to add value to your home, all under one roof three days only.

Join us as we open the doors to hundreds of new home designs. Meet and talk to the experts and go in the draw to win a $61,000 prize package for your home, and a $26,500 Belle Prize package which includes a new Suzuki Celerio car. Visitors can enter to win both of these great prizes, along with many other prizes on offer at the HomeXPO.

“We have invited 60 exhibitors which we have handpicked to provide a wide selection of products and services to help sort out those winter and autumn projects – everything from the new and exciting to old favourites,” says HomeXPO director and director of the Waikato Home & Garden Show, Rebecca Hannah.

You’ll find the latest tips and tricks from the experts. Top interior designer Paula Hassard from Rooms Design will show you some bright and beautiful ideas to freshen up your home for the cool winter months ahead. Visit the Rooms Design stand and go in the draw to win $1000 worth of curtains for your home.

Ahead Products will feature home improvement products at special HomeXPO prices. These include shower doors and liners, the very popular shower panel, aluminium security doors, and the brand new pleated fly doors. Ahead Products can manufacture to client’s own specific requirements.

Bring in your house plans and chat to one of the many housing companies exhibiting. Design-and-build specialist company, Refresh Renovations, will show how their team of designers, builders and trades people work together to deliver dream-home renovations.

If you’re buying, selling or moving house, The Relocatable House Company make this process easy for you. The Relocatable House Co. is your No. 1 shop for buying, selling and moving relocatable homes.

With the cooler months approaching the HomeXPO has you covered. Goldstar will show off their range of energy-efficient heat pumps, which also keep your home cool during a sizzling Waikato summer. Or imagine spending this winter relaxing in a luxurious Form Leisure Spa. Green Sheep Insulation specialists in house and garage insulation, ventilation systems and heatpumps will be onsite to answer all your insulation questions. Tint Waikato will provide you with the solution to turn your single glazing into double glazing to keep the cold out.

Visit Ecobulb on the Energy Mad stand to view their new range of LED downlights and bulbs that last up to 40 years, have up to 10 years warranty and reduce lighting bills by up to 90%. Hamilton Bathroom and Tiles have a great selection of shower boxes, vanities, tapware and heated towel rails all at great HomeXPO only prices.

Venluree will showcase their huge selection of window treatments, including a wide range of blinds. Book a free measure and quote at the HomeXPO and receive up to 40% off plus go in the draw to win $1000 worth of blinds FREE.

Does your ceiling need a clean? Spot Free Ceiling Cleaners offer this great service. If you can’t see what you’re doing, Solatube can turn dark spaces in your home into bright spaces with the Solatube Daylighting System, which can bring clear natural light into almost every room via a roof dome.

Outdoor highlights include Contemporary Classics beautiful range of premium outdoor furniture from Spanish owned Skyline Design. Art 4 Gardens are showcasing a variety of decorative garden art including bird baths, water features, koru, wind wands, planters, all made in New Zealand.

Expert Flooring will offer everything you need from carpet to hardwood flooring – at special HomeXPO prices. Receive free fitting and underlay when you purchase the brand new release Harmony Irvine International carpet, this great offer is only available at the HomeXPO. Fancy taking home a baby crocodile? Be sure to check out the Natureworks stand as you enter the HomeXPO pavilion, they will be displaying a new range of superb quality life sized animal sculptures and Egyptian items never before seen in New Zealand.

The latest range of its sophisticated and sought-after Bessemer cookware will take pride of place on the Astra stand. To add the finishing touches to your home, Stained Glass Hamilton will tempt you with their stained-glass art forms – feature windows for instance plus internal doors, mirrors and wall art. For the first time ever on line company Inside Out Home Decor will display their lovely range of decorative mirrors and canvas oil paintings. Country Life Prints and Gifts from New Zealand Artists and Craftsman will also feature at the HomeXPO this year.

Buy your own piece of authentic Māori art, hand carved by a Master carver who’s worked on seven wharenui over the past thirty years. Traditional Māori woodcarver Michael Matchitt’s (Te Whānau ā Apanui) work is of exceptional beauty and absolutely authentic, where so many carvers today use chainsaws and powertools, Michael uses adze and chisel in the tradition of his ancestors. See him in action for the first time ever at the HomeXPO!

Visitors can take time out from hardcore expo-ing to sample the perfect liqueur, Sovrano Limoncello made by Italian experts in the Bay of Islands. Their international-award-winning streak has been capped by another win at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition just last week.

The Autumn HomeXPO is part of the revamped new Waikato Show which celebrates the talent and diversity of the Waikato community with a cultural village of ethnic foods, education hub, environmental and wellbeing exhibitions plus a focus on clubs and hobbies. There is a wide range of events especially for children including the traditional carnival rides. Something for everyone!