31 January 2022

Wairarapa’s central hub for everything events is still (safely) churning out sought-after events, despite the Red Traffic Light Framework coming into effect in January.

The Carterton Events Centre staff are no strangers to adapting events to fit within COVID restrictions. The Red Traffic Light Framework put a huge halt to many events around the country, but this isn’t the case for Wairarapa’s premier events and function centre.

While some events have been postposed, many are still able to go ahead. The venue can safely seat 100 people in its Taratahi Auditorium, and provide a seated and separated bar service, meaning you can enjoy a socially distanced wine while enjoying a show.

“Being a venue that’s able to cater for all different events, from comedy shows and live music to small local theatre, means we can keep bringing the events people love while keeping them safe within the COVID restrictions,” said Jenni Hall, Sales and Marketing Coordinator.

“Aside from the main auditorium, we have seven different spaces, from meeting rooms to dressing rooms. We can accommodate practically any type of event with enough space to spread people out as needed.

“The uncertainty that has come along with COVID has made it a really stressful time for many in the community. We’re continuing to work hard to bring events to Carterton so people can still have a fun night out while it remains safe to do so, as well as providing a port in a storm for artists and event producers who have had a tough few years”.

Events still going ahead under the Red Traffic Light Framework include country music sensation and former McDonald’s Young Entertainer Ainslie Allen’s “The Betty Tour”. If you’re up for some laughs, then check out Saturday Night Laughs with MC Chris Parker (Celebrity Treasure Island favourite and nominated for People’s Choice TV Personality of the Year Award). For something a little different, then grab a ticket to the 2022 Leadership talk series with Abbas Nazari, bestselling author of After the Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand.

Tickets are still available to all three events, but numbers are limited to 100, so get in quick to avoid missing out. Please note, all events require a Vaccine Pass upon entry for them to be able to go ahead.

To buy tickets and find out more information about upcoming events, visit www.cartertonec.co.nz/whats-on