Congratulations to all who took part in this magnificent event. With 25 independent witnesses monitoring the speakers in four hour shifts, from Easter Sunday 11 am continuously one after the other until the Friday evening.
171 Toastmasters gave 381 speeches, all over 7 minutes, some over an hour. All with an audience throughout and no more than 30 seconds between speakers.
Subjects presented were many and varied, including personal stories. The confidence that successful Toastmasters gain was on show throughout.
The Toastmasters ethics, integrity, they promised to be there. Respect, they supported each other. Service, they turned up. Excellence, they did it in style.
They achieved the Guinness World Record Speech Marathon 127 hours 31 minutes 43 seconds.
Hazy skies caused by the tragic Australian bush fires are set to linger this weekend.
Northwesterly winds have blown a hazy plume of smoke across the Tasman Sea, and while it has mostly affected the South Island in recent weeks, it has moved up the country.
The "robust plume" is expected to head to the South Island late on Saturday.
The haze has been causing a yellowish-orange, hue at sunset, making for some sweet sunset photos. Share your photos in the comments!
(Our photo is of the sun setting over the Waitākere Ranges, taken by visual journalist Ricky Wilson.)
Sachie’s Kitchen is launching a brand new High Tea event with an Asian twist.
Your group will enjoy our unique selection of high tea delicacies and brewed teas.
Join in the creative fun as you prepare and assemble some delightful dishes to complete a three-tier high tea platter for you all to enjoy!
Perfect for Hen’s Parties, Birthday Parties and Baby Showers!
Duration: 2 hours
Pax: 12 - 60ppl (off-site location available)
Price: $79 pp with tea or $89 pp including a glass of bubbles
Can anyone recommend art class (painting) for kids please?