Home show chance for support

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Resene Invercargill shop manager Caitlin Glen and Gore shop manager Amy Matheson at last year's Southland Home Show, held at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.

IT was a bit of a risk but the Southland Home Show will go ahead next week.

Home show organiser George Owen said holding the event this year had been a bit touch-and-go.

The event, originally planned for June, had been postponed twice but the announcement most of the country could move to Alert Level 1 this week, meant the show could go ahead with few restrictions.

“I was counting on the Prime Minister announcing the change in alert level ahead of the elections,” Mr Owen said.

It was important for businesses in Southland to showcase their products given the strain they had been under due to Covid-19, he said.

“The show demonstrates the energy and resilience of Southland businesses to rise above these difficult times.

“I am asking Southlanders to come along and show your support in what has been a difficult year.”

About 100 stands would showcase products involved in renovation, building and design.

Now was a really good time to consider building or renovation and having all specialists under one roof made it easy for couples to see products together making the decision process easy, he said.

Some exhibitors would provide incentives with special home show deals.

Mr Owen believed money which otherwise would be allocated to overseas travel, was now being used to improve the spaces people lived in.

  • The Southland Home Show, October 3-4, 10am-5pm, ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill. Admission $10, children under-12 free.
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