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Sponsor Story: Experience the extraordinary with Heletranz

Owned by Sofia and John Ambler, Heletranz is a family-run business that has built a reputation as one of New Zealand’s best helicopter service providers, even flying former US President Barack Obama during his 2018 visit to New Zealand.

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Pioneers of Heli-Fishing and Heli-Dining in the Auckland region, Helentranz specialises in creating luxury, tailored solutions both in and around Auckland and Waiheke Island and further afield, always creating bespoke itineraries for their guests. Over the years they have worked with many superyacht clients during their time in the country, always working to the Heletranz mantra of ‘experience the extraordinary’. There is no better way to appreciate the sheer beauty and scale of New Zealand than from the air, and with the Heletranz team and their fleet of high performance helicopters, guests are in good hands.  

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Heli Fishing on Kawau Island

Join us as we take a glimpse into life as a Chief Pilot at Heletranz Helicopters.

What does a typical day involve at Heletranz?

We have an early wake up and start, as machines need to be pulled out and cleaned inside and out. This is done everyday, whether we are fly VIP overseas guests on a multi-day NZ tour or a scenic flight over the city. We never settle for any less than excellence. The beauty, and challenge, of this job is that no day is like the other. Last year we spent three days flying former US President Obama and his entourage around golf courses and five star lodges and then our next job was helping a 90-year-old grandma into the helicopter to tick another box on her Bucket List – she was supported by 20 family members who all came to cheer her on, having a picnic in the office while she went around the Sky Tower. I really like that we offer something for everyone, from a $199 seat on a scenic to a $299,000 itinerary flying around NZ.

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Where is your favourite place to fly?

New Zealand is so spectacular and so there are so many favorite places, but finding a little slice of God's own all to yourself and being surrounded by NZ’s stunning nature is so special. Great Barrier Island is a favorite spot for a swim or a spot of fishing. Waiheke Islands is so popular… sometimes I just wish it was me getting out of the heli walking 20 meters to enjoy a glass of wine and some gourmet  kiwi food, but I always have to take off again….

Auckland itself has so many hidden treasures – we are privileged to live in this special city. There are also so many awesome places further afield too. It does not happen as often, but I love flying over Abel Tasman and the rugged West Coast of the South Island.

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To create your own custom Heletranz experience, Sofia, John and the team look forward to working with you to create the extraordinary.

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Amber + Friends joins the line up as official photographer of The Superyacht Gathering

With a focus on storytelling, The Superyacht Gathering will be an extremely visual event. Because of this, finding the right fit for our event photographer was an important  task and when we discovered Amber Jones of Amber + Friends, we knew we had hit the jackpot. Amber is a talented photographer and videographer who lives and breathes the ocean, and is passionate about capturing life on and under the sea.

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I would forever feel guilty if I knew I had this storytelling ability and wasn't using it for the greater good, so it's only common sense to show the world what I get to see under the sea." – Amber Jones

Amber's stunning images speak for themselves, and we welcome her to the team. 

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Royal Huisman and SKYCITY to sponsor The Superyacht Gathering

Royal Huisman and SKYCITY throw their support behind The Superyacht Gathering, held 27 to 29 March 2019, coming on board as event sponsors. 

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“Having collaborated with Royal Huisman and other leading shipyards during my time as marketing manager at Alloy Yachts, I gained valuable friendships that have served me for many years," says Linda Berry, Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Superyacht Gathering. "My friends at Royal Huisman have long had New Zealand and the South Pacific on their radar and are committed to making the most of the event and their time in Auckland. The Superyacht Gathering will be a memorable event and an invaluable networking tool for both the audience and the Royal Huisman brand.” 
 
“I have also worked with the team at SkyCity for many years and trust them explicitly to feed and cater to our guests in a manner that befits our KiwiLux vision for The Superyacht Gathering,” says Linda. “The Superyacht Gathering is blessed to have some close and trusting friends, borne from long relationships, joining our group and helping us to show the yachting world why New Zealand and the wider South Pacific are so special."

With a reputation for excellence, Royal Huisman is known throughout the superyacht industry for its craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind custom builds. New Zealand and the South Pacific regularly welcome Royal Huisman builds, including 58m Twizzle, which is currently undergoing refit work in Auckland ahead of the summer cruising season. Another Royal Huisman build, 34m Sassafras, will also be one of the competitors lining up in the upcoming Millennium Cup 2019

In supporting The Superyacht Gathering SKYCITY is returning to the marine sector, having been one of the original supporters of the 2000 Millennium Cup. Located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, SKYCITY is New Zealand’s biggest tourism, leisure and entertainment company and has a reputation for hosting excellence. It's portfolio includes the iconic Sky Tower, which defines the Auckland skyline. SKYCITY places great value on the importance of visiting superyachts and regularly hosts superyacht owners and charter clients. 

Please check our Sponsors, Supporters, Heroes & Legends page to find out more about all the great companies who are partnering with The Superyacht Gathering.

Sam Sorgiovanni Joins Stellar Speaker Lineup For The Superyacht Gathering 2019

News from Auckland – Sam Sorgiovanni has joined the stellar speaker lineup for The Superyacht Gathering 2019. World-renowned superyacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni is joined by several other new speakers including Captain Mike Gregory, Fleet Captain of 'The Fly Fleet,' which includes 74m Dragonfly, and Tracy and Mike Mahoney, owners of S/Y Tawera. 

Sam Sorgiovanni has worked with many of the leading shipyards and on iconic projects including 126m Octopus and 75.5m Anastasia. Recents projects include the world’s biggest tri-hulled yacht, 84m White Rabbit, built by Echo Yachts. Sam will present case studies on White Rabbit’s innovative hull form, and a one-year research project into a zero-emission yacht and the challenges this presented. How can we create near zero emission designs, that perform better and have a lower environmental impact, and what technology developments do we need to invest in to achieve them?

Held on day two of The Superyacht Gathering's three-day lineup, the engaging Symposium day will be broken down into several sessions, around topics including Design, Altruism, the America's Cup, and candid Ownership Insight. 

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SAM SORGIOVANNI

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EFFICIENCY IN EMISSION DESIGN

How can we create superyacht designs that perform better and have a lower environmental impact, and what technology do we need to invest in to achieve them? Including case studies on White Rabbit & ZeroEmissions concept.

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CAPTAIN MIKE GREGORY

The Fly Fleet
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Footage from the field and candid insight into the altruistic work that 74m Dragonfly and the 'Fly Fleet' is doing around the world, at the behest of the owner.  Captain Mike will provide inspiration on how other yachts can (and should) follow their lead.

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TRACY & MIKE MAHONEY

S/Y Tawera
HANDS ON OWNERSHIP

Since buying Tawera in 2016 Tracy and Mike have made the most of life on the water. With Tawera now on the market, the Mahoney's will discuss their ownership adventure to date and what comes next...

Check out the full 'storyteller' line up by clicking here

Latest supporters of The Superyacht Gathering include The Produce Company, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Developments (ATEED)Heletranz and For The Better Good

Please check our Sponsors, Supporters, Heroes & Legends page to find out more about these great companies.


Event tickets are now available to purchase – www.thesuperyachtgathering.com/tickets
 
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Tickets to The Superyacht Gathering now available

We are pleased to announce that tickets for The Superyacht Gathering and are available to purchase on the event website. 

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By purchasing a ticket to The Superyacht Gathering you’re signing up to be a part of something special. Socialise, share experiences and knowledge, learn, sample some of New Zealand’s incredible food and wine, and get to know this important part of the world and what makes superyachts so great.
 

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SPEAKER PROFILE: Neville Crichton 
INFLUENCING AN INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION

A prolific yacht owner and racer, Neville Crichton's is a name synonymous with the superyacht industry. Businessman, car and yacht racer, and visionary yacht owner, over the years Neville has been truly bitten by the yachting bug and has owned more than 50 yachts, building at yards including Alloy Yachts and more recently Feadship. Neville will give invaluable insight into his many yachting projects, and how he has helped to shape the superyacht industry.

View the full confirmed speaker line up here 

Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ named sponsor of The Superyacht Gathering

Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand has recently been announced as a sponsor and 'legend' for the inaugural The Superyacht Gathering. Held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 27-29 March 2019, and again in 2020 and 2021 (America's Cup year) and beyond, The Superyacht Gathering is a new, immersive experience-based conference that will showcase all that New Zealand and the wider South Pacific has to offer. It will also provide a tantalising insight into superyachts for potential owners within the region. 

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Duthie Lidgard - Managing Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ

Held over the course of three days, The Superyacht Gathering's busy programme will include a yacht hop, welcome party, engaging symposium day, breakfast with the Commodore and selfies with the America's Cup at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, concluded with a social day at Stonyridge Vineyard on beautiful Waiheke Island. Owners, influencers, designers, brokers, senior crew and industry members will gather together to network, learn and engage.

Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is a perfect fit as a sponsor of the event, thanks to their exhaustive knowledge of New Zealand and the South Pacific and their specialisation in how to create one-of-a-kind-superyacht experiences. "We are delighted to welcome Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand on board and know that all guests of The Superyacht Gathering will benefit from their support and involvement," says Linda Berry, Managing Director of The Superyacht Gathering. "It's great to be involved in The Superyacht Gathering and we are looking forward to helping to show the world just why New Zealand is so special," says Duthie Lidgard, Managing Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand. 

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Inaugural The Superyacht Gathering announced – Auckland Edition – 27-29 March 2019

A new superyacht event has been announced for New Zealand. An evolution of the previous Yacht Vision superyacht conferences held in New Zealand the inaugural edition of The Superyacht Gathering will be held from 27 to 29 March 2019 and will run again in 2020, 2021 (America’s Cup year) and beyond.

The Format

Held in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, The Superyacht Gathering will be three days of experiences, camaraderie and sharing of knowledge hosted by some of the superyacht industry's most passionate people. Ease into things with a leisurely afternoon visiting some of the many superyachts in the Viaduct and enjoy the best of local wine, food and music at a relaxed welcome event at the Captains lounge at the Orams yard. Wake up invigorated on day two ready for the immersive symposium day of storytelling. The event will wrap up on day three with a Commodores Breakfast, hosted at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and a social day on Waiheke Island at beautiful Stonyridge Vineyard.

For those looking to make the most of their time in New Zealand once the event is over other optional breakaway trips and tours will be on offer. 

The Storytellers

The symposium day will feature an engaging line up with visual presentations that will tell a story worth sharing. Some of the sailors already confirmed to share their stories of superyachts, the superyacht lifestyle and their experiences are:
Sir Michael Hill - owner/entrepreneur - discussing his latest superyacht The Beast
Neville Crichton, CNZM - owner/entrepreneur - influencing an industry transformation
Bianca Cook - Volvo Ocean race sailor & travelling the North West passage by superyacht
Patrick Whetter - Building a humanitarian mothership
Sir Bob Harvey - Champion for Auckland - former Mayor, surfer, ad exec and environmentalist.
Emirates Team New Zealand - the new America's Cup boats
With many more speakers still in the pipeline the speaker lineup will continue to grow – watch this space.

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Neville Crichton, CNZM & Sir Michael Hill

The People

Influencers, owners, designers, senior crew, media, brokers and industry figureheads will come together in an exclusive environment to make the most of this experience-based event that will help explore new ways to engage with potential customers in this important region. One in three millionaires is based in the Asia-Pacific and with the Auckland America's Cup hosting due in 2021 the potential for this incredible region is already huge and continues to grow. 

Join Us

"The Superyacht Gathering is designed to open up conversations, share experiences and possibly change the way owners experience their superyacht – it is meant to inspire, explore and educate at the same time have fun," says Linda Berry, Managing Director of The Superyacht Gathering. "We see a fantastic opportunity to ensure that New Zealand and the South Pacific is fully on the radar of superyacht owners, charter clients and the wider superyacht industry, sharing stories and information about Auckland, New Zealand and beyond.”

New Zealand is fast becoming a must-do destination for cruising, with world-class new build and refit infrastructure, suppliers and yacht agent support to complement the incredible cruising grounds that draw owners back again and again. The Superyacht Gathering will be the ideal platform for those looking to engage with the New Zealand superyacht industry and enjoy all the country has to offer.

Advance registration of interest for The Superyacht Gathering is available online now, with tickets due to be released shortly.

www.thesuperyachtgathering.com