Overhaul For The Big Top


Going, going, gone – but not for long. Tui Hills’ iconic Nikau Pavilion canopy comes down for an overhaul by Dave Giddens Sailmakers.

Removing the 7.5m high canopy took just three hours, with a team of three people using a scissor lift.  It’s due to be back up in a little over a week, looking as good as new.

Tui Hills’ CEO Ruth Carpenter said it was a pity that some couples visiting for viewings might not see the Nikau Pavilion exactly as usual, but the timing meant that it would be in great condition for the first weddings of the season.

“We know that brides and grooms love the feel of being outdoors, but also undercover. The height of the canopy plays a key part in that.

“Unfortunately there were a couple of parts that needed small repairs that could only be done by taking the canopy down completely. On the upside, it gives us the opportunity to have the fabric water blasted and cleaned, and for our garden team to do some much-need pruning of some of the bigger trees which drape near the canopy.

“In the coming season, we’ll be having a number of receptions in the Nikau Pavilion as couples increasingly enjoy eating alfresco, so it will be great to have everything spick and span.”

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