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Change on the horizon for Rotorua-based Activities & Events Unlimited

Activities & Events Unlimited have today announced new additions to their team, new Owner Deb Gee and Events Manager Daniela Olphert. After 30 years of successful events throughout New Zealand and the Pacific, the company felt the need for a breath of fresh air. The change will see current Activities & Events Unlimited staff stay on, with Deb and Daniela joining the team in their existing office.

Deb, Daniela, Demelza, Maddy & Ian on-site at the Activities & Events Unlimited warehouse

Deb, also director of HPCE, has been working in the events industry for more than 16 years. She was born and bred in Rotorua and, after years of working in Australia and internationally, she is excited to be back on her home turf for the last 3 years. Her ethos is understanding the ‘why’ behind each event, as part of a wider picture, and creating the perfect solution for each client. She sees Activities & Events Unlimited as a key player in the events industry she is so passionate about, which has seen better times than the previous year. Her goal is to work on the big picture, improve digital presence, and expand the business, relying on the existing team to continue their successful operations day to day.

Daniela also brings a wealth of experience to the team, having worked in the events industry and with Deb for many years. She is particularly skilled at creative problem solving and attention to detail, ensuring each event is unique and engaging. Daniela says: “I absolutely love theming, so when Deb floated the idea of purchasing Activities & Events Unlimited, I was totally onboard! This is an exciting opportunity to get even more creative in my job and I’m looking forward to working with Ian and Maddy to create some really memorable events for our clients”.

Previous owner Ian Mexted-Dykes says about the change: “I’m so excited for Deb to take the reins, with her wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry. Her professionalism and incredible enthusiasm will be a great fit for our team and just what we need to take our business to the next level. She’s a highly motivated young woman, and it’s so nice for her to be able to come back to her hometown in Rotorua to run a business here. It’s full steam ahead!”. He will be happily staying on with Deb and the existing Activities & Events Unlimited staff.

Maddy, a core member of staff at Activities & Events Unlimited, has also expressed her excitement for the change ahead, saying: “This is such an exciting change for our company. Deb and Daniela are both so creative and enthusiastic; even in the short period we’ve worked together, the change in pace and style of our day-to-day work has just been epic. I’m so happy to be learning from Deb and her knowledgeable team of businesswomen, and to see where the company goes from here!”

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the events industry, but that hasn’t stopped Deb. She explains her move despite having been through some uncertain times: “Business is all about taking risks and believing in your projects. Activities & Events Unlimited has been hugely successful over the past 30 years, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to see where we can take it in the next 30”.

Activities & Events Unlimited is predominantly a theming company but with a difference, we are able to build our own props. We have a big workshop and a creative team, so we’re able to create and custom build all sorts of designs. This brings us into the stage set, display, and trade booth space, and has allowed us to travel throughout the country and the Pacific. We build a lot of the merchandise displays for large malls for school holidays, Easter, ANZAC, Christmas, and other important events. We also work with weddings, celebrations from 21st to 90th birthdays, and team building activities.

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