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New Zealand on a Plate

17 August 2016, 12am


Region proves top spot for TV and film as popular

food show descends on the Bay

Wednesday, August 17, 2016: Hot on the heels of Hollywood, which transformed McLaren Falls into an enchanted forest for Disney feature Pete’s Dragon, Christchurch-based production company Destination Media has spent this week in the Bay filming an episode for their sixth season of NZ On a Plate.

From fabulous scenery to fresh produce, the TV One show focuses on the very best the country has to offer.

The series is screened nationally through TVNZ (the fifth season is currently on-screen), as well as on-board all Singapore Airline flights and other international networks in Australia, India and China.

Hosted by Tauranga chef Peter Blakeway, the Bay of Plenty episode sees the film crew travelling around the avocado orchards of Aongatete, Comvita’s honey farm and factory, kiwifruit vines in Te Puke and sampling some of Te Puna’s O Cider.

Executive Producer Julie Woodham says the Bay of Plenty was a go-to on their list, thanks to the variety and quality of produce on offer and the beauty of the region.

“It’s such a beautiful location that we just couldn’t ignore it. And Peter, our host chef, is such a great personality – it’s a perfect match!”

Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Head of Marketing Kath Low says the national and international interest in the region reinforces the fact that the Bay has so much to offer businesses and visitors alike.

“It’s fantastic to see our region’s assets recognised by reputable companies of national and international standing. To have them speak so highly of everything from our people and our place, to our tourism operators and our tourism offerings reflects positively on the region as a whole.

“As our name suggests, we’re more than just our beautiful beaches and to have national and international film crews recognising that only reinforces our diversity.

“From that, we will not only increase visitation to our part of the world, but it will see it placed proudly alongside other top New Zealand destinations as a must-see part of the country.”

Kath adds that attracting greater awareness around what there is to see, do and experience in the Bay of Plenty is a key focus of Tourism Bay of Plenty’s strategic 12-month plan, as part of the organisation’s goal to increase visitor spend to $1 billion by 2030.

“We are always seeking new opportunities to showcase our region’s unique characteristics to the rest of the country and beyond, and through this supporting our tourism operators and providers to increase business and innovation.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in this industry and we look forward to seeing a number of positive developments in the region over the next few months.”

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Last updated: 14 February 2017