PAK'nSAVE Blenheim steps up to support local performing arts
Marlborough's new theatre has received a major
funding boost, with the signing of a "significant" sponsorship deal
with PAK'nSAVE Blenheim.
The deal means PAK'nSAVE Blenheim will fund the
catering facilities at ASB Theatre Marlborough for the next ten
years, out until the year 2026.
Securing the sponsorship has allowed the theatre's
developers to start fitting out its kitchen with appliances and
equipment necessary to allow the theatre to provide professional
catering at future events, thereby increasing its attractiveness as
a venue, and ability to self-fund its operations.
PAK'nSAVE Blenheim owner-operators Mark Elkington and
Andrea Boock say they are "huge" supporters of the local performing
arts scene, and "very excited" to come on board as major sponsors
of the new theatre.
"Theatres have long been focal points for local
communities," says Elkington. "Places where people can gather, talk
and relax, and be entertained and inspired by performers from home
"Mark and I have been thrilled to watch our four
children perform in numerous productions and school events in the
old theatre," says Boock, "and we are looking forward to them
performing even more in the new one. Our respect for the people and
volunteers who have put these productions together is immense, and
the local talent we have seen on stage has blown us away."
"If our sponsorship of the new theatre can help
nurture more of that talent, then we'll be very proud."
Elkington says supporting the new theatre's catering
facilities seemed like a natural fit for their business.
"We already help thousands of locals stock their
pantries and fridges affordably by bringing them New Zealand's
lowest food prices," he says. "Now, by helping the theatre create
and run its own kitchen, we are helping give them the ability to
create more revenue sooner, hopefully this may alleviate some
burden off our customers and other ratepayers as well."
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman says it is
heartening to hear of yet another big boost for the theatre.
"I have advocated for this theatre because I can see
what it will do for Marlborough, as a regional asset and as a
Elkington and Boock do not wish to disclose the
amount pledged, only that it is "significant amount."
"This fantastic new theatre is here to stay," she
says, "and the shows and events they've already been able to
attract show what an amazing asset to the Marlborough community it
is, and will continue to be."