It has brought over thousands of visitors, advertised our wine industry far and wide and hopefully will be repeated next year and every year. That might be a big ask considering the amount of work that has gone into making it so outstanding, but Waiheke has shown it can showcase internationally renowned events like Sculpture on the Gulf on a regular basis, so here's hoping.
The only sour note was the lack of support from our Local Board, but that was to be expected from a Board that only wants ‘sustainable’ visitors, whatever they are.
What this Festival shows is just how irrelevant Waiheke Local Board has made itself. It simply don’t matter in the wider scheme of things. Yes, it can make things harder for the island to thrive, but Waiheke has resilient, innovative business people who just ‘make it happen’. Thank goodness for the brave business people of this world.