Kia Ora LV. The location said it all. Held at Orakei Marae, Tamaki Makaurau's finest piece of real estate and the ancestral home of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei, the event was a welcome to the sailors, billionaires and international Louis Vuitton folk who were in town for the recent Louis Vuitton Series by the Ngati Whatua.
It was a stellar event, not so much in a limousine and champagne way - although there was, of course, plenty of Moet et Chandon on hand - but in an inspiring melding of the world's leading luxury giant and the people of Ngati Whatua, Auckland's iwi. The powhiri, waiata and warmth of the welcome given to the global bosses of Louis Vuitton, sailors Barker, Butterworth, Coutts et al and their bosses (Larry Ellison among them) would have made most New Zealander's proud.