Caroline Robinson is passionate about the craft. She was voted in as President of The Honourable Guild of Town Criers of New Zealand in 2004. New Zealand, at that stage had 15 active members of The Honourable Guild of Town Criers in New Zealand. It has been said that not only is Town Crying a dying art but they are a dying breed. Sadly the Guild has lost 6 members – R.I.P. Others have resigned as they left their districts. Currently there are only 7 active members of the Guild. Caroline's goal is to encourage other districts, cities and towns to appoint a Town Crier of their own.
In March 2005 Caroline was the Kiwi Success Story guest on the Good Morning Show with Evie Ashton which was televised nationally.
In June 2005 Caroline was invited to officially welcome the Lions Balmy Army Supporters to Palmerston North. She was also interviewed on television for the Holmes Show by Paul Holmes and recited a cry she had specifically written for the Lions Tour.
In June 2007 Caroline was invited by Mr. Ohashi from the International Pacific College to perform at the Opening Ceremony a new university in Okayama, Japan. Caroline was part of an official party which included Dame Catherine Tizzard. This was an extraordinary opportunity an eight day whirlwind trip. The hospitality afforded the group was exceptional and an experience Caroline will never forget.
In 2012 Caroline was approached by the Managing Director of The Palmerston North School of Design and asked if she would consider having a new regalia made. She had lost a considerable amount of weight and certainly needed to look at having a new uniform. Kat Robinson (no relation) a senior student was given the brief to research Towns Criers and what they wore. She was to design and make a uniform. She had to source appropriate fabrics, buttons and trims. The uniform needed to be suitable for Caroline to wear at a wide variety of functions both formal and informal. It also needed to represent the city. The task took a year and the result was excellent as you can see by the photographs below.
National Competitions The National Championships have been held in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Caroline competed in, and was awarded the title National Champion Town Crier in 2000, 2004,2008 and 2010. She organised the National Championships in 2002 and 2006 but, in accordance with Guild Rules, as Host Crier, is prevented from competing. On these occasions a Crier who is negated from competing retains the title Undefeated Champion.
International Competitions 2004 In June 2004 Caroline attended an International Town Criers Tournament at the invitation of the Lord Mayor of Chester, England. Town Criers from eleven different countries competed. Caroline’s husband Clive attended as her Dressed Escort. As part of the Chester Tournament, the Inaugural Worlds Women only Town Crier Championship was held. Caroline won the title of Ladies World Champion Town Crier and Clive won the Best Dressed Escort award. Caroline also won the much coveted Media Award trophy for the best promotion of Chester within a Town Criers home country.
Special Invitations Caroline was invited to MC the Festival of Cultures Celebratory Concert, where Sir Howard Morrison, an Internationally Famous New Zealand Entertainer, was the Icon Act. Sir Howard invited the Town Crier on stage to join him to sing "Po Kare Kare Ana".
Caroline performed a Double Act with her sister who was then the Town Crier for Gore in the South Island of New Zealand and welcomed the delegation from Palmerston North's Sister City of Missoula USA to Palmerston North and attended the Gala dinner, where they met the American Consulate Mr. Charles Swindells.
Town Crier Caroline Robinson
Invested as a member of The Honourable Guild of Town Criers of New Zealand in October 2000 at the B.G.M. just prior to the National Championships.
Competed in the National Championships and won the title of New Zealand National Champion Town Crier and Best Dressed Town Crier.
Represented New Zealand at the 9th World Championships for Town Criers, held in Anacortes USA.
Was placed 14th overall and was awarded the title Best New Town Crier in the World. Attended the Invitational Cry in Oak Bay Vancouver Canada immediately after and won the Best Dressed Town Crier award..
Was first women Town Crier to be voted in as President of The Honourable Guild of Town Criers of New Zealand.
Missoula, USA is Palmerston North's Sister City.
Are you well groomed and able to project your voice at a sustained volume?
Are you passionate about your area?
Would you be willing to become a member of T.H.G.T.C.N.Z., accepting its rules and protocols?
You may well be an ideal candidate to be the Town Crier in your region, town, or city.
Caroline and her sister Paddy-Ann who is has now moved to Roxburgh and is the Town Crier for Central Otago, have accepted an invitation to compete in an International Invitational Tournament in Kingston, Canada in July this year.
They will not only be competing but gaining some insight on how to run an international competition with the view to hosting one in conjunction with the Alexandra Blossom Festival in September 2014. As yet discussions are at a very early stage. Paddy-Ann is very passionate about having a world class tournament in the South Island and where best than Alexandra as the Blossom Festival is reputed to be the longest running festival in Aotearoa.
If you have visited my website and are keen to be involved in Town Crying be it as a Town Crier for your district or assistant to the Guild by way of sponsorship or hosting overseas Criers etc please contact me.