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Pop-up transforms event business

Like The Transformers’ Optimus Prime, a new Wairarapa business is more than meets the eye. But instead of “robots in disguise”, the novel hospitality venture offers functions in the vines. Based at Borthwick Vineyard in the Gladstone wine-growing district east of Carterton, “The Nation” is a 30-tonne truck which ingeniously unfolds in one day into an elegant, hi-tech functions venue as b ig as a house, complete with an eight-metre bar, covered seating for 200 and a roof-top patio.