Arena steps in to save Waitakere Fireworks
The massive Waitakere Fireworks show is still on for November 16.
That’s the official line from The Trusts Arena who have reached an accord with the Waitakere Lions Club after the club briefly cancelled the annual fireworks display.
The club decided it was too financially risky to proceed after it could not secure enough funding.
But The Trusts Arena came to the rescue, chief executive Brian Blake saying the two groups have found a way to work together.
Now in its eighth year, Waitakere Fireworks is one of the largest land-based fireworks, laser and lights shows in New Zealand.
Mr Blake says he was shocked to learn the club had cancelled the event, so he quickly sprang into action.
‘‘It’s one of the biggest events of the year, it’s one of those ones that everybody waits for,’’ he says.
‘‘People were horribly disappointed when they heard it had been cancelled and I quickly went from shocked to thinking about how we could make it work.’’
The Trusts Arena is supporting the show with a portion of proceeds going to the Lions to continue their work in the community.
Mr Blake says it’s unlikely the event will profit much this year but that it’s important for the Lions to continue their good work.
‘‘We want to make sure we provide a great event. We’ve dropped prices to get it over the line.’’
Family passes are $30 instead of $50 (2 adults, up to 3 children), $5 child, and adult tickets are $20 instead of $25, with a $5 donation from adult tickets sold online (at ticketdirect.co.nz – with no additional charge) going to a school of the buyer’s choice.
Mr Blake is confident they’ll be delivering a great event.
‘‘The Trusts Arena was built for the community and it’s about making sure we can put on a show for 10,000 to 15,000 people.’’
Waitakere Lions secretary/ treasurer Pete Sinton thanks everyone supporting the show, saying it has raised thousands of dollars for charities.
Gates open 5.30pm with a rainy day alternative the following day. Suburban Newspapers, publisher of the Auckland City Harbour News, is a supporter of the event.
Cracking on: Waitakere Fireworks will be jointly hosted by Waitakere Lions Club and The Trusts Arena on November 16 at Central Park Drive, Henderson.