Arena steps in to save Waitakere Fire­works

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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.

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