Fire­works set to go off

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The best on ground py­rotech­nics and light dis­play and prob­a­bly the big­gest in New Zealand.

That’s David York’s opin­ion of the spec­tac­u­lar Waitakere Lions Cracker Christ­mas lasers, lights and fire­works show at the Trusts Sta­dium on De­cem­ber 22. And he should know. Mr York has been in­volved in fire­works since he can re­mem­ber.

His firm Bad Boy Fire­works, part of the West Auck­land based York Cor­po­ra­tion, has part­ner­ships with 12 Chi­nese fire­works fac­to­ries and is as­so­ci­ated with fire­works events in many parts of the world.

A part­ner com­pany, Hong Kong based Vul­can, won the world fire­works cham­pi­onships in 2009 and was run­ner-up in Oman in 2010. Big dis­plays are now of­ten chore­ographed to mu­sic, like the Waitakere Lions event, which Mr York says has the po­ten­tial to be­come world class.

Carol singers, prizes, give­aways and Santa winch­ing down from the West­pac res­cue heli­copter fea­ture in the show.

There’s also a huge 2.4-me­tre LED light com­put­erised bear which sings and dances un­der a six-me­tre Christ­mas tree.

The Moto May­hem mo­tor­cy­cle stunt rid­ing team per­forms and Zim­bab­wean style mu­sic is pro­vided by band Mhara.

About 30 carol singers per­form, with all the acts mov­ing around the grounds rather than be­ing static and just based on stage. Clowns, pipe bands, and a can­non fir­ing lol­lies over the crowd are among other at­trac­tions.

A VIP din­ner event to help busi­nesses and other groups wind up the year is also planned in the sta­dium’s main lounge.

The ma­jor high­light is a nearly 30-minute laser, lights and fire­works show chore­ographed to mu­sic, much like big overseas shows.

A Stone­henge style con­struc­tion of eight huge col­umns in a cir­cle with flame throw­ers, search-lights, py­rotech­nics and more pro­vides a cen­tre­piece. Glow sticks are for sale, and a wide va­ri­ety of food stalls are avail­able.

‘‘It will be an even big­ger and bet­ter night than orig­i­nally planned,’’ Lions fire­works di­rec­tor Pete Sin­ton says.

Bad weather de­layed the dis­play planned for Novem­ber 3 and 17, but ticket hold­ers from those events are able to use their tick­ets for en­try to this one. Tick­ets are avail­able from West Auck­land liquor out­lets, Trusts Sta­dium, or wait­ak­ere­fire­ for in­for­ma­tion.

Prices are $5 child, $15 stu­dent, $25 adult and $48 fam­ily (two adults, four un­der-12s).

Fired up: A full on fire­works, lasers and lights show will light up the night at The Trusts Sta­dium in Cen­tral Park Dr, Hen­der­son, on De­cem­ber 22.

Go to cen­tral­leader. and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see Vul­can’s en­try in the Oman world fire­works cham­pi­onships last year.

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