Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


First NZ IceFest a success



Friday 12 October, 2012

First NZ IceFest a success

An estimated 100,000 people are expected to have visited the first biennial NZ IceFest by the time it ends this Sunday.

The month-long festival celebrating the New Zealand – Antarctic relationship has seen Hagley Park Events Village transformed into Hagley Park Ice Station.

NZ IceFest Director Jo Blair says the festival has been a wonderful way to bring the community together to celebrate a special part of what makes Christchurch unique.

“The festival has really shown our ability as a community to have fun, pursue knowledge and welcome visitors to our city. The response has helped us establish a very strong foundation for the next NZ IceFest in 2014.

“We can really build on what we have done around showcasing Christchurch’s and New Zealand’s role in Antarctica – we have such extraordinary community links which have not just local but global significance. That’s well worth celebrating every two years.”

Fifty two sponsors and financial support from the Government and Christchurch City Council made sure the festival launched successfully, creating a healthy platform for 2014, says Ms Blair.

The Government, through New Zealand Major Events has committed NZ$800,000 to the New Zealand IceFest over its 2012 and 2014 events.

A record of the fun at the festival includes:
• 12,000 ice – skaters on the ice-themed outdoor rink
• 10,000 people through the STILL LIFE: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton experience
• Over 100 featured guests in the programme in the 100th year since Scott’s expedition
• 95 of these were speakers at the UC Geo Dome many of whom have international experience in Antarctic research, science, law or politics
• 60 guests to the festival were international delegates
• 95 individual events or exhibits
• 150 litres of mulled wine was consumed

The festival continues until 10pm on Sunday with the final weekend of events including Artists in Antarctica: Lauren Aberhart- Photographer on Saturday and UC Science Café: Law and Politics in Antarctica on Sunday, and a final opportunity to view STILL LIFE and enjoy the skate-rink.

For more information visit www.nzicefest.co.nz

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news