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


Fire ban forces switch from fireworks to laser show

1 February 2013

Fire ban forces switch from fireworks to spectacular laser show: ASB LunarFest 2013

A total fire ban has forced New Zealand’s leading Asian broadcaster to cancel a Lunar New Year fireworks display and present a spectacular laser-lighting show instead.

World Television Limited, which has 10 pay-to-view television channels on Sky and two TV channels on Freeview, is hosting the ASB LunarFest 2013 tomorrow, 2 February, at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau.

The festival was scheduled to finish with a fireworks display commencing at 10pm.

However, with a total fire ban in Auckland, WTV has called in Oceania Audio and Lighting, the company behind in the fireworks displays at the Rugby World Cup.

Set to a sound track, the 15-minute laser extravaganza will involve the use of theatre and event technology to create a visual spectacle with lasers shooting 18 kilometres into the air. A large LED screen will project images of fireworks.

WTV Chief Executive, Henry Ho, said the laser show will be spectacular and will be accompanied by a sound track played from one of New Zealand’s best concert sound systems.

Mr Ho said “other highlights of ASB LunarFest 2013 will include a ‘Bian Lian’ performance, a dramatic Chinese art which literally means ‘face changing’. The performance involves actors switching brightly coloured face masks instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, movement of the head or a wave of hand.”

A large crowd of more than 50,000 is expected to attend the festival including Pakeha, Maori and other New Zealanders keen to experience the wide range of activities on offer. Adding to the Asian experience will be more than 50 stalls of Asian food, arts and crafts, and traditional products, Mr Ho said.

The festival commences at 3pm and the main programme of entertainment at 8pm. Entry is free.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news