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Local Talent and Suzy Cato For Christmas Shopping Experience


Local young talent from schools and the community will be banding together with Suzy Cato for the free community concert Christmas in the Square to create the Colours of Christmas in NorthWest Shopping Centre.

Up to 12 local schools in the North West cluster, including West Harbour Primary, Waimauku District School and Colwill School will be presenting acts from their talent shows as a platform for talented youth in the community during the concert on Friday 23rd November, hosted for the second year by beloved Kiwi entertainer Suzy Cato. Performers will also include local super star 13 year old Janayah Wadsworth.

Janayah previously won Belmont Intermediate’s musical award Lorde won- twice in a row. Her mother, Laura Wadsworth, says platforms for young performers are few and far between, so events such as Music in the Square are crucial in allowing youngsters to get themselves out there and grow their confidence.

“There’s not a lot of opportunities for kids to perform outside of school. Participating in events like this one have really helped Janayah’s confidence not just in performing, but in reassuring her that people really like listening to her” says Laura.

The youngsters performing in Christmas in the Square will help inject the colour in NorthWest Shopping Centre’s ‘Colours of Christmas’ experience of exciting and free experiences during the end of the year. Local faces will also feature in the ‘Colours of Christmas’ creative, which will deliver a brand new Santa lodge, an outdoor photo station and new indoor decals, such as Ella Ford.



Ella is Miss Teen International NZ and will be travelling to India to compete in the international pageant, however has deep roots at NorthWest Shopping Centre.

“Not only was Ella scouted here at the centre, but she sang at our opening celebration in 2015 and she also works on-site at Casablanca restaurant. When we heard about her upcoming pageant, we knew we had to support her in one way or another!” says Linh Luong, Senior Marketing Manager at NorthWest Shopping Centre.

“Having her as a part of our Christmas promotion material is a lovely change from the stock imagery we and other centres usually use for marketing collateral; we’re proud to be able to showcase a young local and have her representing our centre. It’s as thrilling for us as it is for Ella.”

Christmas in the Square is on Friday 23 November from 6pm – 8pm with performances from the North West cluster of schools and local talent, free facepainting and balloontwisting, Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree with Suzy Cato.

NorthWest Shopping Centre is owned and managed by Stride Investment Management Ltd.

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