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Webby Candidate Goes Ballistic

Webby Candidate Goes Ballistic


Webby Song To Launch 1,000 Rockets

As part of their all-out effort to overtake NASA in the People's Voice section of the 2002 Webby Awards, are staging a free public fireworks spectacular for their campaign song launch this Thursday.

"Thanks to wonderful offers from our local supporters, particularly Antony Lealand of Fireworks Professionals, we are going to take the fight right to NASA's backyard with a one-thousand rocket launch!," says Vicki Hyde,'s Managing Editor.

Some lucky person at the event will get to set the rockets off.

"As a special bonus, we're having a prize draw for the right to actually launch the rockets -- people can print their own tickets for this by following the link at"

Other activities at the multi-media event, to be held at Christchurch's Sumner Beach from 5.30pm, will include a medieval sword bout between champions representing NASA and, black powder cannon fire and a fireworks-enhanced live performance of the campaign song by local celebrity Malcolm McNeill.

"This is a family event, and everyone's welcome," says Hyde. "We're just hoping they'll go home and vote for"

The Sixth Annual Webby Awards recognise the world's leading Internet sites. is one of five final nominations in the Science Category, and is currently running a strong second to NASA in the publicly voted People's Voice section of the Awards. Voting for that is open until June 7. The main awards are decided by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and will be announced in San Francisco on June 18.


WHAT: Webby Vote launch with 1,000 rockets; Malcolm McNeill singing a special campaign song; medieval knight combat; black- powder cannon

WHEN: Thursday 23 May, from 5.30pm; rocket launch approx 6.15-6.30pm

WHERE: Cave Rock end of Sumner Beach

WHY: to encourage support for showcasing Kiwi capabilities on the international stage

Contact: Vicki Hyde Tel: (03) 384-5137

Print-ready Virtual Kiwi Webby Vote graphic available at

Various sizes of Web-ready Virtual Kiwi graphics available from

More info at


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