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North Shore trumpets success

North Shore trumpets success

June 7, 2005

North Shore City will be filled with the sound of music in 2007 when more than 1000 brass players converge on the city.

They will be part of the National Brass Band Championships of New Zealand, which will be held at five venues across the city.

North Shore City Council's community services and parks committee chairperson, Margaret Miles, is delighted to have secured the prestigious event.

"It will not only bring 1000 soloists, ensembles and bands to the city, it's a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy some top class brass performances."

All of the competition events - some of which will be held at Takapuna's Bruce Mason Centre - will be open to the public.

Council events, city promotion and tourism manager, Paul Dunphy, who bid for the event, says it is not only the competitors that will make the brass band nationals a success for the city.

"They also bring plenty of supporters, and based on previous years the event is expected to bring $2.2m into the local economy," he says.

North Shore City Council has also recently been invited to bid with Yachting New Zealand for the Olympic class Tornados event. It would be held in February 2008, and is the last qualifier for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Just last month the council secured the Junior World Table Tennis Championships, which will see 400 competitors and their supporters come to the city in December 2008.

North Shore City won the bid for the New Zealand Brass Band Championships 2007 over several other contenders, including Auckland City.

"It's a testament to the venues and facilities we have in the city that we're increasingly securing such events," says Councillor Miles.


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