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Kiwi Day Out Promises Great Celebration of All Things Kiwi

23 August 2011

Kiwi Day Out Promises Great Celebration of All Things Kiwi

Free family picnic day and concert in Auckland Domain set down for Labour Day Organisers are gearing up to host thousands of Kiwis and visitors in the Auckland Domain this coming Labour Day – 24th October for the ‘Kiwi Day Out’ - a six hour festival and concert of Kiwi music greats.

Organisers SMC Events and dairy co-operative Fonterra are promising a Kiwi picnic atmosphere and great way to wind down after six weeks of intense festivities in the city and all around New Zealand. SMC Events CEO Dave Mee said the free family event would be a fitting celebration at the end of a busy few weeks of culture and entertainment around the country.

The free event’s double bill kicks off with the ‘The Real New Zealand Thank You’ community festival running from midday to 3.30pm. This will feature an ‘international village’ showcasing the foods and cultures of the 20 countries New Zealand is hosting for Rugby World Cup 2011. The second part of the show will run from 3.30-6.00pm when ‘The Fonterra Shout’ will bring to the stage some of the country’s best loved musicians including Dave Dobbyn, the youthful rocking energy from Feilding heroes, Evermore (now based in Melbourne) – along with former Australian Idol winner Stan Walker and family favourites – the Patea Maori Club, and an array of young Kiwi talents on show under the entertainment direction of Mike Chunn of the Play it Strange Trust.

“Our plan to stage an event for the REAL New Zealand Festival to thank New Zealanders coincided with Fonterra’s long standing plan to thank their customers as they mark their 10th anniversary. Combining our efforts in a double bill, means we have been able to provide a fun and iconic line up of entertainment for locals and visitors alike to enjoy,” Mr Mee said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate what’s great about living in New Zealand and thank Kiwis for laying out the welcome mat for so many overseas and local visitors through September and October. For the many visitors still in Auckland, it will be a chance to spend a day chilling out with us, the Kiwi way,” REAL New Zealand Festival Director Briony Ellis said.

Auckland based company SMC Events are organisers of the Kiwi Day Out event, delivering the “Shout” for Fonterra, and the “Real New Zealand Thank You” as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival. SMC is known for running events such as ASB Polyfest, Weetbix TRYathlon and Ellerslie International Flower Show.

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