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Local basketball players excited for Tall Blacks to play in Rotorua

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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Hundreds of Rotorua basketball players and fans are hoping basketball star Steven Adams will return to his hometown of Rotorua for the upcoming Tall Blacks vs. Hong Kong game in June.

The nearly 1900 playing members (just over 1700 of which are our youth basketballers) strong local club are hoping to entice Adams home on his off season from the Oklahoma City Thunder club by running a #comehomesteven social media campaign through their Facebook page.

The Rotorua Basketball Association in conjunction with the schools are planning a series of different video’s that will include its members of all ages shouting “Come home Steve” and are hoping they will go viral and make their way to Steven Adams attention.

The public can get involved by sharing photos of their own basketball skills by tagging Rotorua Basketball Facebook page and include the #comehomesteven hashtag onto their posts.

Rotorua Basketball Association Development Co-ordinator, Sue Pene, believes having these high-level games playing in Rotorua is inspiring for young players, with a number of them wishing to aspire to what Steve has achieved.

“It would be a great opportunity to watch their basketball idols in action and to have Steve there would mean the world to them”, says Mrs Pene.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) games Tall Blacks vs. Hong Kong game will take place at Rotorua Energy Events Centre on Thursday 28 June 2018.

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Steven Adams has not yet confirmed whether he will be in New Zealand when the game takes place.

For further information:
Sue Pene, Rotorua Basketball
P: 021 222 5515
E: rotoruabball@xtra.co.nz

Rotorua 2018 Winter Events Guide

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Brass Monkey comes to Energy Events Centre

Thursday, May 17, 2018
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The 21 st annual Brass Monkey ultimate frisbee tournament will be held in Rotorua over the weekend of May 19 th -20 th , bringing together over 230 players from around the country.

Spectators are invited to check out this fast-growing sport which is taking off both in New Zealand and around the world. Saturday 19 th May will see tournament competitors playing in an indoor championship in the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

Twenty-four teams will compete for the title of Brass Monkey indoor champions, coming from Auckland (9), Wellington (4), Hamilton (3), Palmerston North (2), Mt Maunganui (2), Whangarei and Rotorua (3).

The action will be fierce and fast as the indoor version of the game is carried out on a small court and at an often frantic pace. Spectators are invited to catch the action between 9am and 7:30pm.

Finals are scheduled to begin from 7pm.

nz ultimate

On Sunday 20 th May the activities will head outdoors to the social tournament - all players’ names are put into a hat and teams are drawn out randomly, meaning players from Rotorua will play with players from Wellington, Auckland etc., and play against their usual teammates. The action will unfold at Medical Officer's Reserve (opposite Rotorua Boy's High School on Pukuatua St) and Kuirau Park between 9am and 4pm. This style of competition has proven to be of great benefit in raising the general skill level of newer players, as well as contributing to a fantastic social atmosphere.

What is ultimate frisbee?
Ultimate is a mixed-gender non-contact team sport played between teams of 7 players on a similar-sized field to a rugby field. The game combines elements of netball, soccer and American football. Play is advanced by passing the disc between teammates, though players cannot run with the disc and must throw the disc within 10 seconds. Points are scored by completing a pass into the endzone. High level play showcases field-length throws, aerial catches and thrilling dives. The game is unique among other sports in that it is self-refereed, even at the highest level. The rules are quick to pick up and any disputes are settled on the field between the players involved. While this may seem too good to be true, in practice it works very well due to the high level of sportsmanship and Spirit of the Game (which is the first rule of ultimate).

Over winter, ultimate can be played indoors with smaller teams on a basketball-sized court. This diversifies the game even more, with the smaller scale opening up new strategies and the lack of wind encouraging a wider range of throws.
Ultimate is experiencing strong growth in New Zealand, with an increase in players all over the country, and is being introduced to more and more regions. The quality of play around the country has also improved greatly in recent years, largely as a result of the increased participation of NZ teams at international competitions.
In July, 6 New Zealand teams will compete at the World Ultimate Club Championships (held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) and World Masters Ultimate Club Champs (held in Winnipeg, Canada). Several players from these representative teams will be playing at the Brass Monkey this weekend!

To find out more information on ultimate in general, see www.ultimate.org.nz

For further information on ultimate in Rotorua, please see www.ultimate.org.nz/rotorua

Jekyll & Hyde

Monday, April 23, 2018
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Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018

Where: Energy Events Centre

Tickets: Ticketmaster or call 09 970 9711

Ticket prices range from $15 for youth to $35 for adults. Discounted tickets for group bookings of 6 or more.

Comedy. Thrills. Chaos. Delight.

Meet the most delightfully evil man alive, Mr Hyde. A man so evil he punches the cleaning lady, drop-kicks a precious kererū and yells ‘shark’ at the beach.

This bonkers rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Jekyll and Hyde is retold by a team of charmingly ‘French’ performers with the help of the audience.

Gather up your friends, lovers, and distant cousins, and prepare to unleash your inner monster!

“So…funny I almost died laughing” - Metro Magazine

“...a high-octane, overly-charged show that defies many conventions of theatre” – Dominion Post.

“Joyful, positive, sexy, hilarious and clever. I could stay for hours.” – Pantograph Punch

A Slightly Isolated Dog Production. Directed by Leo Gene Peters and featuring Susie Berry, Jack Buchanan, Andrew Paterson, Jonathan Price and Comfrey Sanders.

What's On April 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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In Rotorua this month! Loads of activities to keeps kids busy during Easter & the School Holidays, ANZAC commemorations, and lots of sporting and dance events! Find out more in April's Events and Venues newsletter!

Opus Orchestra Wunderhorn

Friday, April 6, 2018
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Peter Walls – Conductor | Samuel Jacobs – French Horn

If it’s a brass instrument, why does it look silver? And highly polished at that. The French horn is visually glamorous, sublime to listen to, and demanding of a performer with supremely polished skill.

Samuel Jacobs

Enter the young, sassy and brilliant Samuel Jacobs, arguably one of the best in his trade. Samuel is Principal horn of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and has made numerous commercial recordings for the film, television, gaming and pop industries. Opus Orchestra is thrilled to have him performing the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 with them.

French horn tone ranges from mellow and sonorous to velvety soft and brilliant. Which returns us to the question of colour.
Horns come in both brass and silver actually – sometimes the brass is plated with silver which tends to produce a brighter sound.

So, does Jacobs choose brass or silver? Come along and find out.

Destiny Church Theatre, Sunday 29 April at 2 pm
Adults $35
Friends of Opus and Seniors $30
School children are free (but require a ticket)
Tickets are available from the Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua, from Ticketmaster

World class stage set adds to the magic of Mary Poppins

Monday, March 19, 2018
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The dramatic stage set design being used for Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical has become a talking point since the show opened.

The show is now into its last week and those who have enjoyed it to date are agreed that alongside the talented cast, the versatile and dramatic stage set is world class.

Designed by one of New Zealand’s most respected theatre designers, John Harding, the set evolves from a grand living room to the rooftops of London, and from cosy children’s bedroom to opulent park.

John Harding

Harding designed the creative yet compact sets for the New Zealand Musical Theatre Consortium’s tour of Mary Poppins which began in Invercargill in 2016. Since then the set has been brought to life in more than six regional theatres to rave reviews.

Visiting from England, Gwyn Harris attended the show with friends and was amazed by the whole production.

“This was on par with any West End show I have been to. The singing was top class and the stage and lighting made it magical,” said Mrs Harris.

17 Cherry Tree Lane childrens bedroom stage set. Fotozone Photography

Having won many theatre and film design awards, Harding has also worked with Weta Workshop on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as Peter Jackson’s King Kong and James Cameron’s Avatar.

Rotorua Musical Theatre President Natasha Benfell says those who haven’t yet attended the Rotorua production may not realise it isn’t just a home-made set.

17 Cherry Tree Lane living room stage set. Fotozone Photography

“This is a professionally made set, designed by John Harding who has a huge string of film and TV credits to his name,” says Mrs Benfell.

“With only four more performances in this limited season, I would say to people – don’t miss out.”

Tickets are available to the following performances: Wednesday 21 March at 7.30pm, Friday 23 March at 7.30pm, Saturday 24 March at 2pm and 7.30pm. A range of seating and family concessions are available through www.ticketmaster.co.nz or at the Ticketmaster office at Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

Rotorua children showcase their talents in the upcoming Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical

Thursday, March 8, 2018
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Fourteen Rotorua children are getting ready to hit the stage this weekend as part of the cast and crew for Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical.

Following a series of auditions last year students from several local schools, including John Paul College, St Mary’s Catholic School and Rotorua Intermediate were chosen to perform onstage or work behind the scenes on Rotorua Musical Theatre’s production of the Disney classic.

Samantha Carter (15 years, John Paul College) and Mitchell Jones (14 years, John Paul College) were chosen to be part of the children’s ensemble, and both already have 4 and 5 shows respectively under their acting belts.

Mary Poppins   Childrens Ensemble. Photo by Fotozone Photography

“The best thing was working with a huge adult cast for the first time. The talent is crazy and makes me want to work so much harder. I can’t wait for the shows to begin,” says Samantha.

During the past two weeks Rotorua children have been given the opportunity to win a VIP family experience to the opening matinee by completing a colouring competition. More than 220 entries were received and judges chose their favourites from the two age categories.

Winner 8 years and under Lotti Tarplett

Lotti Tarplett (7 years, Glenholme School) won the 8 years and under category with her colouring with her picture above. While Sara Smith (9 years, Malfroy School) won the 9-13 category, with her picture below.

Winner 9 13 years Sara Smith

“I really wanted to see Mary Poppins and I can’t believe I have won! I am looking forward to getting photos with the cast” said Lotti.

This limited season of Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical will offer 12 shows at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre between 11 - 24 March 2018. A range of seating and family concessions are available through www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Tickets are now available for Mary Poppins - The Broadway Musical!

Friday, March 2, 2018
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The Rotorua Musical Theatre production of the supercalifragilistic international hit Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical is coming to Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre with show dates confirmed for 11 – 24 March 2018.

How to buy tickets

Tickets are now on sale from Ticketmaster or in person at the Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua.
But Tickets online here

Table catering at the show

If you are seated at a table there is a great range of food platters available to order in advance. To order email ticketing@rotorualc.nz at least 3 days prior to the show. Menus are below.

Platters between two:

Platters for full table to share:

Table service will be offered during the show with a limited food menu. A range of alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. And the Energy Events Centre Kiosk will be open during the interval.

Energy Events Centre Kiosk / Grandstand catering

Those seated in the Grandstand will be able to purchase snacks and drinks from the Energy Events Centre Kiosk.

The Kiosk menu including pricing is here:

For more information on catering or the show email ticketing@rotorualc.nz or check out the Mary Poppins Facebook Page.

A partnership between Compass Group at the Energy Events Centre and NZMA is a winning collaboration!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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A partnership between Compass Group at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre and education provider NZMA is very much a win-win-win!

“We began working with NZMA in 2017 as one way to support students and for them to gain valuable real-life hospitality experience,” says Operations Manager Steve McClay, adding that Compass has always worked with education providers to enable future hospitality ‘stars’ to grow and learn.


“This is a vital partnership. While it supports NZMA and its students, it also benefits Compass and our client. The students bring a lot of enthusiasm, energy and creativity to the functions and events we hold at the centre, providing guests with a memorable experience each time they attend our events."

The students – who enjoy the busy, creative functions – have gained experience at major events including the charity fundraiser Dancing with the Stars (1400pax plated, 200pax platters, 600pax kiosk public, 100pax buffet dinner).


Compass Group are able to cater for intimate dinners for two through to functions for 2000 plus. They can provide a fully customised menu for events either at the EEC or at one of Rotorua's stunning off-site locations. Contact Steve to cater your next event.

Read the full story on the Compass Group website

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