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Events & Venues Rotorua - Whats On Newsletter

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Hot Off The Press - Events & Venues Rotorua's 'What's On!' Newsletter - full of events happening in and around Rotorua in June 2015. Click here to view

Ice Rink Returning to Rotorua

Friday, June 26, 2015
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The Harcourts Rotorua Outdoor Ice Rink will be back in Rotorua this year but later than normal - and with an added attraction.

The rink's time in Rotorua this year will coincide with the 2015 September school holidays and will come with an extra attraction, a 35m Ice Slide which people will be able to tackle on a tube or sled.

 

Supplied by Paradice Ice Skating, the Harcourts Rotorua Outdoor Ice Rink has been a mid-year attraction at the lakefront for the past three years - in July - as part of the Fire and Ice festival which was organised by Events & Venues but will not be running this year.

"The Fire and Ice Festival was originally created to promote the Harcourts Rotorua Outdoor Ice Rink and add to the mid-winter offer," Rotorua Lakes Council Events & Venues events manager Martin Croft says.

"We've been very grateful for funding support for the festival in previous years from Rotorua Trust and First Sovereign and it was popular with locals. However, we decided to postpone the festival for a year and take the time to plan for its long-term future," he says.

"This year we'll focus on working with Paradice Ice Skating to make sure the ice rinks stint in Rotorua this year is a success."

Last year 11,500 skaters visited the Harcourts Rotorua Outdoor Ice Rink and with more stable weather likely in September, it's expected that number could increase this year.

QUEEN - IT'S A KINDA MAGIC TWO FOR ONE TICKET OFFER!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015
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QUEEN - IT'S A KINDA MAGIC recreates Queen's 1986 World Tour concert, featuring over 20 of the band's greatest hits such as 'We Will Rock You', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We Are the Champions', 'Under Pressure' and 'Fat-Bottomed Girls'.

Painstaking attention has been paid to all the music - the iconic voice of Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of May, and the groundbreaking Rock harmonies. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting and authentic costumes, this is as close as you'll ever get to the real thing!

Queen - It's a Kinda Magic comes to the Rotorua Civic Theatre Friday 24th April and for a strictly limited time, YOU CAN GET TWO TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

Simply visit Ticketmaster online and type in the promo code QUEEN241 to redeem this offer.

Rotorua Lakes Council presents Tikitapu Splash Festival

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Saturday 14 March 2015, 10am to 2pm

Grab your gear and get involved in our fun water and land-based activities for the day! We have everything you need to keep busy, from sausage sizzles to giant-sized water inflatables.

Rotorua Aquatic Centre team is providing a giant inflatable, as well as the Unison Lake Safety Programme equipment (kayaks, lifejackets). Bay of Plenty Regional Council will have a ‘test it yourself’ water quality activity, with prizes up for grabs. Give a Zorb ball a go with Zorb racing on the water, and make sure you bring a towel so you can play fun land activities like volleyball, courtesy of Te Waiariki Purea Trust.

We will have experienced water safety instructors on hand to not only keep you safe, but give you awesome tips on water safety and how you can help keep safe on, on and around water.

Enter the Nzo Moonride this week and be in to win!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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The 2015 Nzo Moonride is on March 20-21. That’s the weekend leading into Crankworx Rotorua. Entries received before March 9 go in the draw to win this fantastic prize package thanks to these awesome sponsors: a $100 Pig & Whistle Voucher, Canopy Tours Vouchers for 2, Skyline Gondola and Luge Vouchers for 2, entrance into the Polynesian Spa for 2, a ‘Local As’ T-Shirt from Nzo Ride Central and a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa Forest with the one and only Gaz Sullivan from Nzo! Go to www.eventpromotions.co.nz to get your entry in.

The Nzo Moonride is one of the genuinely iconic events on the New Zealand mountain biking calendar.

Conceived 21 years ago as part of Rotorua’s MidWinter festival, it was one of the first mountain biking events anywhere to use the concept of relay teams to make an endurance competition accessible to just about anybody. The opportunity for an average mountain biker to be part of a 12 or 24 hour event is what made the Moonride a must-do on the mountain bikers’ bucket list.

Tales from the early years of frozen cables, muddy trails and flat batteries did not put people off, and the Moonride grew to be one of the biggest annual gatherings of mountain bikers.

Based in the Whakarewarewa Forest for most editions, the world-renowned trails are the main drawcard. When it began, the trails used were a test for the riders and machinery of the day. The latest running of the event returned to that concept, and the course chosen let you know you were in a mountain bike race. Plenty of the singletrack Rotorua is famous for, a decent climb, with a fun and flowing descent.

Being held in mid-winter has its charms. A sparkling frosty night under a starry sky? Maybe. But a balmy and dry early autumn night under similar skies is a lot more attractive, so the event has moved to March. Hanging out in the campsite, where every team has a place on the race course, is a great way to wind down after a long day’s riding and wind up to the climax of the 10pm finish. As barbecues sizzle and lights dance through the trees along the edge of the forest there is almost a party atmosphere… it can be hard to believe it is a race.

Nzo has been around for nearly as long as the Moonride. It was the first event we got involved with when we started making gear for mountain bikers back in 1998. We are very stoked to have a strong connection to this great event – come and see us in our new store at 1141 Amohau Street, Rotorua, or at the event. We will be racing, but also have plenty of time to say hello!

The 2015 Nzo Moonride is on March 20-21. That’s the weekend leading into Crankworx Rotorua. Entries received before March 9 go in the draw to win this fantastic prize package thanks to these awesome sponsors: a $100 Pig & Whistle Voucher, Canopy Tours Vouchers for 2, Skyline Gondola and Luge Vouchers for 2, entrance into the Polynesian Spa for 2, a ‘Local As’ T-Shirt from Nzo Ride Central and a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa Forest with the one and only Gaz Sullivan from Nzo! Go to www.eventpromotions.co.nz to get your entry in.

The Nzo Moonride is one of the genuinely iconic events on the New Zealand mountain biking calendar.
Conceived 21 years ago as part of Rotorua’s MidWinter festival, it was one of the first mountain biking events anywhere to use the concept of relay teams to make an endurance competition accessible to just about anybody. The opportunity for an average mountain biker to be part of a 12 or 24 hour event is what made the Moonride a must-do on the mountain bikers’ bucket list.

Tales from the early years of frozen cables, muddy trails and flat batteries did not put people off, and the Moonride grew to be one of the biggest annual gatherings of mountain bikers.

Based in the Whakarewarewa Forest for most editions, the world-renowned trails are the main drawcard. When it began, the trails used were a test for the riders and machinery of the day. The latest running of the event returned to that concept, and the course chosen let you know you were in a mountain bike race. Plenty of the singletrack Rotorua is famous for, a decent climb, with a fun and flowing descent.

Being held in mid-winter has its charms. A sparkling frosty night under a starry sky? Maybe. But a balmy and dry early autumn night under similar skies is a lot more attractive, so the event has moved to March. Hanging out in the campsite, where every team has a place on the race course, is a great way to wind down after a long day’s riding and wind up to the climax of the 10pm finish. As barbecues sizzle and lights dance through the trees along the edge of the forest there is almost a party atmosphere… it can be hard to believe it is a race.

Nzo has been around for nearly as long as the Moonride. It was the first event we got involved with when we started making gear for mountain bikers back in 1998. We are very stoked to have a strong connection to this great event – come and see us in our new store at 1141 Amohau Street, Rotorua, or at the event. We will be racing, but also have plenty of time to say hello!

 

Council’s Summer School a hair-raising experience

Monday, March 2, 2015
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Rotorua Lakes Council’s (RLC) first performing arts Summer School is set to wow the community with a Broadway global smash-hit.

Summer School students, aged 14 to 21 years, will perform the popular musical Hairspray as the inaugural Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre Summer School production at the end of January 2016.

Council Creative Communities Portfolio lead, Councillor Glenys Searancke said preparations were underway to run Summer School in December and January, and to plan for the Summer School’s Hairspray production.

“Demand from our community for a performing arts summer school has been extremely strong, so the council has listened to those requests and I’m pleased we’re able to respond by offering our young people this wonderful programme.”

RLC performing arts director, Richard Marshall said Hairspray would be an explosion of fun for the students and everyone else involved.

“Not only is it a song and dance spectacle, it also carries some significant messages - acceptance and body image - which are very relevant to our community today.

“It’s a fun piece written about the 1960s when segregation was a big topic. While the show brings light to a serious problem of that time, the plot is full of light-hearted entertainment for the entire family. With catchy songs and sparkling choreography, this show will be a dazzling recreation of the fun that was the 60s,” he said.

Mr Marshall said the NZ Musical Theatre Consortium set will be utilised, which includes costumes used in the Australian professional production of Hairspray.

Summer School will take place through December 2015 and January 2016, with a short break during the Christmas/New Year period.

To register interest in auditioning for Summer School or any other queries, contact Rotorua Lakes Council performing arts director, Richard Marshall, on 07 351 8229 or email richard.marshall@rdc.govt.nz .

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ABOUT HAIRSPRAY:

It’s 1962 and Tracy wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show. Tracy launches a campaign against the social injustice of segregation that prevents black teens from dancing on the show with white kids. Overnight Tracy is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can an unconventional trendsetter in dance, music and fashion vanquish the show’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do’?

Hairspray is based on the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Rotorua fans praised for Warriors’ match support

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Rotorua locals are being praised for supporting Saturday’s Warriors versus Penrith Panthers rugby league match in such big numbers, and are being urged to repeat their support for the Chiefs versus Bulls Super 15 rugby match in May.

Destination Rotorua’s Events & Venues general manager, Peter McLeod, says the crowd of almost 10,000 fans at Rotorua International Stadium made it the biggest sporting event at the stadium since the Rugby World Cup in 2011, and well beyond any previous game in Rotorua involving the Warriors.

“We’re really grateful that locals got behind this match as it puts us in a very good position to attract more major sporting events to Rotorua in the future.

 

“Saturday’s crowd of around 10,000 was all the more impressive given that the match was also telecast live and it coincided with both the Rotorua Bike Festival and live coverage of the Black Caps playing Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup opener.

“This was the biggest crowd and the largest number of walk-up ticket purchases at the gate that we’ve experienced in many years. And it produced the biggest per centage of gate sales - compared to advance-purchased tickets - that we’ve ever seen.

“The game was an outstanding success as a sports spectacle and, in combination with the Bike Festival, meant the city was close to full over the weekend, giving our local economy a good boost.”

Mr McLeod said Rotorua Lakes Council and Destination Rotorua looked forward to being able to bring more major sporting events to Rotorua and he hoped people would get right behind the big Chiefs versus Bulls Super 15 rugby match at Rotorua Stadium on 22 May.

“We’d urge people to get in early and secure their tickets rather than wait until the day of the match and risk possible delays at the gate,” he said.

Tickets for the Chiefs versus Bulls Super 15 rugby game are available from www.ticketdirect.co.nz

International school netball champs for Rotorua

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Rotorua has secured hosting rights for this year’s Trans Tasman Secondary Schools Netball competition.
The event is to be staged at the Energy Events Centre from May 25 to May 28 this year.

 

Destination Rotorua’s Events & Venues general manager, Peter McLeod, said eight teams were expected to participate with most coming from overseas

“They’re not just from Australia and New Zealand but they’re also coming from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

“Players, along with officials and their supporters teams, will be arriving in Rotorua at least a couple of days before the event gets underway for pre-championships training at the Sportsdrome. It means they’ll be staying in our city for at least seven days all up.”

Mr McLeod said hosting rights for the event alternated from year-to-year between Australia and New Zealand, and 2015 was New Zealand’s turn again.

“Adelaide has become the tournament’s home base in Australia and our goal is to achieve the same status for Rotorua whenever it’s held in New Zealand. We hosted it here successfully in 2013 so this is already back-to-back hosting for Rotorua on the New Zealand leg.”

Mr McLeod said 2015 was shaping up as a major year of sporting action for the city, with other events such as the National Maori Basketball Tournament, Rotorua Bike Festival, Crankworx Rotorua, Warriors versus Penrith Panthers league match and May’s Chiefs versus the Bulls Super 15 game, all attracting interest and participation from around the country and from overseas.

Warriors stars to meet fans at Thursday night market

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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Rotorua locals will be able to get up close and personal with Vodafone Warriors star players at the Rotorua Night Market on Thursday evening [12 Feb].

The rugby league players are in town ahead of their NRL pre-season clash against Penrith Panthers, on Saturday afternoon at Rotorua International Stadium.

Warriors team members Ruben Wiki, Jerome Ropati, Charlie Gubb, Saliva Havili and Glen Fisiiahi are expected at the night market from 6pm, along with players from the Penrith Panthers’ team.

Destination Rotorua’s Events & Venues general manager, Peter McLeod, said the Warriors had always had a loyal fan base in Rotorua and were keen to repay that support.

“Meeting locals at the night market, signing autographs and posing for selfies was one way of thanking fans, along with visits to a number of local schools this week.

“Night market patrons will also be able buy tickets for Saturday’s match at a special Ticketmaster pop-up stand at the market,” he said. “Special family passes for $45 for two adults and up to three children are proving really popular as they’re seen as great value for a match involving two top NRL teams.”

Mr McLeod said organisors were expecting a good turnout on Saturday, with a festival of rugby league on offer throughout the day leading up to the 3pm kick-off for the big match. Gates open at the International Stadium at 10am.

However he was urging locals to buy their tickets ahead of the game to avoid entry queues at the venue on the day.

In addition to the pop-up ticket stand at the night market, tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre and online at ticketmaster.co.nz - $20 for adults, $7.50 for children, or $45 for a family pass (2 adults, 3 children). Corporate Lounge entry is also available for $70.

APPEARANCES | VODAFONE WARRIORS IN ROTORUA

Monday, February 9, 2015
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Club greats Jerome Ropati and Ruben Wiki will lead a Vodafone Warriors delegation on a two-day blitz meeting close to 5000 pupils at 12 schools in Rotorua this week.

Ropati, just appointed as an NRL Community ambassador, and former team-mate Wiki, the NRL team’s rehab coach, will be in the Geyser City from Wednesday night helping to promote the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL trial against the Penrith Panthers at Rotorua International Stadium on Valentine’s Day (Saturday, February 14, 3.00pm kick-off).

Before romance meets rugby league, Ropati, Wiki and Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha will be joined by three players from the club’s NRL squad for a series of community activities (the players will be confirmed early next week).

Split into two teams of three, the Vodafone Warriors’ advance guard will visit six schools on Thursday and another six on Friday in an intensive community initiative ahead of the club’s NRL players and coaching staff arriving on Friday to prepare for the trial.

“Jerome and Ruben plus the three current players will be heading into the schools to give the kids a chance of getting up close and personal with the Vodafone Warriors,” said Kesha.

The Vodafone Warriors’ activities in Rotorua signal the start of the NRL’s 2015 Community Carnival launched in Australia this week by Olympic great Cathy Freeman and another new NRL Community ambassador Anthony Minichiello.

The community message of this year's event is wellbeing, focusing on everything from nutrition and healthy eating, to the importance of regular exercise and its effect on mental health.

"This is a particularly special Community Carnival as we celebrate 15 years of the program, and we're delighted to have Catherine throw her support behind this year's wellbeing message," Head of NRL Community, Adam Check said.

"Community Carnival has made a tremendous contribution over the years by raising awareness of important societal issues such as bullying and social inclusion. The program has demonstrated that the game, our ambassadors and players can impart positive messages that students and young people will observe.

Tickets to this Saturday's Warriors vs Panthers league match are available through the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, by phoning 0800 111 999, or online through Ticketmaster.

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