Fireworks to set New Year aglow

By, Sonya Bateson

The largest fireworks display seen in Rotorua will be one of the highlights of the three-day GLO Festival, the city's family friendly New Year's celebration.

The weather is also predicted to turn around in time for New Year's Eve, with the latest MetService forecast expecting sunny, clear skies for December 31 and the first two days of January.

The events start tomorrow with the Buskers and Bazaar, a street busking competition and market. The section of Tutanekai St that runs between Eruera St and Haupapa St will be closed to traffic for the event.

On Monday, the New Year's Eve festivities begin with the Party in the Park from 6pm at the Village Green, a family friendly event with entertainment by Rodger Cunningham, Rotorua Has Talent contestants, the winner of the busking competition, Haylee Nitschke, Kelly Makiha and the Jamus Webster Band.

The party will be headlined by chart topping band Titanium.

Rotorua District Council events manager Martin Croft said fireworks were always a popular attraction for people of all ages.

"This year locals and visitors alike will be treated more than ever with the Rotorua GLO Festival providing the biggest night of fireworks Rotorua has ever staged.

"The midnight display to end 2012 and bring in the New Year will be special, but we realise not everyone can stay up that late so we've arranged a smaller display for around 9pm."

The best place to watch both shows will be from the Lakefront but Mr Croft said those wanting to watch from outside of the city centre should also get a great view.

Livewire Productions has planned and delivered fireworks displays for Rotorua's New Year's Eve celebrations for the past two years and director Tony Mamfredos said this year's show would be a step up. from what has been seen previously. 

He said there would be many "wow moments" during the display.

After the fireworks, the over-18s can head along to the Street Party in the Heart of Tutanekai Street zone between Pukuatua St and Haupapa St.

On New Year's Day, it will be back down to the Lakefront for the First Big Brunch where people can  sit down to a picnic, listen to live entertainment and have the chance to win prizes worth up to $2500.

The Rotorua GLO Festival has been supported by a large number of national and local organisations including The Daily Post, Rotorua District Council, the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, the New Zealand Community Trust, First Sovereign, the Southern Trust, the Radio Network and Hennessy's Irish bar. 


GLO Festival events


  • Buskers and Bazaar, from 11am to 3pm at Tutanekai St.

  • Xrace Roadshow, from 11am to 3pm at the Village Green.


  • Party in the Park, 6pm to 9pm at the Village Green.

  • Family Fireworks, 9pm after the Party in the Park.

  • Street Party. 8pm to 1pm at Tutanekai St.

  • New Year's Eve Fireworks, midnight at the Lakefront.



  • The First Big Brunch with stage entertainment and family picnic area, 11am to 2pm at the Village Green.

December 30 to January 1

  • GLO Photo Comp. At Agroventures, OGO, Rainbow Springs, Skyline Skyrides, Wai-O-Tapu, Duck Tours, Rotorua Adventures and Polynesian Spa. Various costs.

* Entry to all events is free

- Rotorua Daily Post

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