NPDC's Bowl going greener for summer shows

10 January 2019

It’s not gonna take a lot for Toto fans to recycle and reuse thanks to a raft of new initiatives to keep NPDC’s TSB Bowl of Brooklands clean and green during concerts and festivals. 

Thousands will be heading to the Bowl tomorrow (11 January) to catch Toto, Californian rockers Jefferson Starship and Kiwi legends Dragon for the inaugural Summer’s Day Live concert series. 
NPDC has joined together with Stratford and South Taranaki district councils, along with WOMAD organiser TAFT, to make it easier for concert-goers to go green with new rubbish and recycling stations. 

“The Bowl, a summer’s evening and great bands is a fantastic combination and it’s going to be another great season with The Hollies, WOMAD and Angus and Julia Stone still to come,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. 

“These new recycling and waste stations are a great idea and we’re delighted to be working with TAFT and South Taranaki and Stratford district councils. They’ll be used at events throughout Taranaki and will help us cut waste and for everyone to go greener as we work towards Zero Waste 2040.”

The five waste stations are part of the Toitopu Toiora Taranaki Green Initiative which is a region-wide push to improve recycling at community events. Volunteers at the Toto event will help concert-goers to put their rubbish in the right bins.

There will also be environmentally-friendly options for those enjoying a tipple and fine food to the sounds of Africa, Rosanna and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.

In a bid to cut the use of single-use disposable plastic cups, bars will be serving concert-goers NZ-made Globelets for a small deposit, which can be reused and recycled. Food vendors will also be using compostable packaging. 

The waste stations can be used at all events across the region, from small community events to large concerts and are currently being used by visitors to NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights which runs until 3 February in Pukekura Park.

The introduction of the new waste stations follows WOMAD’s successful long-standing Zero Waste programme. They will also be used at The Hollies on 1 March and folk-indie sensations Angus and Julia Stone concert on 31 March. 

Bowl fast facts


  • The TSB Bowl of Brooklands is a unique permanent outdoor sound stage with a large grass amphitheatre set in Pukekura Park.
  •  The capacity is 15,000.
  • Christmas at the Bowl has been staged there every year since 1999.
  • Many major artists have performed at the Bowl, from Dame Kiri te Kanawa to Sir Elton John and R.E.M and Fleetwood Mac.
  • The Bowl was built in 1957, and the first ever event there was The Festival of the Pines in 
  •  It’s the venue for WOMAD each March.
General and recycling waste bins at Puekura Park