Share the Magic With TSB Bank Festival of Lights

09 December 2014

Pukekura Park’s iconic summer festival wants you to ‘Share the Magic’!

The TSB Bank Festival of Lights opens this Sunday (14 December) with a new programme of feature light installations, evening entertainment and daytime activities for children and families.

“Every day is different during the festival so people can return throughout summer and have a new experience that’s memorable and fun,” says Manager Events Melissa Devine-Collins.

“The festival’s theme is ‘Share the Magic’, which originates from the feeling of magic when you enter the festival for the first time and share the experience with friends and family.

“We’re also running a Share the Magic competition with a $2,000 Air New Zealand travel voucher as the prize – just look for the oversized photo frame by the row boats to take part.”

Poet’s Bridge is the site of the lighting installation Cloud 9, which encompasses giant bird nests, large water droplets and the rich colours of a sunset reflecting on stylised cloud formations.

Tripping the Light uses glowing spheres across Fountain Lake to create waves of colourful patterns, and Flock of Birds brings a new dimension to the black-light area.

The evening On Stage entertainment starts on Boxing Day and the programme includes a free concert in the TSB Bowl of Brooklands that features New Zealand X-Factor favourites Moorhouse, a Rod Stewart tribute performance by Rud Stewart, New Plymouth singer/songwriters and Wellington nine-piece Balkan Gypsy brass band Niko Ne Zna.

On Stage is supported by TSB Community Trust and will have performances on the Taranaki Daily News Stage at the Hatchery Lawn six days a week (excluding Mondays), and on the ITL Engineering Stage at the Boat Shed Lawn on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The daytime Summer Scene programme is sponsored by Tag Oil and Horizon Energy Services and includes a fun scavenger hunt, the hugely popular big beach dig, craft-making, dance workshops and magician shows.
“The Twilight Movies in the Park programme is always really popular and we have The Golden Bearing sculpture back as well as the TSB Bank bubble kiosk and the illuminated row boats on the Main Lake,” says Mrs Devine-Collins.

The TSB Bank Festival of Lights runs until 24 January. Festival programmes are being delivered to Taranaki households this week as inserts in the North Taranaki Midweek and the South Taranaki Star, and are also available at New Plymouth District Council’s Civic Centre, TSB Bank branches, Taranaki i-SITES and Taranaki libraries.

This year the TSB Bank Festival of Lights was named New Zealand’s Most Outstanding Event by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA), and the Best Established Community Event by the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals.

More information about the festival, its programme of events and the Share the Magic competition is online at