Rodney Times : December 13th 2012
www.rodneytimes.co.nz 2 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 13, 2012 NEWS OREWA 4987360AA (excludes all other offers & promotions) Miranda Hart 'Is It Just Me?' $34.99 Chronicles of Downton Abbey $39.99 Ritchie McCaw 'The Open Side' $29.99 Alan Gibbs 'Serious Fun' $39.99 The Winemaker 'George Fistonich $34.99 & the Villa Maria Story' High Country Legacy $39.99 Rod The Autobiography $29.99 Pamela Stephenson 'The Varnished Untruth' $29.99 Love You $24.99 Bruce $29.99 The Stig 'The Untold Story' $34.99 Annabel Langbein 'Simple Pleasures' $38.99 Dr Libby 'Real Food Chef' $39.99 Peter Gordon Everyday $39.99 Riverstone Kitchen $39.99 Little & Friday $39.99 Revive $44.99 Ultimate Vegetarian Collection $44.99 Christmas Specials!! Christmas and New Year rubbish and recycling collection changes Due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, most* Auckland Council kerbside household rubbish, recycling and paper collections will be one day later than usual. This will affect collections for two weeks starting Tuesday 25 December (Christmas day). Please note that there are no changes to Monday 24 December and Monday 31 December Collections. Normal collections will resume Monday 7 January 2013. Find out more: Phone 09 301 0101 Or visit: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz *Exceptions: Parnell/Newmarket area: no changes to Thursday night rubbish collections (red lidded wheelie bins) North Shore and Waitakere: no change to business evening kerbside rubbish bag, recycling and paper/cardboard collections Rodney: contact your local private rubbish collection provider Inner CBD: no changes to the collections of kerbside rubbish, recycling, paper and cardboard. Christmas means excess for some but you can be waste smart these holidays. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or search recycling on the council website for more information. 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Ph (09) 426 5024. www.rodneytimes.co.nz Fireworks show biggest in NZ GIVEAWAY Win a free family pass for two adults and four children under 12 valued at $48 to the Waitakere Lions Cracker Christmas lasers, lights and fireworks show on December 22. It's at The Trusts Stadium in Central Park Dr, Henderson, from 5pm, culminating in a nearly 30 minute massive display, hailed as one of the largest ground displays in New Zealand. Santa will drop in by Westpac rescue helicopter, there's a huge Stonehenge style lights and pyrotechnics centrepiece, 30 carollers, a computerised dancing bear, six metre Christmas tree, clowns, a motorcycle stunt display, lollies, food stalls and more. To win a pass send your entry to Waitakere Lions Cracker Christmas, Rodney Times, PO Box 79, Orewa, or email email@example.com with your contact details as soon as possible. Go to waitakerefireworks.org.nz for information. Fired up: A full-on fireworks, lasers and lights show will light up the night at The Trusts Stadium in Central Park Dr, Henderson, on December 22. Got to rodneytimes.co.nz to see Vulcan's entry in the Oman world fireworks champ- ionships last year. The best on ground pyrotechnics and light display and probably the biggest in New Zealand. That's David York's opinion of the spectacu- lar Waitakere Lions Cracker Christmas lasers, lights and fire- works show at The Trusts Stadium on December 22, 5pm. And he should know. Mr York of Taupaki has been involved in fire- works since he can remember. His firm Bad Boy Fireworks, part of the West Auckland- based York Corporation, has partnerships with 12 Chinese fireworks factor- ies and is associated with fireworks events in many parts of the world. A partner company, Hong Kong based Vulcan, won the world fireworks championships in 2009 and was runner-up in Oman in 2010. Hard to believe it all started in a Ponsonby garage. That's where Mr York's mum and dad started producing fire- works after arriving from Britain. Dad Gerald was told to move production to the country, so he set up in McLeod Rd in Te Atatu South in 1954 where the business headquarters is still based today, al- though it includes print- ing and packaging too. Mr York, 59, took over from his dad, and a joint venture established with China in 1990 saw the firm moving to imports rather than manufactur- ing fireworks here. Bad Boy handles sev- eral hundred tonnes annually, supplying hun- dreds of retail outlets and more than 30 dis- play operators around New Zealand and the Chinese operations export to most countries, particularly the United States and Europe. Set up and design is done for a huge number of events internationally. Big displays are now often choreographed to music, like the nearly 30-minute Waitakere Lions event, which Mr York says has the poten- tial to become world class. He says Malta is the most fireworks-mad country, having a fire- works related event nearly every night. New Zealand has prob- ably the most retail fire- works per head in the world though. While other countries have mainly organised dis- plays, Kiwis still love fir- ing off backyard events, but Mr York says these are small and no longer have skyrockets or crack- ers like jumping jacks. He can see public organised events like the Waitakere Lions' one increasing in popularity here because they are increasingly sophisti- cated and spectacular while providing value for money. He helps with Taupaki School's display at the Kumeu Showgrounds every November. It would be the largest school display in New Zealand and is a very successful fund- raiser for them.'' Meanwhile, Mr York's business is set to remain firmly in family hands. Son James is looking after the New Zealand fireworks side. So if you catch a big New Year fireworks event, chances are the York family has had a hand in it. The Waitakere Lions Cracker Christmas fireworks show is supported by the Trusts Community Foundation, the Auckland Council, Suburban Newspapers Auckland, The Trusts Stadium, Van Tiel Pyrotechnics, Light and Pyro and the York Corporation (Bad Boy Fireworks). CRACKER OF A SHOW FOR CHRISTMAS Carol singers, prizes, giveaways and Santa winching down from the Westpac rescue helicopter feature in the Waitakere Lions Cracker Christmas laser, lights and fireworks show on December 22. There's also a huge 2.4-metre LED light computerised bear which sings and dances under a 6-metre Christmas tree at The Trusts Stadium in Central Park Dr, Henderson. The Moto Mayhem motorcycle stunt riding team performs and Zimbabwean style music is provide by band Mhara. About 30 carol singers perform, with all the acts moving around the grounds rather than based on stage. Clowns, pipe bands, and a cannon firing lollies over the crowd are among other attractions. A VIP dinner event to help businesses and other groups wind up the year is also planned in the stadium's main lounge. The major highlight is a nearly 30-minute laser, lights and fireworks show choreographed to music, much like big overseas shows. A Stonehenge-style construction of eight huge columns in a circle with flame throwers, search lights, pyrotechnics and more provides a centrepiece. Glowsticks are for sale, and a wide variety of food stalls are available. ''It will be an even bigger and better night than originally planned,'' Lions fireworks director Pete Sinton of Kumeu says. He suggests buying family passes for early Christmas presents. Bad weather delayed the display planned for November 3 and 17, but ticket holders from those events are able to use their tickets for entry to this one. Tickets are available from West Auckland liquor outlets, The Trusts Stadium, or visit waitakerefireworks. org.nz for information. Prices are $5 child, $15 student, $25 adult and $48 family (two adults, four children under 12). For VIP dinner information contact Pete Sinton on 09 412 2016, or email petesinton@town planner.co.nz for more.
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