Lucy's firework spectacular
Lucy Bremner is aiming for the sky with her final university assignment.
The third-year AUT student is in the final stages of a bachelor of arts degree majoring in event management but before she finishes she has to organise her biggest event - the upcoming Papatoetoe 150th Community Fireworks display on November 3.
The pyrotechnic project is her final assignment and she's excited by the challenge.
"I don't mind approaching people for their support. It's always exciting when they get back to you saying ‘I can do this for you'."
Instead of using commercial contractors, Ms Bremner and her team are giving community groups the chance to run stalls or sell things to raise money for their individual causes.
"It's a free event for the whole community," she says.
"So we're hoping they come and support their local clubs and in return they get an amazing fireworks display for free.
"If you want to do something to fundraise and promote your cause, then let us know. If you want to sell sweets or glowsticks, do face painting or whatever - it's open."
"It's great that different groups are pulling together to support the 150th celebration because it's something unique that we, as a community, have and can hold on to," club president Ronnie Message says.
"I've been here in Papatoetoe for 34 years and I don't remember fireworks being held in that time."
The event will also include four hours of entertainment from cultural and school groups as well as an MC and truck-mounted stage.
NEW EVENT DETAILS: Papatoetoe 150th Community Fireworks, from 5.30pm, November 3 (fireworks 9pm) New venue: Manukau Velodrome, Te Irirangi Drive, Manukau Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org