The best on ground pyrotechnics and light display and probably the biggest in New Zealand.
That's David York's opinion of the spectacular Waitakere Lions Cracker Christmas lasers, lights and fireworks show at the Trusts Stadium on December 22.
And he should know.
Mr York of Taupaki has been involved in fireworks since he can remember.
His firm Bad Boy Fireworks, part of the West Auckland based York Corporation, has partnerships with 12 Chinese fireworks factories 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.Big displays are now often choreographed to music, like the Waitakere Lions event, which Mr York says has the potential to become world class.
Carol singers, prizes, giveaways and Santa winching down from the Westpac rescue helicopter feature in the show.
There's also a huge 2.4-metre LED light computerised bear which sings and dances under a six-metre Christmas tree.
The Moto Mayhem motorcycle stunt riding team performs and Zimbabwean style music is provide by band Mhara.
About 30 carol singers perform, with the all the acts moving around the grounds rather than being static and just 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. Glow sticks 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.
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 go online to 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@
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