Lights festival tops national awards

Last updated 05:00 07/08/2014

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Taranaki's Festival of Lights was recognised as the best community event at a national awards ceremony last night.

The New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Awards were held in Christchurch and the festival took out best established community event, beating Balloons over Waikato and Canterbury's Hororata Highland Games.

The awards recognise events that have positively impacted New Zealand, its regions or local communities.

Head judge Martin Snedden said judges were impressed with the festival's high level of community support.

"The festival's ability to exceed visual expectations has meant that people are attending the shows again and again. With such a dedicated following and committed team of volunteers, we imagine the event will be around for years to come."

The festival, draws more than 100,000 visitors to the region each year, was one of three finalists for the Community Event of the Year in the Local Government (LGNZ) New Zealand Excellence Awards last month.

It was up against the Auckland Nines, run by the Auckland Council and Napier City Council's Art Deco Weekend, but failed to take the top spot.

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