Tauranga wrapped up 2018 with city-wide fireworks, welcoming in the New Year in one of Aotearoa’s most popular summer holiday destinations.
Mayor Greg Brownless enjoyed the early-evening community celebrations.
“The community events and 9.30pm fireworks at the Tauranga waterfront, Fergusson Park and Gordon Spratt Reserve were well received by many.
“It was a wonderful start to the year and the celebrations showed that Tauranga truly is a destination loved by many, a place with great events and a terrific community spirit.”
“I was pleased to see all these families coming down to the waterfront and celebrating together.
“Council’s efforts to work towards a safer environment for our residents and visitors paid off and things went smoothly again. We’ve also seen that many local businesses took the chance and put their own organised events on for New Year’s Eve. Overall, it has been a fairly quiet but fun night for all of us.”
More than 2,000 people came to the central city to enjoy the free entertainment for all ages. Papamoa’s community event proved popular again with around 2,500 locals joining the community festivities at Gordon Spratt Reserve. And the newest addition in Matua saw more than 3,000 neighbours from the surrounding area enjoying the entertainment, proving to be hugely popular.
Mr Brownless said the New Year’s Eve celebrations wouldn’t have been such a success without the community’s support.
“I’d like to thank the community for getting behind our celebrations and making New Year’s Eve 2018 one to remember.
“Our events team worked closely with NZ Police, emergency services, security companies and traffic management contractors when planning for what is one of the busiest nights in the city, to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe environment and an unforgettable start to the New Year.”
There’s a great line-up of summer events on offer, including leading festivals, concerts and sporting events such as Bay Dreams, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire & Kora, Sticky Fingers as well as international cricket at Bay Oval for you to welcome the New Year.
Many community events and activities can be enjoyed by audiences across the city – there will be something for everyone with the More FM Beach Dig, Beach Volleyball New Zealand National Champs & Commonwealth Games Qualifier, Gourmet Night Markets and many more great events.
Tauranga’s Youth Development team will bring their 100% Summer without substances programme featuring music, dance workshops, sports, giant games and more to local communities in Welcome Bay, Arataki, Merivale, Gate Pa, Mount Maunganui and the city centre this summer.
Check out www.mytauranga.co.nz for all events happening.