What's our purpose?                         


To showcase outdoor community arts for all ages to enjoy.

Our Major Project

We started Fiesta of Lights in 1998 as a millenium event to provide a safe, affordable and welcoming place for young and old to gather to enjoy bespoke light displays by local artists for 22 nights at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, Hastings.

Each year we add a new light display or two to keep things fresh for returning visitors and an exciting experience for new audiences.

The event promotes a culture of positive memories for children and provides a peak experience for families during the Christmas holiday period.

Who benefits from the Fiesta of Lights ?

People of all ages, all ethnicities, all backgrounds, both urban and rural. The majority of those that visit are;

Hastings 40%, Napier 24%, rest of Hawke’s Bay 6% and visitors from outside the region 30%. Attendance: Around 18,000 people annually

Who runs the Fiesta of Lights?

The event is run by Public Dreams Trust, a volunteer board and supported by over 100 community workers from the Corrections Department. They set up the light sculptures around the site and pack everything back into storage after the event. 

We employ two staff part time beforehand to make new light sculptures and repair.

We employ 6 people to manage security, tickets, merchandise and repairs during Fiesta of Lights and an additional 20 staff on new year's eve. We also employ 6 junior ambassadors, 12 to 15 years old to help with our kiddies friendly activities.  

Where does the money come from?

The majority of our income is from grants, sponsorship and fundraising during the year. We raise around $27,000 before the gates open. This helps us to keep the cost of entry down to the public to $6 for all ages. Under 3 free.

Who funds us?

Hastings District Council,NZ Lotteries, Eastwater, Clubs Hastings, Trust House, Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc,  Corys and other local businesses who help from time to time. We also produce and manage fireworks shows around the country and our fees contributes around 10% of our costs. 

What is the money used for?

100% of income is used to make new light sculptures each year, rent the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, pay annual storage fees, repairs, purchase power cords, event set up and promotion.

What else do we do?

We offer assistance to the Hastings Blossom Parade (since 2000), Cornwall Park Osmanthus Garden Lights and Flaxmere Park Matariki.

100% of fees we earn from other events goes to the Fiesta of Lights. These have included The Dominion Road Moon Festival, Taupo Winter Festival, Splore in Auckland, Glen Innes Light Trail and fireworks displays from Auckland to Dunedin.

Who started Fiesta of Lights?

Brothers Tama and Te Rangi Huata as a community pride programme. " Our plan was to close the event when people stopped coming. It hasn't happened yet. Children in 2000 are now bringing their children to enjoy the lights." The current voluntary board members are Te Rangi Huata, Manu Vercoe and Lisa Paenga - Public Dreams Charitable Trust.

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