How did it start? 
Fiesta of Lights was started by brothers Te Rangi and Tama Huata as a millenium project for Hastings. " Tama and I  visited the Festival of Lights in  Niagara Falls, Canada and loved it", said Te Rangi Huata. "The Niagara Parks Board showed us how they made the lights displays. We were inspired, gave it a shot in 1998 and we're still going. Our community has been wonderful by coming out year after year. We're building a culture of positive memories for children."

Who runs the Fiesta of Lights?

The event is run by Public Dreams Charitable Trust. The light sculptures are set up and packed down by community workers from the Corrections Department. 

We employ 6 people to manage security, tickets, merchandise and repairs during Fiesta of Lights and another 20 people join us on new year's eve. We also employ 6 youth workers, 12 to 15 years old to help with our kiddies friendly activities.

Who makes the light displays?

Fiesta of Lights has commisioned Hawke's Bay kinetic artists including Jil of Aotearoa, Chris Edmonds, Ricks Terstappen, Ally Rogers, Anthony Smith, James Harris and Billy Glover. They have made 40+ light displays for us over the years.

 Where does the money come from?

 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. Under 3 free.

Who funds us?

Hastings District Council,NZ Lotteries, Eastwater, Clubs Hastings, Trust House, Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc,  Eastern & Central Trust, Lion Foundation, Firstlight Foundation, Creative Communities Hastings, Corys and other local businesses who help from time to time. We organise 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 Tomoana Showgrounds, pay annual storage fees, repairs, purchase power cords, event set up and promotion. 

What else do we do?

We help the Hastings Blossom Parade (since 2000), Cornwall Park Osmanthus Garden Lights and Matariki.

Income we earn from other events goes to the Fiesta of Lights. These include The Dominion Road Moon Festival, Taupo Winter Festival, Splore in Auckland, Glen Innes Light Trail and fireworks displays around the country from Auckland to Dunedin.

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