Te Rangi and his team from Ngāti Kahungunu were trained by Anthony of Firework Professionals to perform firework shows for Matariki throughout the east coast area. Matariki has become a very significant Winter Festival with the fireworks, light shows and entertainment. The symbolism of the colours of fireworks has been wound into a poetic form by Te Rangi.
Gisborne Firework Shows
For New Year Chris goes to his home town, Gisborne to fire another show for Firework Professionals. Chris and Reuben design rig and fire a tightly choreographed musical firework show on New Year’s evening.
The Gisborne Firework show at the confluence of the Taruheru and Waimata Rivers is seen from all the three bridges around, and is a night to be remembered.
Firework Professionals have also been involved in the firework shows for “Rhythm and Vines“.
Fire in the Sky
The New Year show is called “Fire in the Sky” and has been running each New Years day since 2002, sponsored by Walter Findlay Ltd, the Gisborne District Council, in association with Good Karma.
Tony and Kerry are two other locals who have trained with Firework Professionals and fire the New Year’s Eve firework show on the pier in Napier. Their background in sound and lighting gives them great skills to manage and rig a tricky show exposed to the sea wind.
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What a great firework display!!! It really was spectacular and everyone is talking about it!!
The whole evening was a huge success with the Fireworks being the highlight!!
Thank you so much for all that you and your team have done to make it happen."
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights
“Thanks to you and guys for providing excellent firework displays in Queenstown and Wanaka. The Queenstown show was awesome. I was really impressed this year and Lachlan did a great job on the timing."
Summerdaze Festival (2014)