North Shore Times : January 31st 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 8 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2013 NEWS Contact Resident Managers Peter & Rosalie | Phone 415 2617 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 550 Albany Highway | Albany | www.settlersalbany.co.nz The 'Lodge' now open outstanding community facilities SHOWHOME OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM TO 4PM New Zealand Day: What do you think? Ideas man: Alan Smythe is calling for a national day of celebration. Photo: GEORGE GARDNER Showtime: Kiwis love Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park. So would they embrace a New Zealand Day extravaganza? Photo: GRAEME COX The Aussies have one and so do the Canadians. So why don t we? Leading events promoter Alan Smythe is calling for a national annual day of cel- ebration supported by a large and free public showcasing of the country s finest skill and talent. The Waiheke Island resi- dent is the executive pro- ducer of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park and has helped raise a staggering $8 million for children s charities through a series of similar events over the last 25 years. The hugely popular Opera in the Park and Symphony Under the Stars of years gone by also bore his hallmark. Now Mr Smythe wants a date set aside as New Zea- land Day and supported by a massive extravaganza at the Auckland Domain -- broad- cast live to the nation. Something that displays and records all that s good about our country and kick starts a true day of cel- ebration. Such a day could showcase the winners of national championships in all fields including culture, sport, art, theatre, fashion. There are no national festivals of an uplifting, uni- fying nature and I think we need an event to bring every- one together -- one that celeb- rates everything that makes us proud of our country, he says. I believe the people of New Zealand are looking for unity as a nation. Politics doesn t bring us together any more and sport- ing events are losing their power to do so -- with the odd exception like the Rugby World Cup. Mr Smythe is keen to gauge public opinion before taking the concept further and is looking for support at a public and corporate level. I m simply talking about a day to celebrate New Zealand and I want to know what peo- ple think? Let's get the discussion going. Do you like the idea of a New Zealand Day? Drop the editor a line at PO Box 33 235, 1 Byron Ave, Takapuna or email your thoughts to email@example.com.
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