TSB Bank Festival of Lights


Planning is now underway for this season’s TSB Bank Festival of Lights and we are looking forward to putting together another fantastic On Stage programme. Entertainment begins on the evening of Boxing Day, 26 December 2015, through till the 23 January 2016.

Applications are now open for performers to apply to be part of this year's On Stage programme, which you can do so by filling out the application form below and returning it to Michelle Cowley (michelle.cowley@npdc.govt.nz) by 5.00pm Saturday 1 August 2015.

 Spread the word and we look forward to receiving your applications!

Application Letter.pdf
Application Form.pdf


The Festival is a must-do experience in Taranaki:

  • Each year the festival transforms Pukekura Park into a beautiful illuminated night-time wonderland.
  • Attracts over 100,000 visitors each year - locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Over 1,000 lights are installed in the park, beautifully illuminating the trees and foliage surrounding the lakes.
  • Summer Scene, the daytime event's programme for children and families, has 23 events this season. Sponsored by Tag Oil and Horizon Energy Services.
  • On Stage, the night entertainment programme featuring nationally and international acts, has 47 performances this season.  Supported by TSB Community Trust.
  • Twilight movies, outdoor movies in the park is a magical experience under the stars. Bring a pillow and blanket to the Boat Shed Lawn. Sponsored by ITL.



TSB Bank Festival of Lights has been named as a finalist in the NZAEP Event Awards
for Best Partnership for an Event!



Twenty-six events that bring people and communities together as well as drive domestic and international tourism are being recognised in this year’s New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Awards. 

The awards aim to celebrate the country’s leading events and event professionals.

Judge spokesperson and CEO of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler, says the judges were impressed by the quality of this year’s applications.

Entries from across the country were received for nine different categories and the finalists for Best Partnership for an event included our very own TSB Bank Festival of Lights.
The winners will be announced on the 22 of July 2015.


Previous accolades include:

New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA)
'Outstanding Event'

The TSB Bank Festival of Lights has been named the most Outstanding Event  in New Zealand, which recognises the recreation industry's most innovative and inspiring individuals and organisations.

 New Zealand Association of Event Professionals (NZAEP)
'Best Established Community Event'

The TSB Bank Festival of Lights was voted the Best Established Community Event in New Zealand.  The award recognises excellence in an event delivered to meet local community needs or provide an enhanced experience.

Finalist of the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards 2014  
The TSB Bank Festival of Lights is a much loved community event in New Plymouth and is now the proud finalist of the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards for 2014.