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Christchurch City Council Media Release 11 August 1999

Mayor's Statement - In the Park 2000

New Year's Eve 1999 is a once-in-a-millennium chance to celebrate our city and showcase Christchurch on the global stage.

In the Park 2000 gives us a superb line-up for our celebration and also the chance to show off a city where everyone gets included in the action.

This very special occasion, as well as being great fun, will reflect the character of Christchurch as a positive, safe and magnificently multicultural city.
Mayor of Christchurch, Gary Moore

Mayor of Christchurch, Gary Moore

In The Park 2000

The Christchurch Millennium celebration

7pm, 31 December 1999, North Hagley Park, Christchurch

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Wright

Maori Song and Dance Extravaganza

A sensational start to the event, featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary Maori song and dance.

Children’s Show

Popular children’s television presenter, Jason Gunn, joins the future stars of the new millennium in a show for younger members of the audience. Created by renowned children’s producer/choreographer Stephen Robertson and featuring Young Entertainersand the Canterbury Opera Childrens Chorus.

Musical Theatre Showcase

This showcase of musical theatre has been created by Stephen Robertson and will feature song and dance from well known musicals ‘Annie’, ‘42nd Street’, ‘Grease’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Show’.

Pop Op 2000

Produced by Ray Columbus, Pop Op 2000 is a fantastic fusion of opera and pop featuring the Canterbury Opera Youth Chorus,talented young soloists Maria Batchelor, Elenor Sim, Dave McMeeking and Derin Greenslade together with sixties pop diva Suzanne Lynch. The show will include solos, duets and ensemble pieces that complement the two genres and showcase these wonderful young performers.

The Retro Show

In a fabulous hour-long show of back-to-back hits from the sixties, New Zealand pop icons Ray Columbus, Suzanne Lynch, Max Merrit, and Shane Hales will salute the enduring popularity of the music from this era.

Family Fireworks

For the many younger members of the audience who may not be able to stay until midnight, the first of two fireworks shows will provide them with a lasting memory of the millennium night. Entitled “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, this thrilling show will illustrate the magical story made famous by the Walt Disney movie, ‘Fantasia’.


Zed are one of the country’s hottest new bands. Their performance at ‘In the Park 2000’ will add to the excitement of this special night and include the hits “Oh Daisy” and “I’m Cold”.

Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn is one of the country’s finest songwriters and live performers. His career has spanned three decades and seen him become a major star in the New Zealand music industry. Dave’s performance at ‘In the Park 2000’ will feature many of his solo hits as well as favourite songs from Th’ Dudes and DD Smash.

Midnight Fireworks

A second stunning fireworks display will begin just moments prior to midnight to farewell the old millennium and welcome in the new one. This pyrotechnical tour-de-force will feature 10,000 individual fireworks effects including the biggest star shell ever fired in Hagley Park.

Dave Dobbyn

Dave and band return to the stage for another 40 minutes of fantastic Kiwi pop music, bringing the event to a close at 1am.

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