Central Leader : January 26th 2010
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Known as the alternative Big Day Out, it is one of the first international events to book the square since its upgrade last year. The massive makeover means the council-controlled recreation space can now cater for events with up to 20,000 people. Edge general manager Robbie Macrae, who administers the inner-city location, says it is terribly exciting to have the project finished and open for use as an events destination. He says the square can only be booked out for noisy events, such as Laneway, for six days each year. Four days this year are already taken, with Splore- City closing off the grass area next to the Town Hall for three days in mid-February. It s just a case of getting the right balance with these big concerts, at other times events may only use an eighth of the square -- such as the Auckland Arts Festival in March, Mr Macrae says. While some festivals mean the public have restricted access to the location, most events are free of charge. Diwali, organised by Auck- land City Council and Asia:NZ last October, was the first big test for Aotea Square, with an estimated 40,000 people traipsing across it during the festival. Event organisers also have to stick to strict noise restrictions while using the area. There s a limit of six hours of accumulated noise over a 24-hour period and a 65 deci- bel restriction is in place. That is slightly quieter than standing on the Queen St footpath and listening to a bus roar past. However, Laneway Festi- val has a music schedule totalling almost 10 hours of non-stop noise. Although The Edge will be monitoring noise time and levels during the up-coming festivals, Mr Macrae is opti- mistic this won t be a prob- lem. We are obviously very aware of local residents and the general use of the square, he says. But Laneway is not like the Big Day Out -- it really attracts an over-30s crowd, and 60 percent of patrons are female. It s not going to be big douf douf music either, it s designed for people to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, Mr Macrae says. Isaac Promotions, which brought the Australian-based festival to New Zealand for the first time last year, is also hoping the event goes smoothly. We ve been working really hard to get it all right, event director Mark Kneebone says. Held at Britomart last year, Laneway was criticised for organisational issues including a lack of food stalls, extreme queues for the bar and one band drowning out another because the stages were too close together. Mr Kneebone says moving to Aotea Square means they will have almost triple the amount of space, eliminating most of the previous problems. He says he is aware of the noise restrictions, but there s definitely ways to apply and work within the spirit of agreement . Restrictions mean Lane- way and Splore-City will have to accommodate dead air time and finish by 11pm. World's top couple shine in contest FROM Page 1 Big rock: A close-up of Shariyah's ring. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Morris surprise his Amer- ican wife by organising a trip around the city with a radio promotions team. Both got a shock of their own after bumping into Mr Hill by chance on Queen St. I m on one side of the car and Shariyah is on the other and we ve got our team uniforms on. Then low and behold Michael Hill is walking down Queen St. I jumped out and almost tackled him -- he must have thought I was going to flog his watch. Mr Hill agreed to have his photo taken with them out- side a Michael Hill Jewellers store, which they incorpor- ated into the challenge. Other challenges saw Mr Morris, 29, fly a banner declaring his love for his wife, 26, over the Auckland Santa Parade, creating the ultimate date night and writing poetry to each other. The husband-and-wife team also went to great lengths in the competition s final days to make sure they secured enough online votes to be in contention for the prize. We had to be in the top six, but we d run out of friends and family to vote so we had to make more friends, Mr Morris says. I camped out at Star- bucks with my laptop so people could vote, then headed over to Esquires because it s 24 hours. The ring was originally made to fit socialite Kim Kardashian s finger after she was hired to promote the contest. It has since been resized for Mrs Morris. It s fitted so it won t come off -- I m not too scared of losing it, she says. They spent some time with Mrs Morris s family in Montana after collecting the prize from Ms Kardashian and Mr Hill in New York. They met by chance in 2007 in Seattle after Mr Morris s business partner arranged for him to pick Shariyah from the airport because she d flown in to babysit his children.
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