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2019 event report

This report has been prepared for key stakeholders who have contributed to the success of HighLight: Carnival of Lights.

Bringing this event free to our community would not be possible without the support of our fabulous sponsors and delivery partners. It is also important we take the time to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and innovation of our talented performers, artists, volunteers and supporters.

Thank you to the following for supporting HighLight:

Council and community partners:
The Dowse Art Museum
Lower Hutt Events Centre
St James Church
War Memorial Library

Community funding:
Wellington Regional Amenities Fund
Pelorus Trust
Four Winds
Air Rescue Trust
One Foundation
NZCT

Installation sponsors:
A44 Games
Victoria University of Wellington
American Apparel 
EmbroidMe
Mitre 10 MEGA Petone
Ray White Kemeys Brothers
The Edge
The Breeze
Riverlink
Macaulay Metals
Queensgate Shopping Centre
Sign Foundry
Victoria University of Wellington

Marketing sponsors:
Mediaworks
Go Media

Event delivery partners:
Fulton Hogan
Metro Production Services
Hiremaster
MJF Lighting
Streamliner Productions

Results at a glance

Attendee numbers
Estimated 120,000 attendees. 51% are from Lower Hutt and 49% are from Wellington, Upper Hutt then further afield. 

Volunteers
300 volunteers across the four nights.

Attendee Satisfaction
Net promoter score of 60%.
As a general rule, events in Australia and New Zealand aim for a Net Promoter score of 30 or above.

Economic Benefits
An extra $340,000 spent city-wide during the four days of HighLight.
1% annual increase.

Fundraising
We partnered with White Ribbon Trust as our Charity partner for 2019 and raised $34,000 via a number of channels.

Waste Minimisation
80% of event day waste was diverted from landfill, this is an improvement from 78% in 2018. Our goal is to be waste free by 2021.

Accessibility evening attendance
80 people from our community with accessibility needs attended the event as part of the newly introduced accessibility evening.

Public feedback
Overwhelmingly positive and supportive messages have been received from community across the Wellington Region through social media, email, call centre and other channels.