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From the pen (keyboard) of our very own Simon Garrett:

By New Zealand standards, the 53rd Halberg Awards – recognizing New Zealand’s top sporting achievements – is a big, complex live-broadcast event.

Staged in Auckland Vector Arena, this team effort is an evolving collaboration between Oceania the event’s Lighting, Audio and Screens and broadcast partner OSB, alongside broadcaster SKY TV, which runs the show and manages all the content for the three-hour live broadcast.

It’s a real team effort our end. Jeremy Fern manages the production load-in and load -out, Sven Naumann is on Systems and Joel Stanners assumes the key lighting programmer/operator role and contributes to the delivery and look of the show.

Bjarne does the sound design and is FOH engineer on the night.

Simon has been involved at the sharp end of the Halberg Awards broadcast for the last six years and in that time has seen the lighting elements evolve and grow. Initially he was brought when the then-smaller, AV-based event moved from the SKY Casino ballroom to Vector – which, at 85 metres long, with a 39-metre-wide performance and working area, plus a 19-metre trim was a considerable leap in terms of scale.

A lot of broadcast shows are compromised from the live-audience point of view, as they deliver a stronger look onscreen, but a VIP guest list like the Halberg Awards must deliver just as well to the eye in the room.

Jeremy had a lot of input into the updated show set backdrop which comprises of projection and LED panels bordered with truss and lighting elements all centred around a tower of 4.5mm LED 6m x 12m high. This is rigged portrait with its lower half splitting to create a presenter entrance

The networked GrandMA2 consoles were programmed and operated on the night by Oceania’s Joel Stanners who enjoys working with BMFLS. "They are definitely the fixture I like most at the moment - brightness wise, there's nothing that can complete with them, the colours and gobos are great … and they're really fast"

About the Halberg Awards

The Awards – named after athlete Sir Murray Halberg - help the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation to raise funds that are used to enhance the lives of physically disabled young people, their families and communities, by enabling them to participate in sport.





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