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And the winner is.......

Lydia Ko and the All Blacks may have walked away with the silverware but Oceania performed its own clean-sweep, providing services from our Sound, Lighting and Screens departments, and even a little bit of Staging!

The annual Westpac Halberg Awards has become one of New Zealand's biggest events, this year totally filling Vector Arena, where sporting legends, nominees and VIP guests were treated to a stage and set design that had involved had our team creatively from late December 2013.

Simon Garrett led the visual and aesthetic design creative in collaboration with Steve from Think Tank, who was responsible for the massive set. From the start, Sky Television producer Eric Lazaryes pushed us to top last year's effort, a brief echoed by Grant McCabe of the Halberg Disability Trust.

These guys were so good to work with. Creative meetings were always fun and productive, and we were able to draw on our previous experience of the event. Using accurate plans, we could critique our work and siphon off the best ideas, at the same time adding new elements to 'keep it fresh'.

We resized the LED screens, and introduced a split 5mm LED entry centre upstage and some banner screens to join the LED to the HD projection screens. We also replaced the 16mm centre screen with 12mm mesh and designed some wing panels to join this to the main programme screens visually. Finally, we added a LEDRAG background to form the grand entrance for hosts and guest award presenters, who included the Mad Butcher and the PM himself.

Of course, this being a televised show, we were also responsible for lighting the event to full HD-standard spec for 11 cameras, four of which were handhelds. Likewise, the foyer and red carpet were lit to HD TV standard.

The noise boys put in a centre cluster, as well as stacks to the left and right, as every last word needed to be heard perfectly anywhere in the arena.

Oceania Screens provided four large-format projection screens. The main left and right were 8.26 x 4.7m truss frames with 20k HD projectors, while the side screens were upgraded to 12k HD Christies on 4.87m x 3.65m stumfolds. In real time Mike (Shaggy) Ten-Holt controlled the mix between the truck, MCU, logo rolls and historical footage.

Our friends at Oceania LED, under the command of the one and only Ralph Coppins, provided media and delivered a clean background within the B&W podium light boxes nicely. The split screen joined seamlessly and looked motorised – for which we have Sven to thank: there's nothing like seven weeks' practice on X Factor!

 

"I just want to say a huge thank you to the Oceania team (and Steve too of course) who helped us deliver a fantastic Westpac Halberg Awards. We have had nothing but really positive feedback including a number of very influential people in New Zealand sport raving about how the Awards were a 'world class event' and the best they had ever been to. None of the great reviews and feedback would have been possible without the dedicated work of the Oceania team. You guys are true professionals, who are a pleasure to work with and always deliver the highest quality possible."

Grant McCabe Fundraising & Events Manager
Halberg Trust

 

Team Oceania at the Halbergs 2014:

Lighting:  Simon Garrett, Jeremy Fern, Shaun Cattell, Dan Cairns, Sebastien Cadieux, Terry Shephard, Patrick 'Patch' Hawkins

Audio:  Kerry Furlong, Jono 'Oh John' Lauti, Colin Burrell, Neil Heathcote

Screens: Deen Abu Bakar, Mike 'Shaggy' Ten Holt, Monica Chan

Oceania LED: Ralph Coppins, Sven Naumann

 

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