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Who Are We?

Public Dreams Charitable Trust

Our Purpose

To develop cultural, educational and community based arts opportunities

for people of all ages in Hastings and improve their quality of life.

Our Major Project

Since 1998 the annual Hastings Fiesta of Lights provides a safe, affordable and welcoming place for young and old to gather to enjoy special light displays designed by local artists for 22 nights from the third Saturday in December to the first Saturday at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, Hastings.

The Fiesta of Lights brings together both urban and rural communities in the district and receives ongoing support from local businesses  and volunteers representing Hastings art, cultural and heritage organisations.

Each year by adding new light displays and improving our services and environment we ensure that the event remains fresh for returning visitors and an exciting experience for new audiences.

The event is popular because it’s affordable, accessible, appeals to all ages, promotes a culture of positive memories for children and provides a peak experience in people’s social lives during the Christmas holiday period.

Who benefits from the Fiesta of Lights ?

The beneficiaries of the festival are widespread encompassing people of all ages, all ethnicities, all socio-economic backgrounds and all Hastings suburbs both urban and rural. The majority of beneficiaries are;

Hastings 40%, Napier 24%, rest of Hawke’s Bay 6% and visitors from outside the region 30%. Attendance: Around 12,000 people annually

Who helps to run the Fiesta of Lights?

The event is supported by 150 volunteers. They make new light sculptures during spring, set them up around the site, do maintenance and repairs on the lights afterwards and place them back into storage.


Where does the money come from?

The majority of our funding comes from grants, sponsorship and fundraising projects throughout the year. We raise around $27,000 before the gates open. This helps us to keep the cost of entry down to the public to $5 for all ages. Under 3 free. 

Who funds us?

Hastings District Council, Hastings Creative Communities, Classic Hits 89.5, Unison, NZ Lotteries, Eastwater, Grow, Hirepool, Eastern & Central Community Trust, Corys and other local businesses who help from time to time.

What is the money used for?

100% of income from ticket sales, fundraising events, grants and sponsorship is used to make new light sculptures each year, rent the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, pay annual storage fees, repairs, purchase lifeguards and power cords, event set up and promotion.

What else do we do?

We offer assistance to other local events including the Hastings Blossom Parade (since 2000), Cornwall Park Osmanthus Garden Lights, Flaxmere Park Matariki and Hawke’s Bay Hawks Basketball Team.

100% of fees we earn from other events goes to the Fiesta of Lights. These include Taupo’s Erupt Festival, Splore, Diwali, Glen Innes Light Trail and fireworks displays from Auckland to Masterton.