The NCCA came to New Zealand late on July 28th and was hosted in Auckland by the Choralation choir of Westlake Boys and Girls High Schools led by Rowan Johnstone. Their busy schedule was as follows:
July 29th Full day Maori Choral Workshop with Hangi meal hosted by Aorere College’s “Sweet Sixteen” Choir led by Douglas Nyce.
July 30th and 31st Two day choral competition, workshops, massed choir rehearsals and recordings.
August 1 Flew to Queenstown
6pm Recital in St Peters Church, Queenstown with the Central Otago Regional Choir directed by John Buchanan
August 2nd Recital in the Mercure Hotel.
August 3rd Daytime skiing in the Cadrona Valley
August 4th lunchtime Concert at Geraldine Primary School with the Colla Voce Choir conducted by Shirley Lindroos from Geraldine High School
7pm concert in St John’s Church with the Mt Hutt College Choir directed by Thirza Currie and the Crescendo Light Orchestra conducted by Lyn Blackwell at St Johns Church Methven.
August 5th 7pm concert in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Barbadoes St, Christchurch with the choir and orchestra of Christchurch Boys High School and the Cathedral Choir all led by Don Whelan. This cathedral, a wonderful place for a choir to sing, was not broken in the subsequent earthquake but was cracked badly enough to be out of commission in the interim.
August 6th On the plane back to Melbourne