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Saturday 10 October 2009


The Gay Blade

23rd February 2008


Posted by: Michael Stevens

A friend just rang and offered me a free ticket to tonight’s HERO Party, and I said “Hmm, well, I don’t think I really want to go. It’ll just be another Salvation”

“Me too” he said, “I can’t be bothered, that’s why I’m getting rid of the ticket”

What happened? Why don’t I care about the HERO Party anymore? I still like a good party, a big night out, but, HERO - meh.

It used really be something, the whole HERO Festival. There was a real spirit in the air, a sense of fun and occasion. But, back then, there were hundreds and hundreds of locals involved in making things happen, a few paid, most volunteers. And that created a real buzz, a sense of expectation: this was going to be OUR big night out.

Remember the grand opening in Aotea Square? That was an event. Remember the parade? That was an event. The mini-film festivals, all the other things, the magazine, just the general sense of build-up to a great time.

Today, well, the HERO Brand Management Group run it. I have no idea who they are. I have no idea what the HERO brand is about or why it should matter to me.

Yes, I know about the incompetence and financial mismanagement that dogged it in the past and why they changed the way they operate. Some very dodgy dealings went down which helped sour the whole thing for the “community” or those who had year after year put time and heart into making a great event.

But today, now, I just can’t be bothered. HERO doesn’t do it for me.

Does it do it for you?

Tags: General

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Bear // Feb 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    I have to say that the Hero organisation this year appeared better than recent years.
    The Party, although not on the scale of years way past, was a great night.
    Personally I had a great time with so many friends ,acquaintances, & even New friends.

    One poor soul complained about the lack of decoration. I had to point out that it cost around 11 million when done!!
    What did he want Balloons & Streamers??

    It was well worth attending, a great space, Great shows for the budget, lots of bars for service, & clean, plentiful (albeit BRIGHT) toilets.

    Lets all support Next Year.

  • 2 Michael Stevens // Feb 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Hey, really glad you had a good time. Maybe I’ll be persuaded next year…

  • 3 valens // Mar 1, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    11 million dollars? are you tripping?
    love the bright toilets comment,

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