Event Details

WHERE: Taupo Events Centre, 26 AC Baths Avenue, Taupo

WHEN: Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 5pm til 11pm



Ticket Options

All ticket purchases will be subject to a booking fee and GST



EARLY Entry from 5pm

Includes a 3 course meal, supper and limited complimentary beverages.

Tables seat 10, $200+GST per person or $2000+GST per table


Entry from 6pm

Includes antipasto platters, supper and a complimentary drink on arrival

Tables seats 10, $150+GST per person or $1500+GST per table


Glamstand: Mezzanine seating

Entry from 6pm

Includes supper and a complimentary drink on arrival

$80+GST per person



Travelling from out of town and looking for accommodation for Dancing for Life Education Central Plateau on November 23rd? We've partnered with the awesome team at Wairakei Resort Taupo who have created a special offer for you.

View and book online here!


Bus Transport - Return trip only

Buses depart between 11pm and midnight.

Please start to consider your transport plans to and from the event - buses are available as below but MUST be pre-booked by Friday 8th November 2019

Option 1: to Richmond Heights $9 + GST per person

Return trip only via Taharepa, Kiddle, Arrowsmith, Richmond, Lake Tce, Airport RAB, Events centre

Option 2: to Acacia Bay $9 + GST per person

Return trip only via Spa, Wairakei Dr, Poihipi, Acacia Bay Rd, Norman Smith, Spa Rd, Events Centre

Option 3: to Taupō CBD $6+ GST per person

Return trip only via Taharepa Rd, Rifle Range Rd, Heuheu St, Tongariro St, Taupō Events Centre



  • Michaela Pointon

    Michaela Pointon

    Taupō local, Michaela Pointon has had 6 months of huge growth in her music. After the successful release of her debut EP, 'Human Nature' in November 2018, Michaela has since made the move to Auckland where she is studying music, writing new songs and building a name for herself in the live music scene. Michaela always impresses and her songs have a strength and maturity rare for someone so young. Michaela too, has new songs to share and there is nowhere better to debut them than at Dancing for Life Education in partnership with Penny Homes. Michaela will be accompanied by keyboardist and friend David Love from Avalanche City.

  • HALO the band

    HALO the band

    Formed over a decade ago HALO have performed internationally and throughout New Zealand for a variety of corporate and private events. This 6 piece band never fails to get people up out of their seats and on to the dance floor.

    HALO features some of the best entertainers in NZ including:
    Michael Murphy - lead vocals.
    Michael hails from Taupō. Since finishing runner-up in the inaugural series of New Zealand Idol, Michael signed to BMG records. Michael has spent the last few years working as a session singer after working overseas for a number of years with his band. He also has performed nationally for corporate audiences and at events such as Coca Cola Christmas in the Park.
    Sebastian Lloyd - lead guitar and vocals
    Also hailing from the Central Plateau, Sebastian has spent the past 20 years working as lead guitarist alongside many of our top performers as a live musician. He has also toured internationally with bands from both Canada and Australia.

  • MC: Walter Neilands

    MC: Walter Neilands

    Walter Neilands has been hosting and writing Television since 2010 and in this time, gained a large connection with NZ audiences. Well-known for his creative activity on shows such as TV3 ’s Cadbury Dream Factory and Sticky TV, NZ’s most popular youth Television show. He  brought his boundless energy to the ballroom competing in the 2019 Dancing with the Stars and is well-known for his upbeat energy. Walter is a Life Education Trust ambassador and is supporting this event by giving his time free of charge.


  • Darrel Harris

    Darrel Harris

    I’m so excited to have been asked to be a judge for Dancing for Life Education in partnership with Penny Homes.

    My background has been dance all my life… starting at 4 years old to becoming a member of the Royal NZ Ballet Company at 16. I also judge ballet, jazz and tap comps around NZ. I’ve danced on many TV shows for the ballet company and also a show called the Glen Tucker show, that feature NZ and Australian artists.

    Something you don’t know about me …I’m a racing car driver and currently the national champ… a kickboxing instructor and the only international nail competition judge in NZ.

    This is going to be an amazing night ..make sure you get your tickets and a big thank you to our major sponsors Penny Homes. Good luck to all the contestants !

  • David Trewavas

    David Trewavas

    Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas entered local body politics in 2001 and served one term as a councillor before becoming Deputy Mayor in 2004.

    He was elected Mayor in 2013 and since then has maintained a strong focus on encouraging economic development in the district.

    Drawing on the skills and knowledge he gained during the development of his own business interests in Taupō, David enjoys advocating in the best interests of the district at both a regional and national level, and is passionate about ensuring the world knows the Taupō District is open for business.

    David is married to Anna and has four daughters.

  • Dean McKerras

    Dean McKerras

    Dean has Directed / Choreographed and /or produced many shows including Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, 42nd Street, Broadway bigger than ever! with Jackie Clarke, The Rocky Horror Show with Richard Long and the touring Chicago starring Michael Barrymore and Tina Cross.

    Based in his studio complex, Dean McKerras School of Dance thrives with over 500 dancers passing through its doors each week.

    Having gained a Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education, Dean has created and implements a ‘Dance in Education’ programme which has seen him share dance with over 50,000 school children. He currently shares his ‘passion and energy’ for dance with students through master classes which see him travelling around New Zealand, and internationally has taught in Vancouver, London and the Philippines.

    Dean is the creator & director of DanceNZmade branding which runs competitions and workshops around the country for studios and schools, and provides Hip Hop, Contemporary and Performance (jazz based) Levels- a syllabus being danced in studios around the country

  • Richard Hamer

    Richard Hamer

    Richard is a Whakatāne based community worker and mountain bike coach that loves to ride and take risks! Last year he threw himself on stage and at the mercy of an audience as a Dancing for Life Education Eastern Bay of Plenty contestant.

    “Being partnered with the lovely Virginia Jeeves was a lot of fun, we’re both very extroverted and were given hip hop as our dance genre. We both had the time of our lives, met new people, learnt some new skills and had so many laughs. Incredibly on the night, we were not only awarded the People’s Choice award but we also WON!!”

    Richard says it was the most stressful, scary, yet rewarding thing he’s ever done! He swore never again so now he’s on stage as a judge!

    “I know exactly how these Central Plateau dancers will be feeling leading up to their performances. I wish them all the very best.”

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