What's coming up at the Aurora Centre? This page has details of upcoming events hosted at Burnside High School's Aurora Centre. Both school-based and outside events are featured.

Please note that not all events are published - due to the nature of the booking.

Contact Information

To enquire about booking the Aurora Centre please contact Angela Holmes - or telephone 358-8383
To enquire about an estimate of costs please contact our Technicians:




APRIL 2014


EdTechTeam - New Zealand Summit - South Island

Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 April

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Paul Potts "One Chance":  Live in Concert

Tuesday 29 April - 7:30pm

Presented by: Stewart & Tricia Macpherson

The most successful international touring Artist to come out of Britain's Got Talent, and the first winner, Paul Potts, is coming to Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Christchurch this April.

With orchestral accompaniment, and a very special Kiwi supporting Artist who will also duet with Paul, this is going to be a thrilling musical event of the most popular crossover and classical songs. Hard on the heels of the movie of his life story, 'One Chance', Paul gives you one chance to see him in each of these cities. It's not to be missed!

Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or





MAY 2014


Language of Living 2014 National Tour

Saturday 3 May - 7:30pm

Presented by: New Zealand Dance Company

Fresh from their acclaimed performances at the Holland Dance Festival, The New Zealand Dance Company brings their virtuosic choreography and stunning design in Language of Living, direct to the heart of New Zealand.

In a five centre, one night only tour, New Zealanders can experience the brave and beautiful performances showcased in Language of Living; a remarkable presentation of new and inspired dance by our finest artistic athletes. Language of Living comprises of five short works by established and internationally recognised Arts Laureates Shona McCullagh and Michael Parmenter, alongside mid-career choreographer Sarah Foster-Sproull, and emerging choreographers Justin Haiu and Tupua Tigafua.

The company’s vision for creative alchemy combines stunning costume, video, set and sound design, featuring compositions by Gareth Farr, CPE Bach, The Electric Boutique, Vivaldi,  Sekai Mailata and Eden Mullholland.

“a triumph!... stylish & sophisticated” Dominion Post

Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or



Comedy Convoy

Wednesday 14 May

7Days star Paul Ego hosts a high-octane two-hour stand-up comedy showcase guaranteed to be funny as; with new and used, finely tuned, well oiled international & kiwi comedians coming to theatres across NZ.

Starring British comedians Carl Donnelly & Markus Birdman; alongside hilarious Kiwi's Justine Smith and crack-up magician Jarred Fell

"…a totally awesome night, we were in tears by the end of it"  - Jo Donoghue [audience member]

Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or


2014 Christchurch Grand Prix Bodybuilding Show

Saturday 17 May

2014 SAS Christchurch Grand Prix international bodybuilding show come and see New Zealand's top international athletes battle it out for a chance to compete at this years NABBA worlds & WFF universe an event not to be missed.



Doors open – 11:30am
Finish time – 6:00pm

Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or



Burnside High School - One Act Plays

Thursday 22 & Friday 23 May

Details to follow.  



Smokefree Rockquest - Heats

Saturday 24 May

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Grumpy Old Women

Friday 30 May - 8:00pm & Saturday 31 May 4:00pm & 8:00pm


Presented by: Ben McDonald

Starring: Geraldine Brophy, Jude Gibson and Lynda Milligan


Back to knock some sense back into the nation, THE GRUMPY OLD WOMEN return with a 21 date New Zealand tour of their brand spanking new show FIFTY SHADES OF BIEGE!

This jam-packed show comes from the original authors, Jenny Éclair and Judith Holder, and stars three of New Zealand’s favourite theatre actresses Geraldine Brophy, Jude Gibson and Lynda Milligan. It includes all the most Grumpy topics... learning the art of 'Grumpy Grooming', the joy of large pants, a free nagging master class (how to get your own way without him even noticing), beards for women, which style will suit you?

Complimentary Anger Management workshop, middle-aged drinking: the rules, navigating the smorgasbord of worry, voluntary euthanasia vs. retirement, how to customise an unwanted pole dancing kit and a mercifully brief Zumba demonstration. All this and more!

Inspired by the ratings-busting BBC Two series and best-selling Grumpy old Women handbook, Grumpy Old Women Live, is a celebration of the pre-, peri- and post-menopausal female condition. Three live and rather furious females take to the stage for an orgy of middle aged mayhem, with not a thong in sight. Don't forget your bifocals.

Come and bask in an orgy of fury and big laughs in this glorious live version of the hit TV show.

Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or





JUNE 2014


Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour of New Zealand 2014

Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June


More information will be posted shortly on ticket purchasing and the films selected to screen.


Burnside High School - Senior Dance Showcase "A"

Thursday 12 June - 7:00pm

Come and support an evening of dance works performed by students from years 11-13.  

The programme includes student choreography, inspired by George Balanchine's 1967 work, Jewels, a repertoire of dances to the rocking music of Queen, and student choreography inspired by the dudes and divas of contemporary music.

Entry by Koha

Seating First in First Served.



Smokefree Rockquest - Finals

Friday 13 June 


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JULY 2014


The King's Singers - Great American Songbook

Tuesday 1 July - 7:30pm

Presented by John Cristian Productions


One of the worlds most celebrated ensembles take on timeless American classics.

Paying tribute to the most enduring and influential American popular songs of the 20th century, The King’s Singers perform the best of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Gershwin and more.

With brand new arrangements by renowned jazz and choral composer Alexander L’Estrange, The King’s Singers bring their own consummate vocal talents and trademark British wit to this golden era songs from Broadway musicals, Hollywood films and the American theatre stage.

With a discography of over 150 recordings The King’s Singers have set the standard for the art of a cappella everywhere. Recipients of two Grammy® Awards, the Midem International Classical Award and recent inductees into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, their repertoire ranges across every genre from Renaissance motet to the coolest of vocal jazz.

Join the group as they launch a new double CD release with their New Zealand premiere live performances of the Great American Songbook, containing beloved hits such as Let’s Misbehave, My Funny Valentine and Cry Me A River.

David Hurley & Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor; Paul Phoenix, tenor; Christopher Bruerton & Christopher Gabbitas, baritone; Jonathan Howard, bass 

"… unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain."

The Times, London

Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or








Take Me Home

Wednesday 3 September - 8:00pm

Presented by: Event Entertainment Ltd

Take Me Home – The Music & Life of John Denver takes you on a musical journey of one of the world’s most captivating and celebrated men.  Through the exclusive film footage, his love for life, and concerns for the environment are poignantly portrayed in this stage presentation.  Singer Bevan Gardiner, accompanied by international musicians perform all the John Denver songs with such accuracy and feeling that if you close your eyes you are effortlessly transported to the era of John Denver’s music.

Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or



Burnside High School - Senior Dance Showcase "B"

Tuesday 23 September - 7:00pm

Sit and be transported by the senior dance students in their second showcase for 2014.  Showcase B includes a diverse repertoire of Musical Theatre dances, student choreography inspired by Alvin Ailey's seminal work, Revelations, and a range of fun, upbeat student creations.

Entry by Koha
Seating First in First Served.



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