Over the years I have done many reports to funders and thought that, as this was the final one, I would post it. It gives some very interesting stats as well as informing readers of the ongoing use of Zebz equipment. Sincere thanks and appreciation to all the helpers we have had over the years.
31 March 2014
Looking back to early 2013 when I wrote an
overview for our funding applications I never thought that this would be my
last report. We had been hoping that
someone would appear that had the same vision as the Trust and relieve some of
the Friday/Saturday night management, but that did not eventuate.
Two days after Christmas 2013 our close
knit family suffered a tragedy in the loss of our granddaughter Isobel at 32
weeks gestation. This brought home to
Jennie and I the need to be available to enjoy the company of our immediate family
and their children. With that in mind
and 479 Blenheim Road being on a month by month lease, since June 2013, we
approached the landlord to have another trust take over the running of Zebedees
but that was not to be. The landlord
required the building to undertake earthquake repairs and as such would not be
renewing the lease or allow the building to be leased by another trust.
Something that started as a vision in
1997, for our then two teenage daughters to have somewhere to enjoy dancing and
performing, kicked off in Lichfield Street in January 1998 but closed in 1999
after we lost the use of the building.
Then followed a four year hunt for another building, eventually ending
at 479 Blenheim Road.
After five hundred hours setting up the
space we opened on the 21st January 2004 thanks to Chris, Glynn,
Mickey and Rachel for all their hard work.
Over the next ten years the venue, in terms of patronage and bands, went
from strength to strength. With funding
support from the Christchurch City Council and the Canterbury Community Trust,
the venues survival was assured and our grateful thanks go to these two
For the 2013/2014 year we expended some 2,066
volunteer hours, 66 bands with 127 performances and 3,872 patrons attending,
which is on par with previous years. We
had a big increase in international bands performing (10 in total) coming from
the U.S.A. and Australia. On the national
scene old friends, ‘Tainted’, ‘Out Cold A.D.’, 8ft Sativa’, ‘Saving Grace’ and
‘Antagonist A.D.’ played to a packed venue.
Over the years we have had some really
magic events; of note these are:
Friday Live series
Waste Concert 2008
Guides Jamboree – January 2008 with some 2,500 guides over one week
Schools Concert Nights in which we have seen some very talented young musicians
go onto better things with Rhys Bell, Jake Peters, Eddie Kiesanowski to name
just a few.
Over the years Jennie and I have had many
loyal volunteers that have put in many hours keeping the venue running, in
their different roles, and my thanks go to Mickey and Peter (security), Ricky
and Paige, Ngaire and Kale, Laurelle and Taliha, Chris and Rachel, Katrina,
James, Malachi, Charlotte and Hollie, Seb and Tim, Dan and Jen, to name just a
Then there are the organizations and
individuals that have continued over the years to give support to this amazing
place, who without, we would not have been able to run in some way:
◾Fleece (Craig Steven)
◾Paul Mellon (Sound Workshop)
◾Paul Matthews (Sound Systems)
◾Chris Martin (Selwyn District Council/Sound Entertainment)
◾Marcus Winstanley (MAINZ)
◾Dave Morris and Judith Bell
◾Vicki Anderson (The Press)
◾The Rock Shop
◾Bin It Bin Hire
◾Ferry Oaks Limited
At this point I want to make a special
mention of a person who for the last several years has been my ‘right hand
man’, who has been a mentor to bands and all round best mate, Craig Stare. Over the years many of our youth bands have gone on to play on a Friday night/Saturday main stage at Muscle Car Madness at Rangiora
and this is all down to Craig’s love of bands, music and youth. Many who got their start in youth bands, like
‘Sixlip’ and ‘Flying Solo’ with Sam Chambers-Watson, who is now in premier rock
outfit ‘This Disaster’, have gone on to headline at Muscle Car and other venues
like the Dux Live.
Craig, there are no words to express my heartfelt thanks to you. May we continue
to be involved together with youth events in Rolleston, Lincoln and outlying
Over the last ten years we have seen:
◾66,942 youth patrons
◾19,106 volunteer hours expended
◾886 bands have performed over the years with some of New Zealand’s biggest acts
included, along with bands from Australia and U.S.A.
We stayed with our original PA system of 14,000 watts which performed with little breakdowns, QSC amps, RCF drum fill,EV monitors with RCF (4) top boxes and 4 bass maxes. The backline went from Marshall 100w Combos, SWR 160w bass amp and Pearl Forum Export Drum Kit to Marshall AVT 150 heads and
cabs; then a year ago we updated to Fender Mustang 150w heads and cabs with a
Mapex Meridian 6pce Drum Kit but staying with the Behringer 450 bass head and
All this equipment, along with the stage
and bar, is now with the Selwyn Wairewa Youth Trust and is to be installed in
the new Lincoln youth venue due to open in May 2014.
Well it’s time for me to sign off. The ride has been fantastic, seeing so many
fabulous bands, the venue used to its full potential, the WOW! factor from so
many youth and parents and having so many excellent volunteers.
I reserve the biggest smile and fondest memories for the lives I have had the utmost privilege to see the change from teenagers to mature musicians/adults. This I will miss the most, having seen some as young as twelve years grow to be young adults that I would be proud to call my own.
My sincere thanks to all who have been involved over the last ten years and a special thanks to my wife, Jennie, who has had a husband ‘missing in action’ most Friday and Saturday nights. We will be about so say “hello” when you see us.
It’s been a ride to end all rides…………………..