New Arrowtown Autumn Festival festival co-ordinator Toni
Stockham will oversee the event's 30th anniversary. Photo
by Christina McDonald.
What do the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics and the
Arrowtown Autumn Festival have in common?
The answer is new festival co-ordinator Toni Stockham, who
will oversee the 30th anniversary of Arrowtown's annual
Ms Stockham, who lives in Queenstown when she is not working
contracts overseas, said having seen ''five of the last six''
festivals as a punter she decided to apply for the role
because it fit in well with her upcoming work in Glasgow for
the Commonwealth Games and ''it's a great community event''.
The events manager worked as a stadium co-ordinator for the
Olympic Ceremonies Company, and was responsible for
operational issues related to the opening and closing
ceremonies. She also worked on the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Given next year was the 30th anniversary of the Arrowtown
festival, ''we are looking to do something special'', Ms
The milestone meant ''we can do something a little different
... but we don't want to go out there and reinvent the
festival, because it works as it is''.
She plans to leave for Glasgow at the end of May for a job at
the Commonwealth Games.
She hoped her autumn festival role would be ongoing.