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NW Group invests in Robe Spiiders for New Zealand events market

NW Group recently invested in 24 new Robe Spiider LED wash beams. The company is New Zealand’s largest live event technology and full production specialist

NW Group, New Zealand’s largest live event technology and full production specialist for lighting, audio, and video, has recently invested in 24 new Robe Spiider LED wash beams, delivered via distributor Jands New Zealand. NW Group is represented in New Zealand by the Oceania and Spyglass brands with bases in Auckland and Wellington on the North Island.

NW Group’s work encompasses arts, performance and entertainment shows, concert touring, all types of corporates, special projects and they are also service providers to some of the busiest venues, including the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland.

(l to r) Jands New Zealand’s Phil Sargent, with NW Group head of lighting, Aaron Curry

NW Group has owned 56 x Robe BMFLs (32 x Spots and 24 x Blades) since 2014. But head of lighting Aaron Curry wanted to invest in the new, more modern Spiiders.

He said: “The new lights perfectly fill that gap for a mid-to-large-sized LED wash fixture here. Flexibility is top of the list for anything servicing our markets. Spiiders are both beams and wash lights so that is ideal for us.”

NW Group’s lighting department produces around 250 events a year of varying sizes and scales, and a typical month will also see one to two tours leave the warehouse. The current warehouse premises in Rosebank Road, Auckland is in the middle of what has become a hub for production companies and technical suppliers on the outskirts of the city.

NW Group production manager Jacob Eliason – now working for the Group in Australia previously based in Wellington – is another big fan of the Spiiders. “They are the punchiest wash lights we have here – I love the colour mixing and especially the darker colours,” he said.

Recent examples of NW Group’s work in New Zealand have included the Maranga Concert in Parrs Park, Auckland, to raise funds for communities hit by Cyclone Gabrielle; the Eden Park semi-final of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the annual Deloitte Top 200 Awards staged at Auckland’s Viaduct events centre.