During their first week on tour, Living Legends visited several Auckland suburbs, as well as Waitomo and Hamilton, New Zealand. Following are a few key events:
- 3 performances–2 in Auckland & 1 in Hamilton; 2 devotionals; and exchanges with a university, an intermediate school, and a youth protection unit. Also a short performance at the Ronald McDonald House near the Starship Hospital.
- Pre-performance VIP receptions; a major media event for TV, radio, and print media; and live TV and radio interviews.
- Visited the Whakatakapokai Care & Protection Residence including an exchange of speeches in Maori and Samoan as well as songs between BYU and the residents.
- Teresa McNamara, Catholic Diocese of Auckland, said: “It was an amazing show. Very hard to believe that those dancers are students who balance dance practice with their studies. The show was definitely of a standard you would expect from professional dancers. I loved the way that they came out to mix and mingle with the crowd after the show—just awesome.” (from Mormon Newsroom of the Pacific).
- Visited the Waitomo glowworm caves, viewing the unique worms existing in the darkness of the caves, that glow to attract food for sustenance. Also ascended Mount Eden in Auckland, saw the Auckland waterfront, and visited Bastion Point.
This past week Living Legends visited Rotorua, Taupo, Palmerston North, Wellington, and Porirua, New Zealand, and also flew to Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Some of the tour highlights include:
- In Wellington, Living Legends performed for high commissioners from Cuba, Chile, Samoa, and Niue, and for the United States Ambassador to New Zealand.
- On May 7th a special command performance was held for the Queen of Tonga, government officials, and church community leaders in Tonga. Approximately 830 attended the by-invitation only event.
- Performing arts students from the Universal College of Life exchanged dancing and singing with Living Legends for two hours on the day of the Palmerston North, New Zealand performance.
- Sights visited included the Hamilton LDS Temple, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, and the Wellington waterfront in New Zealand, and an open air market, Mapu’a ‘a Vaea blowholes, and a beach-side Mother’s Day dinner buffet in Tonga.
- An exchange with Bishop Viard College in Wellington further strengthened LDS and Catholic relationships.