Over 2000 people filled the Energy Events Centre to watch 10 Rotorua dancing couples take to the stage and display their fancy footwork.
At Harcourts Dancing with the Stars, Rotorua Hospice's biggest fundraiser of the year, over $140,000 was raised and donated through the Harcourts Foundation to support palliative care work by the Rotorua Hospice.
The entire evening was full of glitz and glamour, with winner on the night announced as Abbie Proudly and Ricky Brackfield from Osbornes Funeral Directors with the People’s Choice award going to Kylie Allpress and David Remmerswaal from Dubzz Digital Marketing.
Some new judging was introduced this year to the event. Unlike previous years, there was no clap-o-meter measuring the crowd's response, only two judges revealed their scores after each dance so that the winners remained a secret until the very end and participants in the silent auction will be granted access to vote for the People's Choice award.
The event was judged by Rotorua-raised Olympian Dame Valerie Adams, former event MC and current MP Tamati Coffey, and Rotorua-born judge D'Artagnan Kennedy - who featured on the first series of televised Dancing with the Stars in New Zealand.
Harcourts Group Ltd CEO Chris Kennedy said the real estate company is ‘incredibly proud to support Hospice across New Zealand and in particular we want to thank Glenn Austin and his team at ETB Realty for their outstanding efforts in raising funds for Rotorua Hospice’. He added ‘we hope that our support can enable Hospice to deliver even more great care to those who need it most.’
Overall winners Abbie Proudly and Ricky Brackfield from Osbornes Funeral Directors
People’s Choice award winner Kylie Allpress and David Remmerswaal from Dubzz Digital Marketing
Photo credits; DWTS Facebook