Publish date: 26/02/2018

After the Canterbury earthquakes of 2011, Kaiapoi brothers Michael and Andrew Blackwell realised the need for “something different” to bring people together in the North Canterbury region.

“We wanted something that would be complimentary to the Kaiapoi Art Expo, which is held at the Kaiapoi Club next door to Blackwell’s Department Store here in Kaiapoi,” explains Andrew.

“So we started off with winter ice sculptures for the first three years. We found that was so popular we decided to add the night market – also with an arty theme – in 2016, turning it all into the Fire & Ice Night Market.”

With a rapidly growing event, Andrew and Michael applied for funding from the Waimakariri Event Fund for the 2017 Fire & Ice Night Market. Andrew knew about the contestable event fund from his previous involvement with Kaiapoi Promotions’ Association. The fund is provided by the Waimakariri District Council, managed by Enterprise North Canterbury and administered by Visit Waimakariri and aims to support events that demonstrate economic or community benefit to the Waimakariri District.

Their application was successful and the $4,000 they received went towards the growing cost of event coordination and promotion.

“It was great to get the funding as there is a major cost to run the event,” explains Andrew. “Each year more and more people have come along and the Fire & Ice Market is looking good for the future.”

The Fire & Ice Market Festival and Night Market runs on a Saturday in July each year, in central Kaiapoi.

For more information on the Waimakariri Event Fund, including application forms, funding guidelines and previous recipients visit