Presidents Message - 2022/2023


Welcome to our 112th Caroline Bay Carnival.

As President of the Caroline Bay Association, it is my pleasure to be able to welcome you to our annual carnival, especially anyone new to the region.

The last few years have been challenging for everyone with Covid 19 moving throughout the country and the world. Unfortunately due to this and restrictions that were put in place by the NZ Government, we had to cancel our 111th Caroline Bay Carnival. This decision was not made lightly but we believe it was the correct one.

We are excited to be back with our 112th carnival this year! 

As we have for many years, we are again providing a large range of entertainment and activities for all to enjoy over the 14 days of our carnival.
Our carnival wouldn't be possible without the dedication of our Volunteers who work hard throughout the year and give up their holidays to provide fun filled entertainment for our community and visitors.
I would also like to thank the continued support of our amazing sponsors and a big thanks to any new sponsors who have come on board.

Again, this year we are providing top class entertainers to perform two free concerts on the soundshell each day, with many local artists and New Zealand acts featuring throughout the 14 days.

To bring us into 2023 we have our $15,000 Pub Charity Monster Fireworks display which is always a spectacular event thanks to our fireworks team.

A big thanks to the Timaru District Council for their support each year.

On behalf of the Caroline Bay Association, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, best wishes for the new year and look forward to seeing you at the carnival.

Shane Clarke

Caroline Bay Assn.


 Mayor's Message

Nga mihi matakuikui
Welcome back to the Caroline Bay Carnival! The iconic family event, running for 14 fantastic days over the holiday period. I have so many great memories of the Carnival as a child and then as a parent, riding the ferris wheel, eating candy floss and watching
the entertainment. The Caroline Bay Carnival is an event that is special to us as South Cantabrians and is part of the Timaru culture.
2021/2022 was an unfortunate time having to cancel the Carnival for the first time in its 111 year history. The last few years has been unprecedented for all of us, every social, cultural and physical need has been affected in some way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move forward we can start to enjoy these occasions again, celebrate with each other and support local.
The Carnival would not exist without the Caroline Bay Association and its volunteers that spend many hours ensuring this event runs smoothly every year. Thank you all for your time over this period, your community and its visitors appreciate it.
Enjoy time with your family and friends, make happy memories, relax, enjoy the sun and Welcome to the Caroline Bay Carnival once again!
All the very best for 2023,
Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia! - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mayor Nigel Bowen