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Jo Pilkington, First Scene Costume & Party Hire

Business overview

Jo's long career in Event Management has crossed a range of areas including touring international musicians in Europe, designing University degrees, implementing events programmes for political parties and... owning First Scene.

Established over 30 years ago, First Scene is recognised as having Aotearoa's largest collection of costumes and party props. Many of our items have featured in local and international films, national theatre productions, television commercials and of course thousands of parties and celebrations around the country.

Products and services I offer

Costumes & Props: 400,000 items to choose from.

Event Theming Services: Our in house event design team can create, install and pack down your event theme.

Event Venue: We are the ideal venue for events for 20-100 guests if you are looking for a venue experience with a difference. Your guests will party in a unique environment while wearing amazing costumes for the night.

'Give Back to the Community' programme: We offer tours of First Scene, with refreshments, to a range of groups and organisations in our community. Our tours highlight the uniqueness of our collection and we are often referred to as a 'living museum' by our guests.

Why I'm in the Venus Network

I absolutely believe in the power of women as leaders - in our whanau, in our community and in business. Venus is a wonderful vehicle in which to benefit from the support and advice of other women in business while contributing to an organisation that encourages personal and professional growth.

My gallery


You'll find several testimonials on our website. Below are just a few:

"Recently needed to find a place for costume hire. Well I wouldn't look anywhere else now. From the excellent website, to each one of the staff, all so helpful and who clearly love what they do. Let alone the beautiful array of costumes to choose from, the result I really enjoyed my experience". Celeste Broad, May 2017

"I just wanted to say a huge thanks to you all, for not only your time but also for all the attention and kindness that you extended to the residents on today's visit. All these things added up to an exceptional morning out for us all, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves". Diana, Activities Team Leader, Aria Gardens Retirement Village, May 2017

"I am writing to thank you Jo, and all your wonderful staff, for putting together such a fantastic party for my 50th. You made my dream of a pirate party come to life, with brilliant scene setting and props and, of course, incredible costumes. It was a true night to remember". Beth van der Loeff, July 2016