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Birthday bash set to be the biggest ever

15 November 2005

Birthday bash set to be the biggest ever for Auckland

The biggest harbour event since the America's Cup will fill the city's sails with pride, says Auckland City Mayor Dick Hubbard.

The inaugural three-day Auckland Harbour Festival will take place on Auckland's Anniversary Weekend and will feature one of the biggest range of yachting events ever seen on the Waitemata Harbour. It will also include a display of tall ships and classic yachts, a fun fair and live music acts.

"This is a most exciting new event that will celebrate Auckland's unique Waitemata harbour and waterfront. It's a fitting celebration for the city's birthday and I know Aucklanders will passionately support this event.

"The launch of the Harbour Festival comes hot on the heels of the council's recently released Events Strategy which supports events that help to make Auckland a sophisticated, vibrant and events-filled city with a soul.

"One of major themes of that strategy is to celebrate the very best our city has to offer - and that means our stunning harbours and beaches.

"I'm delighted that the Auckland Harbour Festival seizes the opportunity to showcase our harbour, our waterfront and our sailors. It's a chance to celebrate our maritime culture and enjoy the natural environment that makes our city unique.

"The Events Strategy is designed to support events exactly like this and I know the council will do everything it can to help with the logistics of staging a major event like this."

Auckland City is a major sponsor of the Auckland Harbour Festival.

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