Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Remember, remember 8 November

Remember, remember 8 November


This year’s Sky Show fireworks display will again take place on the weekend (Saturday 8 November) after Guy Fawkes night.

Wellington’s Acting Mayor, Justin Lester, says changing last year’s Sky Show display to a Saturday night, rather than a weeknight, was well received by Wellingtonians.

“We got positive feedback from the public about the change to a Saturday, especially from families with children who could let their kids stay up that little bit later. We also found the change to the weekend helped with traffic congestion as there wasn’t a mad rush to get home straight after the display.

“We are announcing this nice and early so that residents and businesses can make plans for what is always a popular event in the calendar.”

Councillor Lester says this year’s event will be a special one - it’ll be the 20th anniversary of the now iconic Sky Show.

“While the Sky Show is still three months away I can certainly say it’s going to live up to its reputation as the country’s most spectacular annual fireworks display.”

Cr Lester says the first Sky Show was staged in 1995 – mainly in response to the mayhem that marked Guy Fawkes Night in 1994. “Right around the country – and especially in Wellington – there were big fires started by skyrockets and there were many injuries and instances of antisocial behaviour.”

He says Wellingtonians immediately embraced the Sky Show. “It was vastly more spectacular than any neighbourhood display, it was safe – and it was free. On top of that, the Fire Service, Police and accident and emergency department staff love it as well because far fewer people are now firing off their own fireworks.”

The world-renowned Artistic Pyrotechnic Designer of PyroStar International, Robert McDermott, will again curate the display. McDermott says he’s extremely proud of the Sky Show and how it has evolved over the past 20 years.

“I think back to how we manually ran the display in the beginning, and to see where we are now – with a fully computer controlled state-of-the-art system – and how big and complex our displays have become. We’ve certainly come a long way.”

While it’s still too early to give many other details away, Councillor Lester says there will again be food vendors and family entertainment along the waterfront.

“Being a Saturday we do want people to make a night of it so if we can add to the atmosphere we will. We’ll release more details closer to the Sky Show night but until then it’s important to remember, remember the 8th of November.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On (Not) Taking Responsibility, Terrorism Porn, And Dylan’s 76th

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point.

Reportedly, some junior members of his staff had been trying to tell him and his senior colleagues in management for years about the fraudulent actions of Joanne Harrison... Not only were those internal alerts apparently ignored. Some of the whistle blowers were allegedly punished by losing their jobs, as Harrison and her colleagues in management took revenge on them... More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election