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

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news