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Matariki Sky Show to dazzle Wellington tonight

The sky above Wellington Harbour is set to explode with Matariki stars tonight as the Sky Show caps off of a successful series of Matariki events.

Fireworks organisers are promising some new effects for tonight’s show, which was notably postponed last weekend by the presence of a southern right whale/tohora in the harbour.

Wellington’s acting Mayor, Simon Marsh, says the whale appears to have departed after charming Wellingtonians for several days – so the Sky Show is going ahead. “The weather’s perfect, we’re whale-free, it’s going to be a great night.”

This is the first time the Sky Show will be held mid-year, and the earlier start time of 6.30pm means more families will be able to enjoy the largest annual council-produced fireworks display in the country.

Councillor Marsh says the Sky Show is the climax to Wellington City Council’s inaugural Matariki ki Pōneke, or Māori New Year, celebrations.

“ReCut, the Matariki Harbour Challenge, Ahi Kā and the dozens of smaller Matariki events have really got Wellington humming over the last month.

“Saturday’s fireworks ends our Matariki events and will launch us into the New Year with a bang. Matariki in Wellington will only get bigger and better in the future.”

Pyrostar International owner Robert McDermott has been the artistic director behind the Wellington Sky Show fireworks since 1995.

“New effects reflecting the Matariki theme will be revealed,” he says. “There’ll be seven firing patterns to represent the Matariki constellation, and beautiful shell-patterned effects featuring seven point stars.”

Event Producer Delia Shanly reminds people to also tune in to The Breeze (94.1FM and 98.5FM) or More FM (99.7FM and 95.3FM) to hear the simulcast soundtrack as you watch the show.

“We’ve created a very special Matariki soundtrack this year and this adds a whole extra dimension of magic to the display.

“To get the best synchronisation of sound and the fireworks it is best to listen to it on terrestrial radio to avoid any streaming delay.”

Other activities on Wellington waterfront between Frank Kitts Park and Te Papa promenade include:

· Nearly 20 food trucks operating till 7.30pm – come on down early for dinner

· A NZ Chocolate Festival Pop-up

· The Paradice Ice Skating Rink operating 10am to 10pm at Odlins Plaza.

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