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


Pōneke Summer City Changes For Festive Season

Wellington City Council is changing up its summer events programme for the safety and well-being of our community in mind – but still with a focus on celebrating Christmas.

Wellington will be getting dressed up for Christmas with some trains and buses adorned in festive wrapping, street flags around the CBD, and the Christmas trees are already signalling the festive spirit in Midland Park and Courtenay Place.

The city will be lit up like a Christmas tree too, with the colours of Christmas glowing around Oriental Bay, the Cable Car tunnels, Carter Fountain, and Hikitea.

Watch out for some secret shop windows dressed up to delight too – there’ll be a few surprises dotted around for the inquisitive types.

The Wellington Summer Sampler kicks-off this week with two months of roving performance, pop-ups, activations, and publicly accessible spectacles happening within the COVID safety guidelines every weekend along the waterfront.

To make visiting the city and supporting local even easier for car users, there’ll be free weekend parking at Clifton car park with the first two hours parking free, then $2 per hour (or part there-of) to a maximum of $8 a day. The offer is available every weekend from 4-19 December 2021.

Two popular events, Gardens Magic and A Very Welly Christmas, have been reshaped to ensure the capital will still have a festive, safe and summer vibe.

Due to the Government’s requirements for operating events in the Traffic Light System, the Pasifika festival has been postponed to a later date, and the Council will replace the planned New Year’s Eve fireworks with alternative activities to be confirmed.

The Council has consulted with stakeholders and made these difficult decisions as COVID restrictions impacted the planning of annual summer city events.

Planning free events which are open to large communities has become difficult in the current environment, says Chief Customer and Community Officer, Kym Fell.

“Our events team and stakeholders have the city’s health and safety at heart, especially as our more vulnerable members of the community are involved at all these events.

“Celebrating Christmas is still a focus though, so Wellington will get dressed up for the yuletide season, and we’ll be putting all our efforts towards supporting local industries and entertaining the community in a safe and festive way.”

A Very Welly Christmas weekend has been replaced with roaming festive performances and a dressed-up capital for Wellingtonians to celebrate the festive season, support local businesses and the creative sector.

Gardens Magic and Kids Magic won’t go ahead in their usual format in 2022, but we still want Wellingtonians to enjoy summer outings at the beautiful Botanic Garden – so we’re creating a self-led daytime Gardens Trail for people to spend a fun day out with their whānau and friends. More information on the Gardens Trail will be available in mid-December.

While we haven’t set a new date for Pasifika yet, it’s likely to be later in 2022 as we still want to bring our Pacific communities together, to celebrate their stories, culture and knowledge.

The city has many other drawcards over the summer period with new lions having just arrived at the Wellington Zoo as well as a baby chimp and baby Cotton Top Tamarin.

There’s a variety of events taking place at Zealandia including puppet shows and Whānau yoga, Super Smash Cricket Double Headers at Cello Basin Reserve, fantastic exhibitions at City Gallery including Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings to name a few.

Metlink is also offering free travel to all passengers travelling on all bus and train services on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Updates on other free public city events in the year will be determined by Ministry of Health guidelines and the COVID-19 Protection Framework and requirements.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Northland To Move To Orange, NZ Prepared For Omicron

Northland will move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight, 20 January 2022, while the rest of New Zealand will remain at Orange as the Government prepares for Omicron to enter the community.
“Vaccination rates have continued to increase in Northland and are now at 89 percent first dose. The easing of the Auckland boundary over summer did not drive an increase in cases so we believe it is safe for Northland...


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga

The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...


Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>

Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>

Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>

Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>

Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>




InfoPages News Channels