The New Year’s fireworks promised by the City Council were cancelled tonight because of strong winds. But four hours of entertainment on the waterfront went on, as scheduled.
Fireworks experts hired by the council to set off the five-minute display from a boat in the harbour said the strong northerly winds would have sent the fireworks off “pretty much sideways.”
“There would be a chance some of the fireworks residue would end up landing on the wharves – and we don’t want anyone being hit by anything, however small,” said the council’s events manager Rebecca Hardie.
Earlier Press Release – Wellington City Council
Fireworks haven’t been a part of Wellington’s New Year’s celebrations for over a decade but this New Year’s Eve they’re back, as the finale to a four-hour build-up of entertainment on the waterfront.
“Things kick off at 8pm on stages at Odlins Plaza on Taranaki Street Wharf and at Frank Kitts Park. We have some great acts playing including Adam Page, Bella Kalolo and Monophone counting us down into the New Year,” says the council’s events manager Rebecca Hardie.
“Again, for those who can’t normally stay up until midnight, we’ll have a kids’ countdown at 9pm. There’ll also be fire performances and food available on-site. We also want to remind people that the New Year’s Eve celebration is an alcohol-free event.”
If the weather is bad we advise people to listen to Classic Hits for cancellations or go to our Summer City Facebook page facebook.com/SummerCityWellington or download the Summer City App. Alternatively people can go to our website wellington.govt.nz or phone 499 4444.