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Traffic wardens ticketing cars during the fireworks. Amazing! Twitter photo by Rex Nicholls.

News from WCC
People going to tonight’s Sky Show fireworks display in Wellington are being encouraged to be aware that traffic management will be strictly enforced on roads around the harbour.

Wellington City Council’s City Events Coordinator, Rebecca Martin, says the 12–minute show will start at 9pm on the dot.

“Being a Saturday, we’re encouraging people to get into town early and make an evening of it. We are still expecting traffic to be heavy so people need to keep this in mind and consider walking into town if they live nearby, or use public transport.”

There will be extensive traffic management measures in place – particularly on Oriental Parade and Mt Victoria.

Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Parade will be closed to city-bound traffic from 7–10pm so emergency vehicles can access the area quickly if needed.

Evans Bay Parade will be closed to through traffic (residents’ access only) at the Cobham Drive intersection from 7–10pm.

“People need to know there’ll be large numbers of parking wardens on patrol and any illegally or dangerously parked vehicles will be towed,” says Mrs Martin.

To control traffic on Mt Victoria, Alexandra Road will be closed at the intersection with Constable Street in Newtown once the maximum safe parking capacity is reached. There will also be parking restrictions around the lookout along Alexandra Road and a one-way traffic flow will be in place on the roads around the lookout.

“If you can, please catch the bus, train or walk into town. Traffic may well come to a complete standstill. Also for safety reasons, Police will be proactively enforcing no stopping anywhere on the motorway between Petone and Wellington.”

It’s not only illegal to pull over on the state highway to watch fireworks – you’re also putting yourself, your passengers, and other road users in danger.

“The New Zealand Transport Authority will be monitoring the highways on Saturday evening to ensure they are operating safely and efficiently during the busy evening.”

For bus and train timetables for Saturday evening please go to tranzmetro.co.nz or metlink.org.nz

In the event of bad weather, the Sky Show will be held on Sunday.

News from WCC – November 4
Don’t forget – the Sky Show fireworks display is on this Saturday 9 November at 9pm, not on the 5th. Saturday’s display will live up to its reputation of being the largest annual fireworks show in New Zealand.

“There’ll be more than 3.5 tonnes of fireworks with a total of 7500 shots fired from 1100 locations. The display will include the city’s floating crane Hikitia and a soundtrack by local percussion group Strike, which will be simultaneously broadcast on Classic Hits 90.1 and ZM 90.9,” says the council’s city events co-ordinator Rebecca Martin.

“With the Hikitia being part of this years show, we have crew from the Maritime heritage Trust of Wellington collecting donations for the steam powered floating crane.

“There’ll also be food vendors, and family entertainment such as face painters and fire jugglers along the waterfront, so come down early and make a day of it,” says Martin.

As usual there will be extensive traffic management measures in place – particularly on Oriental Parade and Mt Victoria.

Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Parade will be closed to city-bound traffic from 7–10pm so emergency vehicles can access the area quickly if needed.

Evans Bay Parade will be closed to through traffic (residents’ access only) at the Cobham Drive intersection from 7–10pm. There will be large numbers of parking wardens on patrol – any illegally or dangerously parked vehicles will be towed.

To control traffic on Mt Victoria, Alexandra Road will be closed at the intersection with Constable Street in Newtown once the maximum safe parking capacity is reached. There will also be parking restrictions around the lookout along Alexandra Road and a one-way traffic flow will be in place on the roads around the lookout.

If you can, please catch the bus, train or walk into town. Traffic may well come to a complete standstill. Also for safety reasons, Police will be proactively enforcing no stopping anywhere on the State Highway between Petone and Wellington.

For bus and train timetables for Saturday evening please go to tranzmetro.co.nz or metlink.org.nz

In the event of bad weather, the Sky Show will be held on Sunday 10 November. For updates, follow us on facebook.com/wellingtoncitycouncil, twitter.com/WgtnCC, check Wellington.govt.nz or phone 499 4444.

News from WCC – November 1
This year’s Sky Show fireworks display over Wellington Harbour – usually held on 5 November – is to be delayed till Saturday 9 November to give more people the chance to enjoy the spectacle.

Wellington City Council’s events staff have received a considerable amount of feedback from the public that has sought to have the fireworks shifted to the weekend rather than on a weeknight.

“This year 5 November falls on a Tuesday. We believe most people – especially families with youngsters – will far prefer to take a more relaxed approach and watch the display on the Saturday night,” says the Council’s City Events Manager, Warrick Dent.

”People with young children can find getting to and from a mid-week event starting at 9pm difficult. We believe that by holding the fireworks event on a Saturday we can encourage more families to attend, providing a great opportunity for more of the community to enjoy the show.”

Warrick says this year’s display features the iconic floating crane Hikitia and incorporates a soundtrack by local (but internationally renowned) musicians Strike. As in previous years, the soundtrack will be simultaneously broadcast on Classic Hits and ZM.

The postponement date will be the following night, Sunday 10 November at 9pm.

Warrick says the date change might also present a chance for the Council to develop the event further. ”A regular weekend event date opens up the potential to create a daytime event in the lead up to fireworks display in the evening, and we’ll be looking at the opportunities to grow the event.”

The Sky Show has been one of the biggest fixtures on the city’s community events calendar since 1995. It was originally conceived as a spectacle to help reduce the Guy Fawkes workload for firefighters – up until that year there had been increasing chaos caused by fires started by fireworks from private displays.

1 comment:

  1. Winnie, 5. November 2013, 17:12

    Guy Fawkes is on the 5th not the 9th, this is ridiculous