It was great weather for fireworks in Wellington last night. But, unlike Auckland, Dunedin and Sydney, the council had cancelled its new year celebrations. And by lunchtime today, rain was falling and the council was forced to cancel its New Year picnic in Waitangi Park.
“Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy lunch in the sun,” advised Councillor Paul Eagle when the council announced its picnic. But only two hours after it had started, the council was forced to advise: “We’ve had to cancel the rest of today’s picnic due to rain.”
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Legendary New Zealand band Trinity Roots will headline Wellington’s celebration of the beginning of 2014 – the New Year’s Day Picnic in Waitangi Park. In a change from previous years, Summer City 2014 – Wellington City’s free summer events programme – will kick off with the picnic on Wednesday. There will be no New Year’s Eve fireworks.
“In previous years, the city council has run celebrations on New Years Eve in the city – this year, we’re doing something a bit different with more of a family focus,” says Councillor Paul Eagle, Council’s Chair of the Community, Sport and Recreation Committee.
“We are delighted to announce Wellington favourites Trinity Roots as our headline act. The New Year’s Day Picnic is all about good food, great music, and lots of fun activities for the kids.
“We want to encourage Wellingtonians to pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy lunch in the sun while listening to Trinity Roots, Vanessa Stacey and Eb and Sparrow – a perfect start to 2014.”
The picnic is the first event in Wellington’s Summer City programme – including the line-up for the Botanic Garden’s Magic series of gigs – which was announced on December 12.