Two big outdoor festivals are on today’s schedule in Wellington.
Positively Pasifika Festival at Waitangi Park starts at noon, featuring Bella Kalolo, Rosita Vai and the Laughing Samoans, as well as workshops, performances, film screenings, food stalls and crafts. Oxfam will be at Waitangi Park to collect donations to help Tonga deal with the damage caused by Cyclone Ian last weekend.
Out in the Square, the annual gay and lesbian fair, is in Civic Square all day, with Anika Moa as its internationally acclaimed headline act.
Gardens Magic continues at the Botanic Garden Soundshell tonight and Sunday. All acts start at 8pm and finish at 9.30pm. The music series has been attracting big crowds – 4000 or more people.
Tonight: folk favourites Nikita the Spooky and a Circus of Men
Sunday – dreampop duo French for Rabbits.
At Westpac Stadium tonight: Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory.
At Trentham today: a super Saturday of racing, with activities including wine and music as well as the horses.
Sunday – Turbo Touch beach tournament – starting at 11am on Oriental Bay beach. Turbo Touch combines elements of Touch, Netball, Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee into a fast-paced game like no other – it’s jam-packed with action and perfect for all fitness levels and abilities. Unlike traditional Touch, the ball can be passed forwards (and backwards, sideways, any way you like!).
Sunday – Scorching Bay from 10am – January Scorcher triathlon. One of a fun and relaxed series designed to suit everybody. The events involve swimming, cycling and running for participants of all abilities (and if you don’t want to swim we cater for that as well). Our focus is on participation, and as such there are no first prizes, but plenty of spot prizes.
Monday – Birdman Wellington – music, kids’ rides and activities area, food stalls, market place and, of course, the wild, costumed Birdman jumpers – they’ll be dressing up in crazy costumes and leaping into the harbour between 11am and 5pm. To support the crazy people leaping into the harbour, there’ll be music on two stages – one at Frank Kitts Park, the other in front of Te Papa.