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Party celebrates new look in Eva and Leeds streets

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The Wellington City Council’s initiative to improve and revitalise Eva and Leeds streets will be celebrated with a launch party this Saturday.

Colourful graphics, lighting installations and improved street lighting, planted walls and extra seating are part of the makeover. A Hannahs factory building heritage graphic highlights the history of the area.

Wellington’s Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says: “Come along to the free, family-friendly event which includes live music, performances, and a market atmosphere with local businesses and artisan groups selling their wares in the Hannahs Precinct. Agreed as part of implementing the Smart Capital Central City Framework, the new-look area is a truly dynamic transformation.”

Cr Nicola Young, Central City Portfolio Leader, says: “We’ve updated this significant area in Wellington’s commercial history, using modern street design; it’s already increasingly vibrant and now we’ve added a fun factor that will attract people night and day, to live, work and play.

“Brightening these inner city laneways makes spaces safer, supports the local business and residential communities and will attract more pedestrians,” she says.

Chris Wilkinson, Managing Director of First Retail Group Ltd, says this project is another feather in the cap for the Capital.

“We celebrate the walkability of Wellington, especially within the CBD – this is quite unique to the Capital. This, along with the restaurant and coffee culture, plus the general vibe, is really making us the envy of other contemporary cities around the country.

“Eva and Leeds streets are full of boutique hospitality and artisan businesses that have gravitated to the area, taken a chance on success, and been rewarded with success as Wellingtonians are quick to recognise that.”

The Eva and Leeds Street area has a long history of occupation as it was located in the vicinity of Te Aro Pā. Shops and residencies started appearing circa 1850, and continued with the 1908 construction of the original Hannahs warehouse at 13 Leeds Street. Today it is a hub of activity with bars, restaurants, cafes and artisan stores in the neighbourhood.

The Hannahs Precinct will be officially opened on Saturday 12 December from 2pm–4pm

Some of the acts performing on Saturday afternoon:
The Crimson Club
Niko Ne Zna
Wellington Brass Band
Hoop Hooligans
Java Dance
Pie In The Sky
Black Spider Stomp

Some of the businesses in the area:

Six Barrel Soda Co.
Karma Cola
All Good Bananas
Fix and Fogg
Wellington Chocolate Factory
Leeds Street Bakery
Pizza Pomodoro
Golding’s Free Dive
Hanging Ditch
Red Rabbit Coffee Co.
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